> 15:00 Brass Band Concert Band Duration Ensemble Fanfare Band

Sound of the Middle Sea

Sound of the Middle Sea was written for the evening concert of “Lûd fan de Middelsee”. The work is divided into ten sections (Origin, Episode 1, Terra, Episode 2, Aqua, Episode 3, Aer, Episode 4, Ignis and Quintessence). Origin depicts the origins of the Middle Sea and introduces the elements. Terra (Earth) is a pesante dance movement, depicting hard labour and the growth of the land. Aqua (Water) depicts the trade spirit of the people living near the Middle See. Aer (Air) is a slow movement about contemplation and rationality. Ignis (Fire) depicts devastation. Quintessence is the final where the fifth element is made up of all the other elements. The Episodes link the elements together and are improvised, during the episodes a speaker will tell the story of the Sound of the Middle Sea.

Parts of this ‘suite’ can be performed, please contact me if you have any questions about this piece and/or performing it.

< 5:00 Brass Band Fanfare Band Grade 2.5

The Water is Wide

The Water is Wide is a Scottish folksong also called O Waly Waly. It depicts the challenges of love. “Love is handsome, love is kind” during the novel honeymoon phase of any relationship. However, as time progresses, “love grows old, and waxes cold.” Even true love, the lyrics say, can “fade away like morning dew.”

< 5:00 Brass Band Fanfare Band Grade 3

The Month of Maying

Now is the month of maying is one of the most famous of the English ballets, by Thomas Morley published in 1595.  The song delights in bawdy double-entendre. It is apparently about spring dancing, but this is a sexual metaphor. For example, a “barley-break” would have suggested outdoor sexual activity (rather like we might say a “roll in the hay”). The use of such imagery was very customary during the Renaissance.


Now is the month of maying,
When merry lads are playing,
Fa la la la la la la la la,
Fa la la la la la lah.
Each with his bonny lass
Upon the greeny grass.
Fa la la, etc...
The Spring, clad all in gladness,
Doth laugh at Winter’s sadness,
Fa la la, etc...
And to the bagpipe’s sound
The nymphs tread out their ground.
Fa la la, etc...
Fie then! why sit we musing,
Youth’s sweet delight refusing?
Fa la la, etc...
Say, dainty nymphs, and speak,
Shall we play barley-break?
Fa la la etc...
< 5:00 Fanfare Band Grade 3

The Crows

The Crows is a high spirited march written for fanfare band ‘Sursum Corda‘ Rijsoord (NL). The people of Rijsoord are called ‘Crows‘ hence the title of the march.

< 5:00 Brass Band Fanfare Band Grade 3

Soaring the Sky

Soaring the Sky is a short piece in a typical brass band style with influences from popular music. It captures a feeling of freedom: a feeling of flying in total harmony with your surroundings. To soar literally means flying without propulsion, furthermore, it means to ascend to an unknown height.

This piece is best performed in a special seating plan, with the cornets rows facing each other standing behind the saxhorns, the trombones are placed behind the tubas. For extra effect, a drumkit can be placed in the centre of the band. This way the antiphonal character is best utilized.

< 5:00 Brass Band Concert Band Fanfare Band Grade 4

Sic Parvis Magna

Sic Parvis Magna (Thus from small beginnings, great things come) is the motto of the explorer and sea captain Sir Francis Drake. Although his life is not undisputed, his development from 13-year-old deck cleaner to vice-admiral of the English fleet is an inspiration. Drake sailed around the world three times, the first time as a 23-year-old pirate with his cousin John Hawkins.

The heroic Maestoso sections portray the high spirits of a journey over the sea. Although there is always the outlook of danger, and memories of home and loved ones.

05:00-10:00 Brass Band Fanfare Band Grade 3

Saint Lambert

Saint Lambert was commissioned by Chr. Muziekvereniging Jeduthun Oldemarkt for their 110th anniversary (1905-2015). The piece is based on the legend of Saint Lambert. In the seventh century he was appointed bishop of Maastricht. The work starts with the main theme followed by the Saint-theme. In the first section, the unstable political situation is portrayed, eventually leading to the banishment of Lambert. In the second section we find Lambert at the monastery of Stavelot defying wind and snow while his prayers, this act leads to his eventual canonization as a saint. In the third section ascension day has arrived in Oldemarkt where the Lambertus market takes place and we hear the Bachchoral “Als Vierzig Tag nach Ostern“. 

05:00-10:00 Fanfare Band Grade 3

River Town Sketches

River Town Sketches gives an impression of the village Rijsoord, located north of the ‘little Waal’. After the slow introduction ‘Dawn‘, the pace gets faster in the second section ‘War‘. Rijsoord has its place in history since the Dutch capitulation in World War II was signed here, after the bombing of Rotterdam. The third section ‘Pastorale‘ portrays the qualities of Rijsoord that made it into an Artists Colony. Finally, the current Rijsoord is shown in ‘River Town‘, a fast section with large musical contrasts.

> 15:00 Concert Band Fanfare Band Grade 6

Red Prince

Red Prince is an imaginary tale about a red-haired boy that embarks on a big adventure. After the introduction, the confident little hero finds himself in the midst of all the action. What follows is a quest where the boy is filled with doubt and questions. Although in the end, he finds what he is looking for. In conclusion, he continues his adventure with a renewed determination, boldness and confidence.

05:00-10:00 Brass Band Fanfare Band Grade 3 Solos

One Night, One Tale

One Night, One Tale is a solo for horn and band. Scheherazade is the storyteller in the stories from One Thousand and One Nights. To escape death by the sultan, who beheads all his brides, so they won’t be unfaithful, she tells a story every night and stops in the middle. Every night the sultan is curious and spares her. This way Scheherazade stays alive until the sultan is cured of his madness. They lived happily ever after.

“Atmosperic and challenging, it is an asset in the repertoire for horn and fanfare band!”

Fokke van Heel (Principal Horn NedPho)