On Saturday 22 April Bramwell Tovey and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britian are joined by LSO Principal Trumpet Philip Cobb and LSO Co-principal Trombone Peter Moore for a vibrant programme of British and American music for brass band.
With energetic test pieces from Denis Wright and Joseph Horovitz, John Ireland’s charming Elegy from A Downland Suite, a swinging Fandango from Joseph Turrin and the world premiere of Gavin Higgins’ Dark Arteries Suite, the concert promises a lively showcase of the best in the modern brass band tradition.
The 80-strong band will be joined by two LSO soloists; Philip Cobb, LSO Principal Trumpet and former NYBB Principal Cornet, and Peter Moore, LSO Co-Principal Trombone and a founding member of the NYBB’s sister band, the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain.
Meet the band
Behind today’s NYBB is a 50-year-long history of offering opportunity and coaching to the brightest teenaged brass players from all over the UK, with many going on to become professional musicians in major orchestras. With alumni including Katrina Marzella, Paul Duffy and David Childs, the band’s focus on musicianship, inspiration and teaching has helped forge some of the UK’s most successful brass soloists. It is more than likely that we are welcoming tomorrow’s stars to the Barbican stage.
Meet the soloists
Philip Cobb and Peter Moore both began their musical careers at remarkably young ages. Cobb started learning to play the trumpet at three and a half and joined his first youth band at aged six. He went on to become the NYBB’s Principal Cornet for several courses and won the prestigious Harry Mortimer Award on four separate occasions. A fourth generation Salvationist, Cobb came up through Salvation Army bands and played with the International Staff Band. By the time he graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Cobb was already Principal Trumpet of the LSO aged just 21. In this concert, he will be performing Denis Wright’s Concerto for Cornet, a spirited and cheerful piece from the middle of the twentieth century.
In 2008, Peter Moore became the BBC Young Musician Competition’s youngest ever winner at just 12 years of age. Only six years later, at 18, he became the LSO’s youngest ever member when he was appointed Co-Principal Trombone. In 2015, he became part of BBC Radio 3’s prestigious New Generation Artist Scheme. A passionate advocate of the trombone, he also joined the BBC’s Ten Pieces project, which introduces children of primary and secondary school age to classical music, and mentored young trombonists at the 2016 LSO Brass Academy. Moore will be performing a piece by Bramwell Tovey, who has been NYBB’s Artistic Director for over a decade. Lincoln Tunnel Cabaret was written for New York Philharmonic’s principal trombone Joseph Allessi. It depicts a fantastical version of Alessi’s commute from New Jersey to the Lincoln Center in Manhattan during which the soloist gets stuck in traffic, resorting to his trombone to entertain the unhappy crowd.
The pair will perform together in Joseph Turrin’s Fandango. Written in 2000, this energetic piece incorporates lively Spanish fandango rhythms with swinging and stately brass band elements for seven minutes of spritely virtuosity.
Bramwell Tovey has been the NYBB’s Artistic Director since 2006. A Grammy award-winning conductor, Tovey is Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and has performed with some of the best orchestras in the world, including the LSO. He’s renowned for his work as a composer. He premiered The Lincoln Tunnel Cabaret (which we’ll be hearing in this concert) with the New York Philharmonic, an orchestra with whom he has a close relationship and has made an astonishing 100 guest appearances.
You can hear the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain at the Barbican on Saturday 22 April 2017. Click here to see the full programme, find out more and book tickets.