Sunday Bandstand 22 November 2020

Sunday Bandstand 22 November 2020

Haydn Wood was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire in Slaithwaite, which is on the outskirts of Huddersfield, on March, 25, 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, who 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 March, 11, 1959, two weeks before his 77th birthday. 

Haydn Wood was a prolific composer of orchestral music, including 15 suites, nine rhapsodies, eight overtures, three 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  22 November 2020 - Brass Music of the 1970s 

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
The Pitman March - J.A.Greenwood  Old Silkstone Band MD: Norman Law - 2004   'The Colliers' - CD - Amadeus Recording  AMSCD076 - 2004
Main theme from Superman - John Williams arr. Ray Farr Brass Band Burger Musik Luzern  MD: Ludwig Wiki - 2002  'The Best of Brass Cinema' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD881 - 2002
Suite Gothique 1) Introduction and Minuet 2) Priere a Notre-dame 3. Toccata - Leon Boellmann arr. Eric Ball Sun Life Stanshawe Band MD: Walter B. Hargreaves - 1974  'Spectrum - The Rise to Fame of the Stanshawe (Bristol) Band ' - Vinyl  - Say Disc Recording - Stereo SDLB 262 - 1974
Cavatina - Stanley Black arr. Derek Broadbent  Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Derek Broadbent   'Bands for Britain Vol 2' - DVD - 
Fantasy for Euphonium - Philip Sparke  Euphonium Soloist Ian Craddock with the Band of Yorkshire Imperial Metals MD: Denis Carr - 1979  'Checkmate - National Champions 1978' - Vinyl - Two Ten Records TT003 - 1978
Variations Lark in the Clear Air - Peter Haysom City of Coventry Band MD: Albert Chappell - 1978  'Sounds of Brass City of Coventry' - Vinyl - Decca SB332 -1978 
Stardust - Hoagy Carmichael  Trombone Soloist Don Lusher with Hammonds Sauce Works Band MD: Geoffrey Whitham - 1992   'Just Good Friends - Don Lusher and Maurice Murphy' - CD - Doyen ‎– DOY CD020 - 1992
Pendine March - Richard Martyn Rockingham Colliery Band MD: Derek Ashmore - 1975  'Rockingham Colliery Band ‎– Bold As Brass' - Vinyl - Midland Sound Recordings ‎– MSRS 1401 - 1975
Carnival in Paris Op 9 (1872) - Johan Svendson arr. Drake Rimmer  Hammonds Sauce Works Band MD: Geoffrey Whitham - 1970  'Super Quality Plus' - Vinyl - Golden Guinea Top Brass GSGL10455 Stereo - 1970
I Don't Know How to Love Him from Jesus Christ Superstar - Andrew Lloyd Webber  Flugel Soloist Alan Macdonald with the Fairey Band MD: Kenneth Dennison - 1974  'A Concert Entertainment by the Fairey Band - Sounds of Brass Series' - Cassette - Decca  
All Through the Night - Traditional - Gordon Langford Sellers Engineering Band MD: Philip McCann - 1997  'Land of Hope and Glory' -  CD - Doyen Bandstand Series DOY CD065 - 1997
Serenata - Toselli arr. Goff Richards Leyland DAF Band MD: Richard Evans - 1989  'Romance in Brass' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 043D - 1989 
Rusalka's Song to the Moon - Antonin Dvorak arr.  Stephen Corbett Soprano Soloist Brian Evans with the British Aerospace Wingates Band MD: Michael Beevers - 1980s  'Dedications' - LP & CD - Kirklees Music - KRCD 1046 - 2004
Benvenuto Cellini - Hector Berlioz arr: Frank Wright Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Geoffrey Brand - 1971  'The Black Dyke Mills Band ‎– World Champion Brass' - Vinyl - Pye Golden Guinea Records ‎– GSGL 10477 - 1971
Scarborough Fair - arr. Ray Woodfield Morris Concert Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1975  'Out And About In Merry England' - Vinyl - Music for Pleasure MFP50201 - 1975
A Brown Bird Singing - Hayden Wood arr. T. Dodd Cornet Maurice Murphy with the Leyland DAF Band MD: Richard Evans - 2007  'The Lighter Side of Maurice Murphy' - CD - Doyen: DOYCD007 - 2007
Theme from Jaws the Movie - John Williams  New Zealand Army Brass Band MD: Major James (Gentleman Jim) Carson MBE  'Brass to Go' - Vinyl - EMI ‎– HSD.1056 - 1977
Amparita Roca - Jamie Texidor arr. Ray Woodfield  Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2011  'Black Dyke Flyin'to the Skies' - CD -  Obrasso Recording CD945 - 2011
Main theme to the 'A' Team - Mike Prost  Brass Band Burger Musik Luzern MD: Ludwig Wiki -1994   'Brass Cinema 3' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD844 - 1994 
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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