2019 was the year of my first official appointment as Composer in Residence. Tullis Russel Mills Band celebrated their centenary year and wanted to give the role to me.
The first concert was in April, I flew over to attend the concert where Soaring the Sky was played. It was great to see my mate Ray again and meet the band. The concert was at St. Ninians Parish Church in Glenrothes, not the most ideal concert venue, but it had an intimate atmosphere to it.
After my first visit, the band played the premiere of One Night, One Tale played by their young star on tenor horn Samuel Duzinkewycz. And during the East Neuk Festival, the band played Eilean Nan Gobhar, which I wrote during my holiday in Scotland the year before.
Fortunately, I got the chance to visit the band again in November. It was the final concert of the Fringe of Gold festival of St. Andrews University. I was invited to play along, which was my first time playing under Peter Graham who was also part of the concert. It was great being there meeting a lot of new people from the band, The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the brass ensemble of St. Andrews University. At this concert, A Tallis Anthem was played which both the band and the audience seemed to enjoy.
During their Christmas concerts, Tullis played Carols of Old. And that concluded my year as Composer in Residence with the band. I am grateful for the possibility to have my music played and the lovely people I have met. Thank you Tullis Russel Mills Band and Ray! All the best for the future.