Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 5 August 2018


Hello Brass Banders

I hope you are all managing to cope with the ongoing sunshine. It will make a change to have very few if any park concerts cancelled owing to the weather this year.

I have some wonderful musical treats for you today. As always we have a few bands on the show from far and wide and some cracking good soloists. One in particular withstand out with an old cornet solo written by Drake Rimmer. I would be surprised to hear if it is played that often now, but would I am sure be a test and deserves putting on the stand again having stood the test of time.

Roger Barsotti - was born in London in 1901, he was taught by his father, Luigi Barsotti, a professional musician and one-time professor of the Milan Conservatoire. Roger made his debut at the age of fourteen as a deputy flautist with the Hastings Municipal Orchestra. Joining the Buffs as a bandboy in 1916, he was promoted to Band Sergeant at the age of twenty-two. On passing out of the Royal School of Music, Kneller Hall in 1930 he was appointed Bandmaster of 2nd Battalion The Queen's Royal Regiment, a position he held for fifteen years. A photograph taken in 1937 shows the band to have been 52 strong, though by that time war clouds were gathering and the bandsmen were preparing to take up their secondary role.

Mr Barsotti's industry and leadership were such that, within a few months of the outbreak of war, he had built a new band at the Regimental Depot capable of playing for all occasions.

On retirement from the Army, after nearly thirty years service, he was appointed Director of Music to the Metropolitan Police Band in 1946. In 1958 and 1960 he had the honour of being asked to adjudicate at the UK National Brass Band Championships held at the Royal Albert Hall. He was awarded the MBE in the Birthday Honours in 1961. Retiring from the Metropolitan Police Band in October 1968, he became Director of Music for the Royal Parks for some time. He died in 1986 after a prolonged illness.

His compositions include over thirty marches and over forty concert selections. Some of his best-known and most familiar works include specialized production (mood) music.

We are featuring from his extensive music catalogue a rarely performed overture....

Enjoy the show.....

Playlist 5 August 2018
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
True North - Kevin Norbury The Household Troops Band of the Salvation Army BM: Carl Saunders - 2018
The Shipbuilders (1: Web of Steel 2: The Launching 3: All Hands at Work 4: Maiden Voyage) - Peter Yorke Sun Life Stanshawe Band MD: Bryan Hurdley - 1994
Mountains of Mourne - Traditional arr: Collinson French Euphonium Soloist John Clough with the Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1973
Abram's Praise - Leonard Ballantine Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army (Canada) BM: John Lam - 2011
Westminster Waltz - Robert Farnon Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: David Hirst - 1994
Ballet Egyptien Op12 (3rd and 4th movements) - Alexandre Luigini arr: Drake Rimmer Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain MD: Eric Ball - 1976
Nibelungen March - Richard Wagner arr Gregor Grant Brighouse and Rastrick MD: Jeremy Wise - 1994
Starlight - Drake Rimmer Cornet Soloist Brian Cooling with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: George Thompson - 1967
Flying Buttresses from Cathedral Architecture for Organ and Brass Band - John Burge Organist William O'Meara and the Hannaford Street Silver Band (Canada) MD: Raymond Tizzard - 2013
The Moray Firth March - John MacKenzie Kirkintilloch Band MD: Frank Renton - 1997
Ben Hur - March of the Charioteers - Miklos Rosa arr: Steve Sykes Grimethorpe Colliery (UK Coal) Band MD: Garry Cutt - 2001
Overture Prince Igor - Alexander Glazunov arr: Roger Barsotti City of Coventry MD: Albert Chappell - 1973
Paris Le Soir (Paris - the Evening) - W. Hogarth Lear Trumpet Soloist Philippe Schartz (Luxembourg) with the Buy as you View Cory Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2003
Fanfare and Flourishes - James Curnow Wardle Academy Youth Band MD: Lee Rigg - 2018
Sunrise Over Blue Ridge - Dan Price The Household Troops Band of the Salvation Army BM: Carl Saunders - 2018
Brass Dynamics - Franco Cesarini Desford Colliery Band MD: Jan De Haan - 1992
Coronation Anthem: Zadock The Priest - Handel Arr: Geoffrey Brand Massed Bands Black Dyke Mills, Fairey, GUS (Footwear), Yorkshire Imperial Metals Bands, the York Celebration Choir and organist Christopher Dearnley - Guest MD: George Hurst (Choir Master) - Royal Albert Hall - 1972
Gershwin for Brass arr: Stephen Duro Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: George Thompson - 1970
Choose Freedom - Kenneth Downie Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2001
The Jaguar - Goff Richards Durham Constabulary Band MD: Dennis Noble - 1993
Flashlight - Jan van der Roost Brass Band Midden Brabant MD: Jan van der Roost - 1994
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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