Gala Charity Concert. 6th December 2003 - Music Programme
|Grand March from 'Aïda'
Trumpets - Laura Gregory & Elspeth Hackett
arr. Denis Wright
|'A Children's Overture'
Featuring a Kid’s Quiz !
arr. Denis Wright
|Bugler's Holiday (Cornet Trio)
Featuring: James Gordon, Roger Bleach
& Maggie Stallybrass
arr. Roger Barsotti
& Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone||John Williams
arr. Steve Sykes
Flugel Horn -Sarah Smith
|Hodie (A Christmas Selection||arr. Michael Gray|
|Florentiner Marshe||Julius Fucik
|Concerto for Oboe
Themed by John Barbirolli
|Sleigh Ride||Leroy Anderson
arr. Ernest Tomlinsoni
|Someone to Watch Over Me
|A Christmas Holiday Festival
Featuring Emma Gray, James Gordon,
Lauren Staddon, and children
|arr. Michael Gray|
|The opening two pieces in tonight’s concert
are arrangements by Dr Denis Wright,
(as stated in the foreward earlier)
of CPB during a successful spell during
1920’s and 1930’s.
The Grand March from ‘Aida’ is the well known march from Verdi’s opera ‘Aida’ which was premiered at La Scala, Milan in 1871.
A Children’s Overture is a collection of children’s favourite nursery rhyme tunes pulled together by Roger Quilter (1877-1953), who was a renowned English song composer of his time, who had one of his early works Songs of the Sea premiered at the Crystal Palace in March 1901. Originally an orchestral piece, this was subsequently arranged for brass band by Dr Denis Wright.
Our cornet trio feature for tonight comes from the pen of Leroy Anderson (1908-1975), an American composer of distinctive and delightful miniatures who had a close association with the Boston Pops Orchestra for many years. His best-known works include Sleigh Ride (also featured tonight), The Syncopated Clock and Blue Tango.
Following a couple of popular Christmas tunes, which feature the vocal talents of one of our local primary schools, is a selection of music from the first Harry Potter movie, composed by John Williams. His film music credits extend from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars and Superman, through to the Indiana Jones trilogy, Jurassic Park and the evocative music from Schindler’s List.
As a tribute to Nina Simone, the jazz songstress who died in April this year, we feature a bluesy Flugel solo of Nina’s Feelin’ Good.
The title of the piece to close our first half (Hodie) originates from the Latin term to depict the event of the birth of Christ. This piece features a medley of popular Christmas tunes.
The Czech composer and military orchestra conductor Julius Fucik (1872-1916) began composing under Antonín Dvorák. He is most widely known for his march Entry of the Gladiators (used at many circuses). But the march we’re playing tonight as our second half opener is almost as popular, having featured in the 1996 hit film Brassed Off.
The “Corelli” Oboe Concerto is a collection of themes from the Italian Baroque violinist-composer Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) which was formed into a concerto for oboe and strings by the renowned conductor of the Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli (1899-1970) for his wife Evelyn Rothwell and published in 1947. Tonight’s transcription by Mike Gray has skilfully replaced the string accompaniment with brass.
George Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me is the first of our two solo vocal features tonight, and originates from the show Oh Kay!, which was first performed on Broadway in 1926, with Gertrude Lawrence as the star. The show was based on a book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse of the same name, with a plot which included mistaken identities, bootleggers, and, of course, triumphant love.
Rejoice Greatly comes from George Frederick Handel’s epic work The Messiah, where the soprano vocal is paired up with an oboe obligato passage to great effect.
To round off tonight’s concert we have a sing-along medley of more Christmas favourites in the shape of A Christmas Holiday Festival, in which we invite you to participate.