"Josiah is already a prolific composer bringing many new ideas into his writing for brass band, and I’m sure he will produce exciting and innovative new work for bands to play."
- Andrew Duncan
“The Pilgrim”, highly emotive in its creation, offers a wealth of musical imagery. Even to the uninformed listener, this fascinating, powerful and beautiful work stirs and stimulates a variety of emotional reactions – offering each listener an opportunity to apply the music to their own journey, their own personal pilgrimage.
It is a journey of development and emotion, encompassing three key stages of emotional state.
Josiah's emotive approach to the creation of the work embraces a wealth of passion, anguish and enlightenment. Through his use of imaginative melody, themes and harmonic texture, Josiah has represented a collection of powerful emotions.
Drogheda Brass Band perform The Pilgrim
European Brass Band Championships, Perth 2014
This is an exciting work with a variety of tempos, styles and interesting harmony progressions, all making for a most effective, listenable and innovative piece.
It was first premiered by The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland as part of their end of course gala concert in 2011 to much acclaim and has since received further positive reviews together with many further public performances including a radio broadcast feature on BBC Radio 2.
The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland 2011 performing 'Carpe Diem'
JAMES BROWN IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE
Brubeck's Concerto for Bass Trombone
and Orchestra 3rd Movement
This cleverly constructed arrangement pulls all the detail and effects from the original and places them so perfectly within the brass band genre it sounds as if it could have been originally written this way.
A very demanding solo, with challenging cadenzas and complex accompaniments, this piece is a true show-case work which maximises the appeal of the original for both players and listeners. Josiah's scoring technique for this arrangement has also received the approval and congratulations from the original composer, Chris Brubeck.
Originally performed by him at the 2011 Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships with the Carnoustie & District Youth Band, Josiah then went on to perform it again at the 2012 National (UK) Youth Brass Band Championships where his band won the overall competition and he was awarded the best soloist prize for his outstanding performance.
Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band - James Brown in the Twilight Zone
FANFARE - FLYING HIGH
This was specially commissioned to mark the first anniversary of 'Creative Scotland'. It was performed by a brass ensemble from The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland at The Scottish Parliament to open the celebratory reception.
It is currently available for brass ensemble, but a full band version will be available shortly.
It was received by the many arts-related guests with huge enthusiasm. Comments indicated their enjoyment of the fresh and creative writing approach which was used to produce a piece befitting to the grandeur of the event.
This is a solo work commissioned by Gregory Chaplain, principal cornet of the Carnoustie & District Youth Band.
The piece was composed to highlight the virtuosic skills of Gregory whilst demonstrating his all round musicality with the moving lyrical elements which dominate the piece.