Scots-born Peter Graham gained international recognition within the band community in 2002 as the first composer outside the US to the win the American Bandmasters Association’s prestigious Ostwald Award for composition.
This month's release is the first Naxos disc to present a complete programme of the composer's music, performed by the stunning Black Dyke Band. It includes the world premiere recordings of two works completed only this year: Paramount Rhapsody, and New York Movie, a 'musical narrative' that reflects the haunting imagery of Edward Hopper's iconic paintings.
Peter Graham is one of the leading brass band composers of his generation, and the first outside the US to win the American Bandmasters Association’s prestigious Ostwald Award for composition. Black Dyke Band celebrates his 60th birthday with this recording, the theme of which derives from Graham’s time in New York and from some of the ‘giants’ of American culture. On the Shoulders of Giants pays tribute to great brass virtuosi such as Miles Davis and John Philip Sousa; New York Movie is a ‘musical narrative’ on seven of Edward Hopper’s iconic, haunting paintings; and Metropolis 1927 takes its inspiration from the dystopian beauty of Fritz Lang’s classic science fiction film.
Listen to an extract from New York Movie
About the Artists
Black Dyke Band holds the highest rank in the worldwide brass band community. Critics have rightfully declared it to ‘stand alone’ in the history of its genre. Black Dyke has continued to win significant competitions under its music director, Nicholas Childs: in 2015 the band became European Champion Band for the 13th time; in 2014 the band was declared the British Open Champion for the 30th time. Black Dyke's performing and recording schedule is among the busiest and most productive of any British brass band.
Nicholas Childs' recordings with the Black Dyke Band have been heralded as the very best in the brass band world, winning multiple CD of the Year awards. Childs gives particular emphasis to the development of the brass band movement through his commitment to training outstanding young musicians both at the collegiate level as well as within the Yorkshire Youth Brass Band, and the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain, of which he is founder and music director.
Narrator Dale Gerrard is a former member of the Norfox Young People’s Theatre Company at The Library Theatre Manchester. His theatre work includes That Day We Sang (Victoria Wood – Manchester International Festival) and The Wind in the Willows (Library Theatre Company). Gerrard’s television credits include Henry VIII and His Six Wives (Channel 5), A Little Bird Told Me (CBBC) and Crime Stories (ITV).
Peter Moore and Philip Cobb
Philip Cobb was appointed joint principal trumpet of the London Symphony orchestra when he was only 21 years of age. He continues to maintain his solo career and a continued interest in brass bands, having released three solo albums and performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall in New York as well as London's Royal Albert Hall, the O2 Arena, the Barbican and Cadogan Hall. He was featured in the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
Peter Moore became the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2008, at the age of 12. He was appointed co-principal trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra just six years later and selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). Moore has appeared as soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Northern Chamber Orchestra, the Brighton Philharmonic, and the Polish Chamber Orchestra at the Rheingau and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals in Germany.
“With the wide appeal of these popular scores and the exceptional standard of the performances from the Black Dyke Band I can see significant interest and many subsequent converts to brass band music being generated by this disc.”
– MusicWeb International
Listen to an extract from Bizet's Carmen Suite:
V. Toreadors' song
[arr. A Fernie]