A Song for Bram, for piano and brass band, is dedicated to the memory of Bramwell Tovey, conductor, composer, pianist and musician of huge talent, who sadly passed away before his time in the summer of 2022.
It was first performed by the composer (piano), with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, conducted by Russell Gray, at the Royal Northern College Brass Band Festival, on 29 January 2023. This publication is the original version for piano and brass band.
In this short piece I’ve tried to imagine what kind of tune Bram would have improvised at the piano, something he frequently engaged in. No doubt it would have been a mixture of bluesy jazz, hymn tune, and love song, and this is how the solo piano takes off. In the middle section of what is a simple ternary structure, I have introduced quotes from two hymn tunes he particularly loved, never having forgotten his Salvation Army roots.