Sunday Bandstand 26 August 2018

Sunday Bandstand 26 August 2018

Eric Crees was born in London in 1952 and studied at Wandsworth School, where, in the famous boys’ choir, he worked with many distinguished professional orchestras and conductors.  Of particular importance was the school’s long association with Benjamin Britten, who wrote a solo part for him in the Children’s Crusade.

While still at school he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and as a student undertook an extensive period of work with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.  Having won the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society’s ‘Joyce Dixey Award’ for composition, he graduated from the University of Surrey with first class honours and joined the London Symphony Orchestra, where he spent twenty-seven years, twenty as Co-Principal Trombone.  In September 2000 he was appointed Section Principal Trombone at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In addition to the concert and recording work, he has performed on many of the most iconic film soundtracks, including the first four of the Star Wars series, Superman 1 & 2, Raiders of The Lost Ark and many others.

As director of London Symphony Orchestra Brass for many years he regularly conducted them at the Barbican Centre and internationally.  He has made five CDs with the ensemble: two originally for Collins Classics, American Brass and Cathedral Brass, featuring many of his arrangements, which are also available on LSO Live and three of a world première recording by Naxos Records of the complete forty-three instrumental ensemble sonatas and canzonas of Giovanni Gabrieli, for which he made a new performing edition, available from Brass Wind Publications.

Since joining Covent Garden, he has directed the Royal Opera House Brass Soloists in concert at the Floral Hall to great critical success and made two recordings for Brass Classics, On The Town and The Twelve days of Christmas, which includes many of his carol arrangements sung by the Chorus of the Royal Opera House.

In this week's show we feature one of his many arrangements for brass. On this track he conducts the Desford Colliery Band

Playlist 26 August 2018

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Ravenswood - William Rimmer  Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Frank Renton - 1991
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor - J.S.Bach arr: Eric Crees Desford Colliery Band MD: Eric Crees - 1997
Trumpeters Lullaby - Leroy Anderson Cornet Soloist Roger Webster with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: David Hirst - 1997
The Tops - T.J.Powell Cornet feature with the Harry Mortimer's All Star Band  MD: Harry Mortimer - 1954
Pastoral Symphony (four movements) - Robert Redhead Kettering Citadel Band of the Salvation Army BM: Richard Philips - 2004
Our Flirtations March - J.P.Sousa  Men O'Brass  MD: Harry Mortimer - 1972  
Volga Boatman - Finnegan arr: Tyzik Brass Band of Battle Creek (USA) MD: Constantin Kitsopoulos -1998
Toccata - Girolamo Frescobaldi arr: James Curnow Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Jan de Haan - 1998
Nuns Chorus (Casanova) Johann Strauss  arr: Denzil Stephens  Cornet Soloist Roger Webster with the Rochdale Band GMD: Richard Evans - 1990
Lincolnshire Poacher - Traditional arr: Gordon Langford  Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1983
Sing, Sing, Sing - Louis Prima arr: Mark Freeh Brass Band of Battle Creek (USA) MD: Kenneth Bloomquist  -1994
Czardas - Johann Strauss ll - arr: Howard Snell Black Dyke Mills Band MD: David King - 1991
Four Renaissance Dances - Gervaise arr: Alan Fernie  Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: Nicholas Childs - 1995
Flying Fingers - Goff Richards Massed Bands of Birmingham School of Music, Ever Ready, Dalmellington and Yorkshire Imperial Metals MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1980
Sinfonietta - Joseph Horovitz Kilmarnock Area Schools Band (Scotland) MD: Andrew Keachie - 1982
Trumpet Concerto in Eb (Finale) Hayden Trumpet Soloist Maurice Murphy with the Desford Colliery Dowty Band  MD: Sir David Willcocks - 1982
Flourish for a Birthday - Malcolm Arnold arr: Philip Sparke Massed Bands of Desford Colliery Dowty, Britannia Building Society and Brighouse and Rastrick Band GMD: Howard Snell - 1987
Procession to the Minster - Wagner arr: Howard Snell Massed bands of Desford Colliery Dowty, Britannia Building Society, Brighouse and Rastrick GMD: Howard Snell  - 1987
Peace Like a River - Stephen Bulla  Trombone Soloists Nick Hudson and Andrew Justice and the Enfield Citadel Trombone Section with the Enfield Citadel Band BM: James Williams OBE - 2004
Jubilee - Paul Drury International Staff Band BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2004
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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