The Alchymist’s Journal, subtitled Variants for brass band, was commissioned in 2001 by the Brass Band Heritage Trust and is dedicated to Paul Hindmarsh. This vibrant music is cast in the form of a series of extended symphonic variations based on a short theme heard at the start. After a quiet start, the music builds to an incisive and dramatic climax. Ideal for any First Section brass band contest.

Brass Band Grade 5: 1st Section

Duration: 12 minutes.


The Alchymist’s Journal has been recorded by the Leyland Band, conducted by Michael Fowles, on the CD entitled The Alchymist's Journal.