Author: Rachel Meier
Categories: Campus Life|Music

 Houghton College’s Symphonic Winds is pleased to present Brit Lit, a concert based entirely on British musical literature. It will be held on October 27, 2012, at 7:30 pm in Wesley Chapel under the direction of Dr. Brian Casey. This concert is free and is open to the public. For more information please visit

Focusing on British wind band literature from the past 75 years, Brit Lit will feature works by well-known British composers, including Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, Adam Gorb’s exhilarating Awayday and music of Gordon Jacob. The evening will also feature the Chamber Wind Ensemble in Old Wine in New Bottles, conducted by graduate student Ethan Hall and played by a double woodwind quintet with added trumpets. Graduate conductor Rachel Smith will be conducting Hugh Stuart’s Three Ayres from Gloucester. 

Dr. Casey comments, “British composers have contributed solidly to the wind band repertory for a century, and we hope to present an interesting cross-section of some of the best works.  My own favorites — Grainger’s 1937 Lincolnshire Posy and Gorb’s 1996 Awayday — are both shining examples of wind writing, but are quite distinct from one another.”

The Houghton Symphonic Winds is a wind band made up of approximately 60 members. It seeks to expose its students and audiences to the highest quality music written for wind and percussion instruments. This outstanding ensemble performs four major campus concerts per year and also tours annually in the spring semester. The Houghton Symphonic Winds released their most recent, full-length CD on the Mark Records label during the spring of 2009.

Dr. Brian Casey, assistant professor of conducting and horn at Houghton College, currently serves as music director and conductor for both Philharmonia and Symphonic Winds.