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Interview pour 4barsrest

1. Congratulations on the release of your brand new CD.

First of all though – tell us a little about your early musical life. How did you progress from playing the trumpet to the tenor horn? Was it an easy connection to make?

For me, the trumpet is about family – musically and personally. Both my father and grandfather are trumpet players, so at a very early age I also wanted to follow in their footsteps. I worked my way up bit by bit to finally graduate from the Conservatory of Lyon.

At the end of my studie, I had the opportunity to try out for the brass band, Musique de l’Air, but on the tenor horn which was an instrument that I found so interesting and exciting. I promised myself I would try to help develop the instrument in France.

Aside from the difference in key, I find it much the same as the trumpet. I use the same exercises and practise regimes and this has helped me develop the sound and range.


2. Tell us something about your professional musical life.

You are a professor at the Conservatoire of Limonest and founder of the Lamor-Plage Academy of Brass and Percussion.  What does this entail?

It’s important to me to stay active in education. Inspiring others with my passion and passing on my knowledge is fundamental. That’s why I’ve included a tenor horn class since the beginning of the Academy and have been able to invite world class performers such Owen Farr and Jonathan Bates.

So this is why I do it, alongside my participation in the Army Air Force Band and my solo career. I want to share the values I learned during my studies with new players.

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3. ‘Colours’ is your second major CD Release.

What inspired you and does it follow directly from your first CD, ‘The French Tenor Horn’ you released in 2014?

For my first CD, I wanted to present the instrument in different musical styles accompanied by a piano, a wind band and a brass band.

For my second CD, I really wanted to do something different that, I think, is more my personal musical style. I like the idea of being able to create new things.

It was an exciting challenge being able to create the new repertoire with works from Jean-Jacques Charles, Jean-Philippe Ichard, Jonathan Bates, Frank Zabel, Peter Meechan, Thierry Caens, Koasu Yamada and Nicholas Chatenet.

The purpose was to really change the codes and the colours of tradition – the lineage of composers who have written for the instrument and the styles. That’s why I’ve included accompaniment by a piano, harp and piccolo trumpet.

 


 

4. Can you tell us a little about the repertoire that you have chosen and the composers who have written for you?

 

I hope people will buy the CD and find out more for themselves!

The diversity of human experience is very important to me. I like people to interpret for themselves – rather than just follow a label. I want my playing and my performances to suggest new colours and new textures – and leave it to the listener to find out whether or not they work or not.

That’s why I asked the composers I did. They bring so many different styles: film soundtrack, contemporary, jazz, popular and traditional. I think this mixture puts forward musical questions for the listener.

To hear Anthony perform ‘Storm’ by Nicolas Chatenet go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBmYSVAOmq8

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5. Is it important that you showcase both the virtuosity of the tenor horn as a solo instrument as well as its lyrical qualities?

What I like about the tenor horn is its remarkable flexibility.

I think it allows you to link to the virtuosity of the trumpet but do it without losing the wonderful mellow tones and deep resonance of the instrument.


6. You have also featured a number of other performers alongside side you such as fellow Frenchman Benjamin Richeton, Mark Wilkinson and David Thornton.

Do you enjoy working and performing with other brass musicians on solo and duets – and which players do you admire most?

Playing with other musicians is so important to me. It’s always an immense pleasure to share privileged moments with other great soloists and I have been fortunate to play with wonderful musicians such as Owen Farr and Fabrice Millischer.

For me, being a soloist isn’t necessarily an exclusive experience, and although I take great pleasure by being a solo voice I also get just as much joy when joined by others – from a duet to a full sized brass band or orchestra.

It’s something that I first enjoyed as a student, where I often played with other people, especially when I did my Masters Degree in chamber music.

It’s hard to single out a particular musician, as it has been a privilege to have the chance to spend time with all of them.

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7. You have recorded the CD alongside Foden’s Band.

What do you think are the major differences between the famous British bands and the emerging elite European bands such as Paris Brass Band who you have played for?

Just by recording with Foden’s and getting to know the musicians playing in the greatest British brass bands, I’ve come to realise there are certain differences to France. The individual playing level is about the same, but what I think France lacks is the appreciation of history – especially with the wonderful older repertoire that they perform.

The British musicians are more passionate about their brass banding due to the number of contests they play, but I think time will change that as European banding progresses.


8. What musical developments and opportunities would you like to see for the tenor horn as a solo instrument in the future?

I would like to demonstrate to people that the tenor horn isn’t confined to the brass band movement and to show them that it can be played in, and suited to, other ensembles.

