Commissioned by the Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra and first performed at St. Paul's Church, SW London on the 16th June 2018 by the orchestra with trumpeter Imogen Hancock, conducted by the composer.
trumpet, piano reduction and optional percussion - suspended cymbal, gong (with water), colander (with water), 2 congas, shekere and metal chime tree
the maze of concrete rivers,
and towering grey canopies,
where the city's hunger did not bite,
there is green.
where the network of winding canals,
mighty green treetops
and the mass of life does not venture,
there is stillness.
where the mind of pulsing pressures,
outstanding red priorities
and the stresses of day are left behind,
there is revival.
Somewhere In-Between describes the precious green spaces that can be found across London, where you can escape into the stillness of nature, and return to the busyness of life revived. In particular, I was inspired by the Walthamstow Wetlands and Lea Valley, which despite being in Zone 3, feel very much like the countryside with a paddock, highland cattle, canals and untouched marshland. The style of the music sits "somewhere in-between" contemporary classical music and Latin Jazz, specifically Bossa Nova, a genre famous for its relaxed and laid-back feeling. To reflect the journey of rejuvenation through the piece, the soloist begins on the mellow and somewhat melancholic-sounding flugelhorn and as the music becomes more lively and animated, the soloist switches to the brighter sounding trumpet in Bb.
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16th June 2018 - Imogen Hancock & Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra