Fretwork and Desbruslais

December 2021: an interesting exploratory day with viola da gamba consort, Fretwork, and trumpeter Simon Desbruslais working on ideas for a new project.

December 2021: an interesting exploratory day with viola da gamba consort, Fretwork, and trumpeter Simon Desbruslais working on ideas for a new project. I’m going to be a little noncommittal about what it really involves but we were experimenting with ways of combining my existing piece Albumleaves (for trumpet and string quartet) with Fretwork’s existing 17th and 18th century repertoire. The day involved finding ways of intervening in the music to allow old and new music to fit together seamlessly. Suffice to say some attempts were successful and others not! More to follow I hope…

Author: Tom Armstrong

Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Surrey, Guildford UK. Freelance composer.

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