Sunday Bandstand 22 August 2021

Sunday Bandstand 22 August 2021

Olaf Ritman was born on August 19, 1977, in a true Salvation Army family. Both his parents and grandparents were Salvationists where his father and grandfather were active bandmasters in several corps.

He started playing cornet at the age of 10 and soon after that he started to learn to play the piano. From a young age Olaf developed and interest in composing and conducting. At the age of 22 he took up the baton to become bandmaster in his home corps.

Olaf is the current bandmaster of the Amsterdam Staff Band. He first joined the band in 2000 on solo cornet, and then became deputy bandmaster in 2006. When accepting his position as staff bandmaster in 2009 he joined a distinguished array of musical directors that helped build the Netherland’s fine brass band tradition, including such well-known musicians as Bernard Verkaaik, Fokke Palstra, Cor Nieuwland, Dick Krommenhoek and Howard Evans.

In 2011 he led the ASB in their herald contributions to the International Staff Band’s 120th anniversary celebration. The ASB featured as one of the eight recognized staff bands drawn from around the world.

He has developed into a fine arranger and composer, with a growing number of his works published by the Salvation Army in its’ brass band journals, and as demonstrated by works recorded on several CDs.

In recent years he has been in demand as a guest conductor and teacher, including not only in Europe, but also in the USA at well-known summer camps like Star Lake Musicamp and the Western Music Institute. He also serves at his local SA corps band as both bandmaster and pianist.

Sunday Bandstand has featured Olaf Ritman conducting the Amsterdam Staff Band many times on the show, as well as many of his compositions.   

Playlist 22 August 2021 

Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Pendragon - George Allan  Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Band MD: Alan Lawton - 2005  'Whit Friday Marches - Highlights from the Delph March Contest 2005' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD199 - 2005 
Marco Spada Overture - Daniel Auber Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2007  'Fantastic Overtures Vol.2' - CD -Obrasso Records  CD927 - 2007
Somewhere from West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein arr. Philip Harper Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2019  'Summon the Heroes ' - CD - SP&S DOY CD390 - 2019
Mattheson's Air - Gilbert Vinter  Cornet Soloist Brian Taylor with the Williams Fairey Engineering Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1993  'Spectrum - The Music of Gilbert Vinter Vol. 1' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 058D - 1993
Arioso - J.S.Bach arr. Howard Snell Britannia Building Society Band MD:  Howard Snell - 1990  'Rule Britannia' - CD - DOY004 - 1990
Eriskay Love Lilt - Trad arr: Alan Fernie Whitburn Band MD: Andrew Duncan - 2004  'Reflections of Freedom' - CD - SFORZA - SFZ122CD - 2004
Fusion Factory - James L. Hosay Brass Band Soli Deo Gloria (Netherlands) MD: Wiebe Buis - 1996  'Soli For You' - CD - De Haske Recording DHR 3-023-3 -1996
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen arr. Olaf Ritman Flugel Soloist Andre Heuvelman with the Amsterdam Staff Band (Netherlands) BM: Olaf Ritman - 2011  'Rendezvous in Brass' - CD - World of Sound CD 031 - 2011
Brilliante - Fantasy on Rule Britannia – Peter Graham Euphonium Soloist Thomas Ruedi with the Brass Emmental (Switzerland) MD: Anton Helscher - 1999  'Nobody's Brass Emmentak Go For It' - CD - Mf Records  CD6913 - 1999
Abu Hassan - Carl Maria von Weber arr. Howard Lorriman Bon-Accord Silver Band MD: Duncan Beckley - 2005  'Northern Lights' - CD - Wax Digital Bon-Accord Silver Band CD1 - 2005
The Gladiators Farewell March - Herman Blankenberg Williams Fairey Band MD: Alan Lawton - 2006  'Trumphs in Brass' - CD - Musical Digital Compilation CD6588 - 2006
Kenilworth - Sir Arthur Bliss The Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain MD: Harry Mortimer OBE - 1998  'The Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain Vol.111' - CD - Kirklees Music KRCD1022 - 1998
Cavalier - Edwin Sutton  Euphonium Soloist Lyndon Baglin with CWS (Manchester) Band MD Alex Mortimer - 1963   'Champion Brass' - Vinyl - Fontana Recording - 1963 
Air From Suite No.3 - J S Bach arr. Howard Snell Eikanger Bjorsvik Musikklag (Norway) MD: Howard Snell - 1993  'The Vikings' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD023 - 1993
We've Only Just Begun - Paul Williams / Roger Nichols arr. Derek Watkins Trumpet Soloist James Morrison (Australia) With the Foden's Courtois Band  MD: Nicholas Childs - 2000  'Centenary Brass - Foden's Courtois Band' - DCD - Doyen Recording DOYCD100 - 2000
The Lord Of The Rings (Fellowship of the Ring) Suite - Howard Shore arr. Andrew Duncan Vocalist Elizabeth Atkinson with the Sellers International Band MD: Philip McCann - 2004  'Somewhere in Time ' - CD - SP&S DOYCD184 - 2004
Northern Brass - Stephen Bulla German Staff Band of the Salvation Army (Germany) BM: Henry Schmidt - 2014  'Inspirations' - CD - 2014 
An Irish Melody - John Norman Audoire  Soprano Soloist Erhard Steiner with the Zurich Central Salvation Army Band (Switzerland) BM: Danil Steck - 1982  'Mighty to Save' - Vinyl - FRS Recording Stereo 1332 - 1982
Mountain Song - Philip Sparke Brass Band Berner Oberland (Switzerland) MD: James Gourlay - 1993  'Mountain Song' - CD - Doyen Recording DOYCD025 - 1993
Symphony No 4 - Finale  - Tchaikovsky arr. Weston Nicholl Black Dyke Mills Band MD: James Watson - 1992  'Slavonic Brass' - CD - Polyphonic QPRL 053D - 1992
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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1 comment

  • John Slater

    John Slater - Monday, 23 August 2021

    I like Leonard Cohen, but a little too meloncholy for me! His lyrics are over my head but I still like him. It isn't just the words or music ........ is it?

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