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Fragile Oasis picked as the set test for the Spring Festival, Blackpool, England

Fragile Oasis has been picked for the Senior Cup brass band competition, part of the Spring Festival held in at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England, on Saturday May 13.

Originally commissioned by the Leyland Band and Michael Bach (partly funded by The John Golland Trust), this is the first time it has been used as a set test piece having previously been used as an own choice selection in brass band contests on three different continents.

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University of Saskatchewan Wind orchestra CD release

skyscapes-coverThroughout the last academic year, the University of Saskatchewan Wind orchestra under the baton of Dr. Darrin Oehlerking, have recorded a CD of my music, which will be released this coming weekend (Sat 29 October 2016). They chose repertoire that had been commissioned and/or premiered by Saskatchewan bands (I.S.S.

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Alexis Demailly interview

Alexis Demailly (Principal Cornet of the National Opera Orchestra of Paris) commissioned a new work for cornet/trumpet and string quartet (titled “Meditation”) from me last year, and has recently recorded it ready for his new CD release “Fantasque” – where Alexis is accompanied by the Urban String Quartet.

Ahead of the release,

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New Website being developed

MeechanMusic.com has been in development for several months now and is nearing a time when it can be officially launched.

Please bare with us as we test the site, making sure that it is in full operational order and that it looks pretty!

There will be some old links (such as in the imported blog posts) that will take a little time to change.

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Autumn 2014 News

Various bits of news are now up on the site including:

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The Legend of King Arthur at the National Finals @ RAH

The Legend of King Arthur has been selected for the Championship Section of the National Brass Band Championships, held in the Royal Albert Hall, on October 11 2014.

More info can be found on the piece here – including how to buy sets of music and extra scores,

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Fragile Oasis wind orchestra commissioning consortium

A consortium of wind bands came together to commission the wind orchestra scoring of my work for brass band, Fragile Oasis. It was completed in 2014 and was commissioned by a consortium of the following bands:

Agrupación Músico-Cultural “Las Musas” de Guadalupe (Murcia)Dr.

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2014 premieres to come…

There are several premieres coming in the next few months…

Journey

Commissioned by Jacques Mauger, with funds provided by the Buffet Group, Journey is a 20 minute concerto for trombone and wind orchestra. It will receive it’s world premiere at the World Band Festival,

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2014 premieres so far…

2014 has seen several world premiere’s so far…

Orpheus

Orpheus, a new concerto for trumpet, was given its premiere by Jens Lindemann, who commissioned the work, accompanied by the brilliant Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble conducted by their director, Reed Thomas in April of this year,

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New releases on CD/DVD

There have been some new recordings released, featuring my music, in the last few months.

LME2014Noord-Limburgse Brassband, conducted by Ivan Meylemans, were joined by David Thornton (euphonium) for this premiere recording of Origins (concerto for euphonium).

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Upcoming performances

Geraardsbergen, Belgium
Lament (from Macbeth)
Sunday, 08 October 2017


Chicago, IL
Soul Divine
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:30


Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Letters for Home
Friday, 13 October 2017 19:30


Red Deer, AB, Canada
The Pohutukawa Stands
Saturday, 28 October 2017


Kingsville, Tx
Soul Divine
Thursday, 02 November 2017 19:00


Wichita, KS
Letters for Home
Saturday, 04 November 2017 19:30


Saskatoon, SK, Canada
2nd Epitaph - Across the Water
Thursday, 09 November 2017


Winnipeg, MB, Canada
ISS Flyover
Sunday, 19 November 2017


Toronto, ON, Canada
Korn Symphony
Saturday, 02 December 2017 19:30


Tokyo, JP
Fragile Oasis
Monday, 04 December 2017