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Bernard van Beurden


Bernard van Beurden announces that he has finished a new work scored for solo trumpet and solo percussion (marimba,xylophone,vibrophone,crotalis) with wind orchestra entitled TWO and TUTTI. The piece is in 5 movements and lasts about 20 minutes.

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Double Premiere of `Earthrise’ for Concert Band

Nigel Clarke writes:

On the 24th March 2012 my new version of `Earthrise’ published by Studio Music was performed by two of the world’s outstanding wind orchestras – the first by the Göteborg Symphonic Band under the baton of David Lundblad in their home town in Sweden and the second by the Band of the Grenadier Guards conducted by their new Director of Music, Captain Mike Smith in this year’s BASWE London Festival. I have had the privilege to work with these two orchestras before and witnessed many extraordinary performances, both as Associate Composer to The Band of the Grenadier Guards and in 2010 with the premiere of my Violin Concerto (Black Fire) by Göteburg Symphonic Band.

The inspiration for Earthrise comes from one of the most iconic photographs in history; the NASA photograph of the same name was one of a series taken by William Anders and the Apollo 8 crew on 24 December 1968 during the first manned mission to the moon., Astronaut Michael Collins, who was working on the ground as capsule communicator for the Apollo 8 team and who was later to take part in the Apollo 11 mission when man first stepped on the moon, called the Earthrise mission “more awe-inspiring than landing on the moon”. The sight of the Earth rising above the Moon took the Apollo 8 crew by surprise. It came into view as they emerged from the far side of the Moon. James Lovell recalled afterwards:There’s no colour. In the whole universe wherever we looked, the only bit of colour was back on was the most beautiful thinbg to see in all the heavens. People down here don’t realise what they have.

Nigel Clarke



Catherine Tackley will conduct the world premiere of Runcorn Bridge by Gary Carpenter played by the North Cheshire Wind Orchestra at the Royal Northern College of Music on 30th June, 2012.

The whole programme: will be:

Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Overture
Ottorino Respighi Huntingtower
Gary Carpenter Runcorn Bridge (NCWO Commission, World Première)
Adam Gorb Awayday
Gordon Jacob Music for a Festival
Adam Gorb Dances from Crete

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