Various Artists – A Festival Of Brass from the Royal Albert Hall (1972)

FrontCover1The sound  of sucess as it rang out in London´s Royal Albert Hall, has been captured in this special recording that followed the 1872 W.D. & H.O. Wills Brass Band Championships.

The concert itself came as the climax of a year of regional elimination contests, in which more then 300 bands entered for a chance to compete for the supreme title in the London Finals.

The bandsmen´s individual musical contributuions were unified under the batons of

Harry Mortimer

Harry Mortimer

two of Britain´s most celebrated conductors, Harry Mortimer and Sir Vivian Dunn.

The former is well known to the public as a conductor of the world famous “Men o´Brass” team, of which City of Coventry is a part. This record features the first performance of Gordon Langford´s “New World Fantasy”, which is sure to become an item to be associated witht he maestro for many years to come.

Sir Vivian Dunn, a former Director of Music of the Royal Marines, conducts his own personal tribute to the principal guest at the Wills championships – the Mountbatten March.

Sir Vivian Dunn

Sir Vivian Dunn

Personnel:

City Of Coventry Band – G.U.S. Footwear Band – Ramsome Hoffman Pollard Band – Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band -The Silver Trumpets Of The Royal Marines School Of Music – The Luton´s Choir and Rhapsody Chorus (under the direction of Arthur Davies)
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Harry Mortimer (conductor)
Sir Vivian Dunn (conductor)
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David Bell (organ)

BackCover1Tracklist:
01. Fanfare Supreme Command (Dunn) 1.49
02. Crown Imperial March (Walton) 6.06
03. Ruy Blas Overture (Mendelssohn) 6.36
04. Prelude, Act I (from Carmen) (Bizet) 2.16
05. Halleluja Chorus  (from Messiah) (Händel) 4.14
06. The Moauntbatten March (Dunn) 3.18
07. Jesu, Jof Of Man´s Desiring (Bach) 3.42
08. New World Fantasy (Langford) 5.19
09. Little Lisa (Warr) 2.49
10. Gypsy Chorus (from Carmen) (Bizet) 4.04
11. Inward Christian Soldiers (Baring/Gould/Sullivan) 2.02

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