Thursday, 1 November 2012

Rory Boyle - 20121101233358.jpg Rory Boyle       Joe Walters - 20121101233227.jpgJosiah Walters

The Scottish Brass Band Association are delighted to announce the two composers who have been commissioned to write the set works for the forthcoming European Brass Band Championships 2014. With funding from Creative Scotland, SBBA have commissioned the renowned classical composer and Professor of Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rory Boyle, to create the set work for the ‘A' Section. Whilst the ‘B' Section will receive their set work from one of Scotland's most talented young composers and leading bass trombonists, Josiah Walters.

The announcement came as part of a presentation which updated attendees of the 2012 SBBA Annual Conference on the exciting prospects of the world class European Festival of Brass 2014 which, amongst the many planned events to be based in Perth, will involve bands and communities across the whole country in outreach projects and performances as part of a nationwide celebration of brass music.

Andrew Duncan, Development Manager for SBBA commented: "Josiah is already a prolific composer bringing many new ideas into his writing for brass band, and I'm sure he will produce an exciting and innovative new work for the ‘B' Section bands to play.

For the ‘A' section bands, I am delighted and thrilled that SBBA has been able to engage such an experienced and eminent composer as Rory Boyle to write a major work for brass band for the very first time. The set work for the A Section bands is without doubt the centre piece of the European Brass Band Championships, and I am certain that Rory Boyle's new work will prove to be a significant new contribution to the brass band repertoire, will be the crowning glory of the European Festival of Brass 2014 and will go on to serve as a legacy of the event for years to come.

For my part, I am very much looking forward to working closely with both Rory and Josiah over the next year as their new works progress."

Rory Boyle -
Rory Boyle was born in Ayr and received his earliest musical education as a chorister at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. He studied composition with Dr Frank Spedding at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) as well as piano, clarinet, organ and conducting. A Caird Travelling Scholarship enabled him to continue his studies with Lennox Berkeley in London.
Whilst he was still a student at the RSAMD he won the BBC Scottish Composers' Prize (1971) with his first orchestral score Variations On A Theme Of Orlando Gibbons. Further important awards followed including Royal Philharmonic Prizes for both his Symphony In One Movement (1973) and Clarinet Concerto (1975) , as well as the Zaiks Prize in the International Competition set up in memory of Kazimierz Serocki, one of the leading figures in the Polish avant garde, for his orchestral score Winter Music which was premièred in Poland in 1987.
His list of works covers most genres and he has received commissions from many societies, festivals and organisations including the Cheltenham, Three Choirs', St. Albans, Greenwich and Latvian Contemporary Music Festivals. He has also written for leading performers, most notably Evelyn Glennie (Marimba Concerto), The Fine Arts Brass Quintet (Giochi di Sospiri and Elegy For The Black Bitch {nominated for a British Composer Award in 2005}), Michael Chance (Lord Lundy), Nicholas Daniel (Sorella and Four Ways To Play Reels), Mark O'Keeffe (Ceremony After A Fire Raid) and David Hubbard (That Blessed Wood). He has collaborated with several writers including Vikram Seth (8 Beastly Tales), Richard Stilgoe (Mine Host), and Dilys Rose (Kaspar Hauser and The Fires Of Bride).
He has not neglected the educational sphere, including writing four operas for children. In 1998 The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland's tour programme included his Capriccio which was performed at venues including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and the London Proms. In the Proms programme the conductor Nicholas Cleobury wrote: While Boyle's Scottish roots are never far away, his music has a strong, mainstream European , Stravinsky-based rigour, with its own brand of virile, challenging, but always comprehensible counterpoint, dissonance which is hard-fought yet never gratuitous, an unsentimental lyricism and unerring sense of architecture. In 2002 he was appointed Composer laureate for Schools with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in partnership with the City of Edinburgh. This 3 year post (the first of its kind in the UK and probably in Europe) included commissions for three new works as well as providing city-wide workshops for pupils and a professional development programme for teachers.
In 2006 he won a Creative Scotland Award to enable him to write an opera with a libretto by the writer and poet Dilys Rose on the subject of the 19th century feral child, Kaspar Hauser. The opera (Kaspar Hauser, Child Of Europe) was performed to critical acclaim by the RSAMD in March 2010 and, later in that year, won for Boyle a British Composer Award in the Stage Works category at the annual BASCA ceremony in London.
In 2011 a CD of his piano music was released on the Delphian label played by the dynamic young pianist James Willshire.
His music is performed and broadcast widely both in Britain and abroad. He lives in Ayrshire and divides his time between composing and teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he is Professor of Composition and tutors in Creative & Contextual Studies.

Josiah Walters
Josiah comes from Carnoustie and started his musical career at the young age of just nine when he started to learn the trombone under the guidance of his tutor Michael Robertson. In a very short time he joined the Arbroath Instrumental Band aged 12 and enjoyed many varied playing opportunities through his school. Josiah's playing talent continued to develop and by 2007 he joined the European Youth Brass Band on 2nd trombone. Just two years later he joined the NYBBS (National Youth Brass Band of Scotland) on Bass Trombone, and later took the principal Bass Trombone chair in 2010.

2010 proved to be a particularly busy year for Josiah, with acceptance to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for commencement in September 2011, and the opportunity to join the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra on bass trombone. He's also a keen member of the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band and Principal Trombone (tenor) with Arbroath Instrumental.

With credit being offered to Jerry Randalls, Music Support Officer for Angus for his encouragement and support, Josiah is now in his 2nd year of a BMus degree course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Josiah is a self-proclaimed enthusiast of brass band music, with particular appreciation of writers such as Philip Sparke, Edward Gregson and Paul Lovatt-Cooper. In contrast he enjoys listening to the works of various rock and pop artists, and he is also very enthusiastic about the music composed for films and video games, which has a great impact on his style of writing.

His inaugural published composition entitled "Carpe Diem" was met with high acclaim and premiered by The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland. Later works have included a commission performed at the Scottish Parliament and an award-winning performance of his own arrangement of the last movement from Brubeck's Concerto for Bass Trombone. He is recognised as a talent ahead of his years with creative maturity mixed with a freshness of musical perception.



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