Italian Job for Newstead Brass
Posted on Jul 04, 2018 by Mike Allcock
Newstead brass are set for the Italian Job this Saturday evening featuring the world premiere of ‘Byron in Italy’ commissioned for the 2018 International Byron Festival.
The Festival concert will feature Newstead Brass and over 160 singers from the youth choir of Sarzana Cathedral in Italy and the Nottinghamshire based Bingham and District Choral Society, The Newstead Abbey Singers and the Choir of St Mary's Church, Newark where the concert is being held.
This year’s Byron Festival marks the 230th Anniversary of Byron's birth and 200 years since his tour to Italy. Sarzana is in the region in which Byron toured and so it is very appropriate to welcome their choir to the festival. Each of the choirs, and Newstead Brass will perform individual items before all the performers combine to perform ‘Byron in Italy’, a setting of setting of five poems by Byron written in, or about, Italy, by Southwell composer Guy Turner.
A band spokesman commented, “Newstead Brass are regular contributors to the Byron Festival. Newstead Abbey, which features on our logo, was the ancestral home of the Byron family and the family vault is in the parish church, Hucknall, where the band were originally formed and based. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to join with these local and visiting singers to mark this anniversary.”
Recently appointed musical director Jim Davies has picked a balanced programme which includes William Himes setting of Mozart’s ‘Overture to the Marriage of Figaro’, Howard Snell’s setting of ‘Pines of Rome’ and Steven Ponsford’s ‘Let there be Light’.
The concert takes place on Saturday 7th July at 7.30pm in St Mary's Parish Church, Newark. Admission is £10 with concessions available. Tickets available from the John Godber Centre Hucknall, the Newark Civil War Centre or at the door.