Lincolnshire Holidays

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Bernard Salles writes: Lincolnshire Holidays was written during my stay in the village of Castle Bytham, in August 2015. This suite of small pieces is written for unaccompanied double bass and is dedicated to the Mexican double bassist, Marco Antonio Quinones Martinez. It recounts, in music, the different sensation I felt as I discovered these beautiful, if sometimes unknown places, in the heart of England.

1. The Village of Castle Bytham
Castle Bytham is a small village situated in South Lincolnshire. The eponymous castle no longer stands; built shortly after the Norman invasion, then destroyed in a 13th-century siege and gradually dismantled in the centuries that followed, the oldest houses in the village were built with the limestone bricks that once formed the castle's walls. The bare castle mound dominates the heart of this picturesque village.

2. The Streets of Stamford
Stamford is the nearest town to Castle Bytham and is a jewel of virtually untouched Georgian architecture. Its cobbled streets, limestone buildings and seven churches often form the backdrop to historical films (the BBC series 'Middlemarch' was filmed here, as were scenes from 'Pride and Prejudice' starring Keira Knightly, for example).

3. The Flooded Church of Normanton, Rutland Water
Rutland Water, in Lincolnshire's neighbouring counties of Rutland and Leicestershire, is one of the largest artificial reservoirs in Europe. The Gwash Valley was dammed and flooded in the 1970s to provide drinking water for the East Midlands. Half-submerged in the lake, Normanton Church stands as a testament to the two villages that were demolished during the flooding process, its clock tower dramatically rising above the water level.

4. Burghley House
Bughley House, just outside Stamford, is a grand 16th-century house, built for William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I. The house, a 'miniature Versailles', is still in the hands of the Cecil family and contains an impressive collection of art, furniture and porcelain. Many of the rooms were painted by the Italian artist Antonio Verrio during the late 17th-century, including the famous 'heaven room' and 'staircase of hell'. The impressive gardens were designed by Capability Brown.

5. Cambridge
Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire share a border, and Cambridge is just a short drive from South Lincolnshire. Famous not only for its colleges but also the River Cam winding through the town and the many stone bridges which cross it (giving the town its name), Cambridge made me think of a sort of 'English Venice', with a monument on every street corner, chapels and churches everywhere and students punting down the really is a magnificent place.

Bernard Salles was born in 1954 and began his musical education in his home town of Perpignan (France) where he studied double bass, organ, composition and orchestral conducting at the Conservatoire. In 1973 he want to the Conservatoire of Versailles and in 1976, at the age of 22, he was awarded a double bass teaching diploma. Since then he has taught at the Conservatoire of Pau (South-west France) and played with many major French orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris and the National Orchestra of France, under the direction of conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Metha and Lorin Maazel.

In 1983 he began a parallel career as a conductor and was Music Director of the Orchestra of Pau from 1996-2001. He has directed the Orchestra of Pamplona (Spain) and is currently Music Director of the OSSO (Orchestre Symphonique du Sud-Ouest).

As a composer and member of SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Editors of Music), he has written over 30 works including two symphonies, a cantata, a psalm for bass and orchestra, a concerto for double bass and small orchestra, Rhapsody for viola and orchestra, Triptych for orchestra, Prelude for cello and orchestra, a symphonic poem for soprano, cello and orchestra, as well as works for chamber groups, and for choir and organ. His pedagogic works are published by G.Billaudot in Paris and his works for double bass are published by Recital Music (England).

In 2010 he began a series of short pieces for unaccompanied double bass - Portraits for Friends - dedicated to his double bass playing friends.


  • 1. The Village of Castle Bytham
  • 2. The Streets of Stamford
  • 3. The Flooded Church of Normanton, Rutland Water
  • 4. Burghley House
  • 5. Cambridge

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Cat No. RM924
Supplier Code RM924
Price £9.50
ComposerBernard Salles
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-924-7
EAN-13 9790570459247
Weight 131 grams
Published 23rd June 2016
Availability 9 in stock
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