Calling all brass players from around the world!
Following the difficult decision made to cancel our Summer Festival in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we commissioned internationally renowned, Yorkshire based composer Dr David Lancaster to compose Eclipse. Scored for brass band, this piece was written in just 5 days during the beginnings of lockdown. Dr Lancaster explains the reasons behind his chosen title:
An Eclipse occurs when an astronomical body is temporarily obscured. I composed this music during the spring of 2020 – when many concerts, festivals, theatres and galleries have been suspended owing to the coronavirus pandemic – at the request of Harrogate International Festivals. The music was intended initially for performance online but with the hope that in future it can be performed live at the Festival once the temporary suspension of our artistic lives is lifted and light returns.
Now, it’s more important than ever to create new music, support new commissions, bring communities together and keep the magic of music alive.
Here at HIF we are welcoming all brass players, young and old, novice and professional, from all over the world, to be a part of our virtual performance and the online world premiere of Eclipse.