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
2 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet
2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon
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
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.
Premiere recording (2010).