Two works by Andy Scott featured in the winning performance at the UniBrass 2015 Championship this month.
The University of Manchester Brass Band impressed the judges with an entertaining programme of high quality contemporary works to win the prestigious national championship in Warwick on 14 February. In an inspired piece of programming, the band built their choice of pieces around the work of the UniBrass Brass for Africa charity. Opening with Andy Scott’s Madiba, the performance also included My Mountain Top in an arrangement by solo cornet player Illiam Quane, as well as works by Peter Graham and Larsson.
Madiba has become a popular choice with brass bands both in the UK and further afield. Inspired by Nelson Mandela, Madiba is a powerful, uplifting piece that celebrates Mandela’s 46 year fight to end apartheid in South Africa. Featuring infectious melodies and a fiery Afro-Cuban groove, the music is challenging but great fun to play. My Moutain Top, which now exists in a number of different instrumental versions, is one of Andy Scott’s most often performed and recorded works. With a pre-recorded soundtrack featuring poetry by Lemn Sissay, it evokes a feeling of gradually drifting into a semi-conscious state in the heat of a summer’s day.
UniBrass is the world's only inter-university brass band contest. Founded in 2011 by a group of Lancaster University students, the competition has quickly become a firmly established event in the university calendar. Having come second in the last two annual championships, the University of Manchester Brass Band achieved a resounding win for the first time, scoring eight points above their closest rival. They were also awarded prizes for Most Entertaining Band and Best Solo Feature, while their conductor Jonathan Evans was awarded Best Student Conductor.
Andy Scott’s works are published by Astute Music
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