We all hate our energy bills going up, and for many the sight of wind turbines and pylons marching across the landscape coupled with endless Government debates is enough to ake anyone think hard about where it’s all going to end. o highlight this vital topic in music, Surrey Brass, the innovative and entertaining brass ensemble, has commissioned a new piece “Energy” from famous Jazz composer Barry Forgie, to highlight man’s relationship with energy over the ages. Barry is particularly well nown for his 30 year association with the BBC Big Band and Surrey Brass is delighted to have formed this performing partnership with such an illustrious local musician. The new piece starts with Animal energy – expressing in music how man uses animals to supply energy for transport, commerce and the like.
Then comes the Industrial Revolution with Steam energy – railways, and pollution.
The Oil Age follows with the growth of the car, and the environmental consequences.
Nuclear energy is also represented – guess how?
The piece contains a lyrical section on Alternative energy – the thing that prompted the whole idea.
About Barry Forgie
Barry began conducting the BBC Big Band on a regular basis in 1977. He has built an unparalleled repertoire for the band, transcribing the best of big band music from early Ellington, through the Swing era, to the likes of Gerry Mulligan and Buddy Rich. He has toured the USA and Canada featuring numerous broadcast concerts with artists as disparate as George Shearing , Van Morrison and Cybill Shepherd, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry and Cleo Laine. Barry worked as a Musical Associate on several Hollywood films. He has covered the whole gamut of music, from conducting Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song And Dance in London's West End to the composition of a 50-minute Beatles symphony. Recent work includes a European Tour with the European Jazz Orchestra featuring original work by Forgie, a BBC commission for the Last Nlght of the Proms and a tour of Mexico with the combined forces of the BBC Big Bamd and RPO Symphony Orchestra featuring the music of the Beatles.
John Goodwin, founder of Surrey Brass and the man who came up with the idea for the piece, says “People are very aware of many controversial aspects of energy including climate change, wind farms, green technology, whether to build new nuclear power stations, and, closer to home, fuel prices! The subject of Energy has never been more topical which is why Barry’s new piece is sure to have a big impact– it’s never been attempted in the musical world before”. Loretta Howells, Director of the RC Sheriff Trust, who is generously sponsoring this commission, says “The R C Sherriff Trust is delighted to be supporting another commission for the enterprising Surrey Brass, fulfilling our aims of fostering innovation in the arts in Elmbridge, as well as assisting the professional development of the musicians. It is particularly exciting that the ensemble is working with such a respected composer as Barry Forgie: we look forward to hearing the results.” The premier of “Energy” will be conducted by its composer Barry Forgie.
Also on the programme will be arrangements of well know Jazz Big Band music, also specially arranged by Forgie.
The premiere will take place at 7:30pm on Saturday 24th November 2012 at the The Vera Fletcher Hall, 4, Embercourt Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT70LQ, Tickets (£10) and information available from the Surrey Brass website surreybrass.co.uk, or on the door.
Commissioned in 2012 by Surrey Brass, with the support of the RC Sherriff Trust, The "Brass Energy" Suite by Barry Forgie reflects the relationship between Man and Energy over the years. There is plenty of contrast between the five movements - entitled "Animal", "Steam", "Oil", "Nuclear" and "Recycle" - and mixes classical, jazz, and original styles to produce a very listenable 25 minutes of music.
The first movement of the "Brass Energy" by Barry Forgie: "Steam" recorded live at its premiere on 24th November 2012, at the Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton, Performed by Surrey Brass, Composed and Conducted by Barry Forgie, Images and sequencing by John Goodwin. Available on YouTube.