Topic: Orchestra size for Five Sacred Trees
I would like to perform Five Sacred Trees for the New Zealand National Concerto Competition in December, but the organisers are concerned that the work would be too expensive to perform if I were to make it to the finals. I've been in touch with Warner Chappell, but they haven't been much help so far.
I'm wondering if anyone knows what the minimum size of the orchestra is for performing this work? I've Warner Chappell asked if we could get a score to look at, but I haven't had any response and my time is running out as entries close in 2 weeks! The organisers are particularly concerned by the fact that the work is scored for 7 percussionists. Does anyone know if it could be performed by less? There only seems to be one video on Youtube and it looks to have a small string section. Again, it would be helpful to know what size section is adequate as the concern is really the number of players. Could it be successfully performed with a slightly reduced brass section?
Any assistance would be much appreciated as I would very much like to perform this concerto, but at this stage it looks like they're going to say no unless I can provide some assurances around the cost of the performance.