Euphoria in Brazil!
Mark has just returned from Brazil where he gave the world premier performance of a new euphonium concerto called 'Euphoria' which was composed for him by Zaidi Sabtu-Ramli. The concerto is very challenging for soloist and band both technically and musicially. It is contemporary in nature and has many stylistic highlights including some gamelan and samba! The concerto has 3 movements, 1-Mania, 2-A Lucid Dreamin' and 3-Nirvana. The second movement is dedicated to Mark's daughter Lucy. The accompanying band were Banda Henrique Marques who were celebrating their 155 year anniversary and the concerto was conducted by the composer himself. It was a fantastic concert!