Sunday Bandstand 16 September 2018

Sunday Bandstand 16 September 2018

Haydn Wood was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire town of Slaithwaite on 25 March 1882. When he was three years old his family moved to the Isle of Man, an island which was often a source of inspiration for the composer. In 1897, at the Royal College of Music, he studied violin with Enrique Fernández Arbós and composition with Charles Villiers Stanford. In 1901, he was soloist at a special concert commemorating the opening of the Royal College of Music’s Concert Hall.

The concert was attended by Joseph Joachim (who had heard him play before) and Pablo de Sarasate. They were so impressed that they sent him to Brussels for study with the renowned teacher César Thomson. He then embarked on a world tour, accompanying the Canadian soprano Dame Emma Albani and they continued their association for a further eight years. From 1913 to 1926, he toured extensively with the soprano Dorothy Court whom he married in 1909.

He also gained considerable success from his works, particularly his songs. From 1939, he served as a director of the Performing Right Society. On the occasion of his 70th birthday Haydn Wood was given a full concert dedicated to his music by the BBC. He died in a London nursing home on 11 March 1959, two weeks before his 77th birthday. 

Haydn Wood was a prolific composer of orchestral music, including 15 suites, 9 rhapsodies, 8 overtures, 3 concertante pieces and nearly 50 other assorted works, including 180 individual songs. His orchestral pieces were primarily of the “light music” style; a well known piece of his is the three-movement Fantasy-Concerto. Another is his London Landmarks Suite, particularly “Horse Guards, Whitehall”. In 1916, he composed the popular song “Roses of Picardy” for his wife. After a time writing popular music, Wood began to write musical comedy; his best-known piece of this genre is the musical play Tina. The tone poem Mannin Veen (pub. 1933, Manx for “Dear Isle of Man”) was based on four Manx folk tunes, and is one of two works written originally for wind band by Wood. The work is also occasionally performed in its orchestral version.

On this week's show we have his song 'A Brown Bird Singing', a very popular cornet and flugel horn solo.


Playlist 16 September 2018

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Motivation - William Himes Bellshill Salvation Army Band BM: Yvonne Ferguson - 2018
Symphony of Thanksgiving - Dean Goffin Massed bands of ISB and New York Staff Bands BM Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2011
Homage to the Noble Grape 1) Champagne 2) Chablis 3) Fundador - Goff Richards  Brass Band BergerMusik Luzern (Switzerland) MD: Ludwig Wicki - 1993
A Brown Bird Singing  - Haydn Wood  arr: Denzil Stephens  Flugel Horn Soloist Iwan Williams with the Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: Dr. David King - 2005
Scarborough Fair - arr Eric Crees Desford Colliery (Matsuura Machinery plc) MD: Eric Crees - 1997
Leonesse - Bert Appermont Soli Brass (The Netherlands) MD: Frans-Aert Burghgraef - 2011
People - Jule Styne arr: Alan Catherall  Cornet Soloist Dewi Griffiths with the Tredegar Town Band MD: Ian Porthouse - 2012
The Dream Team - Peter Graham Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Professor David King - 2013
On My Own from Les Miserable - Claude-Michelle Schonberg arr: Ray Farr Vocalist Natalie Farr with the Reg Vardy Band MD: Ray Farr - 2006
The Linden Tree - Franz Schubert arr: Rieks van der Velde Brass Band De Wâldsang (The Netherlands) MD: Rieks van der Velde - 2009
Quality Plus - Fred Jewell Hammonds Saltaire Band MD: Morgan Griffiths - 
Pennine Moors 1)  Prelude 2) Scherzo 3) Interlude and March - Darrol Barry  Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: David Hirst - 1997
That's the Spirit - Derick Kane Euphonium Soloist Derick Kane with the International Staff Band BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2018
Carnival of Venice Variations - Arban arr: Bue Lund Nielson  Tuba Soloist Michael Lind with the Besses o'th' Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1979
Dark Abyss - Fredrick Schjelderup Eikanger Bjorsvik Musikklag (Norway) MD: Reid Gilje - 2018
Danse d'Anada - Lee Maddeford Ensemble de Criures Valaisan (Switzerland) MD: Christoph Jeanbourquin - 2002
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Don Raye / Hughie Prince Cornet Feature with the SouthWest Trains Woodfalls Band MD: Jonathan Camps  - 2003
King's Herald from Pageantry (arranged from the orchestral reworking from 1937) - Herbert Howells Leyland Band MD: Thomas Wyss -2013 
A Gaelic Blessing - John Rutter arr: Darrol Barry Flugel Horn Soloist Iwan Williams with the Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: David King - 1999
Navy Mixture -1. The Mermaid 2. Tom Bowling 3.  Bay of Biscay 4. The Anchors Weighed 5.Rule Britannia - Frank Seymour  Munn and Felton's Band MD: Stanley Boddington - 1960
Reflections of Colours Sinfonietta  No. 3  (III mvt. Finale Furioso. Red) - Thomas Trachesel Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2009
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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