Back to 1991 and this recording, only now available on cassette, by the C.I.Group Band with Musical Director Mike West. 'Varied Mood' is an apt description of the programme content, featuring Mark and Kate Williams, and Kate's sister, Helen Batten, as soloists.
There are not many of these rare recordings left!This recording was made at Kingsmead Comprehensive School, Hednesford, Staffs. by Triton Recordings and produced by Lyn Morgan with Andy Paxton, engineer.
About the Programme...
If you ever watch, or admit to watch, the annual Eurovision Song Contest, then you will definately know the tune, 'Te Deum Prelude' - Marc-Antoine Charpentier arranged by Denis Wilby (Kirklees Music), which is used as the signature fanfare of the European Braodcasting Union. It seems a bit strange to follow 'Eurovision' with a classic aria, but here is Mark Williams, Principal Cornet with 'One Fine Day' - Puccini arranged by Keith Wilkinson (Lincoln Castle Music Publications). Into Russia now with a brilliant arrangement of 'Glasnost' - Dizzy Stratford - youll love it! Brass Bands' life blood are contests and with them come test pieces - technically or musically challenging extended works, and here is one of the most beatutiful - the middle movement called 'Elergy' from A Downland Street' - John Ireland (R Smith & Co. Ltd.). A new composition from a Dutch composer is now featured called 'The Young Amadeus' - Traditional arranged by Parker/De Haan (De Haske Muziekuitgave). Finally the first half concludes with music from the dramatic film,'Batman - The Movie' - Danny Elfman arranged by Alan Catherall (Wright & Round).
What better way to start the second half
of this recording than with the super march,'The
Champions' - G H Willcocks (Wright & Round). Next the Band
features one of its finest solists, Helen Batten on Solo Horn with the
brilliant, 'One Day in your Life'
- Brown/Armand arranged by Darrol Barry (Kirklees Music). The mood now
changes with Harry James's piece featuring the Solo Cornets, together
with the Soprano Cornet in, 'Trumpet, Blues
and Cantabile' - James/Matthias arranged by Bill Geldard
(Studio Music). From the hit West End show 'Les Miserables' comes the
Dreamed a Dream' -
Schonberg arranged by Darrol Barry (Studio Music). Helen's sister, Kate
on Solo Euphonium is now heard with a piece written for David Moore, an
anagram of which becomes 'Varied Mood' -
Ray Woodfield (Hallamshire Music) - brilliant. Finally, this recording
ends with the superb, 'Born Free'
- John Barry arranged by Alan Catherall (Wright & Round).
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