Indeed! No wonder some promenaders talk about the proms dumbing down... Doesn't help if people can't even talk sensibly about a particular post.
“Every piece of music is a rehearsal of one’s life,” - Sir Colin Davis
I'm another who's never knowingly heard this work, or indeed anything else by the composer. Something a bit different, and sounds tailor-made for the Albert Hall. I also enjoyed this conductor's Prom last year, so shall try to listen in.
If they do manage to perform it with the four addtional bands called for, ranged around the hall, the Arena will be the place to be. It's certainly where I plan to make my stand.
If they do have the additional bands, I bet they wont be brass bands as such!! Unlike Black Dyke or Grimethorpe!
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life(Berthold Auerbach)
http://www.havergalbrian.org/sym1.htm suggests that the four additional ‘brass bands’ are in fact fairly modest ensembles of half-a-dozen players or so apiece.
I notice, incidentally, that the score requires a ‘birdscare’.
The brass complement may be modest, but the timps are most immodest in their impact. I wonder of RW and co. will be enterprising enough to make sure it is recorded in surround sound with a view to the future?
The Havergal Brian Society is trying to get a recording organised for commercial release I understand