RNCM Wind Orchestra
James Gourlay, conductor
- Dreamscapes ... Martin Ellerby
- Rail .... Wilfred Josephs
- Euphonium Concerto ... Martin Ellerby
- Mata Hari ... Nigel Clarke
- Meditations ... Martin Ellerby
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The RNCM Wind Orchestra is widerly regarded as the finest wind orchestra in the UK today, receiving outstanding reviews for recordings and concerts. This CD features some of the most important wind band repertoire on the UK scene today, particularly important is the first studio recording of the Euphonium Concerto by Martin Ellerby.
Not only was this Euphonium Concerto commissioned by Steven but gave thefirst performance in its version with brass band, piano, symphony orchestra, piano and wind orchestra. It is perhaps the most difficult concerto in the repertoire, totally unrelenting in its demands on the soloist throughout the entire 22.5 minutes duration. Conductor is James Gourlay, famous tuba soloist, conductor and now Head of the Wind and Percussion Department at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where Steven is also the Senior Tutor in Euphonium. Gourlay also conducted the world premiere performance with Steven back in October 1995 in Switzerland.