Student Work: Helmuts Feldmanis
Early in 2015 I wrote the WeAreOCA blog ‘Go on, get it played!‘ about the advantages of students gaining knowledge through collaborations; making real life projects happen and getting their music played. These experiences are often crucial in developing orchestration skills and a personal compositional voice.
It has been very pleasing since then to hear from students who have become involved in such musical projects across a wide variety of genres. Recently, OCA music student Helmuts Feldmanis got in touch about one of his recent collaborations which resulted in Crossing the Valley, a 10 minute piece for brass choir, which was performed by the talented Harlequin Brass Ensemble under the direction of Kieron Anderson.
Helmuts is a composer that enjoys the challenge of writing for different and varied ensembles and, whilst attending a concert in late 2015, he approached the Musical Director about the possibility of composing a piece for the ensemble. After finishing the piece as a Christmas gift, it was then rehearsed earlier this year, giving Helmuts invaluable access to the performers to discuss compositional matters.
The piece was also recorded and you can listen to it on the player below. OCA music would like to congratulate Helmuts on a striking and confident piece of brass writing. Many thanks also go to Keiron and Harlequin Brass for their work and recording.
More of Helmuts’ work can be found online on SoundCloud.