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Fanfare for a Gala

2010. Duration 1'10" approx.





First performance - 10 March 2010, Royal Albert Hall

Hertfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra, cond. Tom Seligman 



Piccolo, Flutes 1 & 2

3 Oboes

2 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet

2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon


4 Horns

3 Trumpets

3 Trombones (3 = bass)



Timpani (3 drums)

Percussion (4 players): Drumkit (Pedal Bass Drum, Snare Drum, 3 Tom-toms, Ride Cymbal, Crash Cymbal, Hi-hats, Cowbell), Bass Drum, Tam-tam, Suspended Cymbal, Large China Cymbal, Pair Cymbals, Ratchet, Anvil (lge), Glockenspiel, Xylophone







Programme Note

A short, bright and brash concert opener for large orchestra, Fanfare for a Gala was written for the 2010 Sing-Up Gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The rhythm of the phrase 'Sing-Up Gala' appears throughout the piece, and the focus is on strident bitonal harmonies, driving rhythms and lively orchestration.

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Premiere recording (2010).

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