TRACK OF THE WEEK
Every week Frank selects his own favourite track of the week from our weekly Music Podcast, and it's completely free here on Frank Renton on Brass.
"John Storey is an outstanding Euphonium player. He studied at Huddersfield University where his Euphonium Tutor was Geoffrey Whitham and he played with James Shepherd Versatile Brass, but when he graduated he headed south to be a member of the Band of The Coldstream Guards and quickly built a reputation as a great soloist.
He’s also not a musician bounded by tradition, he’s the Euphonium player with the brass group that back the progressive rock group Big Big Train, he’s the principal euphonium with the Army Brass Band and the Band Sergeant Major of the British Army Band at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and still finds time to play in his local brass band, the Sandhurst Silver Band, where of course he’s the principal euphonium and will be playing with them at the National Finals in September.
I’ve known him since 1992 when the young John Storey played Baritone in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, when I was their guest conductor for their fortieth anniversary concert.
In 2012 he released a solo album simply titled Euphonium on which he’s accompanied on various pieces by a brass band, a wind octet and a string ensemble. But in ‘Euphoria’, a piece especially written for the album by Rodney Newton, there’s just him, but four of him, a quartet of Euphoniums featuring just one player, and it’s terrific.
So that’s my undoubted Track of the Week from our 49th Music Podcast, John Storey (times four), playing Euphoria.
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