These are a few of the things FHU players have been doing:
British Horn Society at Glasgow
The annual BHS gathering moves around the country, and the 2017 meeting was at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow. FHU was there.
A regular feature of the sessions is the ‘Big Blow’ – and here’s some of the FHU group (the All Blacks at the front) giving plenty of air to Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus as arranged for French horns:
It was also a chance to get to know our new patron, Michael Thompson. Michael had no horn on hand for this session, so he sidled up to one of the trade displays and borrowed a pocket horn for demo purposes.
“ACROSS THE DISTANCE”
Music for the East Neuk Festival
by John Luther Adams
The internationally renowned composer John Luther Adams wrote his piece Across the Distance for French horns at the East Neuk Festival. It was first performed out of doors in the walled gardens at Cambo on a lovely, slightly misty evening, to an entranced audience. The performers were a group of some two dozen horn players both professional and amateur, including several from FHU, and led by Alec Frank Gemell of the SCO. Here (above) they are rehearsing.
Svend Brown, Director of the East Neuk Festival, said afterwards, “We could not have done this without Fife Horn Union.”
The performance was reviewed in the UK national press and the piece went on to be performed on the South Bank in London. Here (below) is one of the FHU group playing at Cambo.
Candlebird was a creative composition/performance project organised by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, based on the music of Martin Suckling. Over two days, a group of kids and professionals devised, recorded and filmed a substantial new piece of music. The film is available on YouTube (search “SCO Candlebird”). Several FHU members brought their horns (below) –
the FHU kids have also been playing with the following ensembles –
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland juniors
The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Junior & Senior
Grampian Youth Orchestra
National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland
Youth Music Theatre of Scotland
Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust residential courses
Tayside Symphony Orchestra
Scottish Opera Connect
Dundee Brass Ensemble
Fife Youth Orchestra
St Andrews Brass playing with the Tullis Russell Mills Band
Solo horn for ‘Les Miserables’ at St Leonards School
Perth Youth Orchestra, on tour to Prague