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`Outrageous Fortune’

Posted in News on March 13th, 2019 by Nigel – Comments Off on `Outrageous Fortune’

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Brett Baker’s latest solo CD release includes four major concertos for trombone and wind ensembles by Jan Van der Roost, Soren Hyldgaard, James Stephenson and Nigel Clarke. After returning from the USA after performing as the guest soloist at James Madison University’s ‘Tromblow’in’ festival, Black Dyke trombone star Brett Baker has released a new CD on the emerging Toccata Next label.

Renowned

Affiliated with Toccata Classics and distributed by Naxos, the CD is aimed the growing market for serious contemporary music from internationally renowned performers. Entitled ‘Outrageous Fortune’- named after one of the four major concerto works for trombone and wind bands featured on it by composer Nigel Clarke, the release also showcases the first recorded performance of Jan Van der Roost’s ‘Contrasts’, as well as Soren Hyldgaard’s ‘Rapsodia Borealis’, James Stephenson’s ‘Concerto Braziliano’. Speaking to 4BR Brett gave an insight into the exciting repertoire featured on the CD which is released this weekend.

Outrageous Fortune

“Nigel’s ‘Symphony Number 2 for Trombone, Voice Actor and Wind Ensemble’ really is ‘Outrageous Fortune’ for me,” he said. “The piece was premiered in 2017 with the Middle Tennessee Wind Ensemble and I subsequently recorded it at the end of 2017 with the RNCM Wind Ensemble in Manchester. Both performances were conducted by MTSU’s Professor of Music & Conducting, Dr Reed Thomas, who was very much part of the whole CD project.” He added: “Nigel put me in touch with Reed when he finished composing his amazing ‘Symphony No. 2’ for me in 2016, and I visited MTSU in 2016 to record Hyldgaard’s ‘Rapsodia Borealis’ to see if we could get the project to work.” Affiliated with Toccata Classics and distributed by Naxos, the CD is aimed the growing market for serious contemporary music from internationally renowned performers4BR

Hit it off

Brett continued: “Reed and I hit it off and have remained firm friends ever since, and over the past two years I visited a further three times to record Nigel’s piece and then Jim Stephenson’s ‘Concerto Braziliano’. Jim’s work is very popular and is played by trombonists all over in the USA. However, it has never received a studio recording, so I was excited to be the first to premiere the studio version of this substantial work by a leading composer. All that and it’s been great to perform Jan Van der Roost’s ‘Contrasts’ which was recorded back in October 2018 and is a piece that has already received rave reviews from those that have listened to the brass band version.”

Glebe Symphonic Winds Orchestra perform ‘Their Finest Hour’

Posted in News on January 14th, 2019 by Nigel – Comments Off on Glebe Symphonic Winds Orchestra perform ‘Their Finest Hour’

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will once again celebrate the contributions made by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, by hosting an orchestra concert and a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster flypast on Saturday 30 June for Armed Forces Day.

The highly decorated Glebe Symphonic Winds Orchestra will be performing for veterans, serving personnel and visitors alike, in a special one hour concert celebrating the RAF’s Centenary.  This intimate musical performance will include classical pieces with everything from ‘Their Finest Hour’ by Nigel Clarke, ‘The Dam Busters’ by Eric Coates, to ‘The Royal Air Force March Past’ by Walford Davies and many more.

The Laurier Brass Ensemble perform `Earthrise’

Posted in News on December 13th, 2018 by Nigel – Comments Off on The Laurier Brass Ensemble perform `Earthrise’

On 29 March the Laurier Brass Ensemble at the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario in Canada performed Nigel’s space epic `Earthrise’.
in thier Theatre Auditorium.

Barcelona Municipal Band under the baton of Douglas Bostock to perform “Samurai” in the New Year.

Posted in News on December 13th, 2018 by Nigel – Comments Off on Barcelona Municipal Band under the baton of Douglas Bostock to perform “Samurai” in the New Year.

Conductor Douglas Bostock will perform Nigel’s Japanese inspired work “Samurai” with Barcelona Municipal Band at the L’Auditori, Barcelona, Spain. The concert also features composers Yasuhide Ito, Philip Sparke, Alfred Reed and Isao Matsushita.

`Devil and the Hemlock Stone’ at the American Single Reed Summit

Posted in News on December 13th, 2018 by Nigel – Comments Off on `Devil and the Hemlock Stone’ at the American Single Reed Summit

On 28 October Laura Armstrong (Clarinet) performed `Devil and the Hemlock Stone’ at the American Single Reed Summit held at Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, USA