The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain Children's Band in concert at Repton School (subject to COVID regulations) under the direction of Guest Conductor Prof. Nicholas Childs.
Originally written for the Loanhead Youth Band, Prismatic Light depicts the colours in a prism. It’s exciting and a perfect concert opener.
In 1974, whilst a student at the Royal College of Music in London, Philip Sparke responded to an advert from music publishers R. Smith & Co. for new works from student composers. After a meeting at the company with former NYBBGB Musical Director Geoffrey Brand, he went home and composed Concert Prelude that evening.
Guest Soloist Gary Curtin
Bravura is a companion piece to the composer’s earlier euphonium display piece Brillante, utilizing the same traditional 19th century “fantasy variation” structure, familiar to generations of brass soloists. It features folk songs from the four corners of Britain.
'Neath the Dublin Skies was written for David Childs and first performed by him with Cory Band during their tour of Ireland in September 2007. The music is certainly Irish in nature featuring an atmospheric introduction, ornamented reel, lyrical melody and a high-spirited jig.
Fredrick Schjelderup is a Norwegian composer living near to Bergen. His new piece written especially for the NYBBGB Children's Band optimistically refers to life post-covid. It’s a follow-on piece from Peter Graham’s work Strange New Worlds premiered by Children's Band in Summer 2020 and referring to times during Covid.
Commissioned by the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland in 1963, this three movement suite is as popular today as it was almost 60 years ago.
The Children’s Band choir has turned into a tradition. Nicholas Childs introduced it as a way of reducing the stamina required by the young brass players to present a full two-hour concert. Little did he expect it to become a firm favourite with both audiences and members.
This is wonderful music from The Lion King composed by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Here the brass band version is arranged by Reid Gjile Norwegian conductor and arranger. Reid is associated with Norway’s premier band Eikanger-Bjørsvik
Guest Soloist Gary Curtin
This is a new work featured on Gary Curtin’s recently released solo CD Eire Time. It’s dedicated to Gary’s son.
Strange New Worlds was commissioned for the Children's Band in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic made it necessary for the 2020 course to transition from residential to virtual and the work was designed to reflect this change. The participants individually filmed themselves to a click track and the videos were collated to create a “virtual” performance. The premiere was streamed live on YouTube on August 7, 2020.