For some time now I’ve played as soloist with wind bands and I think it’s a good match.

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9. What does the immediate future hold for you as a performer?

 

I plan to continue a promotional tour for my new album with solo concerts, master classes and recitals – so the New Year is going to be very busy.

 

Soon I’m going to start a new CD, more focused on what I learned as a student, with a romantic repertoire chosen pieces for trumpet accompanied by piano, although I’m also embarking on a big project that will allow me to show the tenor horn in many more different musical contexts.

 


 

10. What three tips would you give to young players taking up the tenor horn?

 

I sincerely think that the tenor horn could become a much more important solo instrument. It has such a unique voice.

 

I would advise all young players to take pleasure from what they’re doing. Do not be afraid to experiment and go beyond expectations, and to be disciplined at working hard, day after day with purpose.

 

My final tip is to try and hear as many different great players as you can. You can never stop learning.

 


 

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Nomination pour le cd soliste de l’année par 4barsrest

imageThe ‘long list’ of 2016 nominations for the various categories of the annual 4BR Awards have been released.

11 expert judges will now cast their eyes over them to come up with their various personal choices, with the winners revealed on Christmas morning.

Band of the Year:
Black Dyke
Brighouse & Rastrick
Cory
Eikanger Bjorsvik
Fairey
Fountain City
Paris Brass Band
Stavanger
Valaisia
Wellington Brass Band

The 10 bands have been chosen not just for their contest achievements during the past year, but also for their artistic ones — from concert performances and tours to recordings and projects.

Conductor of the Year:
David Bremner
Nicholas Childs
Garry Cutt
Arsene Duc
James Gourlay
Philip Harper
Erik Janssen
Chris Jeans
David King
Joe Parisi

The 10 conductors have been chosen not just for their impressive contest records during the past year, but also for their inspirational leadership qualities and progressive artistic outlooks.

Player of the Year:
David Childs (freelance euphonium)
Tom Hutchinson (Cornet — Cory)
Dominic Longhurst (Cornet — Brighouse & Rastrick)
Peter Moore (freelance trombone)
Marielle Rey (Soprano cornet — Valaisia Brass Band)
Daniel Thomas (Euphonium — Black Dyke)
Philip Johnstone (Tuba — Woolston Brass)
Robbert Voss (Euphonium — Brass Band Schoonhoven)
Helen Williams (Flugel — Cory)
Glyn Williams (Euphonium — Cory)

These are 10 players who made the most significant impact on audiences with their performances, both on and off the contest stages during the past year.

Test Piece of the Year:
As a glow… (Ludovic Neurohr): (Second Section: Swiss National Championship)
Ballet for Band (Joseph Horovitz): (First Section: National Championship of Great Britain)
Essay (Edward Gregson): (First Section: Regional Championships of Great Britain)
Fraternity (Thierry Deleruyelle): (European Championship)
Journey of the Lone Wolf (Simon Dobson): (National Championship of Great Britain)
Raveling Unraveling (Philip Sparke): (European/Belgian Championship)
Searching for Light (Stig Nordhagen): (Norwegian National Championship)
The Graces of Love (Oliver Waespi): (Third Section: Swiss National Championship)
The Mansions of Glory (Jonathan Bates): (National Youth Championships of Great Britain)
The Triumph of Time (Peter Graham): (British Open/Dutch National Championship)

The 10 test pieces that made the greatest musical impact on critics, players, conductors and audiences alike.

Lower Section Band of the Year:
Brass Band Sachsen (Germany)
De Spijkerpakkenband (Netherlands)
European Youth Band
Fountain City Youth Band (USA)
Morawa District High School Brass Band (Australia)
St Dennis (England)
Tertnes Skoles Musikkorps (Norway)
Wardle Junior Blast (England)
Youth Brass 2000 (England)
Young Brass Band Willebroek (Belgium)

As with the Band of the Year category, these are the 10 bands have been chosen not just for their contest achievements during the past year, but also for their artistic ones — from concert performances and tours to recordings, projects, and even simply being an inspiration to others.

Contest Performance of the Year:
Brass Band Buizingen (Belgian National Championship — ‘Raveling, Unraveling’)
Brass Band Schoonhoven (Dutch National Championship — ‘The Triumph of Time’)
Cory (European Championship — ‘Fraternity’)
Cory (British Open — ‘The Triumph of Time’)
Cory (Brass in Concert)
Eikanger Bjorsvik (Norwegian National Championship — ‘Searching for Light’)
St Dennis (West of England Regional Championship — ‘Essay’)
Tredegar (Welsh Regional Championship — ‘Cambridge Variations’)
Valaisia (Swiss National Championship — ‘Goldberg 2012′)
Valaisia (European Championship Own Choice — ‘Trance’)

The 10 ‘stand out’ contest performances of the year — the ones that set the bench mark.

