Fantasy for Tuba - Composed by Neil Angilley. The price of £16 includes 2 books - Tuba & Piano
The recording you hear is the original recording played by Nick Hitchens from 1984
Whilst growing up in Cornwall I played cornet for St. Dennis Band. My friend Nick Hitchens played the euphonium and eventually tuba for St. Austell Band. We often competed against each other either in our respective bands or as soloists. It was whilst we were both studying at St. Austell 6th Form College that I wrote this piece for us to perform at the end of year concert in 1984. ‘Fantasy for Tuba’ was written to showcase Nick’s amazing talent. Even at the age of 17 he was a mature and musical performer with great technique, dexterity and flare. We both went to London a year later to pursue our musical education. Nick went to study tuba at the Guildhall School of Music and I went to study piano and composition at the Royal College of Music.
In 2020 I rediscovered the original manuscript for ‘Fantasy for Tuba’. As well as being technically challenging the piece incorporates romantic themes. After a testing cadenza for the soloist ‘Fantasy for Tuba’ builds to a dramatic climax with the statement of the final majestic theme bringing the composition to an end.