David Stanhope Archives
Archive for July 2000


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Concerto for Band III - High Quality - 410 K (approx. 80 second download)


Concerto for Band III - Med Quality MP3 - 70K (approx. 14 second download)



The highlight this newsletter is undoubtedly the recent release of the CD "Silbury Air" by ABC Classics. The recording was performed by the Alpha Ensemble with myself conducting following a concert of the same works on the 31st of July 1998. The hardest piece was the title work by Harrison Birtwistle - easily the most difficult fifteen minutes I have ever conducted. The players did a brilliant job with this project, and I shall count the CD as one of my most important achievements in 20th century music. In my horn-playing days I performed the Banks horn trio and had the priviledge of rehearsing it with the composer present. I am very glad to be associated with another work of this fine Australian composer, the "Sonata da Camera". This month includes some sessions with the SSO and a couple of band clinics in Brisbane. Otherwise I am pressing on with the symphony for the University Of Georgia.