Newcomer of the Year:
A4 Brass Quartet
Black Dyke Heritage Project
Brass Band Podcast
Childs Play Project
David Childs (Editor of Brass Band World magazine)
Italian National Championships
Shri Sriram and Hammonds Saltaire: ‘Just a Vibration’ Project
Super Slow Way: A Rhapsody to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Project
Thierry Deleruyelle
Tubular Brass Project

10 people, bands, innovations or projects that made the most impact in terms of popularity, as well as critically and artistically during the past year.

CD of the Year:
Arabian Nights (Black Dyke)
Black Dyke Gold: Volume 5 (Black Dyke)
Celebration — An 80th Birthday Tribute to Howard Snell (Desford & Foden’s)
Elemental (Cory)
European Brass Band Championships 2016 (Various)
Of Gods and Kings (Foden’s)
Music for Brass Septet: Volume 4 (Septura Brass Septet)
Quintessence (Fairey)
Raveling, Unraveling (Cory)
War Memorials (Cory & Tredegar)

The 10 CDs which have made the most impact not just on the brass band world with its overall quality, musical outlook and artistic importance.

Solo CD of the Year:
Affinity (Les Neish)
Colours: The French Tenor Horn (Anthony Galinier)
Dreamtimes (Steven Mead)
Fantasy (Philip Cobb)
Forte (Derick Kane)
Homeland (Matthew Van Emmerick)
Lyrical Virtuoso (Steven Mead)
Myths & Legends (Brett Baker)
Now & Then (Brett Baker)
Romance (Bastien Baumet)

The 10 solo CDs which have made the most impact not just on the brass band world with its overall quality, musical outlook and artistic importance.

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Voici les critiques de mon disque suite à la nomination pour le cd de l’année

Glenn Van Looy: Super de voir un reve devenir réalité entre un soliste et un ensemble. On peut écouter des étincelles sur ce CD, et montre les meilleurs couleurs du tenor horn Francais.
“Nice to see a dream come true with this collaboration between a great soloist and band. You can hear that the ‘click’ is there on this disc, and it really does show off the colours of the french tenor horn.”

Sheona White: Un super nouveau repertoire pour le tenor horn sur ce CD. Anthony démontre une aisance de l instrument et une magnifique technique.
“Some great new repertoire for the tenor horn on this CD. Anthony displays mastery of the instrument with some great technique on show.”

Nicholas Hudson: Cet enregistrement ma laissé cloué a mes écouteurs du debut a la fin. A ma propre deception, Anthony Galinier est un nom nouveau pour moi. Cependant, des le premier morceau j ai été immédiatement frappe par la profondeur de son son. Pour ce qui se souviennent de Bobby Watson a Desford Colliery Band dans les années 80 debut des années 90 sauront de quoi je parle.
Le style d’Anthony est très different et parfois unique de tout autre par rapport au style traditionnel que nous connaissons ici. Il a un tel sublime control de l’instrument et avec tant d’aisance.
Le repertoire de cet album n’est pas seulement une magnifique demonstration de l’instrument par le soliste, mais aussi une alliance jointe avec Foden’s Band et Michael Fowles. Cet ensemble prend une fierté évidente dans tout les projets qu’ils entreprennent ensemble. Leur style est engagé, saisissant, précis techniquement et met toujours le soliste en valeur musicalement.
Comme toujours la qualité de l enregistrement, le melange et equilibre entre le soliste et l accompagnement sont très juste. Tout comme les musiciens, l equipe de production, World of Sounds, mérite une généreuse mention quand a leur contribution a un tel résultat. Bravo a tout le monde.

« This particular recording kept me glued to my headphones from beginning to end. Anthony Galinier is, rather ashamedly, a new name to me. However, from track 1 I was immediately struck by his depth of sound. Those of you who remember Bobby Watson at Desford Colliery Band back in the late 80’s early 90’s will know what I’m talking about.
Anthony’s tone colour is quite distinct, and in turn unique as it differs considerably to our homegrown exponents. Not only does he display rich tone colour, he has enviable control of his instrument, and boy can he get around it!
The repertoire featured on the album is not only a tour de force for soloist, but also very much a joint feature for Foden’s Band and Michael Fowles. This band so obviously takes great pride in all the projects it’s involved with. Their playing is committed, exciting, technically precise and always musically supportive of solo lines.
As always, the quality of the recording, the mix and balance between soloist and accompaniment are just right. As much as the musicians, the production team at World of Sound deserve hearty congratulations for a really terrific release. Bravo one and all.”

