Paean: Celebrating Herbert Howells

In its mysterious and brooding textures, something about Herbert Howell's 'Paean' resonated immediately with me when I first heard it in 2013. I had played 'Pageantry' and knew of 'Three Figures', two staple works within the brass band repertoire. I was curious to learn more about one of of England's great 20th century composers, and … Continue reading Paean: Celebrating Herbert Howells

I know in heaven, a castle

What a difference three years can make. It is roughly that long since I first made a trumpet sextet version of this little arrangement, which later became the version that Manger Musikklag performed so beautifully last Sunday evening: Rehearsing this piece with the band transported me back to a difficult period. When it was written, … Continue reading I know in heaven, a castle

Manger Musikklag: a new dawn

A new dawn begins in Manger Musikklag, one of Norway's oldest and most successful brass bands. I'm very privileged and honoured that they've chosen to appoint me as their new principal cornet, with several other major changes in place. This opportunity brings me to Bergen, an incredibly beautiful city with a strong cultural scene. Read … Continue reading Manger Musikklag: a new dawn