How very observant of you!!! The piece required me to come in pianissimo on a pedal 'C' and to blend with the trombones and baritones. We found taking the second slide out and playing with the second valve down was the most discreet way of joining in the chord without any bumps!! This noise, funnily enough, blended quite well with the muted trombones!
Later in the piece the solo cornet has to play a section with the first valve slide out. To do this there were other notes that had to be played with alternative fingerings. The overall effect was that by playing open then pressing down the first valve (with slide out) this produced almost an echo effect or someone playing far in the distance. This was all written on the music and is yet another example of Philip Wilby's firm understanding of how brass instruments work.
FABE have also commissioned 2 fantastic pieces from Philip over the years with various interesting effects. We are looking to record some of his work on a new FABE commissions CD in the very near future, so watch this space.................!