Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 1 April 2018


Hello Brass Banders and welcome to my programme of wonderful music from the world of brass bands. We have performances from bands around world with some wonderful soloists. We have some real vintage performances dating back to 1957, the 1960s and 70s as well as some up to date performances straight out of the top draw.

Don't forget you can send me your requests to hear one of your favourite band pieces or solos or your band might have a new CD out. Please consider sending me a couple of tracks to play on the show when I would be pleased to promote the CD, your band's website and of course your band's efforts.

You will recall I recently asked if anyone knew the origins of Gilbert Vinter's title for his composition Vizcaya. I was pleased to receive an email from David in Plymouth who offered his suggestion having done a little bit of research on the subject. He just about got it right. I found another recording of this work dating back to 1980 with the West Yorkshire based Lockwood Band (sadly no longer with us). On the sleeve notes the late Michael Antrobus (please check out the internet for his vastly experienced credentials) He wrote:

‘Vizcaya – I cannot understand why this unreservedly joyful music is not in the regular repertoire of band concerts. Mr Vinter has used three Basque melodies as the germ for Vizcaya and the skill of the inimitable orchestration is immediately apparent’ - so there you have it.

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Enjoy the show. .

Sir Hugh Stevenson Roberton (23 February 1874 – 7 October 1952) was a Scottish composer and Britain's leading choral-master.

He was born in Glasgow, where, in 1906, he founded the Glasgow Orpheus Choir. For five years before that it was the Toynbee Musical Association. A perfectionist, he expected the highest standards of performance from its members. Its voice was a choir voice, its individual voices were not tolerated. He set new standards in choral technique and interpretation.

For almost fifty years until it disbanded in 1951, on the retirement of its founder, the Glasgow Orpheus Choir had no equal in Britain and toured widely enjoying world acclaim. Their repertoire included many Scottish folk songs arranged for choral performance, and Paraphrases, as well as Italian madrigals, English motets and the music of the Russian Orthodox Church. The choir also performed the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, George F. Handel, Felix Mendelssohn, Peter Cornelius, Johannes Brahms and others. He also wrote the popular songs Westering Home and Mairi's Wedding.

He was knighted in the 1931 New Year's Honours. He was a pacifist and member of the Peace Pledge Union. For this reason both he and the Glasgow Orpheus Choir were banned by the BBC from broadcasting during the Second World War.

The Australian politician and diplomat Hugh Roberton (1900 - 1987) is his son. He emigrated to Australia in the 1920s.

In 1911 he composed All in the April Evening to the words of Katharine Tynan. this piece has become widely known and performed throughout the English speaking world in its vocal and choral version

On this week's show we have Eric Ball's brass band arrangement of this internationally known song.

Playlist 1 April 2018
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Constellation March - Bertrand Moren Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern (Switzerland) MD: Ludwig Wicki - 2009
Purcell Variations - Kenneth Downie Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1996
Fantasia - Rhapsody for Cornet and Band - Ray Bowes Cornet Soloist David Daws with the Brass Band De Waldsang (The Netherlands) MD: Rieks van der Velde - 2007
Backseat Driver - David Arnold arr: Rodney Newton Keyboard player Greg Barnes with the Kirkintilloch Band MD: Frank Renton - 2005
All in the April Evening - Hugh Roberton arr: Eric Ball Bradford Festival Choral with the Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Geoffrey Brand - 1969
Holiday for Trombones - David Rose Band Of Yorkshire Imperial Metals MD: Trevor Walmsley DFC - 1976
Einzugmarsch Aus "Der Zigeunerbaron" - Johann Strauss arr: Thomas Ruedi The Marple Band MD: Thomas Wyss - 2000
Festival March: Faith Is The Victory - James Curnow Southern Territorial SA Band (USA) BM: Richard E. Holz - 2000
Glorious Liberation - Ivor Bosanko Euphonium Soloist Patrik Randefalk with the Gothenburg Band (Sweden) MD: Bengt Eklund - 2001
Soferska - Goran Bregovic arr: Stephen Roberts Black Dyke Band MD: Professor Nicholas Childs - 2015
Hosea Overture - arr: Bruce Broughton Earlscourt Citadel Band (Canada) BM: Brian Ring - 1976
Intermezzo and Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana - Pietro Mascagni arr: Denis Wright Soprano Soloist Roy Roe with the Band of the Yorkshire Imperial Metals MD: Trevor Walmsley DFC - 1970
High Spirits - Reginald Heath CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1968
The Three Trumpets - Giuseppe Agostini arr: Dale Cornet Trio: Derek Garside, Brian Cronshaw and Alan Holmes with the CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1968
Brass Band Blues - Edrich Siebert Massed Bands of Fodens Motor Works, Fairey Aviation and Morris Motors MD: Harry Mortimer - 1970
Song of Hope - Barrie Gott Duet Riki McDonnell Euphonium and Alexandra Kerwin Soprano with the Kiwi All Star Brass (New Zealand) MD: Howard Taylor - 2006
The Caledonian - W.A.Allison Cornet Soloist Brian Mather with the Ransome Hoffman and Pollard Band MD: Dennis Masters - 1972
Raymond - Overture - Amboise Thomas arr: William Rimmer Sellers Engineering Band MD: Philip McCann - 1990
Chiquilin De Bachin - Astor Piazzolla arr: Reid Gilje Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Professor David King - 2014
Rhapsody Norvegienne - (Presto) - Edouard Lalo arr: Keith Wilkinson Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1996
Duel of the Fates - John Williams arr: Dave Richards Kirkintilloch Band MD: Frank Renton - 2005
Madelon March - Gabriel Allier Men O'Brass (Fairey Aviation, Fodens Motor Works, Morris Motors) MD: Harry Mortimer - 1957
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

Enjoy the show.........


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