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    Lest We Forget - Christopher Bond

    Lest We Forget is a phrase added as a final line at the end of the Ode of Remembrance, taken from Laurence Binyon's poem, For the Fallen, first published in The Times Newspaper in September 1914. Providing the title for this work for brass band, the piece aims to combine both the acoustic nature of the brass band medium alongside narrated passages and pre-recorded extracts to provide a moving tribute.The words originally spoken by Prime Minister Herbert Asquith in 1914 can be narrated in performance. However, a free audio download, manipulated to sound like a 1914 radio broadcast is available from the download section of this site.Lest We Forget received its premiere in The Sage on November 17th 2014 performed by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band conducted by Robert Childs. The work opened their winning Brass in Concert programme and can be heard in full on their CD 'Grimethorpe Entertain' available to buy here.

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    March to the Scaffold - Hector Berlioz - Robert Childs

    The Symphonie Fantastique, the first of Berlioz's major works, was composed in 1830 when he was 26. 'March to the Scaffold', the fourth movement in this major work is music borrowed from Les Francs Juges, an abandoned opera started in 1826, originally titled 'March of the Guards'. The ending of the original was changed to accommodate the appearance of the id?e fixe. This tune itself was used in an earlier work, the cantata Herminie of 1828. March to the Scaffold depicts a young man in despair, having been shunned by the woman he loves. He poisons himself with opium. The narcotic, too weak to take his life, plunges the man into a long sleep. He has a series of vivid dreams and nightmares always involving images of his beloved. The hero dreams that he has killed her and has been sentenced to death. He sees himself being marched through the crowded streets amidst wild jeers from excited onlookers until he finally reaches the scaffold.Just before the guillotine descends to cut off his head, he imagines he sees his beloved in the crowd. Her tune is played by the soprano cornet and is the last thing seen or heard before the guillotine falls. He is killed, and the movement comes to a dramatic close.

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    March: Swansea Bay - Rodney Newton

    Written in 2007, this march was specially commissioned by Drs. Robert and Nicholas Childs for the International Brass Band Summer School, held annually in Swansea. It is in the form of a standard British Army march and the composer acknowledges the invaluable help and advice of Major Graham O. Jones MBE, Director of Music, The Regimental Band of Her Majesty's Coldstream Guards.

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    Marche Slave - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Robert Childs

    Tchaikovsky wrote Marche Slave in 1876 for a charity concert to support a war effort in the Balkans. He composed and fully scored the march in just five days. The themes are loosely based on three Serbian folk songs, each with a quite different character, and it also incorporates the Russian national anthem. At the first performance its impact was such that it had to be encored in full, receiving a tumultuous reception - twice!This arrangement was made for the combined forces of Black Dyke Band and Cory Band for the British Open Gala Concert given in Symphony Hall, Birmingham on Sunday 14th September 2008, the performance of which was conducted by the arranger.

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    Peacemakers - Dan Price

    Peacemakers was composed for Robert Childs and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. It received its world premiere on November 17th 2014 at The Sage and concluded their winning ‘Brass in Concert' program, ‘Lest We Forget'.As well as commemorating the centenary of World War I, 2014 also marked the 75th Anniversary of the outbreak of Word War II. Dan Price's Peacemakers pays tribute to those who fought, and uses two contrasting musical ideas as its basis. The motifs and material for the first theme take inspiration from Morse code patterns, and as the work nears a triumphant close the allied forces of World War II are remembered through the words of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill broadcast on 20th August 1940. This speech can be narrated. Alternatively, a free audio download is available from the downloads section of this site.Peacemakers has been recorded by Grimethorpe Colliery Band on their CD 'Grimethorpe Entertain' available to buy here.

