Fanfare for Gosport

On Sunday 11th 2016 September Gosport Solent Brass premiered Kirsty Devaney’s Fanfare for Gosport. Conducted by the composer, this first public performance took place at the Royal Clarence Yard in the presence of the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Lynn Hook, and the Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Chapman.

Fanfare for Gosport acknowledges and celebrates the heritage and people of Gosport, and each movement of the piece reflects an aspect of Gosport. The first movement, ‘Metal and Salt’, takes inspiration from the rich history of Gosport as a naval town. The movement tries to capture the claustrophobic atmosphere and sounds of a submarine as it is slowly dives deeper and deeper. The second movement, ‘Looking Out Looking Back’, focuses on the stories of those from Gosport. The final movement takes the idea of a fanfare and is more forward looking.

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Kirsty Devaney is a British composer, workshop leader and music education researcher. She is a graduate and Junior Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire where she studied composition with Joe Cutler and Howard Skempton. Kirsty is particularly interested in introducing new music to those who may be less familiar with it and specialises in writing music for young and non-professional musicians. She was shortlisted for a British Composer Award in 2011, and in 2014 gained a PhD research position at Birmingham City University investigating composing in secondary school education.

Led by Musical Director Colin Garner, Gosport Solent Brass is an ambitious brass band committed to producing quality music and developing its players. The band plays in local concerts, at civic events and competes in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain as well as local contests.