Southern Comfort is a selection of five 4-part arrangements of spirituals for brass players embarking on ensemble work. The pieces are not hard and the parts do not have a wide range thereby allowing plenty of instrumental interchangeability in the lower three voices where parts for Eb, F, C and Bb instruments are provided as appropriate.
... This Train Swing Low Little David Play! Evry Time I Feel the Spirit Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho
This set includes additional parts for horn in Eb, trombone in treble clef and Eb bass.
Alan Gout read music at Oxford. After a short time at the R.C.M. and a stint as a pub pianist he joined the original D'Oyly Carte opera as a trombonist. This versatility soon led to work in the West-End theatre, arranging and composing at the National Theatre and musical direction for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He combined musical direction for children's TV programmes with collaborating on music workshops for schools. He has conducted ballet with London City Ballet and English National Ballet, all the while gaining a reputation as an expert arranger and composer of original light music, especially in the educational field.
He teaches at Drama Centre, London and at Dartington International Summer School and is musical Director of the Berkeley Square Society Band.