To use Google custom search feature above, simply enter your search word and press SEARCH. This will quickly provide access to all the resources on this site.

Welcome to


Welcome to the 2018 Spring/summer edition of my Web Pages, mostly about music which I shall have conducted or will conduct in my birthday celebration concerts in Kentucky, Scotland, Spain, Singapore and Tokyo. La Lira we played in the concert at KMEA with Henry Clay High School, Kentucky, and I was happy to play Guy Woolfenden’s Illyrian Dances.

If you are planning programmes for next season, I hope that some of the links might be an inspiration. Cheers, Slàinte, Salut, 乾杯, Kanpai,

How many marches have such a variety of dynamics, orchestration and thematic invention as this PASO DOBLE BY LUIS SERRANO ALARCON?

The Philharmonic Winds dirigida por Timothy Reynish interpreta el pasodoble "La Lira De Pozuelo De Alarcón" del maestro Luís Serrano Alarcón durante el Certamen Internacional de Bandas de Música "Ciudad de Valencia" 2013.


CARNEGIE HALL DEBUT, that’s Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, Scotland

15 March     Band of the Royal Marines, Scotland

Hesketh Danceries Set 1

Holst       Marching Song




June 21 at the RNCM, Manchester UK, 7.30pm – 9.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

THE PATH TO HEAVEN Adam Gorb composer Ben Kaye libretto - Stefan Janski director - Mark Heron conductor - Melvin Tay assistant conductor Musicians from Psappha and RNCM

A powerful tale of extremism, expedience, deceit and betrayal, The Path to Heaven dramatically exposes the disintegration of the loves, lives and hopes of an extended family struggling to survive amidst the horrors of The Holocaust.

Sara, Hanna, Dieter, Magda and Hans return home from a party to find that having ‘danced too long in the moonlight’, evil stalks them from the darkness.

The discovery that their adoptive parents have disappeared triggers a descent into a nightmare from which none will escape unchanged. A meticulously-researched series of individual real stories has been woven into a thrilling new opera for the 21st Century.


Fl/Picc, Fl. Cl/Cl Eb, Cl/Bcl, Sop sax/Alto sax, Alto sax/Ten sax, Bsn/contra, 2 Tpts, 2 Tbns, Tba, 2 perc. Piano

May 19 Spanish premiere of Symphony no 2 by Luis Serrano Alarcon

Was given by the Unión Musical Santa Cecilia de Villar del Arzobispo conducted by the composer in a joint concert with the Banda Sinfonica “La Artistica” de Buñol..

May 24 Premiere of Flute Concerto by Wei Yang University of Washington, details Tim Salzman

April 28 World premiere of Christopher Marshall’s Cone of Uncertainty

Unión Musical Santa Cecilia de Villar del Arzobispo conducted by Tim Reynish

The ‘cone of uncertainty’ is a term used by meteorologists to illustrate the range of most likely tracks for a hurricane. The cone narrows as the storm approaches and the location of a strike becomes increasingly clear. For those in the path of the storm – or any other predicted catastrophic event – their thoughts may veer between surging anxiety, over-confidence, prayers to a higher power, and resignation…as time inexorably erodes the cone.

Cone of Uncertainty is constructed using a 12 note theme (B,C,E,Eb,F#,G,D,Bb<F,C#,G#, A) ina predominantly triadic-tonal context. The row or its 3 transformations are present throughout the piece, either in melody, bass line or harmonies, or a combination of these.

2plus picc, 2 plus cor, Eb, 4 B, bass and contra bass, 2alto, 1 tenor 1 baritone sax

4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 tenor and bass, euphonium, tuba, 1 percussion (5 timpani) 4 percussion duration 6 minutes

April 7 Saffron Walden UK premiere of new edition of Richard Rodney Bennett Morning Music prepared and edited by Andrew Keeling, conducted by Phillip Scott with the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain. Score and parts available from Music Sales. Shortly to be published a new edition of Bennett’s Trumpet Concerto edited by Andrew Kdeenan.


Many thanks to Luis for arranging a birthday concert, with wine, paella, and a midnight serenade under my window; he wrote a brand new “British” Paso Doble entitled Tim, which he conducted with his band in Villar del Arzobispo on April 25th . The band is nothing less than superb, at cooking and playing, in a repertoire which included:

Guy Woolfenden Suite Francaise

William Alwyn Concerto for Flute and Octet

Kenneth Hesketh Masque

Christopher Marshall Cone of Uncertainty World Premiere

Luis Serrano Alarcon A British paso doble Tim World Premiere

Adam Gorb Yiddish Dances

Luis Serrano Alarcon Paso Doble La Lira del Pozuelo

Luis is a superb conductor and a first rate composer; here is the first movement of his Concertango which we shall play in Tokyo.


