Published on October 31st, 2019 by gavin

Whitburn Band to Join Forces with John Wallace

John Wallace and the Whitburn Band are joining forces for a special event which focuses its core theme around Remembrance and the World Wars.  Providing an eclectic programme which is sure to touch and uplift emotions at this reflective time, including guest solo spots by the virtuoso himself.

John and Whitburn have recently collaborated on a music project dear to John’s heart, recording a movement of his new composition ‘Symphony for Brass Band’ due to be released later this year; written in honour of his late father, Kiff Wallace, and dedicated to many of Scotland’s distinguished bands.  Building upon this successful venture, Whitburn Band will be presenting public premieres of two more of John’s recent compositions at this innovative concert, and looks forward to accompanying him for two of his new arrangements of cornet solo classics.

John told A4B: “I feel so privileged that Whitburn Band will be performing two of my latest compositions – they have been in my creative melting pot for a long time, and to hear them as finished works, bringing them to my roots in Fife to present to the general public for the first time, is incredibly exciting.  I’ve been celebrating my 70th Birthday this year and having the opportunity to perform as a guest soloist with this wonderful band will be a definite highlight, especially as they are supporting my passion for 19th century cornet solos and enabling me to present my favourites by Hartmann and Owen in my performance!”

The concert also shares in the celebration of the band’s own extraordinary recent achievement at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, where they won 3rd place and secured a 23 year old record for Scottish bands at this prestigious event.

Charlie Farren, Band Chairman told A4B: “Everyone at Whitburn is really looking forward to performing once again with John Wallace, following our successful collaboration earlier this year. John is an incredible musician, and it is an honour to share the stage with him once more.”

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