The band has now had the first three rehearsals for 2015, and this has given us a chance to look at some new music. Richard has selected all the music for our first concert, and has gone a good way towards finalising the music for the second concert. And, as well as new music, we have some new players too. It is particularly good to have an expansion in the horn section. The first concert has a them of “Music from around the world” and features a number of works that are new to the band.
“300 Kilometres Above” is a work by Australian Composer Stuart Greenbaum. The title refers to the height at which a spacecraft orbits the earth when in a geosynchronous orbit, and reflects the grandeur of viewing the earth from that height. The score is sparsely instrumented and presents the band with some challenges. We hope to rise to them (though perhaps not quite as high as the title).
Aaron Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody” is another work that will stretch the band. The well known simple tune is passed round the instruments of the band with different variations in different keys. Two other highlights are Frank Ticheli’s “Cajun Folk Songs No 2″ and Alfred Reed’s “Armenian Dances Part 2″.