Original Folksong settings

'Grainger inspired me to find more minimal approaches within my arranging. I embraced his style of using English performance directions such as 'pure', warm' or 'heavy' and enjoyed mimicking his chromatic harmonic movements, cheeky syncopated backings and soaring countermelodies to give my writing some of the qualities found in these…


Grainger’s countryside

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8jyUQGAVCo Both 'Molly on the Shore' and 'Ye Banks and Braes o Bonnie Doon', ingeniously orchestrated for brass by our trumpet player and composer-in-residence Ryan Linham, were originally set by Grainger for many different combinations of instruments. These settings not only immortalise the folk melodies but preserve in some measure…

Read more about the article Grainger’s countryside
Nasmyth, Alexander; Loch Doon, Ayrshire; The Fitzwilliam Museum; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/loch-doon-ayrshire-5046

Fanfare for St Edmundsbury and the Magna Carta

Britten's Fanfare for St Edmundsbury, performed here with guest trumpet Phil Cobb, was premiered in 1959 at the Bury St. Edmunds 'Pageant of Magna Carta'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeUfTGAmxPU First issued in 1215, and then reissued in 1216, 1217 and 1226 the final iteration of Magna Carta acts as a legislative bedrock for…


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