The Devon Hotel New Plymouth Brass, under the leadership of Music Director Christopher Luke , is rehearsing intensively in preparation for the National Brass Band Championships which are to be held in Hamilton in July 2019.
The Band will perform the contest music in a concert to be held in St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Liardet Street New Plymouth at 2pm on Sunday 7th July.
The 2019 test piece chosen by the national association is Triumphant Rhapsody by Gilbert Vinter. This piece was originally commissioned for the 1965 British Brass Championships, held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. It is based on the structure of an exploration of the musical interval of a second, and is described as a ‘Fantasy’ for Brass Band.
For the band’s own choice work, Christopher has chosen Music for a Festival by Philip Spark, played in three movements without a break. The outer two movements are full of energy and surround a tender central section with delicate quartet writing and a broad climax for the whole band.
The band will also perform it’s hymn/reflective piece, and the concert will also feature band members that are competing in various events at the contest.
Polished Brass will be supported by New Plymouth Jay Band under the leadership of its new conductors Bryce Gordon & Linda Warren.
Admission is $10