friday, 8 april 2016

Pageant of London

Composed for a huge military band for the Coronaiton of George V, Frank Bridge's music The Pageant of London is now published in a new edition for concert band. I prepared this initially for the RNCM Wind Orchestra to perform over 20 years ago and it has since been recorded twice, by BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Kosei Symphonic Winds. 

It is now published with alternative parts for saxophones (not included in the original), and most concert band instruments.

Frank Bridge was one of the finest English composers of the first half of the 20th century. The Pageant of London is his only work for concert band, comprising of two marches, one scored from Bridge’s best known organ piece and including the chimes of Big Ben, plus three short renaissance pastiche items, one arranged from Playford (later used by Peter Warlock in Capriol Suite). The music is tuneful, approachable and, in the words of wind band ‘legend’ Timothy Reynish makes a fine alternative to Holst’s two suites, which were composed around the same time. 


Score and parts are available now to buy now online at or


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