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    Jubilee Gigue

    Composer Debbie Wiseman is one of the UK’s most successful female music ambassadors. Throughout the past 20 years, there are probably few people in the UK who have not heard a theme from one of Debbie’s many film or television productions. Honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s with an MBE for services to the music and film industry, she has been awarded honorary fellowships at both the music colleges where she studied, Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. “Jubilee Gigue” was commissioned to be performed on the Georgian barge as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Inspired by the “Gigue” in Handel’s original Water Music, the work has a rollicking, upbeat feel and is now newly arranged for brass band by Chris Houlding.Duration: 5:30 Minutes.Percussion: 3 players, playing timpani, tom-toms, side drum, congas and bongos Grade 2: Moderately Easy 2nd and 3rd Section Bands

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    King Lear Fanfare

    King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Lear descends into madness bringing tragic consequences for all. Based on a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king, the play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors. Its first known performance was in 1607, George Bernard Shaw wrote, "No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear". Originally orchestrated for 2 flutes, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, timpani, side drum, 2 harps, and strings, Debussy wrote five minutes of incidental music for a production of King Lear, produced at the Theatre Mogador Paris in 1904.Duration: 1:30 minutesPercussion: 2 Players playing timpani, side drum and suspended cymbalGrade 1: Easy 3th and 4th Section Bands

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    KirkFeld

    Grant Kirkhope Grant Kirkhope is a BAFTA nominated British composer who has created the soundtrack for video games that have sold in excess of 30 million copies. From “GoldenEye” to “Banjo-Kazooie”, “Viva Pi?ata” to “Donkey Kong”, “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” to “Civilization: Beyond Earth” and “Perfect Dark” to “Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse”. He has also recently scored the feature film “The King’s Daughter” starring Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt and is currently working on “Yooka Laylee” and “Dropzone”. Grant’s score for “Viva Pi?ata” was nominated by BAFTA in the Original Score category in its 2007 awards. Grant is represented by the prestigious Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency by Cheryl Tiano and Kevin Korn. Grant has a degree in music from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he majored in classical trumpet, is a green card holder and now lives in Agoura Hills, LA with his wife and two children. “Ian and I first met when we were around 15 years old. We both played in our county orchestra, the North Yorkshire Schools Symphony Orchestra (I was a trumpet player). I think we hit it off straight away, as we were definitely a couple of cheeky kids, if you know what I mean! We both ended up playing in Rowntree Mackintosh Brass Band for a while too which Ian’s Dad, Trevor conducted. We bumped into each other again when we both went for the Shell/LSO Scholarship. I got to the area finals in Manchester so I was pretty pleased with myself but then I saw Ian and I knew it was all over! Of course Ian went on to win and the rest is history. I saw him again when I was attending the Royal Northern College of Music around 1983 by which time Ian had just got the principal chair at the Halle Orchestra. Then I guess 30 something years went by as we both went about our lives and lost touch. We re-kindled our friendship due to his wife really. She emailed me to say it was Ian’s 50th birthday and she was collecting stories from all his friends over the years. After that we got back in touch and then one day on Facebook I got a message from him in typical dry Yorkshire fashion “now then Grant, I had a listen to your music and I think it’s good, how about writing a piece for me ?” I was a little bit unsure at first but of course I loved Ian’s playing and of course I said yes. Over a Skype call in 2016, he asked me what I thought I’d write. I said since I live in LA I’d like to write a “Hollywood” trombone piece. Imagine if John Williams had written a piece for solo trombone, that’s what I’d like to write - well I’d certainly like to try” – Grant Kirkhope

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    La Perla Negra

    For this brooding piece the composer has used the following storyline. “A sad elderly man sits alone in a bar whilst an accordionist plays a slow tango. A beautiful woman walks in wearing a single black pearl necklace and proceeds to dance with the old man. Gradually the music becomes more and more spirited and the dance faster as the old man becomes youthful again. With a passionate kiss he passes out in the girls arms and when he awakens he is back in the bar alone save for the accordionist. As he contemplates his dream he notices a single black pearl left behind on the bar. The sombre mood is lightened in the middle section by a deliberately trite and vibrato fuelled section, but we soon return to the opening material for a slow fade-out” Composer Colin Skinner wrote this piece especially for Superbrass’ debut CD “Under the Spell of Spain”.Duration: 6.30 minutesPercussion: 4 players playing drum kit, maracas, xylophone, triangle, tambourine, glockenspiel, claves, castanets and marimba.Grade 3: Medium 1st and 2nd Section Bands

