What programme would you chose for a concert in a Cathedral?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by toppy the tenor, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. toppy the tenor

    toppy the tenor Member


    On Saturday night the wife and I had the pleasure of seeing Cory in concert in Bristol Cathedral. Absolutely amazing - watch out all you competing bands at the Open this band is on form!

    The programme was massive and included:

    Overture ' Carnival' - Dvorak
    Paganini Variations
    March from Jazz suite - Shostakovic
    Jupiter from the Planets - Holst
    Procession to the Minster

    To name but a few. Also an incredible arrangement of Cwm Rhonda by Philip Wilby I'd never heard before.

    The real treat came when they finished with Procession to the Minster. I've heard and played this lots of times but Saturday's performance was truly memorable - outstanding playing.

    Playing throughout was complete class but more often than not the acoustic didn't do the band justice. Especially as a lot of the detail was lost in technical pieces like Paganini etc.

    So, it got me thinking - what would be your programme choices be for a cathedral acoustic?

    Overture: Nabucodonosor
    Pearl Fishers, euph duet
    On With the Motley, Sop solo
    Elegy from a Downland Suite

    There are loads more but thought I'd get the ball rolling.


  2. Fedman

    Fedman Member

    The Tewkesbury Band had the pleasure in playing in the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral last Friday along with the Police Male Voice Choir to raise funds towards the Gloucester Flood Appeal. The accoustics did not lend themselves to the quicker items but our programme was:

    Our own march "Tewkesbury" by Andrew Duncan
    Buglers Holiday
    Prelude to Act 1 La Taviata
    Duet, Brindisi from La Traviata
    Ravel's Bolero

    Fanfare and Soliliqouy
    The Londonderry Air
    I Got Rythm
    Benedictus from the Armed Man
    Marching Onward

    The ff in the Benedictus really shook the audience!!!!!!:clap:
  3. Sir_Threepwood

    Sir_Threepwood Member

    We played this programme last year (russian winter theme) and it worked well, maybe with the exception of Shostakovich's "Festive Overture" of which I felt the details went missing a bit... it lacked transparency although the piece is not too loud per se.

    Pieces with a classical touch are always good, however.


    Sergej PROKOFIEW (1891 – 1953) Troika

    arr. Alan Fernie

    Alexander BORODIN (1833 – 1887) Polovtsian Dances
    arr. Eddie Huckridge

    Sergej RACHMANINOW (1873 – 1943) Adagio
    arr. Ray Farr // Cornet: Lorenz Berta

    Dimitri SCHOSTAKOWITSCH (1906 – 1975) Festive Overture Op. 96
    arr. Peter Kitson

    Dimitri SCHOSTAKOWITSCH Romance from „The Gadfly"
    arr. Goff Richards

    Michail IPPOLITOW-IWANOW (1859 – 1935) Procession of the Sirdar
    arr. Philip Sparke

    Léo DELIBES (1836 – 1891) Duet from „Lakmé“
    arr. James Curnow
    Cornet: Stephan Weibel // Flügelhorn: Markus Binggeli

    Dimitri SCHOSTAKOWITSCH 2nd Waltz from „Jazz Suite“
    arr. Alan Fernie

    Mykola LEONTOWITSCH (1877 – 1921) Ukrainian Bell Carol
    arr. Philip Sparke

    Peter TSCHAIKOWSKY (1840 – 1893) Finale from Symphony Nr. 2 Op. 17 "the little russian"
    arr. William Gordon
  4. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    I remember doing a concert at Chester Cathedral with the Wind Band not long ago and we opened with Dies Irae from the Verdi Requiem.
    the ending section is something like 2 minutes full of FFF brass.
    Step Aside, Woodwind, The trombones are having this one.

    Absolutely fantastic, the acoustic was perfect for it!
  5. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    Procession to the Minister, of course :)
    I also remember we played "Vitae Lux" (from some Norwegian composer) in a church once.
    I think any piece that showcases the "organ like" qualities of a brass band would do well in a church a cathedral...
  6. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly Active Member

    Bolton, Lancs, England
    I should think that "The Kingdom Triumphant" by Eric ball would sound really good in a cathedral.
  7. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    I would personally like to hear Robert Simpson's 'Energy' in a cathedral. It just seems perfect in that acoustic!
  8. toby hobson

    toby hobson Member

    The Submerged Cathedral
    Suite Gothic
  9. JR

    JR Member

    We played Fallen Citadel by Bob Lennon in Ripon Cathedral after 9/11. It went down quite well with the audience after I turned round and told them it had finished...

  10. wkt

    wkt Member

    This would be my first draft, depending on the standard of the band, the soloists and the availability of a good organist:
    Fanfare for a Festival
    The Lost Chord
    Concert Etude
    Light as Air
    Toccata from Suite Gothique
    On with the Motley
    Crown Imperial
    Quid Pro Quo
    Vitae Lux
    I'll Walk with God
    Procession to the Minster
    (Encore) Toccata in D minor
  11. Lawrencediana

    Lawrencediana Member

    If you can get a good organist to join you then the finale from Saint Saens Organ symphony is amazing we did it in Salisbury Cathedral and it was immense.
  12. Morghoven

    Morghoven Member

    Actually the organ part to the finale of the Saint Saens is pretty straightforward. What would be mental (and in my opinion a little pointless) is playing the Toccata from Suite Gothique in the band key, because it's not the same as the original. It would become a real scramble in Bb minor (the band key), and with no low Bb on the pedals you effectively loose a whole octave in the last 'chorus' because there's no low tonic.

    Shine as the Light would be good for that sort of acoustic. In fact, a lot of SA repertoire would porbably work well because of the hymn tune associations.
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