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dimanche, 28 avril 2013

Brass Band Buizingen is very pleased to announce that a new double disc ofNigel Clarke's latest brass band music will be released next weekend by Brass Band Buizingen under the baton of Luc Vertommen.

Works to be performed on the two discs are: Swift Severn’s Flood, The City in the Sea (Euphonium: Glenn Van Looy), Earthrise, When Worlds Collide, Mysteries of the Horizon (Cornet: Harmen Vanhoorne) and Tilbury Point. Also there is specially commissioned poetry by Martin Westlake read by Frank Renton.

CD recording When Worlds Collide: Michel Leveugle, Harmen Vanhoorne, Luc Vertommen, Nigel Clarke, Glenn Van Looy and Frank Renton

Nigel Clarkes approach to composing has been strongly influenced by a long-term collaboration with the violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved. His first piece for brass band was written during a period as Composer in Residence to the Black Dyke Band (1994-1997) with the then Director of Music, James Watson. He asked Nigel to compose music that would challenge his band in every conceivable way.

After his residency with Black Dyke Band, he had something of a sabbatical from brass band writing until he met Luc Vertommen who asked him to compose for Brass Band Buizingen (BBU) and ultimately Nigel became their Associate Composer. All of the works on this disc, with the exception the Euphonium concerto, The City in the Sea, have been written for BBU between 2009 and 2013. Each work has been developed by trying out sketches and experimenting with the players. The two concertos on this disc include his latest work written for Harmen Vanhoorne, and the second dates back to his Black Dyke days, on this recording played by Glenn Van Looy. Two recordings on this CD are live performances, Swift Severn’s Flood performed at the 2009 World Music Contest in Kerkrade in the Netherlands and Earthrise performed at the 2010 European Brass Band Championships in Linz, Austria.

For each work Nigel commissioned an original piece of poetry by the Brussels based poet Martin Westlake, with the exception of Swift Severn’s Flood, which has as its starting point William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1.

This disc brings together many different artistic disciplines - the high calibre musicianship of Luc Vertommen and BBU, the imaginative poetry of Martin Westlake dramatised by the voice of Frank Renton, and lastly the musical composition itself.

This double CD collection is dedicated to the memory of the late James Watson who was a great inspiration to Nigel Clarke when first writing for brass band.

More info on the premiere concert on April 27 at CC Wauterbos, Sint-Genesius Rode

Order the record via (20 Euro + shipping)

CD cover When Worlds Collide

The music of Nigel Clarke
poetry by Martin Westlake


CD 1
Swift Severn’s Flood
The City in the Sea
(Euphonium soloist: Glenn Van Looy)
Earthrise - A Space Tribute for Brass Band

CD 2
When Worlds Collide
Mysteries of the Horizon
(Cornet soloist: Harmen Vanhoorne)
I. The Menaced Assassin / II. The Dominion of Light / III. The Flavour of Tears / IV. The Discovery of Fire
Tilbury Point – A Portrait Overture

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