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Concerto for percussion and orchestra

2003, 25 minutes

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Joe Duddell caused quite a stir and so should Ruby his percussion concerto for Colin Currie and the Bournemouth

Symphony Orchestra. A very English, understated and slightly droll piece, repetitive and pulsing, spiced with harmonic

and orchestral touches of Stravinsky. Each movement has a clear mood – quizzical, basking, quietly joyous – and the most

fulfilled premiere of the week’s premieres comes to a neatly timed end. Currie, outstandingly, played from memory. (More)

Robert Maycock, The Independent.

Programme Notes

Ruby forms the final part of a triptych of works written for the percussionist Colin Currie.  The first, Parallel Lines, for

percussion and piano, was written in 1999, followed by Snowblind, for percussion and strings, written in 2002.  While the

first two works are almost exclusively for tuned percussion, Ruby incorporates an un-tuned kit set-up, but the emphasis is

still on the tuned instruments.  In fact, the contrast between the rhythmic and colouristic properties of the un-tuned and the

melodic and harmonic possibilities of the tuned is one of the underlying ‘arguments’ of the work. (More)

Key Performances

World Premiere - BBC Proms 2003


Venue: Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

Conductor: Martin Alsop

Performers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Colin Currie, Schlagzeug

Performance - BBC Young Musician of the Year  2004


Venue: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK

Conductor: Ilan Volkov

Performers: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

National Premiere


Venue: Dewan Filharmonic Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Conductor: Paul Mann

Performers: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra / Colin Currie, percussion

National Premiere


Finale 12. Eurovisionswettbewerb junger Musiker

Venue: Konzertsaal, Luzern, Switzerland

Conductor: Christian Arming

Performers: Luzerner Sinfonieorchester