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Derwent première at charity event

Tuesday 4 April, 2017

Following on from Derwent Brass' recent commissioning of Mathew Eden to write a short piece to celebrate the band's silver anniversary, the work will be premièred this Saturday (8th), at the band's first Brass for Africa Charity Concert at Landau Forte College, Fox Street in Derby.

Mathew is no stranger to Derwent being the son of Band President Nev Eden. Born in Derby in 1997, into a musical family Mathew began to study the piano at the age of six and started to experiment composing his own music shortly afterward. This talented 19 year old Matthew Eden recently became Black Dyke's new Young Composer in Residence.

Speaking about the work, Mathew Eden commented: “I was delighted to receive this commission from Derwent Brass, as I have always felt a personal connection to them as an ensemble. Both of my parents were involved in the band’s formation 25 years ago, and since then whether it be as concert-goer, contest supporter or occasional member of the trombone section, I too have always felt welcomed as one of the Derwent family. I wanted to write a piece on the idea of ‘lifeblood’, because in the same way that the commitment and dedication of the players form the intrinsic vitality of the band, Derwent Brass itself represents an integral part of the wider Belper community. 'Pulse' reflects musically on this theme, as well as providing a platform to showcase the versatility and virtuosity of the band. Above all, it is energetic, exciting and – hopefully – enjoyable!"

The band's conductor Keith Leonard added: "We are really pleased with the piece and were even more pleased that Mathew will be with us at the première at our upcoming Brass for Africa Charity concert."

The band will also be joined on the evening by Jim and Pamela Trott Trott of Brass for Africa and tickets are available from http://www.derwentbrass.co.uk/shop/events-calendar.php?select_event=126