Sunday Bandstand 14 November 2021

Sunday Bandstand 14 November 2021

Fred Mortimer   Conductor

Born 22nd Nov 1880    Died 20th June 1953

Fred was born at Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. He learnt to play the cornet at home along with his father who at the time was playing the Baritone with the Wyke Temperance band. Fred would listen not only to his father’s band but also the Black Dyke Mills band and paid particular attention to conductor, John Gladney.

Aged 17 Fred started conducting the Hebden Bridge Band leaning the trade from William Rimmer. At the age of 21 Fred became bandmaster of the band.

In 1911 he decided to take a job with the Luton Red Cross Band taking his family with him. In 1923 the Luton Red Cross won the National Championship with the tune “Oliver Cromwell” after which the Mortimer’s named their house.

In 1924 Fred’s son Alex made the move to Sandbach and the Foden Motor Works Band with his father and the rest of the family following on some months later.

After his appointment in December 1924 with Fodens, Fred made his debut with the Band at the Victoria Hall, Hanley on the January 11, 1925, along with the Potteries Choral Society. This was followed three weeks later with a concert at Sandbach Town Hall.

Fred became known as the “Wizard of the Baton” and by his two sons he was affectionately given the name “The Wagabond King”. 

Rehearsals with Fodens were overseen by E.R Foden who sat in the background behind a cloud of cigar smoke. In walked Fred Mortimer at the appointed time, having previously arranged with the librarian what they were going to rehearse. He would then walk up to the rostrum and give a peremptory rap on it with his baton and the band would strike up the first note on cue not having spent any time greeting the band members.

If a member of the band played a wrong note the offending player was awarded an ancient putty medal.

The style of the band changed with Fred’s influence moving from the Marching band sound to a more orchestral or symphonic sound which other bands soon started to copy.

The band were playing in a set of concerts at Hyde Park, London as part of the Queen's Coronation celebrations and it was while they were there that the news came through of Fred’s death. Principal Cornet player Teddy (Ted) Gray had to find a replacement conductor for the rest of the days concerts as Harry (Conductor) and his brother (Rex - Bandmaster) returned home to console their mother. The immediate stop gap was Bob Shepley the 3rd Cornet player in the band.

On this week's wqe have a cornet solo played by Harry Mortimer accompanied by the Foden;s Motor Works Band with Fred conducting in 1936.  

Playlist 14 November 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
Midwest - J.J.Richards Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1987  'Black Dyke Mills Band 150 years' - CD - Chandos CHAN4516 -  1987
Ballet Music - Robert Le Diable - Giacomo Meyerbeer  arr. Moreton Massed bands of Leyland DAF, Sun Life and Britannia Building Society MD: Harry Mortimer - 1991  'Master Brass Vol 2 All England Masters Championships' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 048D - 1991
Ol Man River - Oscar Hammerstein arr. Klaas van der Woude Brass Band De Bazuin Oenkerk (Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 2001  'Concert Music' WWM 500.069 - 2001  - 2001
Il Bacio (The Kiss) - Luigi Arditi Cornet Soloist Harry Mortimer with the Foden's Band MD: Fred Mortimer - 1936  'IlBacio - Luigi Arditi' - 78rpm - Recorded February 1936 - Eddison Winner Record - 1936 (Remastered)  
Boys And Girls (Come Out To Play) - Traditional arr. Elgar Howarth Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Elgar Howarth - 2003  'Promenade' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD151 - 2003
American Dances 1) Country 2)Temp Di Blues 3) Jazz - Bertrand Moren Brass Band 13 Etoiles (Switzerland) MD: Geo-Pierre Moren - 2003  'Dreams - Music for Brass Band by Bertrand Moren' - CD - Mitropa Music M-Disc 203.014-3 - 2003
Tango (Por Una Cabeza) - Carlos Gardel Cornet Soloist Stuart Lingard with the Brighouse & Rastrick Band MD: Professor David King - 2012  'War of the Worlds' - CD Doyen Recording DOY303 - 2012
Dance Fever - Kenneth Downie  Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: David King - 1999  'Vitae Lux' - CD - Polyphonic Reproductions QPRL 096D - 1999
Aspects Of Andrew Lloyd Webber - Andrew Lloyd Webber  Desford Colliery Caterpillar Band MD: Stephen Roberts - 1993  'Andrew Lloyd Webber in Brass' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD839 - 1993
Kyrie of the Angels - Paolo Rustichelli arr. Luc Vertommen  Soprano Soloist Peter Roberts with the Brass Band Buizingen (Belgium) MD: Luc Vertommen - 2004  'Ad Optimum' - CD - Mirasound Amersfort Netherlands STEMRA 88470-2 - 2004
Galop Op 21 - James Curnow Desford Colliery Caterpillar Band MD: Jan de Haan - 1993  'The Music of James Curnow' - CD - De Haske Recording  DHM10.002-3 - 1993
Variations on a Chord - Jan de Haan Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Jan de Haan - 2001  'Brass from the Low Countries' - CD - De Haske Recording DHR 3.031-3 - 2001
Summer Scherzo - Gordon Langford  Besses O'Th' Barn Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1983  'Showcase for Brass' - Vinyl - Chandos Recording BBRD1020 - 1983
The Armed Man (A Mass For Peace) - Benedictus - Karl Jenkins  arr: Stephen Bradnum Vocalist Elizabeth Atkinson,  Organist  Simon Lindley with the Sellers International Band MD: Philip McCann - 2004  'Somewhere in Time ' - CD - SP&S DOYCD184 - 2004
Let It Go from Frozen - Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez arr. Philip Harper Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2014  'In to the Sky' - CD - DeHaske Recording - DHR03-061-3 - 2014
Siegfried's Funeral Music - Richard Wagner arr. Carolyn Ramsbottom United Co-op Yorkshire Brass Band MD: John Roberts  - 2004  'Futures' - CD - Doyen Amadeus - AMSCD079 - 2004
Introduction and Tarantella - Pablo Sarasate arr. Luc Vertommen Euphonium Soloist Steven Mead with the Brass Band Buizingen (Belgium) MD: Luc Vertommen - 2006  'Euphonium Virtuoso' - CD - BOCCHINO MUSIC – BOCC 107 - 2006
Happy Birthday from Bon Anniversaire Suite arr: Martin Winter Manger Musikklag (Norway) MD: Martin Winter - 2013  'Manger Netisk - The Music of Martin Winter' - CD - SP&S DOY CD322 - 2013
Sway - Luis Demetrio and Pablo Beltrán Ruiz ar. Jan van Knaedonck (aka Frank Bernaert) Brass Band Willebroek  (Belgium) MD: Frans Violet - 2006  'Showbizz Forever' - CD - Bearnaet Music BR  2006.32 -  2006
The President - William German Foden's Richardson Band MD: Garry Cutt - 2005  'Whit Friday Marches Highlights from the Delph March Conest' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD199 - 2005
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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