What I’m Listening To: Stephen Payne

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You’ve heard the music they create, but have you ever wondered what’s on the playlists of our Jazz Orchestra musicians? We’ll be revealing just that in our What I’m Listening To series.

This week, we caught up with our French Horn chairholder Stephen Payne to give us an insight into what he’s listening and what inspires him.


Canzonetta (mvmt 3) from Divertimento for Horn and piano – Francaix

This piece doesn’t take itself too seriously and has such a variety of colours from the horn. It really tests the range of the instrument and has a great feel to it (I find it’s good for walking to!)


Mr Jums from Three brass Cats – Chris Hazell

Having played this a long while ago, it popped up on the programme for a dectet concert I was involved in and is incredibly catchy. For any classically trained horn players out there, this piece is a good introduction to a different style of playing.


Juanear – Superbrass

This is by far my favourite piece from the Superbrass Under the Spell of Spain album.  It’s got a great groove, a rare horn solo at the beginning, and ridiculuos playing from the trumpets throughout. Turn the volume up for this one!


Shackleton’s Cross – Howard Goodall

This is a beautiful piece by a living composer for solo piano, and came back into my playlist after I was asked to play it at a couple of private events recently. It’s very peaceful and emotive with strong harmonies. A great listen just before bed.


Cut n’ Run – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

My favourite bit about this piece is the ambiguity of the opening. It then kicks-off with a great head and some impressive solos. I’ve always like the Big Phat Band and this album does not disappoint!


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