Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 11 March 2018


Hello Brass Banders

Welcome to another two hours of wonderful music from the world of brass bands. This week we have a varied selection of music that I am sure you will all find something to your liking. We have a fine choice of bands from around the world. Two trumpet solos which feature Jens Lindermann accompanied by the Canadian Staff Band, playing of the highest order.

Then we have something a little bit different poet and writer Ian McMillan narrating his own work 'Brass' with music written by Philip Wilby with Black Dyke accompanying the narration. Have you had something on similar lines in a concert with your band ? - may be not this one or then again....

Our featured photograph is a piece of sheet music 'Robin Hood Suite for Piano' written by Frederic Curzon, that in itself may not mean much to you. But the finale arranged by Frank Wright 'March of the Bowmen' was always very popular back in the 1960s and 70s and may be into the early 80s, particularly at park concerts. Listen to this track and no doubt for some listeners it will be a little bit of nostalgia.

Enjoy the show....

Frederic Curzon was born in London in 1899, and died at Bournemouth in 1973.As a boy he studied violin, cello, piano and organ. He had a life largely associated with music - besides composing, he conducted and was both a pianist and a noted organist.

His early life was largely in the theatre, where he was musical director in several London West End theatres. In 1938, he moved to the radio and became a full time composer, the music he wrote was mainly of the English light music genre. He also wrote for films, radio and the theatre.

He became the Head of Light Music at Boosey and Hawkes having been encourage by Ralph Hawkes. Much of his output was for orchestra, but there were also songs of the ballad kind many of these were written in the 1950s.

Amongst his works is the Robin Hood Suite which ends with the rousing, indeed noble March of the Bowmen. This work was first performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra on the 18 October 1937.

On this show we feature Frank Wright's arrangement of the March of the Bowmen a very popular brass band concert work over 50 years ago.

Playlist 11 March 2018

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Kia Ora March - Alexander Lithgow Wellington Municipal Fire Brigade Band(New Zealand) MD: Norman Goffin - 1968
Shalom - Philip Sparke Soli Brass (Netherlands) MD: Piet Groeneveld - 2003
Malaguena - Traditional arr: Mark Freeh Trumpet Soloist Jens Lindermann with the Canadian Staff Band (Canada) BM: John Lam - 2011
Gently Down the Stream of Time - Kenneth Downie London Central Fellowship Band BM: David Daws - 2011
The Planets, Op.32 - 6. Uranus, (The Magician) - Gustav Holst arr: Stephen Roberts Black Dyke Mills Band MD: James Watson - 1996
Scottish Cradle Song arr: James Gourlay Williams Fairey Band MD: James Gourlay - 1997
Brass - Ian McMillan and Dr. Philip Wilby Narrator Ian McMillan with the Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2012
Standard Of St George - March - Kenneth Alford The Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain MD: Eric Ball OBE - 1970s
March of the Bowmen from the Robin Hood Suite Frederic Curzon arr: Frank Wright Fodens Motor Works Band MD: Rex Mortimer - 1967
Slavische Fantasie - Carl Hohne Trumpet Soloist Jens Lindermann with the Canadian Staff Band (Canada) BM: John Lam - 2011
HMS Pinafore Selection - Gilbert and Sullivan arr: Drake Rimmer CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1962
18th Variation on a Theme of Paganini - Rachmaninov arr: Howard Snell Buy As You View Cory Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2004
Little Suite for Brass No. 2 - Malcolm Arnold National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain MD: Geoffrey Brand - 1967
Shine as the Light - Peter Graham Foden's Courtois Band MD: Bryan Hurdley - 2001
The Seal Lullaby - Eric Whitacre arr: Paul Sharman Flugel Soloist John Coppella with the Brass Band of Central Florida (USA) MD: Chad Shoopman - 2015
Hat Trick - Roy Newsome Tenor Horn Trio: David Essex, Kevin Wadsworth & David Williams with the Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain MD: Eric Ball
Pictures of Perfection - Brian Willetts arr: Michael Babb Euphonium Soloist Keith Watts with the Birmingham Citadel Band of the Salvation Army BM: David Nicholson - 2002
Breezin' Down Broadway! - arr: Goff Richards London Central Fellowship Band BM: David Daws - 2011
Organ Symphony - Finale - Saint Seans arr: Philip Wilby Sellers International Band MD: Philip McCann with the Organist Simon Lindley - 2004
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

Enjoy the show.....
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