A Child Like You
Artists: Foden’s Band
Foden's Youth Band
Anna-Clare Monk, soprano and narrator
Lauren Scott, harp
Michael Fowles, conductor
A Child Like You depicts the real life story of a 17-year old Ugandian Asian who fled Uganda in 1972, under the brutal regime of Idi Amin, and who subsequently lived with the family of composer Andy Scott, via UK refugee camps.
Andy has composed music and lyrics that are powerful and thought-provoking, producing a 15-minute mini-opera that features soprano/narrator Anna-Clare Monk, harpist Lauren Scott, the world famous Foden’s Brass Band (with whom Andy is Composer in Residence) and four young musicians from Foden’s Youth Band who both play and narrate.
About Andy Scott
As a successful contemporary composer, Andy Scott integrates his composition work with his various performance projects and education activities. He works to commission, and is increasingly in demand to write for leading instrumentalists and ensembles on the world stage. Andy takes a collaborative approach to the development of a new piece, working closely with the performers and, in some cases, other creative artists to achieve a highly personal, tailored work. Self taught as a composer, Andy’s distinctive compositional voice speaks with a unique and effective mix of jazz, world music and contemporary classical elements.
Andy Scott received a British Composer Award in 2006 for his double saxophone concerto Dark Rain. In 2010 Crossing Waves, a work for solo harp, was premiered at Carnegie Hall NYC, Three Letter Word, commissioned by the Park Lane Group was premiered at the South Bank Centre London, whilst Seven Dances and No Looking Back featured on the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet Chandos CD Dances. An ongoing project with Lancashire Sinfonietta and Nicholas Kok has seen Andy commissioned to write an hour of music for strings, rhythm section and solo saxophone, with a documentary to be broadcast in 2012.
Andy is composer in residence with Foden’s Band, whose recording of his works A World Within won the British Bandsman CD of the Year in 2010. Having made an impression as a skilled writer for brass, the relationship with Foden’s has led to Andy’s works being featured on prizewinning recordings by Les Neish (tuba) and Glyn Williams (euphonium). The Bad Tempered Flute, a new album featuring Andy’s compositions, was released in 2011 on the Nimbus Alliance label. All his works are published exclusively by Astute Music, and as well as concert works, Andy has a number of compositions on the syllabi for ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall grade examinations.
Andy often has the opportunity to integrate composition and performance in his various ensembles. As Tenor Saxophonist and a founder member of the internationally acclaimed Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Andy composed several works specifically for the group. His Phantom Sweetheart, a four movement work written as part of the quartet’s black and white film project, features on their CD 'Words and Pictures'. My Mountain Top, a moving, atmospheric composition incorporating a poem by Lemn Sissay, appears on the same recording and has subsequently been arranged for a variety of other instruments, proving to be one of Andy’s most popular works.
Andy also writes much of the material for his own large jazz funk ensemble Sax Assault, which has recorded two CDs and featured on BBC Radio 3 Jazz Notes. Andy and percussionist Dave Hassell have worked as an experimental Duo since 1996, performing internationally and releasing two albums. Andy is involved in many collaborative projects with other artists, most recently Caliente, a new trio with flautist Clare Southworth and harpist Lauren Scott, for which he writes repertoire for their unconventional trio line-up.
“Andy Scott is a hugely talented composer using his artistry to communicate fresh ideas through a traditional sound.” – Bramwell Tovey
About Foden’s Band
In the year 1900, when a small village named Elworth in Sandbach, Cheshire wanted a brass band to celebrate the relief of Mafeking in the Boer War, Foden’s Band was born. The band was then adopted by Edwin Foden, a local industrialist (from whom they took their name) at the Foden’s Motorworks. From these humble beginnings few would have thought that this band would go on to win twelve British Open titles, thirteen National Championships of Great Britain and an unparalleled double hat-trick there in 1932, ’33 and ’34 and in 1936, ’37 and ’38. The band currently holds the record for the number of area contest wins with an unprecedented 18 North West area titles and is recorded on NMC’s New Music for Brass Band (NMC D142).
About Anna-Clare Monk and Lauren Scott
Anna-Clare Monk was born in Lancashire. She was awarded a scholarship to Chethams School of Music and went on to study at the RNCM and NOS funded by ROH, Covent Garden and The Peter Moores Foundation. Anna-Clare has regularly performed principal roles with leading opera houses. Highlights have included principle roles for Opera North, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Teatro Communale, Bologna, Scottish Opera and Castleward, Ireland. Anna-Clare Monk also has a busy concert diary, performing regularly at the UK’s leading venues and recently touring the USA, Italy, Sweden and Denmark. Future performances include “proms” concerts at venues across the UK. Last season Anna-Clare received rave reviews for her portrayal of Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring for ETO.
Lauren Scott is an experienced solo, chamber and orchestral musician who over the last 20 years has worked as guest principal harp with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, RLPO, RSNO, Halle, BBCSSO, BBCSO, NCO & Northern Sinfonia. She has performed at major concert venues across the UK, from festivals including Edinburgh, Cheltenham and the BBC Proms to West End shows, with artists such as Robbie Williams and Katherine Jenkins, to venues as diverse as the Tower of London and HMS Illustrious. Lauren played in Duo Mandala with Alison Stephens for over 20 years, which commissioned new works for Mandolin and Harp. Currently working with flutist, Clare Southworth, Soprano Anna-Clare Monk, Harp2Harp and the Caliente Trio.
The press says:
'A Child Like You is a composition that is hard to categorize - at times showing elements of Kurt Weill’s theatre works, sometimes reminiscent of Honneger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher. It is however an immensely powerful, emotive and very relevant work that reflects attitudes and circumstances of this or any other era.' 4barsrest.com
The performance of 'A Child Like You' was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on12 July 2014 and will be available as a digital download in MP3 and FLAC formats here on 4 August 2014.