On the first weekend of October I had the wonderful opportunity to be the guest soloist at the Brasswind Festival. This annual festival is hosted by one of Norways leading bands, Manger Musikklag and was held in the very nice Logen theatre in Bergen.
Having been asked to play a solo with the great Manger Musikklag band I chatted with young English composer, Paul McGhee. I knew the players of Manger were fans of his works so I commissioned a new Euphonium Concerto from Paul which later turned out to be a dialogue for Euphonium and Brass Band.
The work is extremely challanging for both soloist and band and was really appreciated by the audience. The performance of Kjeden was a world premiere and I hope there will be many other performance opportunities for this wonderful work, because it is a work that has to be heard!!
The other concert I did was together with the brass band of the Manger Folkhighschool ( I was going to write this on Norwegian but already forgot how)
It was great to work with one of the worlds finest euphonium players Tormod Flaten, the conductor of this brilliant band. I have known Tormod for a few years now and this was a great collaboration, it is always a pleasure to work with people who I have listend to when I was young.
Together with the band I played Peter Meechans Three Stories Three Worlds, it was an honour to work with the band. I had the chance during the week to work with the euphonium students in the school and give a masterclass for the brass band.
It is great to see that Norwegian banding and music has such a bright future.