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War Memorials: Music for Brass Band

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

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Occasional Overture, Op. 38 (arr. by P. Hindmarsh)
Paul Hindmarsh; Benjamin Britten; Tredegar Town Band; Ian Porthouse
War Memorial, Op. 50  
No. 1. Men Marching
Robin Holloway; Cory Band; Philip Harper
Voices (In Memoriam)
Lucy Pankhurst; Tredegar Town Band; Ian Porthouse
No. 2. From Hills and Valleys
Robin Holloway; Cory Band; Philip Harper
The Maunsell Forts
John McCabe; Cory Band; Robert Childs
St. Edmundsbury Fanfare I
Benjamin Britten; Tredegar Town Band; Ian Porthouse
Diversions (After B. Britten's Diversions, Op. 21)  
No. 1. Prelude: His Depth (Lucy Pankhurst)
Lucy Pankhurst; Tredegar Town Band; Ian Porthouse
St. Edmundsbury Fanfare II
Benjamin Britten; Tredegar Town Band; Ian Porthouse
No. 2. Scherzo: His Vitality (Simon Dobson)
Simon Dobson; Tredegar Town Band; Ian Porthouse
St. Edmundsbury Fanfare III
Benjamin Britten; Tredegar Town Band; Ian Porthouse
No. 3. March: His Sympathy (Paul McGee)
Paul McGee; Tredegar Town Band; Ian Porthouse
St. Edmundsbury Fanfare IV
Benjamin Britten; Tredegar Town Band; Ian Porthouse
No. 4. Toccata: His Skill (Gavin Higgins)
Gavin Higgins; Tredegar Town Band; Ian Porthouse
Total Playing Time    78:52
Ian Porthouse conducts the Tredegar Town Band while Phillip Harper and Robert Childs lead the Cory Band on this rich collection of music for brass. The period between the two World Wars was prolific for brass with names like Elgar, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Herbert Howells, Arthur Bliss, John Ireland and others adding their voices to a growing repertoire. Unfortunately few of their compositions paid tribute to the loss of so many young lives, countless brass players among them. The War Memorials receiving their first recorded performances here are of more recent vintage, framed by Benjamin Britten, whose pacifist sympathies are enshrined in some of his finest works, the War Requiem being the most famous.
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Occasional Overture, Voices (In Memoriam), Diversions After Benjamin Britten and St. Edmundsbury Fanfare were recorded on January 23, 2016 at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun, Aberdare, Wales Recording engineer: Richard Scott (World of Sound) War Memorials Nos. 1 & 2 were recorded in July 2016, Parc Hall, Cwm-Parc, Wales Recording engineer: Melissa Dee (World of Sound) The Maunsell Forts was recorded January 2010 by BBC Radio 3 at the Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass, Manchester Recording engineer: Tim Archer Recording producer: Paul Hindmarsh Executive producer for NMC: Colin Matthews

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