Roger Webster: Un CD tres bien conçu, avec un magnifique accompagnement de Fodens. La barre est très haute tout au long du CD, mais peut être pourrait manquer un petit quelque chose parfois. Pour avoir ecouté attentivement ce CD, le tenor horn peut avoir une grande capacité dans ses tonalités, et je suis sur que ce fin musicien va continuer a se developper, et nous verrons et écouterons de belles choses encore.
“A really well engineered CD, with stunning accompaniment by Fodens. The playing is of a high standard throughout, but perhaps lacks a little sparkle at times. Having listened closely, the horn can have a wider spectrum of colours, and I’m sure as this fine player develops, we will see and hear great things.
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Nomination pour le cd de l’année pour le magasine Brass Band World

Je suis très heureux de vous annoncer que j’ai été nominé pour le cd de l’année par le magasine brass band world, titre remporté par Philip Cobb. C’est un honneur d’être à côté de musiciens aussi talentueux . Merci à tous pour votre soutien. Et merci au Foden’s, Mike Fowles, tous les compositeurs, World of Brass et Besson.
I am very proud to announce to you all my nomination for the CD of the year published by Brass Band magasine, winning prize won by Philip Cobb. It’s a big pride for me to be in the mix with such talented musicians. Thank you for all of your support. Special thanks to Foden’s, Mike Fowles, all composers, World of Brass and Besson.

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Sortie de mon deuxième cd : The French Tenor Horn : Colours

Je suis très heureux de vous présenter mon deuxième cd, The French Tenor Horn Colours.

Enregistré en mai 2016 à Manchester, je suis accompagné par le Foden’s Band.

Je suis le premier français à enregistrer un cd entier avec l’un des plus prestigieux brass band au monde.

J’ai fait également appel à World of Brass, la plus emblématique maison de production pour les brass bands.

Désireux de proposer quelque chose de nouveau, j’ai fait appel à plusieurs compositeurs afin de vous proposer un cd composé uniquement de nouvelles pièces, écrites spécialement pour moi.

• Une nouvelle oeuvre de Dr Meechan à laquelle participent également Mark Wilkinson et David Thornton.

• Une pièce de Jonathan Bates, à laquelle se joint Benjamin Richeton.

• Des créations de Nicolas Chatenet, Jean-Philippe Ichard, Jean-Jacques Charles, Thierry Caens, Franck Zabel.

• Un arrangement de Makoto Sekiya.

Le but de ce cd, est de proposer de nouvelles couleurs et de nouvelles textures.

Mark Wilkinson, représentant le Foden’s, a déclaré : « Le Foden’s est ravi de collaborer avec Anthony sur ce nouvel album. Anthony est considéré comme l’un des plus grands joueurs de saxhorn. »

Vous pourrez me retrouver pour la sortie officielle, le samedi 8 Octobre au Royal Albert Hall de Londres, à l’occasion du championnat National de Grande-Bretagne.
Venez me retrouver sur le stand Besson.

I’m pleased to present my second cd, The French Tenor Horn Colours.

Recorded in May 2016 in Manchester, I was fortunate to be accompanied by the legendary Foden’s Band and am the first French player to have recorded a whole cd with one of the most prestigious brass bands in the world.

For this album recording I was also thrilled to receive the help of the award winning World Of Brass.

With the aim of offering something new, I used several composers to offer a CD composed entirely of new pieces written especially for me. These include:

• a new work from Dr Meechan featuring Mark Wilkinson and Dave Thornton
• a new piece from Jonny Bates and Benjamin Richeton
• creations from Nicolas Chatenet, Jean-Philippe Ichard, Jean-Jacques Charles, Thierry Caens and, Franck Zabel
• a new arrangement by Makoto Sekiya

The purpose of this cd is to propose new colors and textures.

Speaking on behalf of Foden’s, Mark Wilkinson commented “Foden’s are looking forward to working with Anthony on the forthcoming recording project. Anthony is highly regarded as one of the leading Tenor Horn players.”

You will find me at the official album release, Saturday, October 8th at the Royal Albert Hall in London, during the National Championships of Great Britain.
I’ll be at the Besson stand!
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