Over the last couple of months I have been spending time in the recording studio at the HKB in Switzerland putting together my first solo CD. It will represent a diverse cross-section music, styles and orchestrations, showcasing the beauty and flexibility of the trombone as a solo instrument. Without wanting to give too much away, it will include Iannis Xenakis’s Keren, two truly sublime Schubert songs, and the raw power and virtuosity of Roger Argente’s ensemble Superbrass. A few details are yet to be ironed out, the details of which will be announced as and when.
Before then, I’m very excited to be going out to New Zealand to play with the Wellington Brass Band. This concert will include Arthur Pryor’s The Blue Bells of Scotland and the world premiere of Burt Appermont’s Colors orchestrated for brass band. Surprisingly, Colors is a little known work here in the UK, in the main due to the strength of the brass band tradition over the relatively small wind band culture we have. Thanks must go to Dave Bremner, sshhmutes, Burt Appermont and his publisher Beriato Music.