Composer partnership to extend for another year at Back Dyke

The Young Composer in Residence partnership between Black Dyke and Andy Wareham is to be extended for another 12 months.

Andy Wareham
  Andy Wareham paid tribute to his musical mentor Prof Philip Wilby

4BR has been informed that such has been the success of the artistic partnership between composer Andy Wareham and Black Dyke that his role as Young Composer in Residence with the Queensbury band will be extended for another year.

Brilliant time

Andy told 4BR: "I've enjoyed a brilliant time working in the role with the band and having a number of my original works and arrangements performed by them as part of their busy concert and recording schedules.

This has also included writing for a number of the band's star soloists and small ensembles, including their recent appearance on the BBC 2 programme 'Queen Victoria: My Musical Britain' with historian Lucy Worsley and a middle band spotlight feature at the recent Black Dyke Festival."

Wilby tribute

The composer also paid tribute to the support he has received from his mentor Prof Philip Wilby, adding; "At this stage in my development, being able to work and learn from a composer as knowledgeable as Prof Wilby has been the opportunity of a lifetime.

Under his guidance, I'm continuing to develop my composition technique, allowing me to achieve success in different fields including the A4 Brass Quartet's 2019 composition competition."

t this stage in my development, being able to work and learn from a composer as knowledgeable as Prof Wilby has been the opportunity of a lifetimeAndy Wareham.

Looking forward

Andy added: "Prof Childs' forward thinking musical vision fits perfectly with the music I aspire to write. We have some exciting projects planned ahead including solos for Brett Baker and Siobhan Bates.

In addition, I'm looking forward to the premiere of a new work 'Deus ex Machina', a new substantial full band work, later this year."

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