Glasgow-based Bill Wells makes music that is profound and singular. The variations on beauty in his music are remarkable, so for Counterflows 2019 we thought we’d approach it from a different perspective. After seeing footage of the Viaduct Tuba Trio performing lopsidedly with invading friends and fellow brass band players beneath the Glenfinnan Viaduct, we had to look at how we could do Bill’s music justice and expand upon the ideas resonating from this music.
Viaduct Tuba Trio trio formed in April 2018 when they were invited to perform An Inverted Fanfare – the opening concert at The Loch Shiel Spring Festival. Underneath the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, joined by guest players from Lochaber High School, they performed a site-specific concert exploring tuba solos, duets, trios and featuring the music of Bill Wells.
Mark Reynolds studied in Glasgow and Munich. During his time there he performed with among others, the Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera and the Munich Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he was appointed principal Tuba of the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, Belgium and became a founder member of the Ottone Brass Quintet. He has frequently performed as a soloist including performances of the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Antony Hook, rising tuba star Antony Hook was Loch Shiel Festival’s Young Artist for 2018 and currently studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Danielle Price, supported by the Countess of Munster Trust, Danielle studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated with distinction from the Master of Music Course in 2013. She has since enjoyed versatile career playing in range of projects and ensembles including Pure Brass Quintet, Sensory Illusions, Dopey Monkey, Red Note Ensemble, The Old Fountain Jazz Orchestra, New Antonine Brass Quintet (current Live Music Now Scotland artists), traditional jazz ensembles The Copper Cats and The Red Hot Rhythm Makers as well as performing in the bands of Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat, Ashley Paul, Bella Hardy, Oxbow and as an extra musician with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.