Fanfare for the Common Man

Saturday 11 July 2015
United Reformed Church,
Southernhay, Exeter
Time: 7.30pm
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Fanfare for the Common Man

Concerto For Trumpet & Strings - Johann Baptist Georg Neruda (soloist: David Shead)

Concerto Grosso in D for Strings - Ralph Vaughan Williams

Fanfare For The Common Man - Aaron Copland

Gabriel’s Oboe - Ennio Morricone

Raiders of the Lost Ark - John Williams

Quiet City - Aaron Copland (soloist: David Shead)

Music for Movies - Copland

Scottish Dances - Malcolm Arnold

Suite - 'The Battle of the Somme' - Laura Rossi

Our summer concert this July will feature a wide range of popular and colourful music with one of Malcolm Arnold's most popular works;  an attractive and colourful trumpet concerto;  Copland's magical and haunting 'Quiet City' and the inspiring Fanfare for the Common Man, with a selection of music from, and for, films.We shall also be welcoming the Local Young musicians string ensemble - Da Capo - as they join us in a performance of the Concerto Grosso by Vaughan- Williams. Something for everyone in this concert!

The summer concert has assumed the role of a splendid potpourri of music for several years now and I can certainly assure you that there really is something for everyone – and more!


It is a great pleasure to welcome David Shead as our guest soloist for the first time in the Neruda - trumpet concerto and Quiet City. We have worked together for years, and I first met him when playing continuo for him, and the late John Wilbraham, in a concert in Taunton. Since then we have met up from time to time and the last time was for a Messiah in Powderham Castle – in one of the Concerts in the Music Room - [musicinthecastle.co.uk ] when he played trumpet and I was on timps!!

David Shead.

David began the trumpet aged 8 and at aged 11 was awarded a junior music exhibition to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Following this he studied full time at the Royal College of Music with John Wallace and Michael Laird. Whilst there he also studied conducting with the late John Forster.
Since leaving the College David has combined a freelance playing career with teaching in many prestigious schools in England including Sherborne School and Wells Cathedral School.
David has played with many of the leading orchestras in the UK and was principal trumpet with the London Festival Orchestra for many years. He also played with the Wilbraham Brass Soloists which was run by the great trumpet player John Wilbraham. As well as orchestral work David has also played in West End shows and many chamber ensembles.
He has toured extensively with orchestras and by invitation has given recitals and masterclasses in Brunei and the Far East. David has recorded many orchestral and solo CD’s and has performed live broadcasts for the BBC, one being Brandenburg 2.
He has spent the last 2 years in Oman as the Trumpet teacher for the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra which is the Sultans own orchestra. Whilst there he performed a couple of Trumpet concertos with the Orchestra, one being the Neruda which he is performing with the Exeter Symphony orchestra.
In the UK David was also involved in the Brass Band movement and conducted many bands in contests and concerts.


It is also very exciting to welcome the young string ensemble – ‘Da Capo’ – led and tutored by string specialist Sarah Greinig. These are local young players who meet regularly to play as a group, and as a first working together we have chosen the magnificent Concerto Grosso by Ralph Vaughan-Williams which is for three string groups – a small concertino group,full strings and a second string orchestra part well suited to these players. If my first meeting last friday with these enthusiastic and positive musicians is anything to go by they will be a great addition to the final performance. An inventive way to have a large body of strings exploring rich and colourful sonorities.
English and Scottish dances are a wonderful way to be introduced to the music of the English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold – and while both sets really highlight the cultural varieties of each country's music, choosing the Scottish ones may just have a significance in this coming election!


A few weeks ago I was very fortunate to have been given a present of tickets to Ennio Morricone’s only concert this year in London with him conducting his own film music at the O2 so it was appropriate that a programme so full of film pieces should have one of his best known pieces – Gabriel’s Oboe - from the film The Mission.This is just one of several film music scores we are including in this concert. Laura Rossi played in ESO for a short while before moving to London with her very successful film music career, and this local composer has prepared a special film music suite - 'The Battle of the Somme' - for us, from one of her many scores. The Voices of Remembrance suite will be in our November concert.


Copland is featured with three pieces and Fanfare is where the concert title comes from – and perhaps is appropriate in a programme that really does try to encompass all tastes, and appeal to the widest range of music lovers. Get your tickets early for a concert that is sure to be well attended . Brian Northcott