Matinee Magic

Leyland Band Music CollectionsIn February 2009, the Leyland Band began an exciting new venture, a series of matinee concerts which have become highly popular and successful. Each concert is musically themed, for example the annual ‘Romance in Brass’ is a real favourite. The series is now firmly established and expanding to new venues.

This recording takes its inspiration from these matinee concerts, drawing on the music which has been showcased in the first six concerts of the series. Leyland Band is one of the world’s most accomplished bands, and the repertoire presented here is unashamedly ‘easy listening’ orientated, reflecting the success and appreciation of the wonderful series of concerts Leyland Band has produced.

Music from the movies, musical theatre and popular culture is instantly recognisable and engaging. Great arrangements including ‘633 Squadron’ and ‘American Trilogy’ sit effortlessly alongside original features in ‘Congestion Charge’ and ‘Peace’.

John Doyle is quite stunning in his performance of ‘Blessed Assurance’ on flugel and trumpet. Other featured soloists are Philippe Schwarz (euphonium) and Matt Balson (soprano).

The band’s own arrangers contribute some unique items. Iain McKnight’s excellent transcription of ‘La Cambiale Di Matrimonio’ and the lovely ‘When the Stars Began to Fall’. Gary Westwood offers an upbeat arrangement of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, and great mash up of Semper Fidelis and The St Louis Blues March in ‘Semper St Louis’.

If you like your music light but performed with panache and style this CD from Leyland Band could be just the ticket!

Track 1   Semper St Louis J P Sousa / W C Handy
Track 2   La Cambiale di Matrimonio Rossini  arr. Iain McKnight
Track 3   Blessed Assurance Phoebe Knapp  arr. Stephen Bulla
Track 4   Congestion Charge Nigel Hess
Track 5   My Funny Valentine Richard Rodgers  arr. Adrian Drover
Track 6   When the Stars Began to Fall Fred Allen  arr. Iain McKnight
Track 7   633 Squadron Ron Goodwin  arr. R Hartley
Track 8   Memory Andrew Lloyd-Webber  arr. Alan Catherall
Track 9   American Trilogy Mickey Newbury  arr. Goff Richards
Track 10   Jesus Christ Superstar Andrew Lloyd-Webber  arr. Gary Westwood
Track 11   Peace John Golland
Track 12   Our Boys Will Shine Tonight Traditonal  arr. Gordon Langford
Track 13   A Groovy Kind of Love arr. Alan Fernie
Track 14   Brillante Peter Graham
Track 15   Melita J B Dykes  arr. Stephen Bulla
Track 16   MacArthur Park Jim Webb  arr. Alan Catherall


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