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Issue 6072

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Doting dads join forces in distance banding video

Wednesday 18 November, 2020

A new work for virtual brass band has been premiered by a band made up entirely of fathers.

A Father’s Love has been written by conductor and former Chetham’s School of Music pupil Neil Samuel. Neil, who is also a former solo trombone player with Leyland Band, wrote the work – his sixth lockdown virtual musical composition for brass band – for his two children, Ava and Finn. All of the recordings, including this latest project, have been in collaboration with Nicola Redhead, who edited and mixed them.

The performance features players from bands including Black Dyke, Foden’s, Guildford Brass, Leyland, Household Troops and the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army. Performers involved include Mark Wilkinson (principal cornet, Foden’s Band), John Doyle (Milnrow), Gavin Saynor (Eb bass, Black Dyke), Andrew Cattanach (Bb bass, Foden’s Band) and soprano soloist, Martin Britt.

Neil, who has recently had some of his compositions published by Kirkless Music, said: “When lockdown began, I began to play around with bits of writing and arranging. During this time, I decided to write a piece of music for my two kids, Ava and Finn. I did this because at the time, they had just relocated to Oxford and every minute of every day was spent missing them like mad.

“Once I had finished writing the music, I decided how nice it would be to have a band full of dads record the music, while proudly showing off their own favourite photos of their kids.” Listen to the piece on YouTube.