Black Dyke appoint new Young Composer in Residence
Fredrick Schelderup is to be counted as one of Norway’s most sought after young composers on the Brass Band scene.
As well as publishing his burgeoning output of bright and playable scores, he is a conductor of prestige, working particularly with community bands, and spent some time as a percussionist with the world famous Eikanger-Bjorsvik band.
In October 2021, he visited the U.K., and made a pilgrimage to Queensbury to visit Black Dyke’s bandroom, where he was delighted to be invited to conduct his new score ‘A Fantasy of Joy‘, commissioned by the band for the Beethoven celebrations, and premiered last year at the Royal Albert Hall.
Professor Philip Wilby was present that evening, and described the occasion.
It was an ‘I was there’ moment. One moment Fredrick was sitting in the percussion section, and the next he was conducting the band. He was literally overwhelmed by the surprise. He will have so much to bring us, and will be our first International holder of the ‘Black Dyke Young Composer’ tenure.
Over the years we have enjoyed warm relationships with a number of bright stars from Peter Meechan, Paul Lovatt-Cooper, and our most recent composer Andy Wareham.
I welcome Fredrick, and hope that he will enjoy his time with us as much as they did.