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Sussex Carol (cat#10312)
English Traditional arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
Peace on Earth (cat#10313)
Arbeau's Orcesographie 1588 arr. Michael Brand - Easy (USA Grade: 3)
Personent Hodie (On this day the Earth shall ring) (cat#10314)
Finnish. Realised by Holst arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
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Bruce Fraser was born in India in 1947 and educated in Scotland. After attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and a short spell at Guildhall he took a position with the Telefis Eireann Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. He then settled back in Scotland as an instrumental teacher and freelance trombone player, working with Scottish Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ballet and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
He began writing seriously in the seventies for school combinations and soon was in demand to write commissions for various groups, professional and amateur.
As a teacher himself he well understands the music educator's needs, and he is also active as a conductor with a Brass Band, Wind Band and a large Choral Society.
Recent commissions are "The Three Perils of Man" for the Borders Festival, which was premiered by the Borders Wind Orchestra, "The Visit" for Anstruther Philharmonic Society (a 15 minute choral work) and two recent Brass Band commissions - "1382" for the Solothurn Music Festival in Switzerland, and "Pioneer" for the Carnegie Invitation Band Contest. His large scale "Magnificat" for Soprano and Baritone soloists, choir and orchestra, a 50 minute work is dedicated to his younger daughter who died tragically in 1992.
His recent compositions for wind band include The King Across the Water, which has been highly acclaimed and performed throughout the world, Firepower, which was commissioned for the highly prestigious Royal Tournament series and a concert overture called "Panache" commissioned for the Band of the Royal Marines.
Recent works and commissions include a Trumpet Concerto with orchestra commissioned by the international trumpet soloist John Wallace.
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