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Skirll - a shrill, wailing sound

Skirll was commissioned by WorldBrass in Spring 2010, as a piece suitable for their New Year Tour and Concert in the Dark series. Written to open the second half of their programme, Skirll (Scottish for a shout, a scream, an exclamation) begins boldly with a 4-trumpet fanfare which is enveloped in thick trombone chords. A strong forward momentum and rhythmic drive is quickly established, with thick doublings and jagged, angular textures that are punctuated by a descending fanfare motif that hooks the work together.

The first performance of Skirll was on October 1st 2010 by WorldBrass in the Dark Concert Series in Hangar 51, Detmold Germany.


Tom Harrold

Scottish composer Tom Harrold (b.1991) is a Masters student at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he is a Radcliffe Trust Scholar under the tutelage of Professors Gary Carpenter, Adam Gorb and Dr David Horne. Tom's music has been performed worldwide at venues which include the Cadogan and Berlin Philharmonic Halls, the Maison Symphonique de Montréal, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square, and the Southbank and Barbican Centres, by groups which include the BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber, Aurora, and Birmingham Festival Orchestras, WorldBrass, Onyx Brass, SuperBrass, Total Brass, Manchester Camerata, the Lancashire Sinfonietta, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Endymion Ensemble, Trinity Boys Choir, the BBC Singers, and Exaudi. He has received multiple BBC Proms performances, and has been commissioned twice by the Royal Philharmonic Society in their bicentenary year. Tom’s music has been broadcast and recorded by BBC Radios 3 and 4, Linn Records and Bayerischer Rundfunk. Tom’s output has included a long-term, large-scale outreach project for 200 young and SEN performers, a work for 200-strong massed saxophone orchestra, a world premiere by the BBC SSO at the St Magnus Festival, two Royal Philharmonic Society mini-commissions, and a BBC Proms / BBC Radio 4 co-commission which was broadcast live simultaneously on BBC Radios 3 and 4, amongst other chamber and orchestral works and performances in Australia, Canada, Columbia and Serbia.

Tom also holds a Guinness World Record for his work Ticcatoccatina, for the greatest number of musicians performing on one piano at one time.

Commissioned by and dedicated to Worldbrass

10:30 Minutes

4 Trumpets
1 Horn in F
4 Trombones
1 Tuba
1 Percussion

Percussion section requires: Drum Kit