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2 In A Row!

Matthew has won the Cyril Beere Memorial Trophy for the Best New Composition or Arrangement at the Brass In Concert Championships for the second year in succession.

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Tredegar Town Band’s performance of Nightingale Dances beat off stiff competition from 26 other new compositions and arrangements performed on the day at The Sage, Gateshead in the world’s leading brass band entertainment contest, described as ‘A Real Beauty’ and ‘Turbo Charged’ in the live comments from 4barsrest.com.

 

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Tredegar Town Band also performed The Smile during their performance, described by adjudicators Philip Sparke and Rob Wiffen as ‘a class apart.’ Tredegar won the performance prize obtaining 198 out of a possible 200 points and came 3rd overall.

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Activate at BASBWE Event

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Matthew’s fantastic opener Activate will receive it’s world premiere performance in Wind Orchestra format in the Gala Concert at the 2011 BASBWE Event in Shrewsbury.

Maria Eglington will conduct the Shrewsbury School Wind Orchestra at the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles annual event at the conclusion of a fantastic day of music making.

The BASBWE event takes place at Shrewsbury School on Saturday 3rd December 2011 with the Gala Concert taking place in the Alington Hall starting at 7.00pm.

Activate for Wind Orchestra is also now available for purchase at TritonWorks Music Publishing House.

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Royal Albert Hall Debut

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Matthew’s music made it’s debut at the most iconic concert hall in the world recently. The Gloucestershie Youth Brass Band performed ‘The Smile’ during the Music For Youth Schools Proms on Monday 7th November 2011.

Conducted by Steve Legge, the band performed in front of a full house of nearly 5000 people with the composer present on this fantastic occasion. The video below was taken during the rehearsals in the afternoon.

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Fanfare Success

Matthew’s succesful work ‘Dragons’ Rise’ has been transformed into an opening fanfare.

Tredegar Town Band performed the premiere at the 2010 National Eisteddfod Opening Ceremony.

‘Dragons’ Rise Fanfare’ has subsequently been arranged for Wind Orchestra, commissioned by the Burton Borough School Concert Band for their performance at the Music For Youth National Festival on 8th July 2011.

This new piece is available to purchase from TritonWorks Music Publishing House.

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Open Rehearsal

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Matthew was asked to create a new piece to work through and conduct at an open rehearsal for Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra in September 2011.

Having recently submitted the portfolio and commentary for his PhD in Composition for the first time, Matthew used this opportunity to arrange one of the movements from his major work ‘Enesek Syllan.’

Originally composed for Wind Orchestra, ‘Ennor’ was arranged for Symphony Orchestra for this one-off rehearsal.

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The Smile for Wind Orchestra

At the request of conductor Paul Hughes, Matthew’s best-selling work ‘The Smile’ has recently been arranged for Wind Orchestra. Paul will be performing ‘The Smile’ in early 2012 with the Gwynedd Youth Wind Orchestra.

Keep checking back for the latest news about where you can hear performances of The Smile.

You can also purchase the new arrangement for Wind Orchestra from TritonWorks Music Publishing House or the TritonWorks page.

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New Commission for Festival

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Matthew was commissioned to compose a brand new work for the 2011 Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival. The festival took place over the weekend of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July at The Museum of Iron at Ironbridge in Shropshire.

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2011 marked the 25th anniversary of Ironbridge becoming a World Heritage Site. Matthew was asked to write a new piece to celebrate this anniversary to be performed during the ‘centrepiece’ Last Night of The Proms concert on the Saturday night of the festival.

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Tongwynlais Temperance Band and Wellington (Telford) Town Band combined for the final section of the concert, during which time the new composition, entitled Spanning Revolutions, received its premiere performance.

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2011 represents the 25th anniversary of The Ironbridge Gorge being made a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and to celebrate, the festival commissioned a new piece from the pen of one of the banding world’s rising compositional stars – Matthew Hall.  

Matt conducted the world premiere of ‘Spanning Revolutions‘, a real highlight of the entire weekend, with the music capturing the industrial history and heritage of the Ironbridge Gorge beautifully, complete with the inclusion of an historic anvil played by the compere. 

It made for visual as well as aural delight.

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Cardiff New Brass Festival

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Matthew was invited to compose a brand new work for the 2011 Cardiff New Brass Festival which ran from the 10th to the 12th June.

The work, entitled Velvet Black Sunshine, received its premiere performance by the Wormshead Brass Quintet during the festival at Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David on Friday 10th June.

4barsrest.com, the online magazine dedicated to all brass music, had this to say about the composition: –

Matt Hall’s highly descriptive exploration of the intriguing world of Synesthesia was more openly transparent; an intriguing mix of pulsating upbeat shining vibrancy and sombre all enveloping darkness.

To read the full review, click here.

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Champions League Final

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As Composer-in-Residence with Tredegar Town Band, Matthew was asked to arrange 3 pieces to perform at Wembley for the 2011 Champions League Final.

The band had been asked to perform to the fans arriving at the historic National Stadium, including playing the well-known ‘Champions League Theme,’ ‘Glory Glory Man United’ and ‘Cant del Barca.’ As no arrangements existed for brass band of these pieces, Matthew arranged each one for the band to perform in front of an estimated 150,000 fans gathered for the Champions League Final.

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The amateur footage recorded below shows the band performing throughout the day before the football match, including the arranger conduting at one point also. (Excuse the split notes)!

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More Brass In Concert Success

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The Highlights of Brass in Concert 2010 DVD from The Sage in Gateshead has been released by World of Brass. Two of Matthew’s compositions feature in Tredegar Town Band’s performance on this newly released DVD.

‘Activate’ has been a staple of the bands repertoire during 2010, and the premiere performance of ‘Legends of Cyfarthfa’ gained Matthew the ‘Best New Composition or Arrangement’ award.

To find out more information on the DVD and to purchase, please click on the World of Brass logo underneath.

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