Sunday Bandstand 25 June 2017

Sunday Bandstand 25 June 2017

Ken Smith was a virtuoso cornet player, from New Zealand. Son of conductor K.G.L. Smith, he was born in Westport, New Zealand. He was a youthful prodigy and became a virtuoso cornet player, winning the New Zealand cornet championship 3 years in succession in 1948-49-50.

He left New Zealand for the UK, to play with the Fairey Aviation Works Band in 1950. Arriving in post war Britain he, discovered a country that was so dour that, despite being quite a serious man, he felt committed to brightening up the place. He came from a family with banding in its veins and was Principal Cornet of the National Band of New Zealand that won the 1953 British Open. His return to Fairey’s Band in 1954 was nothing short of sensational, with his style, tone and amazing technique literally placing him years ahead of any of his contemporaries.

Ken conducted St Kilda Brass for a period and later moved to Australia and a senior post at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music. He toured New Zealand, the USA and Canada as a trumpet soloist throughout the 1970s working with leading symphony orchestras . He was appointed MD of the 1985 National Band that toured the U.K. and Europe. He has served as an adjudicator in both New Zealand and Australia.

As a conductor and administrator in New Zealand saw him being honoured by the Queen for his achievements.  He retired and returned to Australia in 1996 and later appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to brass bands.

Playlist 25 June 2017

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
The Colliers - Derek Broadbent  Old Silkstone Band MD: Norman Law - 2004 
Kaleidoscope - Rimsky Korsakov Arr: Brian Bowen  Enfield Citadel Band BM: James Williams - 1984
With One Look from Sunset Boulevard - Andrew Lloyd Webber Arr: William Himes East Yorkshire (Auntie Bessie's Yorkshire Pudding) Brass MD: Robin Tait - 1998
Watching The Wheat  - Traditional Arr: Henry Geehl The Euphonium section with the Harry Mortimer's All Star Concert Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1956
Fantasia On British Sea Songs - Henry Wood Arr: Denis Wright Vocalist Stephanie Helliwell with the Sellers Engineering Band MD: Alan Morrison - 1997
Northern Landscapes - 1) Industry, 2) Seascapes, 3) Earth Dance & 4) Flight - Peter Graham Boarshurst  (Greenfield) Band MD: Jonathon Webster - 2002
Cornet Concerto - (Finale) - Ernest Tomlinson  Soloist Maurice Murphy with Black Dyke Mills Band  MD: Roy Newsome - live Royal Albert Hall London - 1974
Firework - Jan van der Roost Brass Band Midden Brabant (Belgium) MD: Jan van der Roost - 1994
Fanfare and Flying Theme from E.T. - John Williams  Arr: Steve Sykes Foden's Richardson Band MD: Thomas Wyss - 2006
Marignan March -  Jean Daetwyler Ensemble De Cuivres Valaisan (Switzerland) MD: Christophe Jeanbourquin - 2000
Rienzi - Richard Wagner Arr: Hayden Johns Hanwell Band MD: Eric Bravington - 1963
The Rat Pack featuring The Lady is a Tramp (horn feature), That's Amore (flugel form solo Ian Shires) and Luck be a Lady (back row cornet feature) Arr: Sandy Smith  Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Richard Evans - 2005
The Falcons - Charles Williams CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1957 
Titania Polka - William Rimmer Cornet Soloist Arthur Laycock with the St Hilda Colliery Band MD: 
You're a Lady - Peter Skellern Arr: Wim Stalman Soli Brass (The Netherlands) MD: Piet Groeneveld - N/K
Crimond - Traditional Arr: Herman Oldenstijl Desford Colliery Band MD: Jan de Haan - 1992
Concert Scherzo - Alexandre Artiunian Arr: Roger Harvey Trumpet Soloist James Watson with the Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Robert Childs - 1994
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - Charles and Craig Reid Arr: Andrew Duncan  Langholm Town Band MD: Chris Shanks - 2015
Allegro from Violin Concerto in E Minor - Felix Mendelsshon Arr: Harris  Cornet Soloist Ken Smith (New Zealand) accompanied by pianist Maurice Till - 1953
Punchinello - William Rimmer Old Silkstone Band MD: Norman Law - 2004 
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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