Woolston Brass | British Open Concert Tour 2000

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British Open Concert Tour 2000

by Woolston Brass

A British style all-brass band from New Zealand.
Genre: Easy Listening: Orchestral
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ceremony (Live)
10:45 $0.99
2. Knight of the Road (Live)
4:21 $0.99
3. Comfort My People (Live)
5:12 $0.99
4. The Flight of the Bumblebee (Live)
1:30 $0.99
5. La Virgen de la Macarena (Live)
3:23 $0.99
6. Here’s That Rainy Day (Live)
3:17 $0.99
7. Rhapsody in Brass I (Live)
2:47 $0.99
8. Rhapsody in Brass II (Live)
4:01 $0.99
9. Rhapsody in Brass III (Live)
4:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
This live recording from Symphony Hall, Birmingham features the contest performance of the 2000 British Open test piece “Ceremony” by Michael Ball. The other items included were recorded live at a gala concert that followed the competition.
Following a New Zealand championship win in 2000, David Gallaher accepted an invitation to travel with Woolston Brass to Birmingham, England and compete in the 2000 British Open Brass Band Championships. This journey retraced the pioneering steps of Mervyn Waters’ band which had toured Great Britain and competed in the Belle Vue, Manchester British Open in 1975.
The 1975 tour brought Merv Waters great kudos as his band won the Edinburgh Festival Invitation Brass Band Contest outright and achieved a fifth placing in the British Open. At the time of writing, this result remains the highest yet achieved by a competing band from the Commonwealth. In terms of contest ranking, Birmingham 2000 was not quite what Belle Vue 1975 had been, but David Gallaher’s millennium band still gained a creditable 13th placing amongst the world’s best brass bands and, as this CD recording attests, produced some breathtakingly fine performances!
A graduate of Otago University, David Gallaher became Woolston’s Music Director in 1996 following Ken Smith’s retirement. He introduced a structured rehearsal regime, a rigorous auditioning process and the formation of a Junior Band, known today as the “Woolston Academy”.
With an impressive first-time-up win at the New Plymouth national contest in 1997, David established himself as one of the leading conductors of his time. The band went on to achieve much during his tenure, not just in the concert and competition arenas, but in the recording studio as well. The band’s landmark CD recordings “Millennium” (a much-aired work on Concert FM featuring entirely the works of New Zealand composers), “ANZAC” and “Sacred” providing permanent testament to David Gallaher’s intellect and artistry.
David was appointed Conductor of the 2003 and 2005 National Bands of New Zealand, the latter of which performed with great distinction to take third place at the Inaugural World Brass Band Championships in Kerkrade, Holland.
David’s distinguished career with Woolston was crowned with a hat-trick of championships (2000, 2001 and 2002). After a decade at the helm, David relinquished the role in 2006 to take up a teaching post in Melbourne, Australia.
In 2010 David Gallaher was appointed to the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to music.



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