A Middleton Cheney musician has become the first composer in the world to write long sonata for trombone.
Kris Reeder completed it in 11 movements and did various field recordings across Banburyshire, set along the background of sounds at sites such as the Mercedes Benz headquarters in Brackley and the Mondelez factory in Banbury.
Mr Reeder said: “It feels absolutely fantastic to achieve this – and the fact it has got recognition from both this country and abroad is great.
“The composition has even attracted interest from Havard University in the USA, which is one of the highest ranking universities in the world. This is all down to hard work, and I absolutely love what I do.”
A sonata means a piece played as opposed to a cantata, a piece sung. The 29-year-old’s composition has also attracted attention the Oxford University Music Library.
He said: “I think the composition is of great importance. I sought to keep these sounds for future generations, so when these iconic buildings are not here anymore they can hear the sounds of Banbury and what is used to be like.”
A lecture about the processes behind the composition is available to view at www.k84.org. Mr Reeder is also performing a selection of his work at St Leonard’s Church, Middleton Road, Banbury, on Thursday, June 19 at 8pm.
l Listen to the work at banburyguardian.co.uk