Coventry Variations - Nationals Concert Albert Hall 1989

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  1. Tam O Shanter

    Tam O Shanter Member

    I have a CD of the National Finals from 1989 with the Desford winning performance of Odin on it. It also contains a recording from the Festival Concert of Bram Tovey's original (shorter) version of Coventry Variations. There is nothing on the CD to indicate who played this and even though I was there my memory isn't that good.

    Does anyone know who performed it? Was it City of Coventry Band perhaps? Who conducted it? Any info gratefully received.
     
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  3. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    I have no evidence for this, but a guess would be that it was GUS (or Rigid Containers, or whatever they were called at that time); may well even have been Bram Tovey himself conducting. My understanding is that the original version of "Coventry Variations" was written for GUS, but again I can't be certain ...
     
  4. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    It was indeed Floppy Boxes, as they were alternatively known. The original version of Coventry Variations was written for them and premiered at a Christmas concert in Northampton in 1986. At the 1989 Gala Concert RCG were booked as the centre band with Tovey conducting; then they came last and had to share the stage with triple champions Desford, which by all accounts was a dispiriting experience.

    There's an older thread on it here:

    http://www.themouthpiece.com/vb/archive/index.php/t-26667.html
     
  5. Tam O Shanter

    Tam O Shanter Member

    Excellent - thanks for the info. The CD has Rigid Containers down as accompanying Mr. Gregson on his piano piece but no mention on Coventry Variations.
     
  6. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    I checked my index and had Coventry Variations down as Massed Bands! I looked at the CD and the sleeve notes are not at all good. So, for the sake of posterity, can it be confirmed that Malaguena, Variations on a Ninth, To A Wild Rose, The Lost Chord, The Absent Minded Beggar (listed as a march!!), and St. Clement were all by Massed Bands? Haven't listened to this in a while so need to do that again.
     

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