Edward showcases new piece

Young Fylde composer Edward Rugman, who is composer in resident for the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra
Young Fylde composer Edward Rugman, who is composer in resident for the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra
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A young Fylde composer is to unveil his latest work at Blackpool Symphony 
Orchestra’s Last Night of the Proms on Sunday.

As well as performing all the usual flag-waving favourites like Dambusters, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, and Land of Hope and Glory – as well as a selection of music from My Fair Lady and Wagner’s The Mastersingers overture – the orchestra will premiere Space Armada by Edward Rugman.

A Masters graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music, Rugman’s recent projects include writing music for student BBC wildlife documentaries, films, games, cartoons, an iPad App, and string arrangements for a band.

But he is nervous about how his brand new classical piece will be received.

“You never know how an audience will respond to a new piece so listening to the Space Armada suite being performed for the first time will be nerve-wracking but exciting experience for me,” he said.

Besides composing music Rugman is also a talented conductor and performer, playing jazz to classical music across the North West.

But being appointed Blackpool Symphony Orchestra’s composer in residence is a major honour.

“The opportunity to have your music performed by a full live orchestra is very rare these days and is something that all composers dream about,” he added.

Helen Harrison, the orchestra’s Musical Director and Conductor said it had been a pleasure working with Rugman,

“The music sounds like the best movie music you could imagine – straight out of Hollywood,” she said. “The orchestra have really enjoyed rehearsing the music; we can’t wait to perform the premiere.”

Chairman of the orchestra Russell Beaumont added: “It’s a new development for the orchestra giving our players a fresh challenge. We are very excited about working with Ed and are looking forward to further collaborations.”

The concert takes place on Sunday at St Paul’s Church in Honister Avenue, Blackpool. Tickets are £6 (free entry for under 16s) and are available from 01253 692047.

To hear more of Rugman’s work visit www.