Lambeth Wind Orchestra

A message from John Holland
I have been working with Lambeth Wind Orchestra on a unique programme called ‘Breaking the Sound Barrier’, helping to broaden the appeal of music by women via the medium of the wind orchestra, one of the most accessible varieties of community ensemble. Several pieces have not been performed in the UK before, so we are proud to be presenting the UK premieres of ‘The Duxbury Fanfare’ (1997) by Dr Lauren Bernofsky (USA) and ‘Me Disagrees’ (2013) by Catherine Likhuta (Australia), along with fresh, bespoke transcriptions of historical orchestral repertoire by Louise Farrenc (‘Second Overture’, 1834), Dame Ethel Smyth (‘The Wreckers’ (Overture), 1906) and Lili Boulanger’s ‘D’un matin de printemps’ (1918) in the centenary year of her death.

 

The band is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year; back in 2010, it gave the premiere of its first commission by a female composer, Elizabeth Winters (winner of a British Composer Award, 2009) – we are giving a repeat performance as part of this concert (‘Playing With Destiny’) and she will be joining us, which we are very excited about. (The band also commissioned a piece from Lucy Pankhurst, which we premiered in 2016). The concert has also received support from the Ambache Charitable Trust, which you will hopefully be aware of, in pursuit of our goal in reaching the widest audience we can in appreciation of historical women composers.

 

You can find out more about the concert here: https://www.facebook.com/events/964106457097247/ and, for the first time, we are holding a pre-concert talk from 6.30pm, which is free to attend with a concert ticket; this will explore the historical and social contexts behind the music and allow an open discussion about women composers from across the centuries.