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Thrash’d

Composed by Tom Harrold


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Thrash’d

Thrash'd was commissioned in the winter of 2013 by Matthew Denney, to whom it is dedicated. This short work features the solo contrabass trombone vying for supremacy over the rest of the ensemble – despite beginning with assured confidence, the soloist's material is often subsumed, hidden, and shrouded by an oppressive, authoritarian accompaniment.

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.

A Solo Feature for Contrabass Trombone.

Dedicated to Matthew Denney

4:30 Minutes

4 Trumpets
1 Horn in F
2 Tenor Trombones
1 Bass Trombone
1 Contrabass Trombone (Soloist)
1 Tuba
2 Percussion

Percussion section requires: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Tam-tam, Hi-hats and Tom-toms