Recording of the Month
This is Wilfred Heaton's earliest surviving extended brass band, beautifully performed by Fairey Band (Garry Cutt) at the 2017 RNCM Brass Band Festival. Probably dating from the late 1930s, it adopts the genre or hymn tune setting known in the Salvation Army as a Meditation. Heaton's extended three fresh treatment of this famous Welsh hymn tune is on a large scale. The music is influenced by composer and arranger George Marshall, but Heaton's distinctive voice, especially the clarity and economy of scoring, shines through.
Score and parts are available from the PHM Publishing on line shop