current and future projects
Tony R S Osborne
42 Parkland Avenue
SL3 7LQ, UK
Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1753 541 818
Mob: +44 (0) 7773 794962
Photo by Gerald Place
........was born in Slough, Berkshire, on 10th November 1947 and initially studied cello before finally moving to the double bass. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, 1966-69 with Richard Stoker for composition and John Walton for double bass, and so became a busy free-lance bassist in London, performing with many UK orchestras, BBC Symphony, BBC Concert, Royal Ballet, Festival Ballet and D'Oyle Carte.
From an early age he was introduced to jazz and popular music, influences which remain important and have combined with his classical training at the Royal Academy of Music to produce an eclectic range of compositions. 'Jazz is a major influence on my work', he says, 'I was introduced to it by my brother who taught me a great deal about jazz and classical music. We listened to Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and a whole range of jazz greats. And my father was an enormous influence on me. A very gifted violinist, he played both romantic gypsy music and for silent movies, and worked with local operatic societies as Music Director. All of these influences helped to form me as a player and composer'.
Tony was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2001
Tony and his wife Jo are also Master/Practitioners of the natural healing modality 'Reiki'
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Seen at right with David Heyes, publisher, with Tony at his 50th birthday concert.
"Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein are the three main influences on Osborne. 'I'm often thinking of Gershwin when I write' he says. 'I admire the rhythm in Copland's work and the melodies of Bernstein. Russian and French music are also major influences especially Shostakovich and the Georgian composer, Balanchivadze'".
"Through his enthusiasm for the double bass, composition and teaching, Osborne has made a unique contribution to the repertoire for that instrument. As part of a long tradition of composer performers, he continues to promote music - in all its guises - to a wide audience, ensuring the popularity of the double bass"
Nigel Tallantire (Classical Music 26 July 2020)
Compositions - Published
The Double Bass Sings (Piper 1983)
included in the Associated Board, Trinity and London College, syllabuses.
Curtain Raisers and Travels in Style (Boosey & Hawkes 1986)
part of Strings Together series with Sheila Nelson
Contributor to Bass is Best (Emery/Yorke Edition 1988)
The Really Easy Bass Book (Faber 1990)
included in Guildhall School of Music and other examination syllabuses.
The Really Easy Electric Bass Book (Faber 1992)
Faber Stringsets Series 1990 onwards - Originals
Suite & Light
Bytes & Pieces
Faber Stringsets Series 1990 onwards - Arrangements
Suites No 1 & No 2 from Cats (Lloyd Webber)
Suite from The Snowman (Howard Blake)
Suite from The Liverpool Oratorio (McCartney/Davis)
Suite from Carmen (Bizet)
Welcome Ode (Britten)
Two Suites from the shows of Rodgers & Hammerstein
West End and Broadway Showstoppers
Suite from film "Shakespeare in Love" (Stephen Warbeck).
Recital Music Catalogue including Ubi Caritas (for unaccompanied chorus)
Aeolian Air (double bass & piano)
Various double bass ensembles, including;
All in a Day's Work
The Pink Elephant
Green Bass Blues
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Tony Osborne's Recent Commissions and Performances
- Three Nonsense Songs (soprano, cello & double bass) - Harlech Music Festival 1993
Concerto for Double Bass & String Orchestra - St. Pauls, Wokingham, March 1997
- Songs from stage musical "A Fine Time for Wine" (words by Jonathan Posner) - St. Edwards, Windsor, April 1997 Intrada, Romanza & Scherzo (double bass duo) - Leighton Park School, 1997
- The Clock Slows Down from "A Fine Time for Wine" (Sarah Poole - soprano with Gershwin & Co) - Purcell Room, October 1997
- Time Travel (double bass quartet) - Wells Music School, November 1997
- Free Spirit (soprano, double bass and piano) - In Memory of Diana, Princess of Wales - Leighton Park School, November 1997
- Mood Swings (double bass, piano & drums) - Purcell Room, December 1997
- Concerto for Four Double Basses & String Orchestra - Welsh College of Music, February 1998
- Song and Dance (double bass & piano) - In Memory of composer, Wilfred Josephs - for the International Bass Convention in Blankenburg, Germany and at St. James Piccadilly in March 1998
- Overseas Premiere - Intrada Romanza & Scherzo - 10 performances in Majorca, David Heyes & Martin Gregg
- Chaconne Syncopations for Brass Quintet - May 1998 (written for Chaconne Brass). Further performances include; Winchester Festival 98 and Charterhouse.
