Bristol Proms 2015 commissions official fanfare for Bristol
COMPETITION WINNER DAVID MITCHAM’S FANFARE “AT THE TOP OF THE TIDE” WILL HERALD THE OPENING OF BRISTOL PROMS 2015 AS IT’S PERFORMED THROUGHOUT THE CITY
On Monday 27th July, the first official Fanfare for a UK city will be premiered live across several iconic Bristol landmarks. Commissioned by Bristol Proms 2015 and gifted to the Mayor of Bristol and the City, David Mitcham’s Fanfare “At the Top of the Tide” won a competition launched by world-class trumpeter Alison Balsom in March.
Taking the top prize after competing against over 40 entries judged by an expert panel including Alison Balsom (world-class trumpeter), Tom Morris (Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic), Costa Pilavachi (Senior Vice-President, Classical A&R, Universal Music Group International), Suzanne Rolt (Chief Executive, St George’s Bristol), Jon James (Bristol based music educator), Phil Castang (Head of Bristol Plays Music) and Philip Harper (Musical Director, Cory Band), “At the Top of the Tide” was inspired by ‘Bristol’s inextricable links to the sea’ and its inaugural performance will herald the start of Bristol Proms 2015, which runs from 27th July – 1st August at Bristol Old Vic.
The first performance will take place outside the enigmatic Engine Shed, then throughout the Bristol Proms 2015 opening day performances will take place at the Watershed, Wills Memorial Bell Tower and finally at Bristol Old Vic itself.
As well as his fanfare becoming the first official fanfare for a UK city, Mitcham also won £1,000 and the Fanfare will be broadcast nationwide on Classic FM in addition to the live performances.
Based on feedback received from all panel members, Thomas Oehler was a very close runner up to Mitcham in the competition. To recognise this, Bristol Old Vic and Universal Music awarded him a cash prize of £150, plus CDs and DVDs to the value of £150. Third place John Chapman was also highly commended by the panel.
Mitcham, who has worked extensively for the BBC Natural History Unit based in Bristol said: “I am thrilled that my Fanfare “At the Top of the Tide” has been chosen for the city of Bristol and to open Bristol Proms 2015. I hope the Fanfare represents the rich diversity of Bristol, its maritime and industrial heritage as well as being a celebration of the spirit of the city and the energy it will carry into the future.”
Bristol Proms 2015 runs from 27th July to 1st August and features some of the world’s finest musicians including Alison Balsom, Miloš Karadaglić, Pumeza Matshikiza and Daniel Hope. More details of Bristol Proms 2015 can be found at: www.bristolproms.com/proms2015.
You can catch the fanfare performed live at the following places on Monday 27th July:
8.30am Outside the Engine Shed – next to Temple Meads Station
11.00am Watershed Cultural Cinema and Digital Creativity centre balcony
1.30pm Wills Memorial Bell Tower
5.30pm Bristol Old Vic