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    A Wartime Sketchbook by William Walton, arr. Paul Hindmarsh

    During World War II, William Walton, one of the most eminent of British composers, provided music for several films deemed to be of 'national importance'. Scoring Lawrence Olivier's Shakespeare epic Henry V in 1943 was the most substantial of these wartime projects. His role in patriotic films from 1941 and 42 like The Foreman Went to France, Next of Kin, Went the day Well? and The First of the Few was to provide appropriate title music and some underscoring at key moments. Walton extracted the most substantial portions of the latter as the popular Spitfire Prelude and Fugue for orchestra. The remaining music remained unpublished until 1990, when Christopher Palmer assembled the highlights from the soundtracks into A Wartime Sketchbook, ssix numbers of which were arranged into a colourful suite for Besses o' th' Barn and Black Dyke Mills bands in the 1990s.

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    King Lear, Symphonic Poem by Granville Bantock

    Thought to be lost for many years, King Lear was composed in 1932 for Callendar's Cable Works Band.When this band closed, its unique library was moved to Prescot Cable Works in Lancashire and it hassince transferred to the Haydock Band. The work has been recorded by the Salford University BrassBand, conducted by Roy Newsome. This edition is based on the composer's original manuscript. Based onShakespeare's masterpiece, the work is dramatic and romantically lyrical by turns.It would make an ideal traditional style test-piece for lower section bands .Grade 4Duration: 13 minsPublished in association with The Bantock Trust?65 plus postage and packing, extra score ?10

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    Lament by Frank Bridge (arr. for brass band by Paul Hindmarsh)

    English composer Frank Bridge (1879 – 1941) composed Lament on 14 June 1915, in memory of Catherine Crompton, who drowned when the Cunard liner Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine on 7 May, 1915 off the coast of Ireland. 1201 men, women and children lost their lives out of the 1962 people aboard. Ninety-four children died, including Catherine, her twin brother Paul and four other siblings. Paul Crompton, Snr. (44), a British businessman working in Philadelphia, his wife Gladys (40) and the family nanny were also drowned. How Bridge’s dedication came about is uncertain. One contemporary source says that Bridge knew the family, but it is also possible that he came across the family photograph which was published in many newspapers in the wake of the sinking. His response to this personal tragedy was characteristically spontaneous and utterly sincere. It is one of his most effective miniatures, poignant yet restrained in its lyrical beauty, with compelling directness and simplicity.This arrangement was made for performance at the 2015 RNCM Festival of Brass where it was beautifully performed by Cory Band under Philip Harper.Duration: 4-5 mins Score and parts ?35, plus postage and packing Score: ?10PHM Catalogue No. PHM010

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    The Unfortunate Traveller, Suite for brass band by Imogen Holst

    Imogen Holst was inspired to write this suite after the success of her father's Moorside Suite at theNational Brass band Championships in 1928. She submitted it as part of her 1930 portfolio at the RoyalCollege of Music. The title was taken from Thomas Nashe's 1594 romance. Imogen Holst conducted thework with the Carlisle St. Stephen's Band in 1933, after which it remained unperformed until revived in thisnew performing edition by Zone One Brass in Ulverston in 2011. The new performing edition of this livelyand tuneful work gives the music more variety of colour. The suite is a valuable addition to the repertoirefrom a golden period of brass band composition and is ideal for youth and community bands to performin concert or contest.Grade 4Duration: 11 minsPublished in association with G & I Holst Ltd.?55 plus postage and packing, extra score ?10