A selection from

Hebe Raval (Brass Tutor, Sistema in Norwich)

Hebe is a new Brass tutor who has joined our Sistema team with a BMus (Hons) in Trombone Performance. She took up the trombone aged 11 and performing in bands and ensembles has been a huge part of her life ever since. As a cheerful, friendly and highly empathic Brass Teacher, Hebe wanted to become part of the Norca & Sistema in Norwich team to share her love of playing brass with young people. Here are four listening suggestions that have inspired her in various ways:

Lonely Boy - Mnozil Brass

I think it’s really clever how Mnozil Brass have seamlessly choreographed the routine in to part of the performance while making the audience laugh, as well as being incredible Brass Musicians. Mnozil Brass are well worth seeing live if you have the chance. It really goes to show how there is so much more to music than just reading off the page.

Black Dyke Band: Fire in the Blood - Paul Lovett

Fire in the Blood is such an exciting piece to both listen to and to play. I have had the pleasure of playing this piece while I was part of The Royal Greenwich Brass Band. This performance by the Black Dyke Band is absolutely sublime.

Strasbourg St Denis - Roy Hargrove

English Folk Song Suite - Ralph Vaughan Williams

This piece brings back good memories for me as I have played an arrangement of this when I was part of South Suffolk Youth Jazz Ensemble when I was younger. In this arrangement all parts in the ensemble have an important part to play. Listen to the trumpet and saxophone, to me it sounds like they are having a musical conversation. What do you think it is about?

A Wind Band classic! For me this piece never gets old. It was originally commissioned by the band of the Royal Military School of Music and just called ‘Folk Song Suite’, until it was arranged for full orchestra the following year and acquired the word ‘English’ at the beginning of the title. This piece is consisting of 3 movements, each of which are based on a main folk tune.