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Weather report : Martin Adams, The Irish Times

NCH, Dublin Bill Campbell - Weather Report. Brian Irvine - Montana Strange. The Horizons series ended with a memorable, invigorating concert devoted to music by two Belfast-born composers. Bill Campbell's Weather Report is a bracing, 10-minute piece for full orchestra. Written as a tribute to a jazz fusion band, it is itself a fusion of contrasts, with associations as diverse as Ligeti's dense string clusters, big band, jazz drum-kit - and more. Campbell's control of proportion, and his knack of feeding ideas into the texture, made diversity seem almost cogent.

Summer Palace Reviews

The Ulster youth orchestra opened their concert in the Ulster hall with a commissioned piece 'Scotia' by Belfast born composer Bill Campbell. A 12minute tone poem evoking the ancient land of Scotia Major, it certainly captured the mood and feeling of a land and time in the distant past. There were passages of real beauty. There was drive and momentum in the music which drew the listener in and took one on a journey, vibrant, intoxicating, exciting and fun, indeed this listener did not want the piece to end. The young orchestra played with vigour and aplomb.