Tuesday 28 October 2014

A Festival of Music - Programme - 8th November 2014


  • Programme Overview
  • The Dam Busters
  • Mary Poppins
  • Zelda - Solo: Chris Cox
  • At Dawn They Slept
  • Sinatra in Concert
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Henry Mancini - A Concert Medley
  • Interval
  • Barnard Castle
  • Elegy
  • Miss Saigon
  • Frozen
  • October
  • Fiddler on the Roof
A Festival of Music
conducted by Stephen Bell
The Masque Theatre
7:30 Saturday 8th November 2014

The Dam Busters
Eric Coates – 1955
Arr. W J Duthoit
Coates is well known for his contribution to the film score for The Dam Busters (1954). He was unwilling to write the entire score when asked by the film's producers, but warmed to the idea of writing a signature march around which the rest of the film's score was based - in fact, he submitted a piece that he had recently completed, so the famous Dam Busters March was not itself composed with the film in mind. The final film score was completed by Leighton Lucas

Mary Poppins
Richard and Robert Sherman - 1963
Arr. Irwin Kostal
In its 50th anniversary year Disney’s Mary Poppins continues to delight audiences young and old.
The film received 13 Academy Award nominations and won 5 awards. This makes Mary Poppins the most Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated Disney film in history. Julie Andrews won an Oscar for Best Actress and Richard and Robert Sherman won Best Original Song for ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’.

A Spoonful of Sugar | I Love to Laugh | Jolly ‘Oliday | Step in Time | Chim Chim Cheree | Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious | Feed the Birds | Let’s Go Fly a Kite | The Derby (“Jolly Holiday” & “A Spoonful of Sugar” paraphrase)

Percy Code – 1928
Soloist: Chris Cox.
Edward Percival “Percy” Code was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1888 and grew up playing in a brass band which his father, Edward Thomas Code, conducted. He became a skilled cornet player and in 1910 he won the soloist prize at the grand Royal South Street Competition that was held in Ballarat. Several of his cornet solos were named after women, Lucille, Zanette, Miranda, and of course Zelda which is supposedly dedicated to a ballet dancer.
Zelda is undoubtedly the most famous of Codes cornet solos, expertly performed tonight by Chris Cox

At Dawn They Slept
Jay Bocook - 2002
Jay Bocook is a prolific composer and arranger of concert band music. This musical remembrance pays tribute to fallen heroes of that fateful day at Pearl Harbour that launched the USA into World War II. Opening with a peaceful, flowing woodwind melody, the day is heralded in by a lone bugler. Ominous undertones, powerful scoring, dissonant themes and bombastic percussion capture musically the chaos that followed. It's a powerful musical statement that concludes ultimately on an optimistic note that looks to a brighter future.

Sinatra in Concert
Various – Arr Jerry Nowak
This selection of four songs made famous by Frank Sinatra opens with ‘New York, New York’, originally sung by Liza Minnelli in the 1977 film of the same name that was a box-office flop. After retiring for the first time in 1971, two years later Frank Sinatra returned to work and recorded several albums and in 1980 had a top 40 hit with the song with slightly different words to the original.

New York, New York | It Was a Very Good Year | The Lady is a Tramp | My Way

Slumdog Millionaire 
Various – 2008
Arr. Jay Bocook
Winner of the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Original Score, and numerous other awards, this movie took the country by storm. The driving soundtrack of A.R. Rahman played a major part in bringing this powerful and uplifting story to the silver screen.

Songs: O, Saya | Aaj Ki Raat | Dreams on Fire | Jai Ho

Henry Mancini – A Concert Medley
Arr. John Moss
Pink Panther | Moon River | Baby Elephant Walk (1961-1963)

Mancini had a long collaboration with the film director Blake Edwards and won numerous Academy Awards for the songs in Edwards’ films, including “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This arrangement by John Moss sandwiches the melancholy of Moon River between the cheerful and goofy slices of The Pink Panther and Baby Elephant Walk


Barnard Castle
Goff Richards – 1982
Goff Richards, sometimes credited as Godfrey Richards, was a prominent English brass band arranger and composer. He was well known for his original brass compositions such as “Trailblaze”, “Doyen”, “Exploding Brass!” and the marches “The Jaguar” and “Barnard Castle”. He died on 25 June 2011 in Cheshire, following an illness, at the age of 66. Barnard Castle is a market town in Teesdale, County Durham, England. It is named after the castle around which it grew up.

