New Moves for the Movement Project
As Above, So Below – A Major New Commission
We are delighted to announce that The Wallace Collection has been successful in its bid for its New Moves for the Movement Project, commissioning and touring a new work for brass band and brass quintet, from composer Jay Capperauld, with the support of PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders.
The New Moves for the Movement tour takes an exciting and atmospheric new work for brass quintet and brass band by young Scottish composer Jay Capperauld to the brass hotspots of Manchester, Cardiff and Dublin very soon after its first performance at Sir James Macmillan’s Cumnock Tryst.
The British Brass Band is a cultural phenomenon which produces some of the highest performing standards found on these islands and is a vibrant world-wide musical export. The competitive element of band contests has contributed to these transcendental performing standards but this project is totally different in that it glories in the artistic and aesthetic qualities of brass instruments played together in harmony. To the standard brass band: (cornets, tenor and baritone horns, trombones, euphoniums, basses and percussion) will be added the distinctively different tone colours of symphonic brass (two trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba), spread antiphonally above and behind the band.
As Above, So Below: A Transcendental Adagio after The Bearable Weight of Being will be premiered at the Cumnock Tryst in Cumnock, Ayrshire by Dalmellington Brass Band conducted by ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins on September 30, 2017. This will be followed by a performance in Manchester with Fodens Band conducted by Michael Fowles in early 2018; a performance in Summer 2018 with the new All-Ireland National Youth Brass Band and Brendan Breslan in Dublin, and a concert at Cardiff’s RWCMD with the Cory Band and Philip Harper in mid-2018. Future plans include performances throughout Europe, the US and Australasia.
John Wallace commented: ” We are extremely grateful to the PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders for its support which has enabled this commissioning project to come to fruition. It is an important work which we look forward to touring across the UK and beyond, enabling us to engage with other brass bands and present to the wider audiences the unique sounds this musical combination offers.
We selected Jay Capperauld for this important work as we feel he understands brasswind instrumentalists and how they can communicate most compellingly with their audiences. His works are topical and direct, and we wanted to choose someone with relevance to the concerns of the young in the present tense.
We’ll be sharing the stage with Dalmellington Band for its first performance, and as Jay is a New Cumnockian, it seems very befitting that the premiere will be taking place at such an exciting music festival based around his home town.”
Jay Capperauld – Composer of As Above, So Below
Jay Capperauld (born 1989) graduated Masters in Composition with Distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2014. He has written for various artists & ensembles including;
BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, RSNO Alchemy Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, Red Note Ensemble, Workers Union Ensemble, Tritium Trio, Berkeley Ensemble, Pure Brass, Alison Teale of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012, Laura van der Heijden; and has had his works conducted by Thomas Dausgaard, Ilan Volkov, Sir James MacMillan, Peter Wiegold, Garry Walker and Pierre-André Valade. Jay won the Craig Armstrong Prize 2014 and recently took part in the inaugural Composers’ Hub scheme 2015/2016 as composer with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.