Sunday Bandstand 1 April 2018

Sunday Bandstand 1 April 2018

Sir Hugh Stevenson Roberton (23 February 1874 – 7 October 1952) was a Scottish composer and Britain's leading choral-master.

He was in Glasgow, where, in 1906, he founded the Glasgow Orpheus Choir. For five years before that it was the Toynbee Musical Association. A perfectionist, he expected the highest standards of performance from its members. Its voice was a choir voice, its individual voices were not tolerated. He set new standards in choral technique and interpretation. 

For almost fifty years until it disbanded in 1951, on the retirement of its founder, the Glasgow Orpheus Choir had no equal in Britain and toured widely enjoying world acclaim. Their repertoire included many Scottish folk songs arranged for choral performance, and Paraphrases, as well as Italian madrigals, English motets and the music of the Russian Orthodox Church. The choir also performed the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, George F. Handel, Felix Mendelssohn, Peter Cornelius, Johannes Brahms and others. He also wrote the popular songs 

He was knighted in the 1931 New Year's Honours. He was a pacifist and member of the Peace Pledge Union. For this reason both he and the Glasgow Orpheus Choir were banned by the BBC from broadcasting during the Second World War..

The  Australian politician  and diplomat Hugh Roberton was his son.

In 1911 he composed All in the April Evening to the words of Katharine Tynan. this piece has become widely known and performed throughout the English speaking world in its vocal and choral version

On this week's show we have Eric Ball's brass band arrangement of this internationally known song.


Enjoy the show 

Playlist 1 April 2018

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Constellation March  - Bertrand Moren   Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern (Switzerland) MD: Ludwig Wicki - 2009
Purcell Variations - Kenneth Downie  Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1996
Fantasia - Rhapsody for Cornet and Band - Ray Bowes Cornet Soloist David Daws with the Brass Band De Waldsang (The Netherlands) MD: Rieks van der Velde - 2007
Backseat Driver - David Arnold arr: Rodney Newton Keyboard player Greg Barnes with the Kirkintilloch Band MD: Frank Renton - 2005
All in the April Evening - Hugh Roberton arr: Eric Ball Bradford Festival Choral with the Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Geoffrey Brand - 1969
Holiday for Trombones - David Rose  Band Of Yorkshire Imperial Metals MD: Trevor Walmsley DFC - 1976
Einzugmarsch Aus "Der Zigeunerbaron" - Johann Strauss arr: Thomas Ruedi The Marple Band MD: Thomas Wyss - 2000
Festival March: Faith Is The Victory - James Curnow  Southern Territorial SA Band (USA) BM: Richard E. Holz - 2000
Glorious Liberation - Ivor Bosanko Euphonium Soloist Patrik Randefalk with the Gothenburg Band (Sweden) MD: Bengt Eklund - 2001
Soferska - Goran Bregovic arr: Stephen Roberts Black Dyke Band MD: Professor Nicholas Childs - 2015
Hosea Overture - arr:  Bruce Broughton Earlscourt Citadel Band (Canada) BM: Brian Ring - 1976
Intermezzo and Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana - Pietro Mascagni arr: Denis Wright Soprano Soloist Roy Roe with the Band of the Yorkshire Imperial Metals MD: Trevor Walmsley DFC - 1970
High Spirits - Reginald Heath  CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1968
The Three Trumpets - Giuseppe Agostini arr: Dale  Cornet Trio: Derek Garside, Brian Cronshaw and Alan Holmes with the CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1968
Brass Band Blues - Edrich Siebert  Massed Bands of Fodens Motor Works, Fairey Aviation and Morris Motors MD: Harry Mortimer - 1970
Song of Hope - Barrie Gott Duet Riki McDonnell Euphonium and Alexandra Kerwin Soprano with the Kiwi All Star Brass (New Zealand) MD: Howard Taylor - 2006
The Caledonian - W.A.Allison  Cornet Soloist Brian Mather with the Ransome Hoffman and Pollard Band MD: Dennis Masters - 1972
Raymond - Overture - Amboise Thomas  arr: William Rimmer  Sellers Engineering Band MD: Philip McCann - 1990
Chiquilin De Bachin - Astor Piazzolla arr: Reid Gilje Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Professor David King - 2014 
Rhapsody Norvegienne - (Presto) - Edouard Lalo arr: Keith Wilkinson Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1996
Duel of the Fates - John Williams arr: Dave Richards  Kirkintilloch Band MD: Frank Renton - 2005
Madelon March - Gabriel Allier Men O'Brass (Fairey Aviation, Fodens Motor Works, Morris Motors) MD: Harry Mortimer - 1957
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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