Monday, March 9, 2009


Tubalate is a professional tuba-euphonium quartet based out of England. Their efforts in low brass chamber music have taken them to places like Russia, the United States, Latvia, and many other locales. The group was awarded the prestigious Professional Performance Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music. Since then, these guys have been constantly pushing the envelope in developing repertoire.

Tubalate encourage educational projects, working in collaboration with organisations such as The Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM). The quartet also offers a range of educational concerts and workshops. They have given masterclasses at major music conservatoires including the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), the Welsh College of Music and Drama and the St. Petersburg (Russia), and Riga (Latvia) Conservatoires.

Tubalate has completed four recording projects: Light Metal, Episodes, Move, and a CD of contemporary works called Earth and Moon. They are also affiliated with Besson.

Though this group is not a college group, I thought it was important to show trends in tuba-euphonium quartet in a country other than the United States and to demonstrate yet another group's commitment to advancing tuba-euphonium literature. Check out the following list of pieces that Tubalate has either commissioned or written:

After the Long Trick Hywel Davies
Ale and Arty Colin Bayliss
Almost a Fugue Georg Pelecis
Basics, The Roy Newsome
Blue the Blue Hour Michael Spakowski
Cheap Labour Peter Reynolds
Chorus of Inner Voices (2), A Paul Mitchell-Davidson
Conversation with a room Owen Bourne
Dancing Music Michael Spakowski
Earth & Moon Hugh Collins-Rice
Efflorescent Torstein Aagard-Nilsen
Episodes John Reeman
Et Tu Bop Geoff Keating
Exit Pursued by a Bear Paul Mitchell-Davidson
Fellscape Stuart Scott
Gowbarrow Gavotte Andrew Seivewright
Hamish Geoff Keating
Heights of Halifax, The Ian McQueen
I Saw a Snake Frederick Naftel
Invocation Alan Langford
Jubilate for Tubalat¨¦ Roy Newsome
La Valse David Solomons
Le'Go John Reeman
Loch Ness (A lonely Vigil) Philip Henderson
Lyke Wake Dirge, The Colin Bayliss
Male Voice for Brass Raymond Parfrey
March - FROT Simon Kerwin
March of the Hare Peter Crump
Means of Production Roddy Skeaping
Memory Trace Peter McGarr
Move Matt Davidson
Octave Variations David Stoll
Pascal's Victim Frederick Naftel
Pastorale and Ostinato Julian Dale
Pieces of Eight David Solomons
Prayer before the Close of Day David Solomons
Quartet Michael Regan
Rest and Recreation Howard Skempton
Shall We Dance? Geoff Keating
String of Tones, A Anthony Roper
Sweet Sorrow Geoff Keating
Tants David Solomons
Tears Donald Bousted
There Be Giants Ian McQueen
Three Piece Suite Timothy Moore
Tributes to Tunesmiths Raymond Parfrey
Tubafication Paul Mitchell-Davidson
Tubafusion Derek Wood
Tubalat¨¦ Tanze Judith Bailey
U Phone Ye Mum Kristofer Wahlander
Uraborus Paul Newland
Variations on a Yiddish Folksong Michael Spakowski
Visages Guto Puw

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