Regional Championships 2020
Regionals 2020 CD
This CD features recordings of all 5 Test Pieces for the 2020 Regional Championships including recordings of the new commissions for the lower section Test Pieces.
A Tale As Yet Untold (Philip Sparke)
A Tale as Yet Untold was commissioned by the Cory Band for the European Brass Band Championships in Linz, Austria, 2010, and their winning performance gave them a hattrick of victories at the competition. The theme of this impressive work, which is set in three movements, is one that recurs again and again throughout the music of Philip Sparke, the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity and how the beauty of music can help in this respect.
Legacy For Brass Band (Tom Davoren)
New commission by Kapitol Promotions for the Regional Championships 2020, First Section.
The Golden Sabre (Kit Turnbull)
Although written as a single, continuous work, The Golden Sabre is a series of musical portraits shaped around Denis Davydov’s military actions during 1812, alongside the ideals and themes that defined Hussar poetry. In keeping with the subject matter, this is an unashamedly ‘romantic’ piece in nature, attempting to reflect the ideals and themes contained within Hussar poetry. Changes of tempo are indicated by metronome marks. All other markings (Risoluto, Giocoso, Spiritoso etc.) are stylistic indications. Percussion 3 is an optional part. Percussion 2 can mostly be played on a drum kit. Mutes - where mutes are required, I have indicated the type of sound required, leaving appropriate choices up to performers.
Endurance (Andrew Baker)
Endurance is a set of ‘narrative variations’ for brass band inspired by the story of Ernest Shackleton’s epic journey across the Southern Ocean in 1914-16 and takes its title from his doomed ship, which was trapped and crushed by the Antarctic ice early in the expedition. Shackleton’s crew ensured unimaginable hardship in their attempts to survive and get home, culminating in Shackleton and a small group undertaking one of the most remarkable, dangerous and heroic open boat journeys in history, covering 800 miles of the Southern Ocean to seek help.
Neverland (Christopher Bond)
“All children, except one, grow up” wrote J.M. Barrie about Peter Pan in 1911; the first line and an expression of beautiful melancholy and fantasy, coming to represent one of the best-loved children’s stories of the twentieth century. ‘Peter & Wendy’, as the book was first released, has subsequently been transformed into adaptations for film and stage, with subsequent books based on this iconic tale. In writing this new work for brass band, the composer has taken three of the main themes from J. M. Barrie’s book, and used these themes to create new musical material, forming a work in three contrasting sections. I. Journey to Neverland The opening of the work, mysterious in its style, reflects the opening chapters of the story – a leafy London street, still in the dead of night – with the music transforming quickly as it builds in texture and momentum - a Journey to Neverland through the night sky; Second Star to the Right and straight on ‘til morning. “Then Peter knew that there was not a moment to lose. ‘Come,’ he cried imperiously, and soared out at once into the night, followed by John and Michael and Wendy. Mr & Mrs Darling and Nana rushed into the nursery too late. The birds were flown.” II. The Windows that Closed The central section of the work takes its inspiration from the sense of longing throughout the book, mainly by Peter Pan, the Darling Children & The Lost Boys. Distant memories of life before Neverland, memories of the Lost Boys’ mothers, and regret at what the children have missed. Peter says “Long ago, I thought like you that my mother would always keep the window open for me; so I stayed away for moons and moons and moons, and then flew back; but the window was barred, for mother had forgotten all about me, and there was another little boy sleeping in my bed.” III. Aboard the Pirate Ship The final section of the work takes its inspiration from the Pirate Ship, and Peter Pan’s ultimate battle with its infamous Captain Hook. “In person, he was cadaverous and blackavized, and his hair was dressed in long curls, which at a distance looked like black candles, and gave a singularly threatening expression to his handsome countenance. His eyes were the blue of the forget-me-not, and of a profound melancholy, save when he was plunging his hook into you, at which time two red spots appeared in them and lit them up horribly.”