Prince Bishops Brass Ensemble

Monday 12th March 2018
7:30pm at the Penrith Methodist Church
Tickets: £16, at the door or in advance.

The Prince Bishops Brass Ensemble will bring Penrith Music Club’ s season to a close on Monday March 12th.

They are a versatile group of brass players from around the north east of England (hence the name) and their extensive programme, from Jeremaiah Clarke to Bernstein and beyond promises to give a lively evening’s entertainment to round off the season. All except the newest member of the group have grown up in this part of the world and been part of the colliery and other works brass band traditions.

As to the music being presented, Dukas (he of Sorcerer’s Apprentice fame) is not a noted contributor to brass music, nor indeed a prolific composer, but his fanfare introduction to the exotic ballet ‘La Peri’ has a glowing sonority, which should set the concert off to a bright start. The ceremonial theme continues with Clarke’s suite in D, which includes the Prince of Denmark’s march, before the quintet tackles the intricacies of a Bach Fugue.

An intriguing arrangement of Barber’s Adagio (originally for string quartet, arranged for string orchestra, and then adapted as a choral piece – by the composer himself) follows! American influences are well to the fore in much of the rest of their programme, including arrangements of some Gershwin standards, a ‘Santa Barbara’ sonata y Bram Tovey, and the 4 dance episodes from Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’. We will hear also a more ‘native’ piece, in ‘Songs of Northumbria’ by Ray Chester.

This all adds up to what should be a resounding finale to the season in Penrith Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. on Monday 12th March. Tickets at £16 (students £2) are available from Lakeland Music, Beckside Books and the Tourist Information Centre in Penrith, or at the door.


Fanfare to La Peri Dukas
Suite in D (including the Prince of Denmark's March)  Jeremiah Clarke arr. Paul Archibald  
Fugue in G Minor J S Bach arr.Ronald Romm
Fancies, Toyes and Dreames Farnaby arr. Elgar Howarth
Adagio Barber arr.McNeff
Pastime with Good Company Henry VIII arr. Stephen Roberts
Santa Barbara Sonata Bram Tovey
Quintet Michael Kamen
Summertime, Love is Here to Stay,
I Got Rhythm
George Gershwin
Songs of Northumbria Ray Chester
4 Episodes from West Side Story Leonard Bernstein arr. Jack Gale

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