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A Second from Midnight

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After writing the successful title track for Jim Hayes’ first album Dial M for Midnight, Matthew was commissioned to compose the opening title track for Hayes’ second recording A Second from Midnight.

 

Situation Flammable is a Latin-themed firecracker full of flair, style and just a hint of laid-back sophistication to get the soloist’s new album off to a tee.

 

 

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Calon y Ddraig – The Heart of The Dragon

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Tredegar Town Band commissioned Matthew to write their finishing piece for the 2012 Brass in Concert Championships.

 

Calon y Ddraig (The Heart of The Dragon) is based on welsh folk tunes and melodies and utilises some of the bands principle players. After winning the Cyril Beere award for Best New Composition or Arrangement at the Brass in Concert Championships in 2010 and 2011, Matthew was going for his third win in a row, but was just pipped to the trophy on this occasion.

 

Calon y Ddraig was used as part of the Listen to The Band programme on BBC Radio 2, of which you can hear the piece performed at the contest below: –

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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.