*
banner

CD review: Aldbourne Rejoicing

Conductors: Glyn Williams, Ivan Meylemans
Soloists: Richard Hughes, Cerys Mair Hughes, Hayley Beynon, Robert Marsh, Danny Jones
World of Sound Recordings: WOS172


There has been a great deal for the Aldbourne Band to rejoice about in recent years.

In 2022 the Wiltshire band claimed a second West of England top-flight Area title (their first was in 1981), as well as securing a podium finish at the British Open. Further endorsements of their elite level credentials have been heard at the National Finals (a third appearance in four years in 2023) with a Brass in Concert debut later this year.

They have come a long way since their formation around 1861, with their musical progress backed by the indefatigable (and successful) support of a legion of ‘Friends’ who raised the funds for this celebration recording aimed very much at future concert audiences.

Caught the ears

It is entirely appropriate then that their historic British Open performance of ‘The World Rejoicing’  under Ivan Meylemans closes the release – and a fine reminder it is too of an interpretation of notable stylistic subtlety and assuredness that caught the ears of the judges on the day.

It is entirely appropriate then that their historic British Open performance of ‘The World Rejoicing’  under Ivan Meylemans closes the release – and a fine reminder it is too of an interpretation of notable stylistic subtlety and assuredness that caught the ears of the judges on the day.

Elsewhere a confident band under Glyn Willaims is on fine form on a host of easy listening concert favourites (recorded with the right touch of resonance at their local Memorial Hall) with a spectrum of styles and genres from the sprightly opening ‘Candide’  overture to the finale from Philip Harper’s Tintin inspired ‘Explorers on the Moon’.

Fizz and excitement

There is a cartoon fizz to ‘The Incredibles’  and Saturday morning pictures excitement from the pen of John Williams with ‘Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra’  and ‘The Cowboys Overture’.  ‘Elephant Patrol’  and ‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’  are nimbly delivered. 

The quintet of soloists showcase their control and cultured musicality: ‘Pater Noster’  is tenderly shaped by Richard Hughes while Danny Jones gives ‘Shylock’  a characterful polka outing. 

The quintet of soloists showcase their control and cultured musicality:

Robert Marsh and Hayley Beynon offer stylish focus on the classics of ‘All I Ask of You’  and ‘One Day in Your Life’  respectively. Cerys Mair Hughes is the pick though - giving ‘Misty’  a lovely sense of liquidity. 

As a CD to showcase quality there is nothing too taxing or demanding, but this type of polished quality deserves to gain yet more concert friends as well as contest accolades in the future.

Iwan Fox


To purchase:  http://www.aldbourneband.org.uk/v2/category/cd/

Play list

1. Overture to Candide (Bernstein arr. Snell)
2. Pater Noster (Lundberg)
Soloist: Richard Hughes

3. The Incredibles (Giacchino arr. Harper)
4. Misty (Burke/Garner arr. Barry)
Soloist: Cerys Mair Hughes

5. The Cowboys Overture (Williams arr. Sykes)
6. One Day in Your Life (Armand/Brown arr. Barry)
Soloist: Hayley Beynon

7. Let’s Face the Music and Dance (Berlin arr. Richards)
8. All I Ask of You (Lloyd Webber arr. Mowat)
Soloist: Robert Marsh

9. Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra (Williams arr. van der Woude)
10. Elephant Patrol (Harper)
11. Shylock - Polka Brilliante (Lear arr. Griffiths)
Soloist: Danny Jones

12. Explorers on the Moon: Final movement – The Journey Home (Raphael)
13. The World Rejoicing (Symphonic Variations on a Lutheran Chorale) (Gregson)

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    



Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 24 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3


PEMBERTON OLD WIGAN DW BRASS BANDS - Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra

Friday 7 June • St. Michaels Church. Duke street. Wigan WN1 2BJ


Wotton-under-Edge Silver Band - Foden's Band

Sunday 23 June • Renishaw Innovation Centre,. New Mills, Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge,. Gloucestershire GL12 8JR


West Midlands Police Band - Sovereign Brass and Brett Baker (Trombone)

Sunday 23 June • Tipton Green Methodist Church. Park Lane West. Tipton. Sandwell. DY1 4QF


Brass Bands England - Youth Fest 2024

Friday 28 June • Barnsley Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2HZ


Crewe Brass

May 17 • Crewe Brass are looking for a TENOR HORN (position negotiable) to join our highly motivated 4th section band. We are a very welcoming and sociable band, with a positive outlook and a reasonably busy calendar of engagements. Other enquiries are welcome.


Longridge Band

May 16 • The Longridge Band (NW Championship Section) has an exciting opportunity for a solo euphonium player to join us.. . The band rehearses on a Wednesday and Friday evening in our own bandroom in the centre of Longridge, 10 mins from J31A on the M6..


Crewe Brass

May 16 • Crewe Brass are looking for KIT and TUNED PERC players to join our highly motivated 4th section band. We are a very welcoming and sociable band, with a positive outlook and a reasonably busy calendar of engagements. Other enquiries are welcome.


Sandy Smith


Conductor, teacher, adjudicator and arranger


               

 © 2024 4barsrest.com Ltd