Tim Reynish

After graduating from Cambridge,Timothy Reynish was first horn in Sadler’s Wells and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. His conducting studies were with George Hurst, Sir Charles Groves and Sir Adrian Boult, Dean Dixon, and Franco Ferrara at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. A prize winner in the Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition in New York, he has conducted leading professional symphony orchestras throughout UK. In 1975 he was invited to become tutor of Postgraduate Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, two years later he was appointed Head of School of Wind and Percussion. At the RNCM, he conducted a wide range of opera, including Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème, Erwartung, and several operas by Britten. With the RNCM Symphony Orchestra his performances included symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Bruckner and Mahler, as well as Strauss tone poems, Firebird, Petrouchka and the Rite of Spring, the Verdi Requiem and Tippett’s Child of Our Time.

Timothy Reynish is widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of wind bands and wind ensembles in the world. At the Royal Northern College of Music, he developed the wind orchestra and ensemble to become one of the best in the world, commissioning over one hundred works from major composers, and performing regularly in festivals. He has given clinics, lectured, guest conducted and adjudicated in Asia, Canada, South America, Europe and the United States, and he is editor with Maecenas Music. He has made seventeen commercial recordings of international repertoire, the latest with the United States Coast Guard Band. Last year he spent seven weeks as Guest Conductor with the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, followed by concerts at Lisbon Conservatoire and in Hong Kong and Germany. Engagements this year include concerts at Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban College, Ithaca College, Singapore and the USA.

December Concert

Our December 7th concert at Comstock Concert Hall was a musical celebration; specifically, a Pre-Midwest Clinic Celebration Concert honoring the North Hardin High School Wind Symphony! This fine ensemble, led by Brian Froedge, with assistants Daniel Reams and Brittany Ford, will be featured in performance at the Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference (www.midwestclinic.org) in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, December 17th at 4:30 pm.

The joint concert was a natural, as the members of the Louisville Concert Band reminisced their own 2013 Midwest Clinic performance experience and delighted in cheering on the North Hardin High School Wind Symphony as previewed what will be a spectacular performance in Chicago! The Comstock Hall concert was a musical feast delivered by both ensembles. The North Hardin Wind Symphony served up works by Franz von Suppé, Frederick Speck, Samuel Hazo, and others, while our Chamber Winds Louisville and Louisville Concert Band followed with dessert courses featuring chamber music by Gordon Jacob and Nebojša Živković, full-cast works by Persichetti, Brahms, Gallante, and marches by Fillmore and Jewell.

October Concert

Join us for our Fall concert on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8pm in Comstock Concert Hall. We will be sharing the stage with University of Louisville Symphonic Band.

Maslanka Residency Concludes with Brilliant Performances

Building on a remarkable season that included a stunning performance at the Midwest Clinic, Chamber Winds Louisville and the Louisville Concert Band combined with the University of Louisville Wind Symphony for a February 23rd performance highlighting the music of David Maslanka. The composer was in residence for several days in advance of the concert, spending coaching time with numerous ensembles.

The concert began with chamber performances featuring Curtis Essig, Reese Land, Roger Levering and Kristi Schmidt on an exhilarating trumpet quartet by Jason Basoco called Ice Journey, Kaelah McMonigle, Amber Guitierrez and Cory Barnfield presenting the world premiere of Les Poulets by Tyler Taylor, and an electric reading of Devil Dance by Payton MacDonald, performed by the Kaelah and Jeremy McMonigle Duo. These selections were followed by the Louisville Concert Band performing Aubrey Fanfare by Jack Stamp, then David Maslanka’s Give Us This Day, and the University of Louisville Wind Symphony on the world premiere of Maslanka’s Remember Me, with cello soloist Paul York and finally our visiting composer’s tour de force, Symphony No. 4. Three standing ovations during the course of the concert marked the large audience’s overwhelming response.

