2017 is yet another landmark for Derbyshire-based Derwent Brass as it embarks on a series of new commissions to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Starting as a 4th Section band in 1992, the band has seen relentless progression. Under the single baton of MD Keith Leonard the band is now firmly settled in Championship section.
Rob Stew of Derwent Brass told BB: “Derwent is always keen to introduce new music to its audiences, most notably five years ago with a bold commission from Paul McGhee with support from PRS for Music Foundation to offer a contemporary work built on six inter-linked pieces - 'Episodes, Occurrences and Interludes'. Based on a series of personal anecdotes taken to the bands recent history this featured throughout the 20th anniversary year and took the brass band world by storm. Other works from Lucy Pankhurst, Idar Torskangerpoll, Johnny Bates, and many others have been used in Concert and Contests alike.”
So what’s for 2017? Rob continued: “We invited Paul Lovatt-Cooper to compose new concert work, ‘un-named’ as we speak, and the band is excited about welcoming PLC to the band room this Thursday (9th) to give the work a first run... Get your valve oil ready folks! Secondly, Mathew Eden yet, another emerging talent and no stranger to Derwent being the son of Band President Nev Eden, has written a short fiery brass work entitled 'Pulse'. We look forward to seeing Matt in band room in a couple of weeks too. Watch this space with more exciting projects!”