- Carnival Contrasts (12 Double Basses) and Sonnet for a Summer's Day (Soprano and Double Bass Quartet) - Bass Fest 98, Leighton Park School.
- Requiem - commissioned by Voci Cantati, conductor Andrew Phillips, for November 1998, at Church of St. Michael & St. George, Aldershot.
- Jazz Suite for Double Bass, Piano and Drums (optional), commissioned by Barry Green (author of "The Inner Game of Music"), premiered Jan 99 at University of Southern California Santa Cruz, with James Hart, piano, and Adam Green, drums. Further performances in San Fransisco, Memphis, Maryland, and the Richard Davis Bass Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. UK premiere, May 99, Leighton School, London (with Nadia Lasserson, piano) and at Dartington College and Wells.
- Jazz Suite: version available for DB with Chamber Orchestra.
- March 99: Song "What Right Have I?" (From "A Fine Time for Wine"), Sarah Poole - soprano, Gershwin & Co., Voci Cantati - conductor Andrew Phillips, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
- April 99: "Bass Band Beat" commissioned by the Bay Bass Band (Barry Green), Bay Area, California.
- July 99: Song "What Right Have I?" Sarah Poole with the Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, conductor Iain Sutherland, Notley Bowl, Braintree, Essex.
- July 99: "Bronco Ride" and "Old MacDonald had a Party", Bracknell Sports Centre, Junior Strings of South Berks. Music Centre (Berks. Young Musicians' Trust Commissions)
- Sept. 99: Purcell Room, London: "Marimba Malimba" for doublebass quartet and percussion. Also at Bass Fest 99, Leighton Park School, August.
- Oct. 99: Wells, new bass quartet
- Yiddish/Klezmer piece for Barry Green.
- Dec 12 '99: 'Shir Ha-Neshamah' - new version of 'Free Spirit', with added text. Cantor Rosslyn Barak (sop), Barry Green, (db), James Hart, (pno); Old First Church, San Fransisco
- Dec 12 ''99: 'Suite And Light' - adapted for the Huqin Quartet (Singapore Chinese Orchestra); Jubilee Hall Singapore.
- May 25/26 2000: Jazz Contrasts, The Soloists Ensemble, cond. Robert Turrell, Gloucester and Blackburn Cathedrals.
- 'Spinning Reels', commissioned by the The Soloists Ensemble/Robert Turrell (Southwark Cathedral, October 2000)
- 'Blue Suite', Mette Hanskow, (db), and piano, and Brontosaurus Rock, for junior Bass quartet, Bass- Fest, August 2000, Woldingham School.
- 'Space Mission' and 'Space Rock', DB/Pno, Trinity College of Music, October 2000
- 'Flight Lines"; Barry Green (DB), Adam Green (Marimba), Houston, Texas, November 2000
- Bach Italian Concerto, arranged for Gershwin & Co, Bristol Cathedral, Winter 2000
- Frere Jazzer, for South Berkshire Music Centre String Gala, 2001
- Premiere of stage musical 'A Fine Time For Wine' (book & lyrics by Jonathan Posner), Riverside Players, Memorial Hall, Old Windsor, June 2001 - WEBSITE
- Picnic Pieces for junior bass ensemble, Bass Fest 2002
- Jurassic Jazz, for double bass and piano, Bass Fest 2002
- Dream Time, for bass ensemble, prem. RAM 2002
- Colonel Cody for bass ensemble and The Flying Cathedral, Bass Fest 2002
- Song Cycle, on Sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, for Sarah Poole 2002
- Aria e Choros Brasilieros, for double bass and piano, composed for Brazilian soloist Valeria Guimaraes
- Performance of Jazz Contrasts by Junior Academy String Chamber Orchestra, conductor Susan Collier, Dukes Hall, RAM, June 2002
- Performance of 'Groovy Strings' from Suite & Light' (Faber) at Youth Music Camp, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, as part of Hong Kong Youth Music Camp
- 'Firefly' for double bass duo and piano, commissioned for Basso! Basso! (David Heyes and Peter Leerdam, with funding fromDutch Foundation Aerium Sanctias. premiered at Bass Fest, Downe House School, April 2002
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- Opera, with libretto by Rudi Sheldon - community project in conjunction with Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead.
- Brass Band version of "Chaconne Syncopations"
- Sonata for double bass and piano (Bass Fest/Recital Music 2003) ; Duo Concertante for violin, double bass and piano (Wells Cathedral School 2003) ; New projects for Barry Green.
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- Violin Concerto
- String Quartet,
- Works for Brass Band
- CD of musical show 'A Fine Time For Wine' (book & Lyrics Jonathan Posner) now available:
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