Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 7 July 2019


Hello Brass Banders

Well, I have a right old mix for you this week. The bands are almost all from overseas. New Zealand, Switzerland, USA, Australia, Austria, Norway, Canada and of course some wonderful home grown bands from here in the UK.

Maurice Johnstone was born at 8 Albert Road, Didsbury, Manchester, on 28th July 1900, son of Edward Johnstone, an Insurance Manager, and Mary Whitmore Johnstone (nee Welch).

He attended St George’s School, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, a co-educational independent school, as a boarder, from 1913 to 1918, and then, in his last year, as a day pupil. He became a school prefect that year. He studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music, later renamed The Royal Northern College of Music, from October 1919 till April 1922. There, he met his first wife Helen (nee Jackson), a violinist, whom he married in 1923.

In the summer of 1921, he did some music criticism for the Manchester City News, a local, weekly newspaper which focused on general news and commercial topics but also had some arts reviews.

From May 1922 till March 1923 Johnstone studied composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music in London. He spent 1923-32 working in various shops, including Forsyth’s, the famous Manchester music shop, where he was employed in the record department and as a freelance journalist. Michael Kennedy, writing in ‘The Halle Tradition’, mentions that in 1925 ‘advertisements appeared in the programmes for the 1925-6 Halle Season for ‘a musical bookshop in Deansgate, run by Mr Maurice Johnstone’.

He became secretary to Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932 and remained with him for three years.

From 1935 he worked in the BBC's Music Department, at first in London, then, between 1938 and 1953, as Head of the Corporation's North Region Music in Manchester. In 1953, when he was seconded to London to be Head of Music Programmes (Sound) in the newly formed Music Division, he returned to live in Harpenden.

He retired from the BBC in 1959 and continued to live in Harpenden till his death in April 1976. He was survived by his third wife, Marguerite and his three children, Valerie, Primrose and David.

On this week's show we are playing two tracks of his music - the march Pennine Way and Sea Dogs a concert overture.

Playlist 7 July 2019 Recording Details
Rhythm and Blues – Philip SparkeOpening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010​
March: The President - William German​
Dalewool Auckland Brass (New Zealand) MD: Nigel Weeks - 2001​
'The Nationals 2001 - Australian National Band Championships' - Muso's Media MM2--006 - 2001​
Masquerade for Brass Band - James Curnow​
Nationale Jugend Brass Band Der Schweiz (Switzerland) MD: James Watson - 1995​
'Anniversary' CD - Obrasso Recording CD850 - 1995​
Resurrection music from Symphony No.2 - Gustav Mahler arr: Chris Wormald​
Smithills School Senior Band MD: Chris Wormald - 2004​
'Ten Years at the Top (1994 - 2004) - CD - Smithills Senior & Bolton Sixth Form College CD10 - 2004​
Nola - Felix Arndt arr: Rich Ridenour and Patrick Sheridan​
Tuba Soloist Patrick Sheridan (USA) accompanied by Pianist Rich Ridenour - 1998​
'Lollipops' - CD - Summit Records DCD221- 1998​
I Know Thou Art Mine - Leonard Ballantine​
Kensington & Norwood Brass (Australia) MD: Bruce Raymond - 2005​
'Nationals - Australian Brass Band Championships - Adelaide 2005' - CD - MM2-016 - 2005​
Swing that Door - Bill Broughton​
Trombone Soloist Bill Broughton with the New York Staff Band (USA) BM: Ron Waiksnoris - 2005​
'New York Snapshots' - CD - Summit Records CD1014 - 2005
Main theme from Mission Impossible the Movie - Lalo Schifrin arr: Alan Fernie​
Oberaargauer Band (Austria) MD: Manfred Obrecht - 2005​
'Epic Film Themes' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD910 - 2005​
Flamenca - Jonathan Bates​
Cornet Soloist Jimmy Hayes with the Cooperative Funeralcare Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2013​
'A Second from Midnight Jim Hayes is Jonny Midnight' - CD - World of sound Recording WOS 051CD - 2013​
Prisms - Peter Graham​
Jolster Musikklag (Norway) MD: Arvind Anthon - 2017​
' Norwegian Brass Band Championships 2nd Section - 2017' - CD -​
Bombasto - Orion. R. Farrer arr: Alan Catherall​
Ever Ready Band MD: Stephen Malcolm - 2003​
'Completely Catherall' - CD - Doyen AMSCD066 - 2003​
March: Pennine Way - Maurice Johnstone... Signature march of Bickershaw Colliery Band​
Hepworth Band MD: Mark Peacock - 2014​
'Yorkshire Heritage' - CD - Mancrochem Recording - 2014​
Concert Overture - Sea Dogs - Maurice Johnstone​
Wingates Temperance Band MD: John Harrison - 1975​
'Flourishing Brass' - Vinyl - Polydor Recording 2400246 - 1975​
The Shepherd's Song - Cantaloupe arr: Goff Richards​
Cornet soloist Michele Stewart with the Belles of Brass (Australia) MD: Brian McGuinness - 2001​
'The Nationals 2001 - Australian National Band Championships' - Muso's Media MM2--006 - 2001​
Three Haworth Impressions - 1) Top Withens 2) Three Bells 3) The Worth Valley Railway - Gordon Langford​
Rigid Containers Group Band MD: John Berryman - 1994​
'English Landscapes' - CD - Harlequin Recordings HAR 1125CD - 1994​
Over the Sticks - Stanley Smith-Masters (AKA Edrich Siebert)​
CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1957​
'Music for Brass' - Vinyl 45 rpm - Paxton PEP145 - 1957​
Ancliffe in the Ballroom - Charles Ancliffe arr: Frank Wright​
GUS (Footwear) Band MD Stanley Boddington - 1972​
The GUS (Footwear) Band - The World Champions Play Marches And Waltzes' - Vinyl - Columbia ‎– TWO 364 - 1972​
Banjo and Fiddle - William Kroll arr: Thomas Ruedi​
Euphonium Soloist Thomas Ruedi with the Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern (Switzerland) MD: Ludwig Wicki - 2013​
'Elegie' CD - Obrasso Recording CD875 - 2013​
March: Castell Coch - T.J.Powell​
Emley Brass Band MD: Garry Hallas - 2010​
'From The Top' - CD - KMU Recording AVEIT 01 - 2010​
In Quiet Confidence - Kenneth Smith​
Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army (Canada) BM: John Lam - 2011​
'In Quiet Confidence' - CD - Independent Label - 2011​
Brazilian Dance - Guarnier arr: Howard Snell​
Eikanger Bjorsvik Musikklag Band (Norway) MD: Howard Snell - 1993​
'The Vikings' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD023 - 1993​
Bravest of the Brave - Bramwell Coles​
Hendon Citadel Band BM: Stephen Cobb - 1990​
'Marching with the Salvation Army' - CD - Bandleader ‎– BNA 5041 - 1990​
Rhythm and Blues – Philip SparkeClosing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010​

Enjoy the show.....

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