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The Nor'west Arch

for brass band

Year:  2011   ·  Duration:  10m

Year:  2011
Duration:  10m

Gareth Farr

Composer:   Gareth Farr


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The Nor'west Arch (2011) was commissioned by the Christchurch Arts Festival as a memorial to the 181 people who died in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. It is a highly emotive work with its combination of sustained chords and simple melodic lines that pass between single instruments throughout the band. The work can be enhanced with poignant text about the earthquake that can be spoken at specific points.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Christchurch Arts Festival

Dedication note

Dedicated to Rachel Conley

Text note

Fragments of text messages sent by Chinese and Japanese students trapped in the CTV Building after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, and part of a speech given by Peter Beck, Dean of Christchurch Cathedral.

Performance history