Elegy (On an RAF Theme)
Barrie Hingley OBE – 1994
The original score for the Royal Air Force March Past was completed by Sir Walford Davis in 1918. The second part of the march, the trio, was composed by Sir George Dyson. It is this trio section that Wing Commander Barrie Hingley OBE used as inspiration for this reflective Elegy. Barrie is a former Principal Director of Music at the Royal Air Force and one of the service's most prolific composers.

Miss Saigon
Claude-Michel Schonberg - 1987
Arr. Warren Barker
Based on Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is relocated to the 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War, and Madame Butterfly's story of marriage between an American lieutenant and Japanese girl is replaced by a romance between an American GI and a Vietnamese bar girl. The musical was premièred at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, on 20 September 1989, closing after over four thousand performances, on 30 October 1999.
The show was revived this year on the West End in May.

The Heat is on In Saigon | Sun and Moon | Morning of the Dragon | The Last Night of the World | The American Dream | I Still Believe

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez – 2013
Arr. Stephen Bulla
Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale The Snow Queen this Disney animated film tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Frozen won two academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Let It Go").

Frozen Heart | Let It Go | Do You Want to Build a Snowman | For the First Time in Forever | Epilogue.

Eric Whitacre – 2000
Commissioned by the Nebraska Wind Consortium; Eric Whitacre composed October with the intention of evoking a peaceful musical representation of the month he has called his favourite, and the feelings this month evokes for him.
Whitacre writes in a programme note: "Something about the crisp autumn air and the subtle changes in light always make me a little sentimental, and as I started to sketch I felt the same quiet beauty in the writing. The simple, pastoral melodies and the subsequent harmonies are inspired by the great English Romantics, as I felt this style was also perfectly suited to capture the natural and pastoral soul of the season. I'm happy with the end result, especially because I feel there just isn't enough lush, beautiful music written for winds."

Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof
Jerry Bock – 1964
Arr. Ira Hearshen
The story of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ centers on the father of five daughters and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions, while outside influences encroach upon their lives. This selection mainly focuses on the instrumental music taken from the show and presents them in a series of dances.

Tradition | Wedding Dance #1 (Bottle Dance) | Perchik and Hodel Dance | Chava Sequence | To Life – Dance

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Tuesday 14 October 2014

A Festival of Music - 8th November 2014


Northampton Concert Band is taking their fabulous music making to the Masque Theatre in Kettering in a concert titled ‘Festival of Music’.

Featuring many popular classics, The Dam Busters, Mary Poppins, Miss Saigon, Frank Sinatra selection, Pink Panther, Fiddler on the Roof, and music from the latest Disney blockbuster: Frozen.

Read the full programme online.

The concert will also feature performances of music that the band will be hoping to win another award at the annual National Concert Band Festival regional heats later in November.

It will also be the official launch of the band’s new CD, Imperial Echoes, which was recorded earlier this year by World of Sound based in Wellingborough.

This is the first time the band have produced a concert at the Masque. As their audiences, and the band, have been growing they have been looking for larger venues to help continue this growth.

Stephen Bell, Musical Director, said “I’m excited to be bringing the band to Kettering and the Masque Theatre, we have such a great selection of music everyone will have a personal favourite. The band continues to go from strength to strength. You won’t want to miss this performance!”

‘Festival of Music’ is at 7:30pm Saturday 8th November and tickets are available from the Masque Theatre Box Office 01536 414141 or by visiting www.masquekettering.co.uk and are priced at £10 Adults, £5 Children.

£1 from each ticket sold will be donated to BBC Children in Need.
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