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Thursday 23rd October

Conductor Timothy Reynish

Concerto for Piano and Nine Instruments/Constant Lambert

New Work/Will Handysides World Premiere

Concerto for Horn and Wind Band/Elgar Howarth World premiere of revised version

The Redwood Tree/Joe Dudell World Premiere of revised edition

Premiered at the Cheltenham Music Festival 2008, the revised version of Joe Duddell'snew work The Redwood Tree will receive its world premiere. The Band of HM Royal Marines, the largest of the British military wind bands, under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Chris Davis performed the work on Tuesday 15th July at Cheltenham Town Hall as part of an all English programme.

This is Duddell's first work for symphonic wind band and it is an exciting addition to the repertoire. The programme note refers to a fictional journey through California with its famous giant redwood trees and this is reflected in the music as it develops from a delicate opening to a spectacular finale.

Joe Duddell, who first studied at Salford University and then later with Steve Martland at the Royal Academy of Music, has recently returned to Salford to take up the position of Reader at the university. As a composer, his influences not only come from figures such as Stravinsky and Tippett but are also draw from minimalism music and even rock bands such as Radiohead. He has recently completed a commission for the London Symphony Orchestra.

"…the music’s air of simplicity clearly stands for gifted craft…"
Delia Casadei,