Brass Friday2The distinctive heritage and musical zest of Cornwall was the focal point of Cornish celebrations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in August. The area’s Cornish Cousins paid homage to the Cornish brass band at their 17th annual gathering.

The Milwaukee Brass, under musical director Mark Taylor’s guidance not only fulfilled but exceeded the expectations of the audience, who expressed their admiration of the extraordinary performance with a standing ovation.

Prior to the evening’s performance Mark Taylor gave an overview of the history and development of brass bands, with an emphasis on the long standing tradition in Cornish communities. His knowledge and enthusiasm was complemented by samples of works by Cornish composers and arrangers, an exciting preview for the evening concert which included Calling Cornwall, The Royal Trophy, Prelude on St Agnes, Floral Dance, Four Cornish Dances,OP.91, Cornish Cavalier, and Penlee.

Article written by Tommi O’Hagan.