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Tuesday 29 December, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic may have brought live performances to a halt but it hasn’t stifled creativity, with quartet When Tuba Come One the latest organisation to announce the winner of its composition competition.

First place was awarded to Joe Galuszka for his aptly-titled work, Pandemic. Joe received an award of £300 and his piece will feature on When Tuba Come One’s debut album, due for release in 2021.

Reflecting on the competition, ensemble member Amy Ewen told British Bandsman: “We want to thank all the competitors for their entries; we thoroughly enjoyed playing through every piece. We are so incredibly thrilled to have 17 new works for tuba quartet. This is a great step for low brass repertoire and we can't wait to perform these new pieces as soon as physically – and safely – possible.”

Winning composer Joe Galuszka said: “I’m delighted to have been chosen as the winner of this year’s International Tuba Quartet Composition Competition, organised by When Tuba Come One – it was a great experience writing for this ensemble and I’m so pleased that Pandemic was picked. I wanted to write something that sensitively paints the ongoing challenges and struggles of living in this new COVID-19 world and I’m looking forward to hearing this work brought to life.”

Other works set to feature on When Tuba Come One’s new album are: Severn Flood (Jacob Ashworth); Persevere and Rebuild (Ian Lester); The New Beginning (Samuel Shelly); In the Beginning (Jose Flores); Ruminate (Hugh Morris); On Board the Dometer (Paul Saggers).