[From the press release. Linked for the unusual reference -- “a musical reverance to Will Kempe”???]
A reviewer called it "the most lasting impression" of this year's Brass Festival of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester: Bramwell Tovey's "Nine Daies Wonder", performed by the Canadian violinist Mark Fewer and the Foden's Brass Band. The piece is a musical reverence to the Shakespearean actor Will Kempe, who in 1600 Morris danced from London to Norwich. Soloist Mark Fewer won the hearts of the Manchester audience not only by his virtuoso violin playing, but even more by reciting Shakespeare lines, singing, and finally fiddling a jig that made everyone's feet stomp.
If you missed the concert, you now get a second chance to listen to it: BBC Radio 3 broadcasts the live recording of "Nine Daies Wonder" in its "Afternoon on 3" show upcoming Friday, March 6, 2009, at 4:30 pm Greenwich time (11:30 EST). The show will also be available as a concert on demand for some days thereafter on www.bbc.co.uk/radio3.
Mark Fewer: http://www.latitude45arts.com/en/artist.php?artist_id=83
BBC Radio 3: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/
Reviews of the Manchester concert: