Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 3 February 2019


Hello Brass Banders

I hope you are managing to avoid the bad weather and keeping warm. My radio show is played out in Australia and the radio station owner was telling me that whilst our weather is close to and below freezing they are going through daily temperatures of 35 to 40 degrees with an expectation it will go beyond that.

This week's show has bands from far and wide including a brass band from Germany. The musical director informed me that the band was well placed in the Challenger Section in the European Brass Band Championships last year.

Lawrence Wright (15 February 1888 – 19 May 1964) was a British popular music composer and publisher. He was born in Leicester and opened a music shop in the city in 1906. A short time later his first song, "Down by The Stream", was published, and by 1912 he had established the Lawrence Wright Music Co in Denmark Street, London. Wright went on to write (or co-write) over 600 songs under his own name and as Horatio Nicholls, including the World War I propaganda song "Are We Downhearted? No!” and would receive an Ivor Novello Award in 1962 for Outstanding Contribution to British Popular Music. He was one of the very rare composers of popular music in this period to make a substantial amount of money - it had not been unusual to see composers who had written dozens of hits die in poverty

In 1927, Wright appeared in a short film made in the De Forest Phonofilm with excerpts of his revue Sensations of 1927.

His 1927 collaboration with Edgar Leslie, "Among My Souvenirs", has been covered by artists including Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, and Connie Francis. Wright founded Melody Maker magazine in 1926. He moved to Blackpool in the early 1920s and became a show promoter. Running "On with the Show" on the North Pier for a record-breaking 32 years (1924 - 1956). He lived in a mock castle house, later called the Castle Casino, on Blackpool's North Promenade. After he began using a wheelchair, he moved to a bungalow in Carlin Gate. After being sold, many items of memorabilia were discovered at the address including posters, bills, letters, sheet music and musical scores.

In 1930 he composed Amy, Wonderful Amy, a song about Amy Johnson.

On this week’s show we feature the poplar brass band march compilation Cavalcade of Martial Songs which was arranged for band by Gordon Mackenzie.

Playlist 3 February 2019
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Senator March - George Allan CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer -
Fire in the Blood - Paul Lovatt-Cooper Ensemble De Cuivre Melodia (Switzerland) MD: Vincent Baroni - 2016
Café Taberna - Dean Jones Brass Band De Waldsang (The Netherlands) MD: Rieks van der Velde
Procession of the Sardar from the Caucasian Sketches - Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov arr: Philip Sparke BNFL Band MD: Richard Evans -1997
Songs In The Heart - Erik Leidzen Cornet Soloist David Daws with the Enfield Citadel Band BM: James Williams - 1995
Raby March - George Allan Ransome Hoffman and Pollard Band MD: Dennis Masters - 1971
Vain Resistance - Olaf J. Ritman Amsterdam Staff Band of the Salvation Army (The Netherlands) BM: Olaf Ritman - 2016
Fascination - Fermo Dante Marchetti arr: Raphael Mendez ed: Steve Hubbard Cornet Soloist Steve Hubbard with the Durham Constabulary Band MD: Dennis Noble - 1993
Intrada: 'Ein Feste Burg' - Luther arr: Ray Farr Eikanger Bjorsvik Band (Norway) MD: Ray Farr - 1995
Cavalcade of Martial Songs - Horatio Nicholls arr: Gordon Mackenzie Black Dyke Band MD: James Watson - 1995
Brasilia - Robin Dewhurst Trombone Soloist Kevin Lea with the Brass Band Regensburg (Germany) MD: David Lea - 2017
Overture to the Opera Rienzi - Richard Wagner arr: Howard Lorriman Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2005
Pandora - Eugene Demare Cornet Soloist Derek Garside with the CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1963
Simple Gifts (Lord of the Dance) - arr: Ray Steadman Allen International Staff Band of the Salvation Army BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb
Dance of the Tumblers - Rimsky Korsakov arr: Stanley Boddington Salford University Band MD: David King - 1997
Titania Polka - William Rimmer Cornet Soloist Arthur Laycock with the St Hilda Colliery Band MD:
Lisbon Carnival - Gilbert Vinter Williams Fairey Engineering Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1993
Psalms and Alleluias - Philip Wilby Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2009
Into the Fire from the musical Scarlet Pimpernel - Frank Wildhorn arr: Brian Bowen Vocalist Jason McCann with the Sellers Engineering Band MD: Philip McCann - 2004
Valero - James Swearington arr: Sandy smith The Household Troops Band of the Salvation Army BM: Carl Saunders - 2018
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

Enjoy the show