Andy Scott’s double saxophone concerto Dark Rain features in two performances in The Netherlands within two months.
The award-winning work featured in a gala concert entitled Tribute to Adolph Sax, marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax, at the Westland Saxophone Festival in Naaldwijk on 31 January. Arno Bornkamp and Erik-Jan de With (pictured) were soloists with the Gelders Fanfare Orkest directed by Erik van de Kolk, in this arrangement for fanfare orchestra by Jos Dobbelstein. Andy Scott was delighted to be there in person to hear his music played live by two great performers.
There will be a second opportunity to hear Erik-Jan de With and the Gelders Fanfare Orkest perform Dark Rain in the spring, this time joined by Linda Arnoldus as joint soloist. The afternoon concert, entitled "Blowing in the Beurs", will take place at 3.00pm on Sunday 22 March at Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam.
Dark Rain is one of Andy Scott’s most powerful and moving works. It was inspired by a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, where Andy was struck by both the devastation mankind can inflict on itself and the overwhelming quest for peace. The groundbreaking double concerto won the brass band and wind band category of the prestigious British Composer Awards in 2006.
Dark Rain has often been performed in the UK and internationally, including in Slovenia, Hong Kong, the United States, Australia, Spain, and previously in the Netherlands. The piece was composed for John Harle and Rob Buckland, who can be heard playing it with the RNCM Wind Orchestra on Gameshow, Rob Buckland’s recently released CD, available from Sospiro Records.
Andy Scott’s works are published by Astute Music
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