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    Last Night of the Proms Medley

    A collection of the finest and most famous repertoire, performed at the most quintessential of English summer classical music concerts, “The Proms”. Unravel your Union Jack flag in preparation for “Rule Britannia” (Thomas Arne), “The Saucy Arethusa” (Henry Wood), “The Sailor's Hornpipe” (Traditional), “Land of Hope and Glory” (Edward Elgar), “Jerusalem” (Hubert Parry) and “The Can-can” (Jacques Offenbach)Duration: 8:00 minutesPercussion: 2 Players playing timpani, snare drum, wood blocks, triangle and suspended cymbalGrade 4: Moderately Difficult 1st Section Bands

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    Leviathan

    “Leviathan” began its evolution as a workshop work inspired by the poem written by Heathcote Williams entitled; “Whale Nation”. At the time of this workshop the tentet brass repertoire existed of extremely well written original or arranged works of a lighter nature but there was a shortage of works with a greater emotional depth and edge, hence Leviathan’s early conception as an atmospheric and emotive work. The workshop piece explored whale sound and song and was a 25 minute work in two parts. After many years of the workshop sketches sitting dormant the new work Leviathan is a much shorter and concise work. It contains only one of the original melodic themes of the workshop work. Leviathan is driven and underpinned by melodic and rhythmic elements. It is a programmed work following the awe inspiring majestic might and beauty of whales through to a hunt scene, the chase, and the ultimate demise of earth’s largest mammal. Originally commissioned by Superbrass for brass ensemble, this arrangement is by Tom Barton.Duration: 6:30 minutesNo PercussionGrade 5: Difficult Championship and 1st Section Bands

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    Los Canarios

    Originally written by "The Master of the Spanish Baroque Guitar" Gaspar Sanz in the late 17th century, David Powell’s brilliant updated arrangement regularly features on Superbrass programmes as an encore item. It’s got a really great catchy tune that completely permeates the brain cells. It also has an open middle section that allows for the drummer and/or perc section to let their hair down and go ape…. Guaranteed to get your audience’s feet tapping and hands clapping.Duration: 3 minutesPercussion: 3 players playing drum kit, tambourine and castanets.Grade 2: Moderately Easy 2nd and 3rd Section Bands

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    Moose on the Loose

    “I had a dream of a moose that escapes captivity and heads towards the city. At first he has a ball with all the new things to see but as he approaches the centre he gradually despairs at the chaos of the crowds of people and traffic. In the end he flees desperately out of the city and slams himself back into his cage. The piece is clearly a homage to Shostakovich and perhaps shouldn’t be taken too seriously” - Mark Hamlyn.Duration: 4:00 minutesPercussion: 3 Players playing timpani, snare drum and cymbals Grade 4: Moderately Difficult 1st Section Bands

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    O.B.1. Fanfare

    A salute to Hollywood and the big screen, this fine pastiche of film scoring is an exciting fanfare and concert opener, composed by Tom Watson, one of the directors of Prozone Music. The RPO Brass recently performed this at the Barbican Hall.Duration: 2:30 minutesPercussion: 3 Players playing timpani, snare drum and cymbals Grade 3: Medium 1st and 2nd Section Bands

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    Red Vest Man

    Red Vest Man was composed as a dedication to cornet player Buddy Bolden, one of the first jazz musicians. He was reputed to always perform wearing a red vest. The piece is a New Orleans funeral march, something Bolden would have been called to do many times in his career. It starts with a slow mournful march, featuring solos from trumpet and trombone and finishes with a joyful 2nd line New Orleans rhythm.Duration: 8:00 minutesPercussion: 3 Players playing side drum, bass drum, tambourine and crash cymbalsGrade 3: Medium 1st and 2nd Section Bands