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Houlding His Own

by Chris Houlding

Classical Trombone Solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. John Kenny : Fanfare
1:54 $0.99
2. Hindemith : Sonata for Trombone & Piano (1st Mvt)
3:01 $0.99
3. Hindemith : Sonata for Trombone & Piano (2nd Mvt)
2:50 $0.99
4. Hindemith : Sonata for Trombone & Piano (3rd Mvt)
2:04 $0.99
5. Hindemith : Sonata for Trombone & Piano (4th Mvt)
2:43 $0.99
6. Eric Crees : Flourish for Solo Trombone
3:59 $0.99
7. Pergolesi Arr. Sauer : Sinfonia (1st Mvt)
0:58 $0.99
8. Pergolesi Arr. Sauer : Sinfonia (2nd Mvt)
1:55 $0.99
9. Pergolesi Arr. Sauer : Sinfonia (3rd Mvt)
1:49 $0.99
10. Pergolesi Arr. Sauer : Sinfonia (4th Mvt)
1:38 $0.99
11. Peter Swan : Excito Quod Evenit - Fanfare & Toccata 1
1:09 $0.99
12. Peter Swan : Excito Quod Evenit - Lied
3:12 $0.99
13. Peter Swan : Excito Quod Evenit - Dreamscape
2:35 $0.99
14. Peter Swan : Excito Qoud Evenit - Fanfare & Toccata (La Chasse)
2:20 $0.99
15. Honegger : Hommage Du Trombone Exprimant La Tristesse De L'auteur Absent
1:37 $0.99
16. Albeniz : Andantino
1:56 $0.99
17. Thomas : Hamlet - First Tableau Act I
2:43 $0.99
18. Simon Wills : Lucifer
3:28 $0.99
19. Noam Sheriff : Piece for Ray
5:34 $0.99
20. Bernstein : Elegy for Mippy II
2:19 $0.99
21. Sulek : Sonata (Vox Gabrieli)
7:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
houlding his own

Chris Houlding : Trombone Ian Buckle : Piano


…...This CD really is of the highest quality. The choice of music is both appealing and interesting, but it is the execution that is worthy of note. The pianist, Ian Buckle, is an excellent accompanist and the performance of the soloist is of the highest level. Technique and musicality are in abundance throughout the CD and the interpretation of Hommage du Trombone Experimant la Tristesse de L’Auteur Absent by Arthur Honegger is exquisite and allows Chris to show off his tone and production in a way only possible if you have complete control of your instrument..........

Whether you are an avid brass player, or a trombone connoisseur, this CD should be on your shelf.

Programme 5stars Recording 5stars Performance 5stars Presentation 5stars

Andrew Berryman Brass Band World Magazine April 2008

Chris Houlding’s first solo album is long overdue, and I warmly recommend it to all my readers as a fascinating example of British trombone playing at its best. Chris’s years as professor at the Royal Northern and Chethams have made him one of the UK’s most respected and sought after teachers in the UK, and in the past few years his reputation has grown internationally, which makes it even more vital to hear such an authoritative voice as an interpreter.
…...Chris’s interpretations of the classics Elegy for Mippy by Bernstein, the Sulek Sonata, and Hindemith Sonata are essential listening for any aspiring trombonist and here’s your chance to hear Hindemith’s notoriously difficult and thickly scored piano part played with a wonderful lightness of touch and sensitivity by Ian Buckle; the 2nd movement is a particular joy.
…...For me the particular highlight of this CD is the demanding virtuoso solo work Exito Quod Evenit by the Northumbrian composer Peter Swan. This four movement piece pushes conventional playing to the limit without crossing into extended techniques, and succeeds in being both highly expressive and mysteriously dramatic – it deserves to become a staple of the solo repertoire.

John Kenny The Trombonist (British Trombone Society Magazine) April 2008

A serious musician playing serious music with the stamp of assured class.

Chris Houlding displays all the virtues of top class orchestral trombone playing with a sense of relaxed musicality that comes with years of experience at the highest level and an innate sense of musicianship. The lad can play..


Chris Houlding : Trombone

In 1980, age 20, Chris toured with the London Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Celibidache at the invitation of Denis Wick and was appointed Principal Trombone of the Orchestra of Opera North in the following year, a seat he held for twenty seven years. He has since appeared as Guest Principal with most major UK ensembles including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and London Brass and still plays regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, MusicFabrik, Scottish Chamber, Superbrass and the Symphonic Brass of London. A graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music, he studied with Denis Wick, Eric Crees and Peter Gane, and was awarded the Principal’s Prize.

Currently Head of Brass at Birmingham Conservatoire, Professor of Trombone and Brass Ensemble at the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen, Germany and Visiting Tutor at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he has also served as Senior Tutor in Brass and International Visiting Tutor at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music and has been recently voted 2014 Teacher of the Year by the British Trombone Society. He is a regular Trombone Professor with the Gustav Mahler Jungendorchester, European Union Youth Orchestra Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and gives recitals and masterclasses throughout the world, including the Joseph Alessi Summer Seminar, Juilliard, Eastman and conservatoires in Boston, Texas, St Petersburg, Moscow, Porto, Oslo, Aarhus, Riga and Budapest. Chris has also given recitals, classes and has served as outside assessor at most UK Conservatoires and universities.

In 2003 Chris represented the UK in the World Orchestra for Peace under Valery Gergiev and has made concerto appearances with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Durham Sinfonia, Helix Ensemble and Orchestra of Opera North with whom he performed the Elgar Howarth Concerto under the composer on his 70th Birthday. Currently Chairman of the International Trombone Association Executive Board and a former President of the British Trombone Society, he has hosted the IPV Symposium 2010 in Essen and appeared as guest artist at International Trombone Festivals in Nashville, Aarhus, Birmingham, Las Vegas, Slide Factory Rotterdam, IPV Symposiums in Hannover, Stuttgart and Aachen, Adams and Lätzsch Festivals in the Netherlands and International Festivals in Washington DC and Sweden. His debut solo CD entitled Houlding his own was issued in February 2008 on the SRC label and a second Duet Album is to be issued in the near future featuring Joseph Alessi, Brett Baker, Ben van Dijk, Carol Jarvis, Niels Ole Bo Johansen, Don Lucas, Ansgar Striepens and Jiggs Whigham.

Chris was awarded an MMus in Conducting by the Royal Northern College of Music in 2005 and held the position of Music Director with the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra for six years. He has also conducted the Bochumer Symphoniker, Duisburg Philharmoniker, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Orchestra of Opera North, Trinity College of Music Wind Orchestra & Brass Ensemble, Düsseldorf University Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Brass Band, Lancashire Youth Symphony, Oslo Music Academy Brass Ensemble, Prinsen Musikkorps Brass Band, Denmark, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and DUT Yorkshire Imperial with whom he won the National Brass Band First Section Championships in 2005. As adjudicator, he has served on international juries including the Internationaler Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen, First International Wind Competition Moscow, Turkish Young Musician of the Year, Norwegian and British Brass Band Championships, Feis Ceoil Dublin and the Royal Overseas League Music Competition London an is a regular contributor to Brass Journals.

Ian Buckle : Piano

Ian Buckle enjoys a varied freelance career, working as soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and teacher.

As concerto soloist, Ian has appeared alongside conductors Carl Davis, Elgar Howarth, Gerard Schwarz, Yan Pascal Tortelier and John Wilson; with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Opera North, Sinfonia Viva, the Manchester Concert Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. His London debut came in 1996 with a recital at Wigmore Hall.

Ian is a member of the piano-and-wind group Zephyr, Cerberus (trio with clarinet and cello); and the Elysnan Horn Trio, formed when students at the Royal Northern College of Music. Committed to contemporary music, he has been the pianist in Ensemble 10:10 since the group’s inception in 1997 and his piano duo with Richard Casey specialises in repertoire from the last and current centuries. As an accompanist he is in frequent demand, performing and recording with singers and instrumentalists throughout the U.K. and in Europe, appearing in the Beethoven festival in Bonn and the Festspiele Mecklenberg with the former BBC Young Musician winner, clarinettist Mark Simpson. Ian regularly plays piano in the RLPO and the John Wilson Orchestra, and teaches at the Universities of Leeds and Liverpool.

“Larkin’s England”, a programme of piano music and poetry devised by Ian, has been performed numerous times throughout the country, including in Liverpool with Roger McGough reading, and in Leeds with former Poet-Laureate Andrew Motion. A programme of poems, piano music and songs “Shropshire and Other Lads” was created for the Buxton festival; and a programme commemorating World War 1 “Anthem for Doomed Youth” will be presented by Ian with Andrew Motion in the Ribble Valley Piano Week, the Alfriston Festival and at Leeds University later this year. Other performances in 2014-15 include concertos with the RLPO and the Orchestra of Opera North, a return to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and a complete cycle of the Beethoven Cello Sonatas with Sally Pendlebury.

CD releases include transcriptions for cello and piano with Jonathan Aasgaard, a recital of new works for clarinet and piano with Mark Simpson and a disc of English music with Nicholas Cox. A cd with Andrew Long of the complete music for violin and piano by Edward German will be released next year on the Naxos label.

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