Composer and Arranger
Rob Davies has collaborated with Surrey Brass on numerous occasions, contributing major works to the brass ensemble repertoire. Rob has written music for many genres including classical, film, TV themes, and even video games.
"Concorde" by Rob Davies was written afloat, while he was playing in a cruise liner band travelling around some exotic locations! Rob says "I try to create music that is a pleasure for both the audience and the performer".
Rob continues “Being a brass player myself I know the kind of music that works well and is a thrill to play; loud, fast and very high!!! The idea behind the music first came from Surrey Brass founder John Goodwin in the form of a six section story describing a journey of the fantastic aircraft. These were entitled; Hangar at 3am., Departure Lounge, Afterburner, Mach 2, Droop Snoot, and the Arrival".
"I wrote the music to try and represent these ideas and the sounds that John had envisaged and coupled these with a style of music that will hopefully achieve great energy and momentum. Surrey Brass is a great collection of talented individuals and together they will take every single note and give the music life. I hope the audience can identify the six different sections within the music, and enjoy the overall effect as much as I did writing it!”
With support from the RC Sherriff Trust, “Concorde” was commissioned by Surrey Brass to realise an original idea by its founder.
The first performance of "Concorde" was conducted by Tom Hammond on 4th May 2007 in the Wellington Hangar, Brooklands Museum , Weybridge.
The Brooklands Motorsport and Aviation Museum is the home of Concorde G-BBDG “Delta Golf”, the first production Concorde built in Britain, and at the first performance, the audience were treated to a guided visit to this iconic aeroplane.
Silent Film Music
Rob has also collaborated with Surrey Brass on their series of concerts to commemorate the work of pioneering cinematographer Cecil Hepworth, writing music to accompany silent films made in Walton on Thames between 1895 and about 1910.
Loud Music for Silent Films was one of these projects, particularly notable for Rob's work to write music for one of the first stop-motion animated films ever made - "Oh'Phelia" by Rob Davies. Stop motion animation is also used for another innovative series - "Wallace and Gromit".