To join in a world-wide Festival of Guy Woolfenden’s music, follow the link below for a complete list of his music and many performances on Youtube.
Composer, conductor and trumpeter, born 4 August 1923; died 20 November 2014
WINNER 2014 ITHACA COLLEGE WALTER BEELER PRIZE
CONCERTO FOR WIND ENSEMBLE by CLINT NEEDHAM – for a 9 minute excerpt click on the title
4 WORKS TO REMEMBER FOR 2015
A Plain Man’s Hammer (1984) by Martin Dalby, premiered in 1985
Hommage a Stravinsky (1985) by Ole Schmidt
Sea and Sky and Golden Hill (1985) by David Bedford
Dona Nobis Pacem (1995) by Martin Ellerby
3 NEW COMMISSIONS FOR 2015
|Fergal Carroll||      ||Another school band work at about Grade 3|
|Matthew Taylor||      ||Bignor Hill|
|Edwin Roxburgh||      ||Piano Concerto|
Sherborne Summer School of Music (formerly Canford)
2nd to 8th August 2015
Application details are now available via the Sherborne Summer School website. BASBWE Scholarships are available.
TEN WORKS TO CONSIDER FOR NEXT YEAR’S PROGRAMMES
FROM CANADA – A WORLD PREMIERE
Hunter: a Homage to Robert Flaherty for wind ensemble and percussion BY Derek Healey
To be premiered by the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble, Jeffrey Reynolds (conductor) at MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto, on January 29th, 2015 at 7:30pm.
I apologise that an interview with Derek made in January 2014 is only now being posted
A Street Car Named Desire by Milan Tarbuk
Lament by Chang Su Koh
Zurich-Oerlikon Symphonic Wind Band (CH)
Conductor Carlo Balmeli
All three works from this programme are available on Youtube, browse on the title for links to performances.
Le Premier Jour Jean Balissat
Double Concerto for Harp, Piano and Wind Oliver Waespi
Bulgarian Dances Franco Cesarini
Le Premier Jour by Balissat was a commission I believe from Felix Hauswirth and the lamented Uster Festival which the RNCM Wind Orchestra premiered in Switzerland in 1993. I have always enjoyed works by Oliver Waespi, and have written about them on my website; the Double Concerto is a large-scale romantic concerto, with problems over balance on this recording which is probably of the premiere. I first heard the Bulgarian Dances by Cesarini in Taiwan at the 2011 WASBE Conference and I wrote “Franco Cesarini is a wonderful orchestrator, and in Bulgarian Dances he has created a superb set of movements”
Singapore Sonorama by David Ward-Steinman (starts at 6.00) performed by Philharmonic Winds conducted by Leonard Tan