2018 Spring Concert
photographs courtesy Tim Fearon
Army of the Nile – Kenneth J Alford Major Frederick Joseph Ricketts composed under the pseudonym Kenneth J Alford. He wrote many marches which are considered great examples of the genre, his most famous being Colonel Bogey. Composed in 1941, Army of the Nile is dedicated to General Wavell for halting the advance of the Axis powers in Egypt.
La Forza del Destino – Giuseppe Verdi arr. Lake-Kent Verdi’s Opera, The Force of Destiny was first performed in 1862. Both the Opera and the Overture, which we hear tonight, have become something of a staple with orchestras and bands alike.
A Tribute to Harry James – arr. Naohiro Iwai Solo Len Hodgkiss American trumpeter, band leader and actor, Harry James was something of a superstar prior to World War Two. As well as playing jazz, his band crossed over into mainstream pop having several big hits such as Ciribiribin and Sleepy Lagoon. His final performance was just nine days before his death in 1983.
Belle of the Ball – Leroy Anderson Composed in 1951, Leroy Anderson looked upon this as an American take on the Viennese waltz. It is typically playful and effervescent in a way that only Anderson’s music can be.
Sarabande from Clavier Suite in A major – Tamsin Jones An original composition and a premier performance, arranged by the composer for the Kendal Concert Band. A Sarabande is a stately dance in three time. Of Spanish origin, it was banned in Spain in 1583 before spreading to Italy and France in the 17th century, where it became a slow court dance and a staple of baroque composers.
Deep Purple Medley – arr. Toshihiko Sahashi Deep Purple had some success in the late 60’s, but it wasn’t until the 1970 album, “In Rock”, that the band found their sound. From then on, along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple forged a genre of music that went on to become known as Heavy Metal. In this arrangement we hear three of the bands hits – Burn, Highway Star and perhaps the bands most well-known song, Smoke on the Water.
Amazing Grace – arr. William Himes “Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.”
Caravan – arr. Richard Saucedo The first recorded version of this song was in 1936 by members of the Duke Ellington orchestra, who recorded under the name of Barney Bigard and his Jazzopaters, and has become a “jazz standard”. In this arrangement Richard Saucedo has given it a distinctly Samba feel.
Crown Imperial – Walton arr. J Bocook Deriving its title from William Dunbar’s poem “In Honour of the City of London”, this march was first performed at the coronation of King George VI in 1937 and again at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
INTERVAL with Raffle Draw
Propulsion – Robert Buckley The action of driving or pushing forwards!
Ouverture pour les Paques – Tamsin Jones Another original arranged for the band by the composer and given its premier performance this evening here in Grange over Sands.
Encanto – Robert W. Smith Robert Smith is one of the most popular and prolific composers of concert band music in America today, with over 600 publications in print. Encanto (Spanish for charm) opens with a full brass fanfare before leading to an infectious rhythmic statement.
Shepherd’s Song – arr. Goff Richards The “Chants d’Auvergne” (songs from the Auvergne) were a collection of French folk songs arranged for soprano voice and piano between 1923 and 1930 by Joseph Canteloube. The best known of these is the “Bailero”, here arranged beautifully by Goff Richards.
Skyliner – Charlie Barnett arr. Jerome Thomas In 1939 Barnett had a hit with Ray Noble’s Cherokee before going on to having a hit with his own composition “Skyliner” in 1944.
Two Cats Duet – Attrib. Rossini We are a friendly band, but even friends can have a falling out now and again. Let’s hope they make up!
Elegy from A Downland Suite – John Ireland arr. Ray Steadman Allan Originally composed for the 1932 National Brass Band Championships, it has gone on to be arranged for various other groups including string orchestras. It is a depiction of the composers love of the Sussex Downs.
West Side Story – Bernstein arr. M Sweeney and M Brown A modern reimagining of the story of star crossed lovers featuring Somewhere, America and Mambo. I challenge you not to tap your feet!
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral – Wagner arr. Cailliet Full of medieval pageantry, Elsa’s procession prefaces her betrothal to Lohengrin, mystic Knight of the Holy Grail.