Clarion Song (Opus 33a) is scored for Bb or C trumpet and 3-manual organ. Although taking an earlier work as its starting point (A Wedding Carol, Op.33), Clarion Song includes a substantial amount of new and re-worked material, partly to accommodate the shift from voice with text to trumpet, and partly to reflect changes in my musical style.
It was written for and subsequently selected by the John Armitage Memorial (JAM) for its 2020 season. The premiere was postponed on account of the Covid-19 outbreak, but finally took place on 23rd March 2022 at St. Brides Church, Fleet Street, with Alan Thomas (principal trumpet of Onyx Brass) and organist Simon Hogan performing.
Due to programming limitations, the live performance omits the central cadenza of the piece. The full version can be heard as a digital simulation on my website chrisbestmusic.com/works/clarion-song
Recording engineer: Edward Armitage
Re-mixed and mastered: Christopher Best
To obtain copies of the full score and parts, please visit https://chrisbestmusic.com/works/clarion-song