Golden Age of Radio

Household Division Music Festival 2019
Band of the Coldstream Guards
Conductors: Major Paul Norley & WO2 Claire Lawrence
Guards Chapel
Tuesday 25th June

Six trumpets summoned the audience for a celebration of the 'Golden Age of Radio'.

Gordon Jacob's setting of the 'National Anthem' was followed by a 'Homage Fanfare from the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth 1953', the first occasion such an event had been broadcast.

The band continued with 'Imperial Echoes' (of Radio Newsreel fame), before a selection of the music of Eric Coates which included 'London Again', 'Calling all Workers' and 'In Town Tonight', arranged by former Coldstream Director of Music Trevor Sharpe.

Much loved

WO2 Claire Lawrence took over the baton for the 'Berceuse from the Dolly Suite' which introduced the much loved ‘Listen with Mother’ series. L/Cpl Nick Mott then presented a fine account of Purcell's 'Trumpet Tune & Air'.

'Coronation Scot' was the theme music for Paul Temple, whilst 'On Ilkla Moor Baht'at' typified the English folk songs used for Tommy Handley's ITMA. Of more recent provenance was 'At the Sign of the Swinging Cymbal', used for ‘Pick of the Pops’.

Arnold Steck was the pen name of Lesley Statham, underwhich he wrote 'Sports Special'. Rob Wiffin's 'Sounds of 40', had no links with specific programmes, but much of the music would have been frequently broadcast.

It included music from 'Fantasia' -'Sorcerer's Apprentice' and 'Rite of Spring', together with 'When You Wish Upon a Star', 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' and 'Gone with the Wind'.

Sleepy Lagoon

The trombone quartet 'Spanish Gypsy Dance' was first broadcast by the Munn & Felton Band in 1962, and has probably not been played since. In contrast, 'By the Sleepy Lagoon' has been heard every week as the music for ‘Desert Island Discs’. 

The dashing deeds of Dick Barton  - Special Agent, were recalled by 'Devil's Galop', whilst 'Early One Morning' marked the handover from the World Service to Radio 4 in the early hours.

'John Peel' incorporated hunting calls and woodwind solos before the audience was invited to join in 'Land of Hope and Glory'. The 'Galop from William Tell' preceded the traditional close with 'The Music Makers' and 'Milanollo'.

Peter Bale

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    

Black Dyke Band - Macmillan Theatre, Bridgwater

Sunday 18 August • The McMillan Theatre, Bath Road, Bridgwater,Somerset TA6 4PZ

Regent Hall Concerts - Ensemble Sauterelle (french horns and male voices)

Friday 23 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

Sandhurst Silver Band - Music in the Memorial Park

Sunday 25 August • Sandhurst Memorial Park, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst GU47 9DP

Foden's Band - Sandbach

Monday 26 August • The Wheatsheaf, Sandbach, 1 Hightown, Sandbach CW11 1AG

Black Dyke Band - Scarborough Spa

Saturday 31 August • South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD

Band of the Gloucestershire Constabulary

August 18 • We require Front Row CORNETS including PRINCIPAL for a friendly, welcoming, non-contesting band with a sensible diary of public engagements including prestigious performances at venues such as Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey.

Stannington Brass Band

August 18 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb TUBA player to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests

Corby Silver Band

August 17 • We have vacancies for solo cornet, back row cornet and 1st horn. . We are a 3rd section band based in Northamptonshire in the East Midlands. . Rehearsals 8pm - 10pm Monday & Wednesday held in our own band club. We do not charge any subs.

Paul Andrews

Conductor, Band trainer, Adjudicator, Instrument Repairer - Brasstoff


 © 2019 4barsrest.com Ltd