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

The p-Lur project – part 1

This is my first post on what will be an insight into my latest project; the p-Lur. Since demand for Lurs is probably not that great, this is more of an experiment for personal satisfaction than any kind of commercial venture. However, I am currently writing a Viking-inspired piece for my group æðelfrìth which I hope … Continue reading The p-Lur project – part 1

The British Cornet Sound

Having been working on core sound recently with a number of students, I have been trying to reference where my idea of sound has been developed from. These examples are my ideals and inspiration for the perfect modern British cornet sound. These players have been some of my personal heroes from day one, and some of the great talents … Continue reading The British Cornet Sound