McCabe, Ball and Horovitz at the RNCM Brass Band Festival

McCabe, Ball and Horovitz at the RNCM Brass Band Festival
A stunning array of many of the top brass bands in the country will make up the Royal Northern College of Music’s Festival of Brass at the end of January 2016. Top bands Cory, Black Dyke, Grimethorpe, Fairey, Fodens and Tredegar, led by distinguished conductors, will be joined by the RNCM’s own brass band, to celebrate, among other works, the outstanding contribution to the brass band repertoire made by John McCabe.  

Five of his works will be performed. The iconic Cloudcatcher Fells, Desert II: Horizon, The Maunsell Forts, Images and Salamander. Other brass band composers to be celebrated will include the nearly 90 year-old Joseph Horovitz, and Michael Ball, at 70. Novello composer, Joseph Horovitz, who is set to celebrate his 90th birthday this year, will have his Euphonium Concerto, Concerto Classico and Theme and Co-operation appearing in three evening concerts held on Friday, January 29-31. Alongside these, three works by Manchester-born composer Michael Ball will be performed: An English Suite, Whitsun Wakes and his Euphonium Concerto.
For lovers of brass band music, and admirers of the extraordinary skills of these remarkable players, this will be the extravaganza of the year.

RNCM Brass Band Festival

Band Dyke bandFriday 29 Jan / RNCM Concert Hall / 7:30pm
Michael Ball  |  An English SuiteJoseph Horowitz  |  Euphonium Concertowith other works by Broughton, Wilby, Bates, Goffin, Dobson and Graham
Conductor: Nicholas Childs  |  Euphonium: Gary Curtin  |   Baritone: Katrina Marzella  
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Foden's BandSaturday 30 Jan / RNCM Concert Hall / 7:30pm
Michael Ball  |  Euphonium Concerto  Joseph Horovitz  |  Theme and Co-operationBenjamin Britten (arr. Hindmarsh)  |  King Arthur: Suite (world premiere of band arrangement)and other works by Mackey, Scott and Butterworth
Conductor: James Gourlay / Michael Fowles  |  euphonium: David Thornton  |  soprano: Anna-Clare Monk  |  harp: Lauren Scott
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Grimethorpe Colliery BandSunday 31 Jan / RNCM Hall / 6:30pm
John McCabe  |  SalamanderJoseph Horovitz  |  Concerto Classico Michael Ball  |  Whitsun Wakesand other works by Clarke, Goffin and Eric Ball
Conductor: Robert Childs  |  cornets: Roger Webster and Alexis Demailly
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