up4itmusic publishes the musical works of Ian Blick and Tony Brown
Ian and Tony first met on a musical residential course for young people back in 2000. They soon realised that the source material that children were learning was too immature and did not address any issues that affect young people today. So, they set about writing their first musical, The Last Rainbow, which describes the environmental problems that the Earth is experiencing because of the negligence of humans. They have gone on to write many other shows, each with serious messages, but which can be performed in fun and exciting ways. Each show comes with a script, song words, and songs and backing tracks in various forms. Each show can be adapted to suit the performers, but usually lasts around forty-five minutes to perform; ideal for any school with limited time available. Ian and Tony have also written specially commissioned works for large choirs and orchestras which have received national recognition in Britain and abroad.
Ian Blick studied music and performance at Bretton Hall college. He has worked in music education for over twenty years and during that time has composed music for television, including the BBC regional arts programme, ‘Northern Lights’. He was involved in writing the music for the international opera, ”Le serment aux étoiles“ (The oath of the stars), with funding from the European Union, which was performed across Europe. He has composed all of the music for the shows that he and Tony Brown have collaborated on during the last decade, including the commissioned works for orchestra and children’s choir, ‘Inside:Outside’, ‘The Visitors’ and of course ‘Ten Tribes’ which received national recognition for it’s collaboration between main-stream pupils and students with special educational needs. Ian also enjoys following Birmingham City FC.
Tony Brown has worked for many years in storytelling through music and performance for young people. From a range of in-school projects in the 80’s and 90’s to collaborating with composer Ian Blick in this millennium, he has always hoped that important ideas can be explored through music theatre. As well as the smaller scale pieces created for Solihull’s Dunfield House Residential Music Course such as ‘The Last Rainbow’ and ‘The Aliens Have Landed’, he has written larger scale works for performance at Symphony Hall Birmingham. This began after the Twin Towers attack in 2001, where the mammoth task of addressing such shocking issues of conflict resulted in the powerful Cantata for choir and orchestra, ‘Reach Out and Touch’
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