Sunday Bandstand 4 February 2024

Sunday Bandstand 4 February 2024

Dick Barton – Special Agent is a radio thriller serial that was broadcast in the BBC Light Programme between October 7, 1946, and March 30, 1951. Produced and directed by Raymond Raikes, Neil Tuson, and Charles Lefaux, it was aired in 15-minute episodes at 6.45 (later 6.15) each weekday evening. From January 11, 1947, an additional "omnibus" edition repeated all of the week's programmes each Saturday morning between 11.00 and 12.00. In all, 711 episodes were produced, and the serial achieved a peak audience of 20 million. Its end was marked by a leading article in The Times.

The serial followed the adventures of ex-commando Captain Richard Barton MC (Noel Johnson, later Duncan Carse and Gordon Davies) who, with his mates Jock Anderson (Alex McCrindle) and Snowey White (John Mann), solved all sorts of crimes, escaped from dangerous situations, and saved the nation from disaster time and time again.

The series was replaced from time to time by one about the adventures of an explorer. One episode was entitled "Plague on the Plateau".

Beginning in 1948, the Hammer film company made three Dick Barton films and, long after the radio series had been replaced by The Archers, Southern Television made a television version in 1979. Dick Barton has also been adapted into a tongue-in-cheek stage play and a spoof radio comedy. Each version has featured the originals' memorable signature tune, "Devil's Galop" by Charles Williams.

We are featuring “Devil’s Galop” on this week’s show played by the Royal Doulton Band MD: Edward Gray in 1978. This is a good piece of concert music but far from being easy.

Playlist  4 February 2024 (Repeated from 16 April 2017)

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
Fighting Mac - Alex Lithgow Latrobe Federal (Tasmania) Brass Band MD: Geoff Dell -2006  'Marching with Alex Lithgow' - C D -    2006
Overture for Brass Band: Henry V - Ralph Vaughan Williams  Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1998  'Brass from the Masters Vol 2' - CD - Chandos Recording CHAN4553 - 1998
Song and Dance - Philip Sparke Cornet Soloist Florian Klingler with the Brass Band Froschl Hall (Austria) MD: Hannes Buchegger - 2004  'Song and Dance' - CD - Silton Recording  0548 - 2004
Oklahoma! - Rogers and Hammerstein arr. Alan Catherall Sellers Engineering Band MD: Douglas Blackledge - 1990  'Reflections' - CD -  Carousel Series One SRCD311 - 1990
Suite from "The Natural" - Randy Newman arr. Drew Fennell  River City Brass Band  (USA) MD: Denis Colwell - 2001  'All American' - CD - summit Records DCD 310 - 2001
Walk To The Paradise Garden from A Village Romeo and Juliet - Frederick Delius arr. Chris Mowat  Desford Colliery Caterpillar Band MD: James Watson - 1991  'National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain & Gala Concert 1991 - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 049D - 1991
Tone Poem - Emblems - James Curnow Southern Territorial SA Band (USA) BM: Richard E. Holz - 1990  'USA South Live in England' - Cassette - The Salvation Army Atlanta Georgia USA - CRC010 - 1990
Raymond - Overture - Amboise Thomas  arr. William Rimmer  Sellers Engineering Band MD: Philip McCann - 1990  'Reflections' - CD -  Carousel Series One SRCD311 - 1990
Devil's Galop (Theme to Dick Barton Special Agent) - Charles Williams  Royal Doulton Band MD: Edward Gray - 1978   'The Standard Of St. George' - Vinyl - Top Brass TB3015 - 1978
Begin the Beguine - Cole Porter arr. Derek Broadbent  Yorkshire Building Society Band MD:  Nicholas Childs - 1995   'That's a Plenty' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD848 - 1995
Morceau Symphonique Op. 88 - Alexander Guilmant arr. Ray Steadman-Allen Trombone Soloist Nick Hudson with the Britannia Building Society Band MD: Howard Snell - 1996  'Nick Hudson - Anthology' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 076D - 1996
La Cucaracha, traditional arr. Darrol Barry Euphonium Soloist Michael Howley with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Alan Morrison  2008  'Strangers in the Night' - CD - Obrasso Recording - CD929 - 2008
King of Kings - Eric Ball Egon Virtuosi Brass BM: James Williams - 1990s  'King of Kings' - Cassette - EGNMC112 - 1990s
Elfriede - George Swift arr. Alan Catherall  Euphonium Soloist Robert Childs with the Black Dyke Band MD: James Watson - 1996  'National Brass Band Finals Gala Concert Royal Albert Hall Live' - 1996
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John arr. Alan Fernie CWS Glasgow Band MD: Frank Renton - 1995    'Love Songs in Brass' - CD - Obrasso Recording - CD852 - 1995
Patience Selection - Arthur Sullivan arr. Denis Wright CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1962  'Highlights Of Gilbert And Sullivan - The Famous CWS (Manchester) Band' - Vinyl - Fontana ‎– TFL 5181 - 1962
Hymn for Diana - Joseph  Turrin Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: David King - 2002  'Windows of the World' - CD Polyphonic QPRL 213D - 2002
The Liberator - George Marshall Egon Virtuosi Brass BM: James Williams - 1993  'Classic Marches of the Salvation Army' - Cassette - Egon Publishing  EGNMC101 - 1993
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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