40th Anniversary

The band celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013 with a number of special events. Some of them are recalled here…

DCBslideshow – images of past events shown at the 40th anniversary party

40th Anniversary Concert

Saturday 29th June 2013 was a great moment in DCB’s history – we played our 40th Anniversary Concert to an audience of more than 200 in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The concert was a culmination of all our hard work over the past year, preparing new repertoire and revisiting old favourites.

The music for the evening had something for everyone – from classic wind band compositions, The Lincolnshire Posy (Grainger) and First Suite in E Flat (Holst), to modern day classics including New York (Hess), Cry of the Last Unicorn (Galante) and Klezmer Classics (de Meij). James Bond and Frank Sinatra even made an appearance!

A highlight of the evening was the premiere of our new commissioned work by Steve Forman – Loch Awe. The piece captured the atmosphere on a serene loch early in the morning, with leaves falling on the water and the sun rising. It was wonderfully received by the audience and both the band and Steve were very proud to have been a part of this exciting collaboration.

Steve Forman wins a British Composing Award for Loch Awe!

We are delighted to announce that Loch Awe, composed by Steve Forman and commissioned by DCB to celebrate our 40th Anniversary in 2013, has won the Making Music Award at the British Composer Awards held in London on 2nd December 2014.

The awards ceremony was a very grand affair, held in Goldsmiths Hall in central London, and hosted by the British Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) with BBC Radio 3 compering and Dame Evelyn Glennie presenting the awards to the winners.

Loch Awe was the centre piece of our 40th Anniversary celebrations in 2013 and was premiered at our concert in the RCS in Glasgow. Steve was over the moon to receive this prestigious award and thanked the band for their vision and courage in bringing his experimental and bold composition to life.

Click here to listen to Loch Awe.