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SCWB are thrilled to have been selected to be one of only two wind orchestras in the country to be paired with an up and coming composer to create a new piece of music. The band has been chosen by Making Music UK, which is the UK's number one organisation for leisure-time music.

MD Calum Gray (right) and band member George Belfield (left) with composer Robert Laidlow (centre)

The band will be working with composer Robert Laidlow, who we met for the first time before our recent concert at Turner Sims Concert Hall, along with Robert's mentor Fraser Trainer. Robert will be in constant contact with the band and a frequent visitor to Southampton, collaborating towards his new composition which will be premiered at the newly renovated Chapel of Royal Victoria Country Park on 18th May 2019. The performance will be recorded for subsequent broadcast by Radio 3.

Work started when Robert spent some time in rehearsal with the band on 30th October and he will be visiting again in December. In the meantime, read the first of his blogs here.

Robert Laidlow (centre) and Fraser Trainer (right) meeting the band at Turner Sims