FRANKLY SPEAKING about Saints Triumphant

In a few days time I’ll be enjoying the top bands in Europe playing in Birmingham's Symphony Hall at the welcome post covid return of the European Championships.

The set test piece is Saints Triumphant, which celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Composer Philip Wilby sets the bands and their conductors all sorts of conundrums to sort out, as he reimagines Williams’ iconic version of the hymn tune Sine Nomine, and here I'm comparing today’s problems to the ones Wilby set in his first test piece, New Jerusalem. 

So I hope you enjoy this edition of Frankly Speaking where I share my thoughts on music for this year's European Championships.

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