By Course Conductor - Richard Evans

“Choosing suitable music for our wonderful Summer School is quite a fascinating task, I know whatever I choose some of my friends, or friend, usually on the flugel row will comment; 'this is too hard!!' but I answer, with a smile; 'play what you can, then leave  the rest out!!' and, in reality, that is the criteria I work to.  Our delegates somehow accept the challenges they are given and, as long as they have enjoyed attempting some very difficult music surely our aims are fulfilled.  However, I am aware also, of a satisfaction we feel when we perform a piece of a higher standard than usual and so, carefully select music which I feel is within our collective abilities, whether with Shakespeare, Hathaway or the massed band.  I try to choose a balance between new music and the more traditional; I also like to unearth a piece very few know.
Yes, I realise I can never please everyone with my selection, but there is a lot of soul searching over many weeks, before I finally publish the list.”

Richard Evans


Music performed by the BBSS bands in the recent past includes:

Jupiter from the Planets Suite Holst
Spectrum Gilbert Vinter
Where Eagles Sing Paul Lovatt-Cooper
Capriccio Espagnol Rimsky-Korsakov
Resurgam Eric Ball
Lord of the Rings Arr. Andy Duncan
Psalm of Praise James Curnow
Four Scottish Dances Malcolm Arnold
Overture Prince Igor Borodin
Harry Potter Arr. Steve Sykes
Hoedown from Rodeo Copeland
1812 Overture Tchaikovsky
Hymn of the Highlands Philip Sparke
In Perfect Peace Kenneth Downie
A Dove Descending Philip Wilby
Gaelforce Peter Graham

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