De Profundis

De Profundis

De Profundis is a large scale brass band performance piece created by John Wallace and Tony George, based upon an original idea by Svend McEwan-Brown. It was developed in sessions with members of the Tullis Russell Mills Band, commissioned and premiered at East Neuk Festival 2017 at The Bowhouse, St Monans, on 1st July 2017.

It was supported by Creative Scotland, Fife Council, Toby and Kate Anstruther, Shields and Carol Henderson, Donald and Louise MacDonald.

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De Profundis – Note Mine

This project remembers and celebrates the lives and music of miners. It is designed to give brass bands a performance piece that uses elements of improvisation and participation, to offer the players a stimulating and inspiring experience beyond the normal run of brass band repertoire.

All the music is drawn from two settings of the psalm ‘Out of the Deep” (De Profundis) and John Wallace has created a note mine inspired by this which you can download by clicking on the score link.

Rehearsal and Performance Photographs

Offering you an insight to the unique atmosphere this creative setting presents to a promenading audience.

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Find Out More

If you would like to learn more about how we created this performance, or perhaps you would like us to bring De Profundis to your own festival, concert season or venue, please contact us to discuss your ideas.


Shared Enthusiasm

Feedback from all the participants and audience for the world premiere of De Profundis at the 2017 East Neuk Festival has been wonderfully enthusiastic. Here are just some of the comments:

  •  “De Profundis brought a whole new dimension to brass music for me.  To be able to walk amongst the playing groups and see them close up made the performance really intimate.  It will be an evening I will never forget!”

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  • “What an incredible achievement!  I never realised brass bands could do this sort of thing, it’s really changed my attitude towards what I thought they were all about!  It was fantastic to feel part of the performance too – the combination of effects with the lighting and scenery made really added to the whole impact.  Fantastic!”

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  • “What an experience this project has been!  When it all came together with the poetry, birdsong, lighting and even the haze effects, the piece made so much more sense than when we were rehearsing the music alone.  I’ve never improvised as part of a performance before, so it was brilliant to have the opportunity to learn how to approach it and to make sure what I did was in keeping with the performance.  It’s so good to know I’ve contributed personally to the piece, and made it unique in my own way.”


  • “I loved it!  All sorts of unexpected sounds and musical motifs coming from different corners of the room, and the beautiful poetry was so effective in building up the atmosphere.  What a great tribute to the mining communities across the world – it was such a unique experience it will stay in my fond memories for years to come!”

    Audience member

  • “What a creative challenge this must have been to present.  Such innovative ideas and wonderful inspiration for the undertones of the music and the selection of the poetry.  The technical team were amazing with the way in which they transformed the space with selective lighting and colours.  It wasn’t a concert in the normal sense of the word, but it was a truly impressive performance.  It’s given me the opportunity to experience a whole combination of art forms I probably would never have had the chance to hear or see.  Well done to everyone involved – stunning!

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