Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 18 November 2018


Hello Brass Banders

Well he we are another week has just flown by and Sunday Bandstand is with you again. Following the passing of Simon Kerwin and following up on what I said last week I am playing various compositions and arrangements of his on this week's show. Along with two tracks where Simon is the conductor. I would be very surprised to hear of any band that does not have any of his music in their band-room library. With over 500 works in his catalogue his music is going to be around for many years and he has left us all a lasting musical legacy to enjoy.

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Denis King was born in Hornchurch, Essex, he began his musical career at the age of six as a banjolele-playing singer at childrens’ matinees. By the age of 13, with his two older brothers, Mike and Tony, he had formed one of the most successful pop groups of the Fifties and Sixties, The King Brothers - Britain’s first Boy Band. When the group disbanded in 1970, Denis studied orchestration at the Guildhall School of Music in London, got his break in television writing the theme for The Adventures of Black Beauty, which won the Ivor Novello Award, and, to date, has created themes and incidental music for well over 100 television series.

His debut as a theatrical composer was with the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Privates on Parade on Parade which won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Musical, and he then went on to collaborate with many theatre legends - Alan Ayckbourn among them - to write over 25 stage musicals including Worzel Gummidge, A Saint She Ain't and Stepping Out - The Musical, all for London's West End.

His career has encompassed every aspect of show business from singing to performing, from producing to composing, and the artists he has worked alongside read like a who's who of British and American stage and screen: Tony Bennett, Nina Simone, Howard Keel, Sammy Cahn, Albert Finney, Dame Edna Everage, Maureen Lipman, Elaine Stritch, Dudley Moore, Jimi Hendrix, Ronnie Corbett, Sophie Tucker, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland - many of whom feature in his popular memoir, 'Key Changes', an extremely frank, funny, personal account of the highs and lows of show business, from post war Twice Nightly Variety to the present day.

In this week's show we are featuring Galloping Home played by the Roberts Bakery Band conducted by Colin Cranson in 2011.

Playlist 18 November 2018
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Bethel Street - Andy Cook Yorkshire Cooperatives Band MD: Simon Kerwin
African Roots - Traditional arr: Simon Kerwin Foden's Richardson Band MD: David Hirst - 2007
American Dream - Elgar Howarth Britannia Building Society MD: Howard Snell - 1991
Softly Awakes My Heart - Saint-Saëns arr: Simon Kerwin Soprano Soloist Brian Evans with the Wingates Band MD: Michael L. Beevers - 2004
Flight to Neverland - John Williams arr: Robin Dewhirst Fairey Band MD: Garry Cutt - 2012
The Man I Love - George Gershwin arr: Howard Snell Point of Ayr Band MD: Michael Fowles - 1999
Galloping Home - Denis King Roberts Bakery Band MD: Colin Cranson - 2011
River of Pearls - waltz - William Rimmer The Luton Band MD: Albert Coupe - 1969
No Matter What - Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman Buckhaven and Methil Miners Brass Band MD: David Hynd - 2002
FCB March - Albert Badrick (Signature march of Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band) Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band MD: John Hinckley - 1997
Colas Breugnon - Dmitri Kabalevsky Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2011
Lullaby - Huug Steketee Cornet Soloist Huug Steketee (The Netherlands) with the Hepworth (Persimmon Homes) MD: Mark Bentham - 2007
Blue Rondo a la Turk - Dave Brubeck arr: Kevin Edwards North Carolina Brass Band (USA) MD Brian Meixner - 2014
Symphony of Marches 1) Maestoso 2) Grave 3) Brioso - Gilbert Vinter Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2015
I'll Not Turn Back - Ivor Bosanko Euphonium Soloists Derick and Stephen Kane with Susan Avison pianist - 2014
Madrigalum - Philip Sparke Yorkshire Co-op Band MD: Simon Kerwin - 1997
Variations on a Theme from Norma - Bellini - arr: Simon Kerwin Cornet Soloist Russell Gray with the Foden's Richardson Band MD: Frank Renton - 2003
Pirates of the Caribbean - Klaus Badelt arr: Bruce Fraser Silk Brass MD: Jim Cant - 2008
Invincible Army - Erik Leidzen Eikanger Bjorsvik Band (Norway) MD: Ray Farr - 2008
Scherzo for Band - Meindert Boekel National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain - MD: Geoffrey Brand - 1968
La Danza - Gioachino Rossini arr: Gordon Langford Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Band MD: Tony Griffiths - 2005
Standard Of St George - March - Kenneth Alford The Virtuosi Brass Band Of Great Britain MD: James Scott
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

Enjoy the show