Horns Aloud, formed in 2002 from graduates of Trinity College of Music, are a prize-winning Horn Quartet who perform a unique blend of chamber music around the country. The group has evolved with the founder members John Davy, Jamie Thomas and Marc Woodhurst joined in 2005 by Jocelyn Lightfoot and the ensemble’s success continuing to grow as the quartet explored new repertoire and audiences.
Recently, the quartet have performed in concerts and festivals abroad. A sell-out concert in Turin’s Palazza Madama in 2010 was followed by performances in the glorious alpine scenery of the 2011 I Suoni delle Dolomiti festival and record crowds for Colourscape’s visit to Turku in Finland, all events given with and organized by Martin Mayes, a Turin-based horn-player and musician. In 2012, the ensemble will be appearing in three performances of the new commission Fire by David Bruce, given as part of the Salisbury and Spitalfields festivals and delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with the BBC, LOCOG, Sound & Music and NMC Recordings.
During 2008, Horns Aloud were selected to perform by the Park Lane Group at the close of their Young Artists’ Series at the South Bank in London and also performed at the Colourscape Festival on Clapham Common in September, along with more recent Christmas concerts. 2009 was an even more eventful year, with the group appearing at the foyer of the Royal Festival Hall, and announcing the world premiere of a new work for the group by Cecilia McDowall at the British Horn Society Annual Festival.
Jeremy Backhouse is one of Britain’s leading conductors of amateur choirs. He began his musical career in Canterbury Cathedral where he was Senior Chorister, and later studied music at Liverpool University. He spent five years as Music Editor at the Royal National Institute of Blind People, where he was responsible for the transcription of print music into Braille. In 1986 he joined EMI Records as a Literary Editor and from April 1990 combined his work as a Consultant Editor for EMI Classics and later Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers with his career as a freelance conductor.
In January 2009 Jeremy took up the post of Music Director of the Salisbury Community Choir, a 180-strong non-auditioned choir. His first major engagement with them was the opening concert of the Salisbury International Arts Festival, in Salisbury Cathedral, premiering a vast new work by Bob Chilcott, the Salisbury Vespers.
Brian Moles was one of the founders of, and holds the position of Musical Director of Spezzati.
Brian gained both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Royal Holloway, part of the University of London. During his time there, he he held the posts of both Organ and Choral Scholar, conducted the university chamber choir, as well as running departmental choirs and orchestras. He held the post of acting Organist and Director of Chapel Music during the Sabbatical of the college organist in 2003. After a period as Assistant Organist at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Cardiff, Brian returned to the London area, where he pursued a busy career as a teacher, composer and performer, as well as being a Lay Clerk at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban. In September 2009 he was appointed Organist and Director of Music at St Mary's, Portsea.
Brian's time is divided between a busy teaching career, as a composer and as a performer. His work as an organist has seen him play in Notre Dame, Paris; St David's Hall, Cardiff and St Paul's Cathedral, London; as well as performing in several other Cathedrals around the UK and abroad. As a singer, he has been a Tenor soloist in various works, including Schubert Offertorium and Mass in G, Haydn Nelson Mass and Mozart Vespers.
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Salisbury Community Choir
Jeremy Backhouse & Brian Moles, conductors
The Opera Group and Salisbury International Arts Festival commissioned David Bruce to create Fire, an outdoor spectacle of visual and musical fireworks and based on a collage of texts, including works from celebrated poet Vikram Seth and the 6th century Jewish poet Yannai. The celebratory piece is a spirited meditation on humankind’s enduring fascination with fire and performed by renowned pyrotechnic artists The World Famous, an ensemble of horns and a community chorus recruited through each of the three festivals to which it tours.
20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of twenty new pieces of music, each of 12 minutes in length, celebrating the talent and imagination of the UK’s musical community as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Over the next 12 months you will be able to enjoy performances of these 20 new works in a wide range of venues and unexpected locations across the length and breadth of the UK – from churches, arts centres and concert halls to public spaces, festivals and a train journey. Each piece will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available to purchase as mp3/FLAC download from NMC.
Visit our New Music 20x12 Project Page for more information about the twenty works.
Fire was recorded by the BBC on 26th May and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 16th June 2012.