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7:30pm Friday 4th May 2007
The Wellington Hangar
Brooklands Aviation and Motorsport Museum
Brooklands Road, Weybridge,
Surrey KT13 0QN


Elmbridge Cultural Festival
Inaugural Concert

 "Get Out and About" Cultural Festival

By invitation only

This special concert celebrates the beginning of the  "Get Out and About" Elmbridge Cultural Festival 2007 which features over 60 events involving local and professional performers in all genres during May, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands.

Surrey Brass is proud to have been invited to start the festival off and have commissioned "Concorde" by Rob Davies which will receive its world premiere at the event. Read about the Concorde Concept.
We hope to live up to our motto of being innovative and entertaining!

Want a sneak preview of "Concorde"? Of course you do!!! Click here to listen to a soundbite of "Droop Snoot" - it's synthesised because it's never been performed before, but gives you an impression of just a small part of this fantastic new piece of music.

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"A super concert in wonderfully different surroundings. It was great to see Concorde as well. Congratulations on the commission which worked very well particularly with the images".
- Antony Lewis-Crosby, Managing Director London Mozart Players


A couple of Magnificent Men!!The programme features a full range of aeronautical music. In the first half, we have old favourites like "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines", "633 Squadron" and "The Dambusters". The programme continues with the "Flower Duet" from "Lakme" by Delibes, made internationally famous as the adopted theme tune of British Airways advertisements. The end of the beginning is celebrated with the fantastic "Spitfire" Prelude and Fugue by Sir William Walton, made famous in the feature film "The Battle of Britain".

During the interval, guests will have the opportunity to tour Concorde "Delta Golf", thanks to the generosity of the Director of Brooklands Aviation and Motorsport Museum. "The Brooklands Concorde Experience" is now but one of two Concorde exhibits at Brooklands, having recently been joined by the famous British Airways large scale model at the entrance to Heathrow Airport..

The second half of the concert features just one piece, "Concorde" by Rob Davies. This epic 22 minute piece for brass, commissioned for the occasion by Surrey Brass, celebrates a day in the life of Concorde in six joined movements entitled - Hangar at 3am., Departure Lounge, Afterburner, Mach 2, Droop Snoot, and the Arrival. Click here to listen to a synthesised soundbite of "Droop Snoot".

R for Robert at BrooklandsThe performance will be in the Wellington Hangar, underneath "R for Robert", the Wellington Bomber recovered from Loch Ness which is being restored at Brooklands - pictured on the right. Surrey Brass will accompany their performance of "Concorde" with a visual show of images created by Ashley Collins, showing the aircraft in its many aspects from creation to final flight. This multimedia rendition will provide a unique atmosphere to the occasion and add a new dimension to the brilliant music by Rob Davies.

Surrey Brass is most grateful to sponsors RC Sherriff Trust and
Keith Michaels plc for their generous support.

This year is the centenary of Brooklands, and the concert will add to the celebration of our local heritage of motorsport and aviation at the site, with its specially selected music all of which has links of some kind to the world famous birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation.

Although we anticipate to play the listed music, in the listed order, the musical programme may be subject to change. 
Expect unprogrammed additions for your enjoyment!

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"Concorde" will be recorded for a forthcoming CD from Surrey Brass.

Sheet Music of "Concorde" will be available shortly from our Shop.

Composer Rob Davies

Composer Rob Davies wrote the piece afloat, while 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" and on a previous collaboration with Surrey Brass he wrote music to accompany silent films made in Walton on Thames in 1905 by pioneering cinematographer Cecil Hepworth.

Rob continues ďBeing 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 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!Ē

Conductor Tom Hammond

Tom Hammond, ConductorThe premiere will be conducted by Tom Hammond, who is the first Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellow in conducting at Trinity College of Music, London, and has conducted many World and British premieres including Vagn Holmboe's 'Prelude to a Living Stone' and Matthew Taylor's 'Symphony No.3'.

Tom says ďI am always excited about the prospect of working on World Premieres, this piece has the added attraction of playing at Brooklands in the shadow of Concorde. Although Rob's piece has its technical challenges for the group I think it will be exhilarating for the audienceĒ.

Tom Hammond was chosen in 2005 by Finnish Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen as one of only twenty conductors world-wide to participate in the Sibelius International Conductorís Competition in Helsinki, offering the opportunity to work with the Finnish Radio Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras and conducting some of the most challenging works in the repertoire.

Engagements at Trinity College of Music include associate conductor for the summer production of Poulencís Dialogue des Carmelites and a semi-staged production of Mozartís Zaide at St. Johnís, Smith Square in November. Engagements in 2007 include Elgarís epic Symphony No. 2 with the City of Southampton Symphony Orchestra, and with Tomís professional ensemble sound collective, a recording of Luke Anthonyís Saxophone Concerto and performances of Stravinskyís Histoire du Soldat.


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Venue Information

Brooklands Aviation and Motorsport Museum
Brooklands Road, Weybridge,
Surrey KT13 0QN

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