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Banding Together 2020 - Sunday 2nd February

Due to overwhelming interest in this event we still have a few spaces for trumpet and percussion but regrettably all other sections are now full. If you play another instrument and would like us to contact you should a space become available, please email us at .

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Sunday 2nd February is a fantastic opportunity for you to to bring your wind instrument and play with Southampton Concert Wind Band and Meridian Winds, as well as being directed by the composer, Adam Gorb.

Adam started composing at the age of ten. At fifteen he wrote a set of piano pieces - A Pianist's Alphabet - of which a selection was performed by Susan Bradshaw on BBC Radio 3. Having studied music at Cambridge University he then divided his time between composition and working as a musician in the theatre. Turning his time towards composition, he started gaining accolades from the outset. Notable early pieces include Metropolis for Wind Band (1992), which won several prizes including the Walter Beeler Memorial Prize in the USA in 1994. Prelude, Interlude and Postlude for piano, won the Purcell Composition Prize in 1995. His ballet Kol Simcha was performed over fifty times by the Rambert Dance Company while Awayday (1996) and Yiddish Dances (1998), both for Wind Band, have had thousands of performances worldwide. Elements, a Percussion Concerto written for Evelyn Glennie and the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Ensemble in 1998 was released on CD in 2001.

It is impossible to continue listing all the awards and prizes that Adam has gained over his career so far. From pieces for saxophone quartets to large scale choral works; from small orchestra to ballet to opera, Adam has worked and excelled in almost every musical genre possible! It is a great pleasure and huge privilege to be able to welcome him to work with us in Banding Together.

Full details will be provided on successful application but as an overview of the day:

9:30 - 10:00 Arrival, welcome and settling into positions
10:00 - 10:45 Calum Gray & Don Lloyd (MDs of SCWB and Meridian Winds) take warm up and sight reading
10:45 - 11:30 Adam Gorb takes over the baton to introduce you to his music
11:30 - 11:45 Break
11:45 - 12:45 Adam Gorb continues until lunch time
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch (please bring your own)
13:30 - 15:15 Adam continues rehearsing his music
15:15 - 15:30 Break and time for friends, families and interested parties to arrive to hear the result of the day's work
15:30 - 16:00 Performance of everything that has been rehearsed

The cost of the day will be just £15 per person. Light refreshments will be available but you will need to bring a packed lunch. Free parking will be available on site at Mountbatten School.

Please complete the form below to make your booking and we will contact you to arrange payment. Places are limited and can only be booked in advance so do it now to avoid disappointment!

If you have any questions please contact us by emailing