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New music signals optimism in Scotland

As Scotland moves to level two of its COVID-19 protection programme on Monday , May 17 , there are high hopes that non-professional musicians from that date can return to playing together again , albeit outside .
While uncertainty remains on number caps and other mitigations , with the Scottish government still to provide any detail , it is hoped ensembles will be able to meet outside , which will bring optimism for many bandspeople across the country .
With that in mind – and with support from Creative Scotland ’ s Targeted Fund – the Scottish Brass Band Association has been working with composer Alan Fernie to create ensemble music for the various sections of brass bands so that musicians can play together within the coronavirus guidelines .
All the pieces are new compositions reflecting the optimism of SBBA ’ s campaign for getting back to banding , even though it may be in small groups for the time being .
The five pieces , supplied in PDF format , are a five-part entitled Soft and Strong , Safe and Warm for the cornet section ; Lizzie ’ s Variations , a quartet for flugel and horns ; Five Little Pieces

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Alan Fernie was commissioned by the Scottish Brass Band Association to pen the new music .
for euphoniums and baritones ; What ’ s Said in the Bass Section … for the basses ; and Tromtastic Rag , a trio for the trombone section . Percussion will also feature in each of the ensemble pieces as an optional extra .
SBBA is gifting this music to all member bands free of charge and so far 14 bands have taken up the offer .
Those interested should contact SBBA education officer John Boax ( sbbaeducation @ gmail . com ) to receive the arrangements .
SBBA president Carrie Boax spoke of her delight that the latest relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions is a small step towards returning to some form of normality .
“ We have always been driven by making sure the health and safety of everyone comes first and foremost ,” she said , “ but hope is now on the horizon – and it ’ s the first time since the start of the pandemic I have been able to say that with any degree of optimism .”
Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag .
Speaking of the appointment , BBCA president Russell Gray commented : “ I am delighted to welcome Bjarte onto the panel of judges . He is established as a leading teacher of conducting in Scandinavia and a world-class musician with many years of professional experience with some of the world ' s best orchestras .
The Brass Band Conductors ’ Association ( BBCA ) has confirmed the adjudicating panel for the upcoming online version of its annual conducting competition .
The panel will include Paul Holland , BBCA South West regional rep , and Brendan Breslin , a former winner of the competition and current Irish rep .
Also forming part of the jury will be Bjarte Engeset , a conductor of international acclaim who has worked as music director of the Tromsø Symphony Orchestra and The Norwegian Wind Ensemble , artistic director of Norway ’ s Northern Lights Festival and Opera Nord , and permanent guest conductor of the Flemish
Bjarte Engeset will assist in judging the event .
Radio Orchestra .
From 2007 to 2012 Engeset was chief conductor and artistic director of Sweden ’ s Dalasinfoniettan and is currently music director of the Royal Norwegian Navy Orchestra . In the brass band world he has worked with both Bjørsvik Brass and
“ Having access to his expertise will only enhance the learning experience for everyone involved in this competition .”
Entries should be submitted via video by midnight on Monday , May 31 , 2021 . Footage must demonstrate an individual conducting an ensemble ( of any kind – it doesn ’ t need to be a brass band ) and the recording must have been made within the past six years .
Full details of how to enter can be found on the Brass Bands England website : bbe . band / Conducting .
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