FORMIDABLE FODEN'S - Full coverage from the 2021 National Brass Band Championships

Issue 6112

HOW TO IMPRESS - Amos Miller on flourishing in a conservatoire audition

COMPOSER CAST - Liz Lane on her fascinating early musical life

DEPARTURE - Cornet star Kirsty Abbotts leaves Carlton Main

Composer Cast: Joe Galuszka

Sunday 2 May, 2021

Joe Galuszka is an emerging British composer, conductor and instrumentalist, who has written a number of works for chamber groups, brass bands and independent films. His score for the Australian wildlife documentary Firekeepers of Kakadu won the London Independent Film Awards in October 2020 and received a bronze medal at the Global Music Awards 2021.

Recently, Joe has turned his hand to composing for brass and brass band. Amongst his works for brass, his tuba quartet Pandemic claimed first prize in When Tuba Come One’s International Composer Competition. Christopher Bond finds out more.


Tell me about your musical upbringing - how did it begin for you and when did you begin to compose your own music?

JG: As a young child, I started becoming fascinated with music listening to my grandfather play the organ at his home in Derby. I also listened to jazz and orchestral EPs in my parents’ converted attic when I was younger but I wouldn’t play an instrument until 11 and wouldn’t compose my own ‘tune' until 16. I think composing was something I began to explore much more at university, where I decided it would feature more in my life than performing.


I know that you've worked in composition for film and television, and indeed your master’s degree was in composition in music for film and television. How do your approaches differ between projects for film and brass band?

JG: Composing for film and television is definitely a different beast. A lot of the time at university, I found that writing for screen brought about its own challenges: making sure you were really bringing to life something that would support what you were seeing and tie in emotionally to a plot or character. With brass band composing, and particularly having written my last few pieces for competitions, I would say that once you have a theme in mind, the imagination can truly run rife and you’re less likely to be curtailed creatively.


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