Over the past few months the group has been busy performing some exciting new pieces for brass quartet, check out some recordings of them here on Sound Cloud
First up, we have a piece by talented composer Caroline Heslop. Caroline was commissioned to write a short piece to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the amazing Fun Art Bus charity.
Started in 1972 by Ed Berman MBE, the goals of the bus were to use the best of British arts to front new artists, playwrights, writers, poets, designers, composers and song writers, etc.
Ed wanted to put these often serious creations on to a multi-arts bus, which could be visited in an exciting and fun way by marginalised people on housing estates and elsewhere.
So with a group of actors and musicians and the help of an old Route-master bus the charity set about taking the arts to communities and helping the under privileged access the arts and be encouraged into participating within their community.
Caroline’s piece is centred around the notes F, A and B and includes a certain bus themed nursery rhyme- see if you can hear it!
Our next new pieces, yet to be recorded, are by the astonishingly talented Litha and Effy Efthymiou.
Litha and Effy Efthymiou are London-based composers and creators, specialising in contemporary art music and large-scale interdisciplinary work. They compose individually and collaboratively and have been the recipients of awards from Arts Council England, The Wellcome Trust, PRS Women Make Music, and the National Lottery, as well as the winners of numerous composition prizes including the ‘St Paul’s Sinfonia Orchestral Composition Competition’ and the ‘Association of Young Composers of the Mediterranean Composition Competition’.
Their work has been performed all over the UK, including at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place, Westminster Abbey, Handel House, Kettle’s Yard, The Sage and Blackheath Halls. Their compositions have been published by Edition HH and Acromis.
Their new pieces, written specially for the group, are based on Greek myths and a very well known story by Franz Kafka. We will of course be posting more information about the new works as we get ready to premiere them!
The last new piece recorded is a very short ‘Celebration Fanfare’. Written by the group’s bass trombonist, Jonathan Heeley, the piece was written to start a very special birthday concert for the distinguished Ursula Jones CBE at Blackheath Halls in London last year.
A keen supporter of all the arts, and of course Meridian Brass, Ursula is well known for her enthusiasm and energy for young people in the arts. Having toured around Switzerland with Ursula the group are extremely fond of her, and the fanfare was written with her wonderful personality in mind.
For more information about the composers and the fantastically fabulous Fun Arts Bus charity please follow these links bellow: