One of the leading brass bands in the Midlands, Derbyshire based Derwent Brass, once again turns to the pen of the up and coming Matthew Eden, the young composer in residence at the world famous Black Dyke Band, to produce a new work to première at their annual Festival of Remembrance.
Annually the full 30-piece band performs ‘A Night To Remember’, a very special evening in St. Peter’s Church, Belper, to commemorate and honour all those who have lost their lives in conflicts, supported by the Belper Club of the Royal British Legion. The concert features a perfect blend of music for entertainment as well as reflection and this year has a particular focus on the Battle of Passchendaele centenary.
Supported with funds awarded from the Normal Jones Trust which is administered by Brass Band’s England, Matt Eden has composed a piece entitled ‘Meditation’ which skilfully reflects on the colossal loss of life from the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the bloodiest episodes of the First World War.
“I was delighted to have been approached again by Derwent Brass, having composed a piece for their 25th anniversary celebrations earlier this year. This second commission is for their annual remembrance concert and will provide a quiet reflective item for the programme.
I always enjoy working with Derwent Brass, as not only are they a group of wonderful players and people, they are genuine supporters of new music who are never afraid to explore new avenues. I am greatly looking forward to working with the band on this piece, its première and hopefully in the future.” (Matt Eden).
The remembrance concert ‘A Night To Remember’ will take place in St. Peter’s Church, Belper on November 11th 2017 with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.