Midwest Clinic Recap

The Louisville Concert Band performance at the 67th Midwest Clinic was a special experience for audience and performers alike. Remarkable music making by terrific musicians along with wonderful guest conductors and a brilliant soloist made the concert itself magical and the entire event rich in memories. In the days that followed, many who heard the concert forwarded their appreciation. Here are excerpts from just two of the notes that came in after the performance:

…absolutely unblemished in your performance; all those things, blend, balance, pitch, transparency, etc…really knocked out with your band. Thanks for such a wonderful concert…

Wow and Wow!…Spirited, clean, fun and personal, what a great band!

Finally, from composer Frank Ticheli:

Thank you for inviting me to conduct my Korean Folksongs from Jeju Island with you at the Midwest Clinic this past December. Your performance was absolutely terrific… I appreciate very much the passion and talent you brought to the work. You were just superb!

An unexpected bonus was finding out that Wind & Rhythm — “the world’s most listened to wind band radio program” — chose to air our performance of Ticheli’s Korean Folksongs from Jeju Island. The broadcasts took place from January 16-19, 2014, but the program can still be accessed at www.windandrhythm.com under “past episodes.”

December 1 Concert

Congratulations on a wonderful concert last night. You sure know how to connect the dots! Further, the fact that you shared it with that audience of high school musicians and their parents made it that much more powerful. Kudos to all, with an extra round of applause to Kaelah for her glossy piccolo solo in Chimes of Liberty, and also of course to David for his fabulous solo performance of Scherzo. (I don’t think I’ve ever seen high school euphonium and tuba players move as fast as when they jumped to their feet when he finished!)

I look forward to what we’ll be able to do together during the next couple of weeks. You are a special group of musicians and your commitment to one another and our art is what it’s all about.

All best,
Fred

Midwest Performance CD Order

Last night, a number of you signed the yellow pad after the rehearsal requesting to be part of the CD group order for the Midwest performance in Chicago. If you still desire to be make your order as part of the group, please write back to me at frederick.speck@louisville.edu no later than Tuesday morning, Dec. 3rd. By doing so, you will save a couple of dollars. If you don’t order now, you can do an individual order from the Mark Custom website at a later date. Either is fine, and no one is obligated to order.

December 1st Concert

Hi Everyone,

First of all, congratulations on a wonderful concert last Thursday evening. I think we all sensed a special chemistry with that audience. Also, special kudos to Reese, Mark, Colin, Stasi and Chris for their fine quintet performance with the Symphonic Band!

As you know, our proposed program for the Midwest Clinic was approved without any changes! For our December 1st concert, we will add some more of the pieces that will be on our Midwest Clinic concert.

Rehearsals:
Sun., Nov. 3 6:30–9:00 p.m. (University of Louisville – LL65)
Sun., Nov. 10 6:30–9:00 p.m. (University of Louisville – LL65)
Sun., Nov. 24 6:30–9:00 p.m. (University of Louisville – LL65)
Sun., Dec. 1 3:00–5:30 p.m. (Ballard High School Fine Arts Center)

Concert:
Sun., Dec. 1 7:00 p.m. (Ballard High School Fine Arts Center)

The Ballard HS Wind Ensemble will begin the concert. I anticipate that we will be onstage at around 7:30 pm. Music will be sent out soon. The selections will include:

  • Yankee Doodle by Morton Gould
  • Jennie’s Bawbee & Peascod’s Galliarda by Kenneth Hesketh
  • John Riley (with Wayfaring Stranger) by Brant Karrick (Acton Ostling, Jr., conductor)
  • Très Moutarde by Cecil Macklin (Nan Moore, conductor)
  • The Chimes of Liberty by Edwin Franko Goldman
  • Scherzo by Edwin Franko Goldman (David Centers, euphonium)
  • Finale from Symphony No. 1 by Vasily Kalinnikov

We will probably also include Solo una Volta! (Only Once!) by Yasuhide Ito as an encore number.

As you know, as we prepare for our Midwest Clinic performance, all of our rehearsals are very important. For this concert we have only 3, plus a dress on the day of the show. Please write back directly to me to confirm your availability for our rehearsals and the concert at: frederick.speck@louisville.edu

All best,
Fred Speck