The Band of the Grenadier Guards

Fields of Remembrance

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009


The Band of the Grenadier Guards: Director of Music Major Barry Wassell.

This recording was specially commissioned by The Colonel’s Fund (The Colonel in this case being the Duke of Edinburgh) for a concert tour in 2008 raising money for this fund which provides support for Grenadiers who were severely wounded in recent conflicts.

This is a typical bandstand programme, with music in many different styles superbly played by one of the world’s finest military bands, renowned for the warmth and depth of their sound.

This CD features a new work Fields of Remembrance by the distinguished composer Nigel Clarke

Recorded in the warm acoustic of All Saints Church East Finchley, London

No. Track Performer Composer Length
1 March:Sarafand The Band of the Grenadier Guards George Henry Willcocks 3.08
2 Where Eagles Sing The Band of the Grenadier Guards Paul Lovatt-Cooper 4.32
3 Festive Overture Op.96 The Band of the Grenadier Guards Dmitri Shostakovich 6.34
4 Brillante The Band of the Grenadier Guards Peter Graham 4.3
6 Cornet Carillon The Band of the Grenadier Guards Ronald Binge 3.03
7 Paganini Variations The Band of the Grenadier Guards Philip Wilby 17.24
8 So Nice to Come Home To The Band of the Grenadier Guards Cole Porter 3.12
9 March: The Purple Pageant The Band of the Grenadier Guards Karl L King 3.37
10 Post Horn Gallop The Band of the Grenadier Guards Herman Konig 2.22
11 Fields of Remembrance The Band of the Grenadier Guards Nigel Clarke 12.57
12 Fanfare, Auld Lang Syne & Last Post The Band of the Grenadier Guards Traditional 3.41
13 Regimental March: The British Grenadiers The Band of the Grenadier Guards Traditional 0.35

Kneller Hall 150th Aniversary Recording

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009


SRC were specially invited by Lt-Col Stephen Smith (Principal Director of Music, the Corps of Army Music) to make this recording with selected players from the bands of the Grenadier Guards, the Royal Corps of Signals and The Rifles (formerly The Light Division) together with the Kneller Hall Trumpeters.

This is a typical ‘bandstand’ programme which was eventually performed live at Kneller Hall (The Royal Military School of Music) and recorded previously in Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead featuring music associated with Army Music and K.H. in particular.

There are fine performances of a number of marches associated with Kneller Hall, of Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture, of Fanfares and Celebrations (a specially commissioned work by Nigel Clarke) and Echoes by Laurie Johnson, well-known for example for his wonderfully imaginative music for the TV series The Avengers.

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Philip Sparke – Music of the Spheres

Monday, October 12th, 2009


English composer Philip Sparke is one of the world’s best contemporary composers for wind and brass bands.

This CD is a programme of very listenable music and includes Hymn of the Highlands (with all 5 movements), David of the White Rock and his fabulously evocative suite Music of the Spheres inspired by the creation of the Universe. The composer himself emailed Mike to say how much he had enjoyed this new recording

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The Music of the Grenadier Guards

Sunday, October 11th, 2009


All the most important regimental music of the senior Footguards regiment, many marches and troops, some well-known, some rare plus a selection of bugle calls and Sunset with band.

The Grenadier Guards are regarded as the most senior of the Footguards regiments. Their Band has had an unparalleled reputation for centuries – in the 19th century, they regularly visited the USA. Nowadays, they play with a uniquely warm style, a way that is somehow typically English. This programme contains a wide range of marches associated with the regiment and a couple of ‘troops’ which although being written in waltz tempo are used (one in a bar) as slow marches with one step per bar of music. We hear all the Company Marches and a selection of lighter items such as Toy Grenadier which are inspired by the regiment. One extraordinary novelty is the pre-Welsh Guards (1915) The Guards’ Patrol which is a ‘fantasy march’ composed around the regimental marches of the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots and Irish Guards and includes lusty vocal contributions from members of the Band.

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A Henley Bandstand

Thursday, October 8th, 2009


The Band of the Grenadier Guards play each year on the bandstand at the Henley Regatta. In this delightful CD,they present just the sort of programme they would play at Henley, spiced with a number of ‘watery’ items including The Eton Boating Song, Haydn Wood’s Nautical Rhapsody: The Seafarer and Peter Yorke’s brilliant Suite: The Shipbuilders.

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Sir Edward Elgar – The Severn Suite

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009


This is the second volume of three by Sir Edward Elgar to be recorded by the Band of The Grenadier Guards.  Its main work is the majestic Severn Suite, originally written for brass band, but appearing here in a splendid version for military band by Henry Geehl (who helped Elgar score the original brass version), completed just before Elgar’s death.  The exotic Serenade Mauresque is exquisitely played here as is Elgar’s Second Suite from The Wand of Youth.

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Sir Edward Elgar – Crown of India Suite

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

SRC101-Sleeve.jpg The rarely performed and recorded Crown of India Suite provides the backbone for this collection of music by Sir Edward Elgar.  A most evocative work the Crown of India Suite certainly conjours up memories of the Raj – listen out for the gongs and the antiphonal trumpets.

Rarities include the virtuosic sevillana (a real tour de force for the clarinet section) and the charming three bavarian dances.  This is an album steeped in nostalgia and echoes of our imperial past, with the band of the Grenadier Guards on superb form

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