Brass Concerto performances are not overly commonplace in the brass band world. For a long time they were considered the preserve of classical musicians. Nowadays there are many original works by distinguished composers, as well as arrangements of concert hall classics, which provide a moment in the spotlight for the best players.
Tonight Frank Renton introduces tuba virtuoso James Gourlay; euphonium star Steven Mead; The Black Dyke Band's principal trombonist Brett Baker; along with the truly remarkable talents of trumpeter Martin Winter, who has held top positions both here and in Europe. The selection of composers includes Vaughan Williams, Ernest Tomlinson, Tommy Dorsey, Philip Sparke and Max Bruch.