facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label support us

*
banner

RWCMD Brass Band

Hemispheres
Conductors: Dr Robert Childs, Ruth Mellor
Dora Stoutzker Hall
Wednesday 31st October

The RWCMD’s commitment to programming works from female composers saw the college brass band spearhead a concert of engaging, thought provoking repertoire, with two very different major compositions forming its cornerstones. 

A long overdue revival of Judith Bingham’s seminal ‘Prague’ was wholeheartedly embraced, with MD Dr Robert Childs eliciting a rich intensity to her  evocative musical portrait of the historic city that combined power, beauty and mystery. 

In contrast, Imogen Holst’s ‘The Unfortunate Traveller’ with its folk inspired individuality and wit drew a picture of a very different kind – as English as anything her father had written, but with a pointed sense of character that was neatly developed on its musical canvas with the lightest of hands.

World premieres

The concert also featured two world premieres commissioned by the RWCMD for the event. 

Mirroring the theme of her work, composer Louisa Trewartha travelled all the way from her Australian home to hear the premiere of ‘Flight’.

The pulsating concert opener captured the sense of pioneering spirit and adventure, aided by soaring melodic lines, of pilot Maude ‘Lores’ Bonney, who made the 12,300 mile flight from Australia to the UK in 1933. 

Award winning Lucy Pankhurst is already an established compositional voice for the brass band medium, but her ever inventive music is a constantly surprising delight. 

Award winning Lucy Pankhurst is already an established compositional voice for the brass band medium, but her ever inventive music is a constantly surprising delight. 

‘Where She Sings Freely’, was set to the narration of a poem by 13-year-old Clara Price, exploring the thoughtful themes of female emancipation.

Mirroring the rather poignant dialogue, the floating effects and dark undertones grew in conviction towards an immense climax, before gradually fading away – leaving a telling impression on the listener’s mind.

Antagonistic personality

Pat Pimpanit Karoomyavanich also further demonstrated her growing reputation with ‘Poseidon’; a cleverly scored work exploring the sea god’s antagonistic personality – a mercurial portrait played with confidence and character.

To finish, student Ruth Mellor maturely led Lucy Pankhurst’s infectiously upbeat ‘Wired’ - complete with impressive solo contributions that drew deservedly enthusiastic applause from the audience who had thoroughly enjoyed a concert of insight and inspiration.

Thomas Dunne

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    



Enderby Band - Enderby Band Christmas Concert

Monday 17 December • Enderby Church. Corner of Leicester Lane/Blaby Road. Enderby. Leicestershire LE19 4AR


Foden's Band - Little Lever High School

Tuesday 18 December • Little Lever High School ,Church Street, Little Lever, Bolton, BL3 1BT


The Wigston Band - The Wigston Band Christmas Concert

Thursday 20 December • St Thomas Church, South Wigston LE18 4TA


Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Thursday 20 December • St Alfege Church. 3 Greenwich Church Street SE10 9BJ


The Wigston Band -

Thursday 20 December • St Thomas Church, South Wigston LE18 4TA


Haslingden & Helmshore Brass Band

December 18 • Haslingden & Helmshore, North West 1st Section Brass Band. . MD Mr. Simon Cowen (Principal Trombone with RLPO) . Require 2 front row Cornet players & Percussionist to complete the band. . A very sensible mix of engagements with rehearsals every Tuesday 8pm


Meltham and Meltham Mills Brass Band

December 18 • We have a vacancy for a Soprano and BBb Bass to complete the line up for the areas. Nice Schilke Sop sat waiting for the right person! The band currently competes in the 2nd Section and has a full program of concerts and contests.


The Corsham Band

December 18 • The band are currently looking for an experienced Back Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team. Second or Third Cornet position available.


Gary Davies


Conductor, Band Trainer, Adjudicator