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WAR MEMORIALS

Tredegar Town Band
Ian Porthouse conductor
Cory Band
Philip Harper conductor
Robert Childs conductor


NMC D226

D226 Cover • Cory Band has been the number one ranked brass band in the world for the past eight years. Based in the Rhondda Valley, Wales, it was founded in 1884. In 2016 the band reclaimed its European Champions title in Lille, France.

• The Tredegar Town Band are 2016 Welsh Champions and Double British Open Champions. The band appeared in the BAFTA winning fi lm Pride featuring Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton.

• Both bands will be competing in the British Open Championships (Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 10 September) and the National Brass Band Championships (Royal Albert Hall, London, 8 October)

• Britten's Occasional Overture was written as a fanfare to launch BBC Radio 3 (then called the BBC Third Programme) 70 years ago on 29 September 1946. BBC Radio 3 Celebrates its 70th Anniversary throughout September.


The period between the two world wars was one of the richest in music composed for brass bands.   Elgar, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Herbert Howells, Arthur Bliss, John Ireland and others added their voices to a growing repertoire, but little of that paid tribute to the loss of so many young lives, countless brass musicians among them.   The musical war memorials receiving their first recorded performances here are of more recent vintage.   They are framed by the music of Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), whose pacifist sympathies are enshrined in some of his finest music, the War Requiem being the most well known.


TRACK LISTING

01. Benjamin Britten (arr. Hindmarsh)
      Occasional Overture     742
      Tredegar Town Band • Ian Porthouse conductor

02. Robin Holloway
      Men Marching (War Memorial No 1) Op 50 No 1     1111
      Cory Band • Philip Harper conductor

03. Lucy Pankhurst
      Voices (In Memoriam)     1043
      Tredegar Town Band • Ian Porthouse conductor

04. Robin Holloway
      From Hills and Valleys (War Memorial No 2) Op 50 No 2     1320
      Cory Band • Philip Harper conductor

05. John McCabe
      The Maunsell Forts (Nocturne for brass band)     1629
      Cory Band • Robert Childs conductor

06-13.Britten, Higgins, Pankhurst, Dobson, McGhee
      Diversions after Benjamin Britten and St. Edmundsbury Fanfare     1927
      Tredegar Town Band • Ian Porthouse conductor



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