Sunday Bandstand 1 October 2017

Sunday Bandstand 1 October 2017

Frank Renton is a British musicianconductor and broadcaster, and current host of Listen to the Band on BBC Radio 2.

An accomplished trumpet player, Renton won a competition for young conductors at the 1967 Edinburgh Festival, whilst employed as a musician in the British Army. Conducting appointments soon followed in West Germany, Cyprus, Singapore and Scotland, before returning to England as Director of a Military Music School in York. He was Musical Director for Versatile Brass for three years, and began conducting the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. He has also worked extensively with the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Radio Orchestra, as well as writing and producing a number of musical programmes for BBC radio.

In 1985, Renton was appointed Principal Conductor of the Royal Artillery Orchestra in London, then in 1988 accepted the dual appointment of Principal Director of Music for the Army and Director of the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall in the rank of Lt. Colonel, the youngest person ever to hold the dual appointments. In 1988, he also became Principal Conductor of the British Concert Orchestra, and began to guest conduct all over the world. Through the series of Royal Concerts in London he conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the Orchestra of English National Opera and the Scottish National orchestra, and was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 1986. He is also a member of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

In 1993, as a direct result of the celebration of the Centenary of the Leeds City Charter, and after a concert in Leeds Town Hall, in which some 250 local wind players took part, Frank Renton co-founded, and initially conducted, the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra. This large wind ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussionists, is a community based ensemble.

In 2009 and 2010, with the 'Brass Band du Nord Pas-de-Calais', he won the French Brass Band Championship.

Frank Renton is on this week's show conducting Kirkintilloch Band playing his arrangement of Carmen Suite - Prelude & Aragonaise - Bizet.

Playlist 1 October 2017

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
On Ilka Moor Bah'tat - Traditional - Arr: William Relton  Massed Yorkshire Male Voice Choir with Brighouse and Rastrick and Sellers Engineering Bands GMD: William Relton - 1994
Force of Destiny - Giuseppe Verdi Arr: Frank Wright CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 2013  (Remastered from the original recording of 1962)
Starburst - Dan Price Longridge Band MD: Mark Peacock - 2015
Blue Bells Of Scotland - Arthur Pryor  Bass Trombone Lionel Fumeaux with Pianist Ekaterina Ivanova - 2016
Hunting Wabbits - Gordon Goodwin Arr: Robin Dewhurst Featuring Trombone Soloist Neil Gallie - Stavanger Brass Band (Norway) MD: Alan Withington - 2009
The Vikings - Philip Sparke Eikanger Bjorsvik Band (Norway) MD: Howard Snell - 1997
Neath the Dublin Skies - Paul Lovatt-Cooper Euphonium Soloist David Childs with the Cory Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2007 
I've Got You Under My Skin - Cole Porter Arr: Sandy Smith  Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Richard Evans - 2005
Mercy's Light - Wilfred Heaton Eikanger Bjorsvik Musikklag (Norway) MD: Howard Snell - 2000
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - John Barry Arr: Darrol Barry  Black Dyke Band MD: Professor Nicholas Childs - 20017
Romance and Tango - Huug Steketee Cornet Soloist  Huug Steketee (The Netherlands) with the Hepworth (Persimmon Homes) Band MD: Mark Bentham - 2006
Symphonic Poem Les Preludes - Franz Liszt Arr: William Rimmer Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1967
Carmen Suite - Prelude & Aragonaise - Bizet Arr: Frank Renton Kirkintilloch Band MD: Frank Renton - 1999
Over the Horizon - Christopher Bond  Soprano Soloist Steve Stewart with the Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2017
You'll Never Walk Alone - Rogers and Hammerstein Arr: Howard Snell Sellers Engineering Band MD: Philip McCann - 1997
The Young Salvationist March - Bramwell Coles Hendon Salvation Army Band BM: Stephen Cobb - 1987
Trumpet Jive - Hans Ehlinger  & Klaas Bullstein Cornet section feature with the Brass Band Emmental (Switzerland) MD: Anton Helscher - 2004
Shepherd's Hey - Percy Grainger Arr: Denis Wright Massed bands of Fodens, Fairey Aviation and Morris Motors Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1964
Salut d'Amour - Sir Edward Elgar Cornet Soloist Derek M. Garside with the CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1959
Famous Fragments - A Medley of the Marches of William Rimmer - Arr: George Hawkins Desford Colliery Band MD: Ernest Woodhouse - 1973
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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