It’s a strange yet wonderful thing that many of us can place music and the context of that music within particular phases of our youth and adult lives. For those of us of a certain generation, Mike Oldfield’s iconic, groundbreaking concept album, Tubular Bells, is one such landmark. It’s a story...read more
Black Dyke Band presents a varied collection of instantly recognisable film scores sure to delight moviegoers and casual listeners alike.
Acting as a showcase for Obrasso publications, featuring previously recorded tracks from Best of Movie Hits and Screen Blockbusters, the popular arrangements will already be familiar to many brass band...read more
Virtuosity from Black Dyke at Newbury
As part of the prestigious Newbury Spring Festival, banders and fans from the local area descended on Newbury’s Corn Exchange for an evening of virtuosity with the Black Dyke Band, conducted by David Childs.
The first half displayed the talents of Richard Marshall in Edward Gregson’s Cornet...read more
Grimethorpe excels in big ‘Brassed Off’ moment
“We just thought this would be a film that might interest ten people in Barnsley… for about three minutes.”
These were the words of Brassed Off Director, Mark Herman, in a Q&A prior to the screening of the film when asked what he thought the...read more
For those of us that have followed Mnozil Brass over an extended period of time, the group’s boundless energy, and seemingly unending stream of musical and comedic inspiration is a thing of wonder. Yet it might also be somewhat unreasonable to expect that inspiration never to waver. Whilst there were moments...read more
Canadian Brass wows New York Staff Band Festival
The 130th Annual Festival (concert) of the New York Staff Band (NYSB), held in the beautiful West Side Presbyterian Church, was notable for several reasons.
First of all any organisation that maintains such a high musical standard for such a long span is...read more
The New York Staff Band (NYSB) presents a volume of four new arrangements from the pen of Composer-in-Residence, Dr. Dorothy Gates.
A major role of The NYSB is to support the territory at its major events. These include the Welcome of Cadets and Commissioning, Old Orchard Beach Camp Meetings, Star Lake Music...read more
232.778ºC (the temperature at which paper will burn without an accelerant) is a musical homage to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and the illustrations of the novel by Ralph Steadman.
This short piece is based upon the nursery rhyme theme of London’s Burning, initially stated simply by the flugel horn. As the flames...read more
Paul McGhee delivers a uniquely sinister concert work that captures the fear and terror of the Black Death as it spread through London in 1349. An ominous, tonally ambiguous opening is interspersed with disturbing hints towards the nursery rhyme ring-a-ring o’ roses, before building to a chaotic, screaming climax. A more...read more