Yiddish Dances was written for my 60th birthday concert and premiered by the RNCM in Manchester. This year, Adam is writing a new piece, to be premiered by Trinity Laban Conservatoire Wind Ensemble in my final birthday concert on 1st November at Blackheath Halls. Everyone is of course invited. New to me with Philharmonic Winds will be Adam’s Bohemian Revelry, written in 2013, a superb suite of dances in the style of Antonin Dvorak. Here is a performance conducted by Björn Bus.


My great birthday year began with conducting the Band of HM Royal Marines Scotland in Ken’s superb Danceries 1, in Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, not New York, but still a great acoustic. I programmed Masque in Villar del Arzobispo to great applause, and I will play it again on June 17th in the Esplanade, Singapore with Philharmonic Winds. I think Masque is a lot of fun; played here by UNC conducted by Even Feldman

I tried to get one of the bands to programme Diaghilev Dances; here is a fine performance by Phillip Scott conducting the excellent NYWOGB.

I also adore my commission from Ken of Vranjankar played here by Philharmonic Winds


Kenneth Hesketh Masque

Guy Woolfenden Illyrian Dances

Derek Bourgeois Symphony for William

Yasuhide Ito As Time Is Passing

Luis Serrano Alarcon Tim, a British Paso Doble

Adam Gorb Bohemian Revelry


Adam Gorb Awayday

Guy Woolfenden Illyrian Dances

David del Tredici In Wartime

Yasuhide Ito Time-into-music world premiere

Luis Serrano Alarcon Concertango first movement

Christopher Marshall L’Homme Armé

Felix Mendelssohn/Ito Auf Flügel des Gesanges’

Yasuhide Ito Solo una Volta, March or Nippon Hey!


who was my best man at my wedding 57 years ago (still married) is a composer whose use of soloists in the ensemble is always a source of delight. In Villar del Arzobispo we played his charming Suite Française for wind octet, with no horns. I programmed his equally charming Illyrian Dances with William Clay High School at the Kentucky Music Educators Conference in February, and will conduct it again in Singapore and Tokyo. Here is Guy conducting Suite Française in Florida:

It is too easy to keep playing Illyrian Dances or Gallmaufry. I would recommend searching through the rest of his fifteen pieces. Here is his Divertimento which he wrote for Keith Allen for the 1907 WASBE Conference.


Yasuhide Ito is one of the finest composers and conductors in the band world, with a background in European opera rather than American film scores, so that for me his best music is quite special and his work in preparing the green Tie Wind Ensemble at Senzuko Gakuen College equally outstanding. His best known work is Gloriosa

Recently his music has shown greater depth and intensity. As Time is Passing was written in memory of his wife’s mother and is in four movements,

Lamento – Marcia – Dies Irae - Adagio Molto

A Symphonic Poem for Band, As Time is Passing is one of the finest examples of sustained emotional writing in the repertoire. It was written at the turn of the century, intended to be a celebratory work, but the death of the composer’s mother turned into a miniature requiem. The opening Lamento is a hearfelt romantic prelude, in which we might detect influences of major German composers of the 19th century, Wagner or Richard Strauss, and this is followed by a March which owes something to the British traditional march. This breaks off as the chorus shout “Dires Irae”, and this leads into a demonic scherzo reminiscent of similar passages in Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, and the final adagio is mainly for unaccompanied voices, intensely moving and almost unbearably beautiful. The work ends with a short postlude based on the opening Lamento.


Just discovered


Scoring 3333:222

Recording Troy 316 Albany records

Christina Anghelescu and Philharmonic Orchestra conductor David Parry

Recently discovered


Scoring 2222:11:timps 2P Piano

Recording The compact disc Anthony Burgess: Orchestral Music (Naxos 8.573472), the first commercially available recording of Burgess's orchestral music, was released in May 2016. The works on the CD are Mr W.S., Marche pour une révolution 1789-1989, and Mr Burgess’s Almanack, all performed by the Brown University Orchestra under Paul Phillips's direction.

Review in Guardian:

“I wish people would think of me as a musician who writes novels, instead of a novelist who writes music on the side,” Anthony Burgess wrote in the Economist in 1991. Fat chance of that, especially after the release of Stanley Kubrick’s film of Burgess’s novel A Clockwork Orange . But Burgess kept composing – his lengthy worklist includes everything from recorder sonatas to perhaps the least likely operetta ever, based on Joyce’s Ulysses – and the US conductor Paul Phillips has been championing his music.
This disc starts with Mr WS, a jaunty mock-Tudor ballet suite nodding to Walton’s Shakespearian music, and the similarly Waltonesque Marche pour une Révolution, both dispatched with spirit if not ideal refinement by Phillips’s student orchestra; but keep listening and a more interesting voice emerges in Mr Burgess’s Almanack, a sequence of 14 modernist-inflected short movements for chamber ensemble written in 1987.