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Grimethorpe Entertain

by Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs

An eclectic and entertaining mix of high class compositions and arrangements for brass band, published by Prima Vista Musikk, and performed by the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band conducted by Dr Robert Childs.
Genre: Classical: Band Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Melody Shop
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
1:59 $0.99
2. Lest We Forget
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
4:51 $0.99
3. Smile
Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Robert Childs & Chris Gomersall
3:19 $0.99
4. For the Fallen
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
4:37 $0.99
5. Big Band Tribute
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
4:07 $0.99
6. Peacemakers
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
6:13 $0.99
7. The Spirit Within
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
4:11 $0.99
8. Al Sharq
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
4:22 $0.99
9. Canis Majoris (feat. Euphonium Soloist Michael Dodd)
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
5:25 $0.99
10. Clapp!
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
3:27 $0.99
11. To a Higher Place (feat. Soprano Cornet Soloist Kevin Crockford)
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
3:57 $0.99
12. Circusdom
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
2:22 $0.99
13. Abide With Me
Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Robert Childs & Michael Cavanagh
3:21 $0.99
14. The Proclamation from Gloria
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
1:35 $0.99
15. The Prayer from Gloria
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
2:31 $0.99
16. The Psalm from Gloria
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
2:21 $0.99
17. The Song from Gloria
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
3:32 $0.99
18. The Exaltation from Gloria
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
1:29 $0.99
19. Eventus Lake of Dreams
Grimethorpe Colliery Band & Robert Childs
3:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Prima Vista Musikk is delighted to present our first commercial disc, and proud to be doing so in association with the world’s most famous brass band, Grimethorpe Colliery.

Every track on ‘Grimethorpe Entertain’ is a premiere studio recording, and with eight original compositions combined with seven skillful arrangements we have endeavored to create a release that not only entertains, but also showcases new repertoire from some of our finest young composers.

The disc begins with a new arrangement by Jacob Larsen of Karl King's most popular march, The Melody Shop. King had an illustrious career as a player, bandmaster and most notably as a composer with much of his output undertaken whilst working within the circus environment. This clever arrangement provides a lively prelude to Grimethorpe’s complete ‘Brass in Concert’ programme of 2014, which saw them lift the title for a record sixteenth time.

Commemorating the centenary of World War I, Lest We Forget was both the title of Grimethorpe's programme and the composition they opened their set with at The Sage on November 17th 2014. The work features text from Laurence Binyon’s Ode of Remembrance and the words of Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, narrated here by Garry Headland and David Harrington respectively.

A young Charlie Chaplin starred in his first movie in February 1914, six months after the outbreak of World War I, and by July 1915 Chaplin had become a cultural phenomenon as the great entertainer. Conceived as the instrumental theme for Chaplin's 1936 comedy Modern Times, the song known to us all as Smile was composed by Chaplin himself. This Michael Bublé inspired arrangement by Jonathan Bates not only features star trombonist Chris Gommersall, but also an impressive flugel ‘break’ from David Moore.

In its original form for soprano voice, choir and orchestra Sir Karl Jenkins’ For the Fallen received its premiere in the Royal Albert Hall on November 13th 2010 at The Festival of Remembrance. In this setting for brass band by Robert Childs, part of Binyon’s poem of the same title is once again narrated by Garry Headland. The work is dedicated to the composer's uncle, Alfryn Jenkins, who lost his life as captain of a Lancaster bomber over Berlin in 1944.

Big Band Tribute sees Dan Price and Barry Forgie collaborate as arranger and editor to create 21st century antiphonal settings of two big band classics. American Patrol started life as a march by American composer and arranger Frank White Meacham in 1885. However, Jerry Gray introduced it into the big band repertoire when he arranged the march for Glenn Miller's swing band in 1941. In the Mood is attributed to Joe Garland, but again it was Glenn Miller and his swing band who brought the chart to prominence in the big band era when their recording topped the US Hit Parade for 13 straight weeks in 1940.

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, and narrated here by David Harrigton.

From the finale of Grimethorpe’s 2014 winning Brass in Concert programme, we introduce the first of several new works by some of today’s most talented young composers. The Spirit Within composed by Huddersfield University graduate Ben Hollings represents the human spirit and capabilities of human emotion. The music makes use of extended harmony and suspensions as its focal point, whilst showcasing the unique sonority of the modern brass band.

Daniel Hall composed Al Sharq for Ian Porthouse and the Tredegar Town Band in 2014. It is an exciting and exotic concert work, described by the composer as ‘Arabic-jazz fusion’. Technically demanding, it exploits the talents of all sections, especially cornetist Iain Culross who starts this recording with an atmospheric cadenza.

Jonathan Bates is quickly making a name for himself as both a superb tenor horn player and a talented composer. In 2015 Adam Bokaris commissioned Jonathan to compose a solo for euphonium, and the result was Canis Majoris. Here Michael Dodd delivers the definitive performance.

Paul McGhee is an award-winning composer, twice-nominated at the BASCA British Composer Awards, and the 2012 EBBA Composition Competition winner. As an advocate for new music he is constantly looking to expand the sonic capabilities of brass bands. The music uses the rhythmic phasing technique of Steve Reich, with each rhythm assigned it’s own tone cluster. The piece is a study in momentum, with unrelenting pulse driving through the music.

In 2015 Kevin Crockford was awarded ‘Best Soprano’ at the prestigious British Open Championships, and here he demonstrates why with Paul Sharman’s song without words, To a Higher Place. The music attempts to create an atmosphere of calm and serenity, transporting the listener to another place in the way only music can.

From one soprano star to another. Bert Van Thienen is a wonderful soprano cornet player, but here he demonstrates his arranging skills with a brass band setting of one of Jewell’s most popular marches, Circusdom. Like Karl King, Frederick Jewell was a prolific composer of music for the circus in the early 20th century. He was leader of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey, Hagenbeck-Wallace and Sells-Floto circus bands during his career, and produced over 100 marches and screamers.

Abide With Me needs little introduction; it is one of the most popular hymn tunes in existence. This beautiful solo arrangement by Rodney Newton features Grimethorpe’s Principal Baritone, Michael Cavanagh.

Suite from Gloria features five movements from Sir Karl Jenkins’ work for choir, orchestra and percussion arranged and edited for brass band and percussion by Andrew Wainwright and Robert Childs. The Proclamation: Gloria in Excelsis Deo features antiphonal cornet choirs in a fanfare style. Prayer: Laudamus te is typical of Karl Jenkins; serenely beautiful and lyrical in style. The Psalm: Tehellim - Psalm 150 is vibrant and high paced featuring ethnic style percussion, and once again making use of the antiphonal cornet choirs. The Song: I’ll Make Music represents the ‘Golden Section’ of the suite and is presented here as a cornet solo featuring Iain Culross. The Exaltation: Domine Deus follows the same form as The Proclamation once again making use of antiphonal cornet choirs. This arrangement received its premiere on November 16th 2014 at The Sage Gateshead performed by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band conducted by Robert Childs.

To close this first Prima Vista Musikk disc we feature our most recent publication; a co-commission with Grimethorpe Colliery Band for the occasion of their 2015 Tour of Australia and their 2015 Brass in Concert performance: Eventus – Lake of Dreams. Here composer Paul Lovatt-Cooper features every section of the band as the music builds to a tumultuous end.

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Executive Producer: David Childs
Producer: Richard Scott
Engineering & Post-Production: RAS Audio
Programme Notes: David Childs
Artwork & Design: GK Graphic Design
Recorded in Morley Town Hall during 15, 16 & 17 May 2015



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