Five Movements for a Seaside Orchestra
Scarborough Spa Orchestra past and present.
The Orchestra was created in 1912 by Alick Maclean. This first ensemble of 35 professional musicians gave daily concerts in the Grand Hall and Suncourt. Concert programmes included music from the classical repertoire, Viennese waltzes, operettas, and popular songs of the day.
In 1995 Scarborough Borough Council with funds from Yorkshire Arts commissioned Nigel Morgan to compose a new work for the orchestra. Making Waves was not only to be an entertaining sequence of light music miniatures suitable for listening to from a deckchair at Scarborough’s famous Spa, but also a work that could feature in the orchestra’s education activities in and around North Yorkshire.
from V. Making Waves
that act as modular building blocks for composing or improvising. The movements also progress through a sequence of common musical styles: country music, ballad, funk, rock and Latin jazz, blues and minimalist.
from I. On the Prom
Clarinet solo from IV. Blues for Alice.
are another attractive feature of this work. Although written for professional players the instrumental parts are not too demanding for student musicians of between Grade III-V. This makes the music ideal as a workshop piece for school performances enabling tutors and students to make music together.Making Waves has proved particularly popular with instrumental teachers from LEA or city-based music service organisations as a lively item for informal concerts focused on Junior School age children.
Study Score in C [pdf]
Annotatated score [pdf]