I’m sure many will now be aware but last month we saw a very sad loss to the Brass Band world.
Eric Peagam died suddenly on Monday 19th January. Our thoughts are with his wife and family.
He was a key member of our Festival committee and was involved in several projects including the Youth Workshops and the Nock Deighton Challenge for Young Composers.
He showed another talent last year when he compered at the Festival.
His involvement in bands was very widespread and included playing in several and also conducting. Although his main band was Salopian Brass Band, he also played regularly at Newport (Shrops) and more recently Wellington (Telford) Brass Band and Knighton Town Silver Band.
He will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of working and playing alongside him. Rest in peace Eric.
Eric’s Legacy will continue
With the Support of Nock Deighton the Young Composers Challenge will continue this year.
As Eric was the at the heart of this challenge we have dedicated In his memory to introduce the Eric Peagam Memorial Trophy, a trophy will be issued each yearly winner.
We are running our competition and again we are inviting young composers (under 21) to submit original works. Entries will be judged by a panel of local brass band specialists and should generally be no more than about three minutes long. They can be in any genre or style, but should be scored specifically for brass band. The panel will make judgements based on the score, but if, in addition a midi file is available this will also be considered.
Full details of the competition and forms to accompany entries can be obtained either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking here.
The entries themselves can be submitted at any time but will need to be with me by 1st April 2015 at the latest. There is no entry fee, and all entries that meet the criteria set out will be recognised with a token reward with an substantial prize for the winner and runners-up.
Eric Peagam PhD. 13/09/1941 – 19/01/2015