BBC Radio 3's Musical Map of Britain

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Towards the end of Breakfast this morning, Sara Mohr-Pietsch played Yorkshire Building Society Band's performance of the Overture to The Force of Destiny from the Gala Concert of the 2001 European Brass Band Championships following a request by Patrick that the brass band version was played. The band, in its current guise as Hammonds Saltaire Band, gets a pin on the Musical Map of Britain following a request by its 2nd Baritone player, Marrianne Garbutt.
 

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch has just played Wilfred Heaton's Le Tricot Rouge from The Heaton Collection on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast following a request by Paul Hindmarsh.

A pin now appears on the Musical Map of Britain for Harrogate.
Paul writes; "I have a selection for you of a specific composer who is associated with Yorkshire, one of the heartlands of banding in the UK. Wilfred Heaton (1918 - 2000) was born and brought up in Sheffield, but lived and worked in Harrogate from 1963. He was a brass teacher there and also conducted. He was a very private man, and had largely given up composing some years earlier to follow other spiritual things. When some of his brass band music was performed at his funeral, many of his former colleagues were astonished that he composed, because he never mentioned it. Yet he was and remains a very important figure in brass band music worldwide and in The Salvation Army. Towards the end of his life he dusted down a march for a local youth brass band in Harrogate, the Tewitt Youth Brass Band. This lively little piece Le Tricot Rouge was therefore resurrected in Harrogate for a young band of local musicians."
 

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There was a delightful telephone interview on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast this morning when Andrew King of Borehamwood Brass Band told Sara Mohr-Pietsch how he had heard a brass band on holiday, how it completely changed him and how he wanted to be part of that sound.
On returning home, he responded to a leaflet inviting people to join the local brass band, despite not having had any musical training or even been able to read music! He's now been Principal Euphonium of Borehamwood Brass Band for 20 years, what a wonderful story! He requested and introduced Resurgam (Eric Ball) which was broadcast from the euphonium cadenza to the end.

Later in the programme, the town of Cannock received a pin on the Musical Map of Britain as the birthplace of one of the most influential figures in brass band history, Elgar Howarth. Thought to be his first composition for brass band, Mosaic was broadcast in a recording by Grimethorpe Colliery Band conducted by the composer himself.
 

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On Saturday, we heard from Brian Topping from Besses 'o the Barn Band who requested Edward Gregson's Tuba Concerto. Just the first movement was played, recorded by John Fletcher with Besses 'o the Barn Band conducted by Roy Newsome.
 

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There were no brass band tracks on Sunday's Radio 3 Breakfast but this morning we heard Father Jonathan Elcock from Salford request and introduce Slaidburn by William Rimmer.

The programme appears to be changing focus in its call for listener requests so it could be that, as far as the Musical Map of Britain is concerned, the brass band focus is coming to an end.

If you haven't yet submitted a request to BBC Radio 3 Breakfast to play a piece of brass band music that has a particular connection with a place in Britain, don't delay any more and get your request in now!

Email; 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk
Text; 83111
Tweet; @BBCRadio3 #musicalmap
 

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This morning Sara Mohr-Pietsch announced that the brass band focus for BBC Radio 3's Musical Map of Britain will be coming towards an end at the end of this week.

A request from Ian D Smith in Abergavenny for a pin for Chalk Farm in London was granted this morning. Ian's father was Band Secretary of Chalk Farm Band of The Salvation Army before World War Two and Ian remembers the band playing Ralph Vaughan Williams' Prelude on Three Welsh Hymn Tunes. The recording played was from Cory Band's album Actaeon.
 

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I finally remembered to check the map yesterday, and to post them a tweet this morning. Looks as if we need a last desperate rush from Berkshire bands, the map is virtually empty for a 30 mile radius from Reading!
 

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This morning we heard 15 year old Pippa Scorse, a cornet player with Beaumaris Band and trumpet player in the National Youth Orchestra, interviewed live on air by Sara Mohr-Pietsch who placed a pin for Anglesey on BBC Radio 3's Musical Map of Britain.

Pippa requested Jupiter from The Planets (Gustav Holst arr. Stephen Roberts) and the track played was from the 1996 album recorded by Black Dyke (Mills) Band conducted by James Watson.

That's it as far as brass bands are concerned on BBC Radio 3's Musical Map of Britain. Thank you to those of you who made your music suggestions to the BBC, even though not all of them were played.

We have been pleased to have assisted the BBC in sourcing recordings that it wanted to broadcast but didn't have in its library. We also discovered that one of the producers of BBC Radio 3 Breakfast used to play the trumpet and another plays the trombone so, who knows, maybe there's more in store for brass and brass bands on BBC Radio 3 in the future.
 

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Although the brass bands feature on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast in connection with its Musical Map of Britain came to an end last week, the programme continues to play brass band music!
On Saturday, Clemency Burton-Hill played Holidays from George Lloyd's suite, Royal Parks and on Sunday played Edmund Rubbra's Variations on The Shining River.

After a two week break, Petroc Trelawny returned to the programme on Monday morning. Although he didn't play any brass band tracks that day, he did play Nimrod from Enigma Variations (arr. Eric Ball) this morning. At the end of the track, he said that brass bands had received such a positive response "so I think I can promise you that there will be a bit more brass band music on 3 Breakfast in the weeks and months ahead than perhaps we've managed in the past".

Thank you to everyone who sent in their brass band suggestions for BBC Radio 3's Musical Map of Britain. It looks like brass bands have 'hit the spot' as far as Radio 3 Breakfast and its listeners are concerned.
 

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There was great publicity for Whit Friday Marches on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast this morning. Petroc Trelawny interviewed Stephen Maxon who gave excellent information about the Saddleworth and Tameside contests before introducing Grimethorpe Colliery Band playing William Rimmer's Ravenswood. Listen again from about 1.10; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01shzyf
 

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Is anyone else finding their suggestions aren't getting anywhere? I sent in a load of suggestions for pieces with obvious geographical links (Malvern, Haslemere, Salford etc) weeks ago but nothing came of it.
 

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Is anyone else finding their suggestions aren't getting anywhere? I sent in a load of suggestions for pieces with obvious geographical links (Malvern, Haslemere, Salford etc) weeks ago but nothing came of it.
It might have something to do with what I posted on 14th May although occasionally a brass band track is still being played on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast;
This morning Sara Mohr-Pietsch announced that the brass band focus for BBC Radio 3's Musical Map of Britain will be coming towards an end at the end of this week.
 
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