March is the month of banding. Each year Bands up and down the country go head to head at their local competitions, the prize being an invitation to the National Finals of Great Britian. With my own band, City of Cardiff, we also took part in the regional competition with hope of qualifying to play in the Albert Hall which we did the year prior.

Following the Brass Band theme this month also involved having the world premiere by the RWCMD’S Brass Band. His piece “Figurations of Mahler” proved a challenge which the band were excited to face. The piece is the opening to a new test-piece which depicts Gustav Mahler’s mental state after discovering his wife’s, Alma, affair.

A recording of the piece can be found here: