It is my pleasure to share another edition of The Trombonist with you.
At the heart of this issue is an insight into the creation of new works for trombone. We meet composers John Casken and Gavin Higgins who are working with Katy Jones (Hallé) and Helen Vollam (BBCSO) on two new concertos for trombone, set for performance with their respective orchestras in February 2019. This follows James MacMillan’s celebrated Trombone Concerto, first performed by Jörgen van Rijen earlier this year with its UK premiere just a few weeks ago, by Peter Moore and the LSO.
This is just a snippet of the exciting things on offer to you in the new year. The British Trombone Society have our own trombone day planned in London’s RAF Northolt on Sunday, 31 March and on the same day, our third Trombone Quartet Competition will be held.
As my first year as Editor, and our first as an online publication, comes to a close; I am particularly grateful to our readers, and the magazine team for the fantastic support in this transition. It has been a treat to have the opportunity to share some of what I am curious about, and to offer the platform for our contributors to do the same.
There is some inspiring activity among our trombone community right now, and plenty to celebrate. I am already looking forward to what the new year has to offer us too.
Thank you all. Happy reading.