Rehearsing with The National Youth Wind Orchestra of GB with conductor Jim Gourlay. Gerard was guest soloist for their Irish tour in 2003. Incidentally Gerard tutored Focus on Saxophones courses for NYWO for over 10 years.
The fourth and final movement, led by a momentous McChrystal, reflects on the dissolution of violent chaos into relief, culminating in a commanding coda of hope and peace. What follows is beyond words - "The Starlit Sky", a truly spectacular encore celebrating the "natural world" and "the beauty of life" with the prominence of Connolly's vocals, McChrystal's saxophone, the pipes and the choirs. Sights n Sounds