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    The Smoke That Thunders - Andrew Wainwright

    David Livingstone was a Scottish missionary and explorer. From 1841 until his death in 1873, Livingstone explored the interior of central and southern Africa. His initial aim was to spread Christianity and bring commerce and ‘civilisation' to these regions, but his later missions were more concerned with exploration. This piece of music tells the story of the part of his journey that led to him discovering Victoria Falls.The work starts out in optimistic fashion, with the Scottish folk-song A Man's a Man for a', by Robert Burns, which Livingstone reportedly used to hum on his travels. The troubles and difficulties of his journey were great and the next section describes his battles with the local African tribes, who were suspicious of his motives.After surviving these assaults, numerous bouts of African fever and several skirmishes with wild animals, a more reflective section ensues, which describes the doubts Livingstone had about continuing his mission. This is epitomised by the hymn Lord, Send Me Anywhere, which Livingstone himself wrote.After much deliberation and prayer, Livingstone decided to carry on and the final section describes his journey along the Zambezi River, the triumphant sounds eliciting his elation at discovering the magnificent Victoria Falls, or as it is known by the locals, "Mosi-oa-Tunya", The Smoke That Thunders.

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    A Troika? Tidy! from Euphonium Concerto - Karl Jenkins

    A Troika? Tidy!, is taken from Karl Jenkins' Euphonium Concerto, an extended work given its world premiere by euphonium soloist David Childs and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes in St. David's Hall, Cardiff during the last night of the 2009 Welsh Proms.A Troika? Tidy!, which would normally form the fourth movement of the concerto, begins with menace before the soloist has the opportunity exploit phenomenal technique. With a beautiful change of gear towards the end, a rapturous interlude is ushered in leading to a brief cadenza with staggering pyrotechnics in a varity of cross-rhythms conducted over the incessant chug of sleigh-bells.On his eagerness to compose the work for David, Karl Jenkins stated, "It's been a privilege to write for such a virtuoso performer. We had been talking about it for some time and happily it all came together in 2009. David is a wonderful musician of the highest quality and it was a joy and, indeed, a challenge, to write a work for both him and an instrument of such beauty and agility."A Troika? Tidy! for euphonium and brass band recieved its premiere on November 29th 2009 in Swansea's Brangwyn Hall performed by David Childs and the Cory Band conducted by Dr. Robert Childs, and can be heard on Doyen CD262 Moto Perpetuo.Other individual movements and the complete Concerto for Euphonium with brass band accompniament are vailable from Prima Vista Musikk. Orchestral and wind band versions are available from Boosey and Hawkes.

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    Bugeilior Gwenith Gwyn (Watching the Wheat) - Welsh Traditional - Gareth Wood

    Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn is an 18th century Welsh love song known to many by its English title of 'Watching the Wheat'. Although the song describes a tragic love affair, the music remains extremely popular with musicians throughout Wales.This skilful new setting for euphonium and brass band by Welshman Gareth Wood was commissioned by Robert and Lorraine Childs and given to their son David as a 26th birthday present.Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn can be heard on the CD Celtic Charm (DOYCD214) on which the performers are David Childs and the Cory Band.

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    Caelidh - Rodney Newton

    Caelidh was commissioned by Robert and Lorraine Childs and given to their son David as an eighteenth birthday present. Composed by Rodney Newton in 1999 it was first performed by David with Brighouse and Rastrick Band in Huddersfield Town Hall later that year. Caelidh (Ceilidh) is a traditional Gaelic social dance and, following a brief lament, flies into Gaelic dance mode quickening in tempo right to the finish!Caelidh can be heard on the CD Celtic Charm (CD 24901) on which the performers are David Childs and Cory Band.

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    Childs Lullaby - Paul Lovatt-Cooper

    Childs Lullaby was commissioned by David Childs for his flugel horn playing wife Joanne, and given to her on as a birthday present before the birth of their son Benjamin Robert Childs in November 2011.The music is serene and showcases the unique lyricism of both soloist and instrument. Lullabies can be found in every human culture and are usually quiet, gentle songs sung to help send a child to sleep. Childs Lullaby, a play on both the definition and dedicatee's name has been composed by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, one of the brass band movement's brightest young star.Childs Lullaby received its world premiere on October 1st 2011 at the Wiltshire Music Centre performed by Joanne Childs and Cory Band conducted by David Childs.

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