Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 24 March 2019


Hello Brass Banders

Welcome to Sunday Bandstand the weekly brass band radio show. This week we have bands from Norway, The Netherlands, Switzerland and some of the best home grown bands from here in the UK. As always we have some wonderful soloists - listen out for the incredible trombone trio...!

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John Hartmann (24.10.1830 - 1897 in Liverpool, England) was a Prussian brass composer. He is notable for having served Prince George, Duke of Cambridge as bandmaster in the British 4th Regiment, 12th Lancers

When Hartmann went to fulfill his mandatory service obligation to the Prussian military, he chose to be a musician. Doing that gave him the option of choosing the regiment he would serve with. He chose to serve with the Cuirassiers (these were cavalry equipped with armour and firearms) in Cologne. While with the Cuirassiers, he played solo cornet and violin. In 1854, his bandmaster, Herr Schallehn, left service and travelled to England, joining the Crystal Palace Company. Hartmann joined him when his service was over in October 1855. John's brother Ernest also joined Schallehn (prior to John).

Hartmann continued to play cornet in the Crystal Palace Band until he was offered the position of bandmaster of the Tyrone Militia at Sheffield. He served with them, with the 1st (King's) Dragoon Guards, and with the Royal Sherwood Foresters (Nottingham Militia), who were "one of the best brass bands in the country." He organised the band of the 2nd Battalion of the (King's Own) 4th Foot at Chichester. He served with the 4th Foot Guards in Corfu, and the 12th Lancers at Hounslow for four years (turning it from a mediocre band to a professional band).

While serving with the 12th Lancers, Hartmann was invited with his regiment to serve the Duke of Cambridge in Aldershot, Leeds, and Manchester. He did this until a requirement to be enlisted in the military forced him to choose to end his career.

Afterwards he returned to Germany, and not liking it, retired again in England, doing compositions and arrangements of music for British publishing companies.

Here are some of the solos that brass band players will be familiar with:

· Arbucklenian Polka

· Facilita

· La Belle Americaine

· Lizzie Polka

· My Old Kentucky Home

· Pretty Jane, Grand Fantasy

· The Return

· Tom Bowling, Grand Fantasy

On this week’s show we are featuring his Fantasia Brilliante ‘Robin Adair’ played by euphonium soloist Sydney Poole with the CWS (Manchester) Band conducted by Alex Mortimer in 1960.

Playlist 24 March 2019
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
The Cantonian March - Ian Clarke Amsterdam Staff Band (The Netherlands) BM: Olaf Ritman - 2013
The Snaring of the Sun - Stephen Roberts Ebbw Valley Brass MD: Gareth Ritter - 2015
Coronation Scot (the theme from the radio programme Paul Temple) - Vivian Ellis arr: Roy Newsome National Brass Band of New Zealand MD: Rodney G Sutton - 1980
The Water Margin (the theme tune to the TV programme) - Mashru Satu Leyland Band MD: Richard Evans - 1980
Bone Idyll - Derek Bourgeois Trombone Soloist Brett Baker with the Williams Fairey Band MD: Bryan Hurdley - 1996
Dancing in the Park - Peter Graham National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain MD: Roy Newsome - 1995
Hoedown from Rodeo - Aaron Copland arr: Howard Snell National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain MD: Roy Newsome - 1995
Gala-Polka - Wemer Knopfel Brass Band Frohsinn Schötz (Switzerland) MD: Ernst Balli - 1997
Eyes of a Child - Jalkeus / Larsen Flugel Horn Soloist Allan Withington with the Stavanger Band (Norway) MD: Jacob Vilhelm Larsen - 2011
All Glorious - Dorothy Gates New York Staff Band (USA) BM: Ron Waiksnoris - 2015
Credo - Lorne Barry Mississauga Temple Band of the Salvation Army (Canada) BM: David Moulton - 2003
Robin Adair - John Hartmann Euphonium Soloist Sydney Poole with the CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1960
Main theme from Star Wars - John Williams arr: Philip Harper Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2017
Duel of the Fates - John Williams arr: Andrew Duncan Vocalists Only Men Aloud with Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2017
Fugue from the Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra - Benjamin Britten arr: David Childs Foden's Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2017
Creepy Trombones - Bertrand Moren Trombone Soloists Jeremie Favre, Lucas Llor & Lionel Fumeaux with the La Condordia Vertroz (Switzerland) MD: Bertrand Moren - 2018
Escape Velocity - Martin Cordner Amsterdam Staff Band (The Netherlands) BM: Olaf Ritman - 2013
Bubbles - Derek Broadbent Cornet Soloists Sonja Rolli & Markus Hunkeler with the Brass Band Frohsinn Schötz (Switzerland) MD: Ernst Balli - 1997
Rufford Abbey - Drake Rimmer St Dennis Band MD: Eddie Williams - 1971
St Austell Suite 3Mvt St Austell Band - Kenneth Downie Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: David Hirst - 2002
Rolling Along - William Himes Enfield Citadel Band BM: James Williams - 2003
Carnival Of The Animals - Finale - Saint Seans arr: Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1983
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

Enjoy the show...