Sunday Bandstand 7 January 2024

Sunday Bandstand 7 January 2024

Norman Bearcroft is regarded as one of the most prolific composers in The Salvation Army and he continued to write music up until his passing in June 2020. As a young man he joined the British military and became a member of The Life Guards, the regiment that guards the Royal family, where he joined the band as a French Horn player and later became a State Trumpeter for King George VI and served in Germany during WW II.

Norman left his military service to become a Salvation Army officer. In 1960, and was appointed as the National Bandmaster for the British Territory where he directed over 30 territorial music schools in the United Kingdom and around the world. His name is widely known throughout the Salvation Army world and beyond as a conductor, composer of band and vocal music. He passed away on 26 June 2020, and is buried at Kensico Cemetery in, New York in The Salvation Army section.

One of his marches published in 1958 is on this week's show.
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Playlist 7 January 2023


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
To Regions Fair - Norman Bearcroft  published 1958 Newtown Silver Band MD: Steve Edwards - 2008  'Adventures in Brass' - CD - SB Studios SBS000308 - 2008
The Mermaid of Zennor - Philip  Harper Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2016  'Regionals 2016' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD353 - 2016
Upon the Celtic Cross - Jonathan Bates Flowers Band MD: Paul Holland - 2014  'The Nationals 2015' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD356 -2015
Stardust - Hoagy Carmichael arr. Bill Geldard Trombone Soloist Chris Thomas with the Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2015  'Elemental' - CD - Doyen DOYCD359 - 2015
It's Showtime - Goff Richards Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Goff Richards - 1996  'The Best of Goff Richards' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD858 - 1996
A Song for Lea: Canto Leinha - James Gourlay Brass Band Froschl Hall (Austria) MD: Hannes Buchegger - 2002  'Toccata' - CD - 2002
Spanish Impressions 1) Seveille 2) Xativa 3) Tarragonna 4) Santa Lago Compostella - Rodney Newton Williams Fairey Band MD: James Gourlay - 1997  'Spanish Impressions' - CD - Chandos Recording - CHAN 4544 - 1997
March Lorraine - Louis Ganne  Morris Concert Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1970  'Harry Mortimer conducts the famous Morris Concert Band' - Vinyl - Music for Pleasure  MFP1387 - 1970
Frontier - Michael Ball Williams Fairey Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1991  'Highlights from Festival of Brass Incorporating BBC Band of the Year 91' - CD - Doyen Recording DOYCD008 - 1991
The Prayer - Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster arr. Frank Bernaerts Bellshill Salvation Army Band BM: Yvonne Ferguson - 2018  'Immeasurable' - CD - SP&S CD411 - 2018
Waltz from the Murder on the Orient Express - Richard Rodney Bennett arr. Howard Snell Point of Ayr Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2000  'Family Portrait' - CD - Polyphonic Reproductions QPPRL 204D - 1999
Torna a Surriento - Enesto de Curtis arr. Richard Phillips  Cornet Soloist Phillip McCann with the Sellers Engineering Band MD:  Roy Newsome - 1993  'The Worlds Beautiful Melodies Vol: 4 The Golden Cornet of Philip McCann' - Chandos Recording CHANC4521 - 1993
Lustpiel Overture - Kela Bela  Fodens Band MD: Rex Mortimer - 1970   - Vinyl - 1970
South Pacific - Rogers and Hammerstein arr. Sandy Smith  Hepworth Band MD: Norman Law - 1999  'Carnival' - CD - 1991 
Song of Hope - Barrie Gott Duet Riki McDonnell Euphonium and Alexandra Kerwin Soprano with the Kiwi All Star Brass (New Zealand) MD: Howard Taylor - 2006  'Poles Apart' - CD - Doyen Recording  DOYCD222 -  2006
I Got Rhythm - George Gershwin arr. Cortner Trumpets Danny Barber, John Daniel, Vince DiMartino, Marvin Stamm with the Brass Band of Battle Creek (USA) MD: Geoff Tyzik - 1994  'Brassmatazz' - CD - BBBC04 - 1994
Viva Birkinshaw March - William Rimmer Britannia Building Society Band MD: Howard Snell - 1995  'March Spectacular' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD849 - 1995
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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