Biography

The world of brass bands owes Paul Hindmarsh a great debt of gratitude. Without him, the story of 25 years would have to be retold. He has achieved this with a single-minded dedication, enthusiasm, and patience. He has commissioned many composers to write for the medium, many of whom were new to the genre. Through the BBC in Manchester and now at the RNCM, Paul has developed the Brass Band Festival into the most ground-breaking annual festival of its kind in the world. 
- Edward Gregson

As a journalist and author, Paul Hindmarsh has become a valued critic of important recent repertoire for brass band, and it will be his writings that we will be judged by subsequent generations. In particular, he has been tireless in his advocacy for the music of Wilfred Heaton, and without his work, many of that fine but elusive composer's less well-known scores would now be lost to the world. 
- Philip Wilby

 

For as long as I can remember, the experience of music has been an essential ingredient of my life. I am a dedicated musician with a wide range of tastes and enthusiasms, from medieval troubadour songs and plainsong, through the great classics of the 18th and 19th centuries to the work of living composers and performers in many genres. The essence of my musical upbringing in the Salvation Army (in Cambridge and then Croydon) and subsequent training, at the Royal College of Music (Trombone) and Birmingham University, was range and versatility. For over four decades, I have pursued parallel 'careers' in music - as a professional producer and performer, both activities enhanced and informed by a steady flow of research, writing and editing.

 

 


Singing

Paul Hindmarsh and Fiona MilneBetween 1976 and 1985, following a period of full-time postgraduate research, I combined the post of Librarian, Scottish Music Archive (now Scottish Music Centre) in Glasgow with professional singing, specialising in the tenor concert repertoire. Having been interested in the voice since childhood, I studied privately in Glasgow with the eminent teacher, Joan Alexander. I became a member of Scotland's only professional chamber choir of that period, The John Currie Singers, and was the tenor soloist of The Scottish Early Music Consort. From 1985, in Manchester, I joined The BBC Northern Singers.  With these ensembles I performed a wide range of choral repertoire from Renaissance polyphony to new commissions, appearing in subscription series, broadcasts, festival concerts (BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, New York, Jerusalem Festival), tours and recordings.
As a concert soloist, I performed with choral societies throughout the British Isles, and was most in demand for baroque and classical oratorio - in particular the sacred works of Handel and Monteverdi and the roles of Evangelist in the great Bach Passions. This busy area of ​​music performance was cut short in 1990 following head injuries caused by a cycling accident.

BBC Music Production

In 1985, I joined the BBC in Manchester as a Music Producer for Radio 3 and in a 21 year broadcasting career worked across the full range of station's programmes, with an emphasis on British, orchestral, choral, chamber and band music. I established the BBC FeDimpho the kopanestival of Brass (now RNCM Brass Band Festival) in 1990 and received several Sony Award nominations, including the feature Elgar's final Enigma - Symphony No. 3 , which led to Anthony Payne's historic realisation of this unfinished work, and a bronze award for a drive-time 'special', Who Murdered Mozart? During my time at Radio 3, I also encouraged the commissioning of new music for brass band, including Paganini Variations (Philip Wilby), Songs for BL(Elgar Howarth), Whitsun Wakes (Michael Ball), Prague (Judith Bingham) and The Maunsell Forts (John McCabe). I had a great time producing the Sunday evening series Choirworks (now called The Choir ) and the Saturday afternoon series Discovering Music.

Working with choirs and bands from around the world and orchestras of the North of England - Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestra or Opera North - brought me into contact with some of the world's greatest soloists and conductors. No wonder I enjoyed my job so much!

Working with bands

Paul Hindmarsh and BessesIn 1990, I was invited to become the Musical Director of the famous Besses' Barn Band. This appointment re-kindled my involvement in the amateur musical communities of the UK. For three years I directed Besses in a range of broadcasts for BBC Radio 2 and 3, its busy concert schedule including festival appearances at Lichfield, Chester, Newbury and Harrogate, and in contests (including the 'Open' and 'National' championships) . From time to time, I continue to work as guest conductor or coach with North West bands. I am pleased and proud to have been commissioning new work though the new BBC or the Brass Band Heritage Trust, which I founded in 1996. In 2005, I was both surprised and honored to receive the Iles Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for Services to the brass band community. The 'new work' count is now some 40 pieces, with John Pickard's Rain, Steam and Speed (2017) and Lucy Pankhurst's Mindscapes (2017) the most recent.

I left the BBC in 2006 to set up my own production company specialising in music journalism, production and editing and in 2012 I began a music publishing enterprise to make my work and that of others more widely available. I have been Artistic Director of the RNCM Brass Band Festival since 2005. For ten years (2007-17) I served as Director of Concerts for the Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, and was privileged to curate the Society's centenary season in 2015. 

In 2006 I was invited to become Editor of Brass Band World, a monthly magazine for the brass band community. Since summer 2010, I have enjoyed serving as Features Editor of The British Bandsman, writing regular features, reviews and reports for this long established magazine, which celebrated 125 years in 2012. I am a regular contributor or programme notes for major recording companies, including Chandos, Hyperion and the World of Brass labels. As consultant editor for Faber Music's prestigious Brass and Wind Band Series, I enjoy developing brass and wind repertoire.

Writing and research

Since the mid-1970s, historical and analytical research has provided an additional dimension to my musical life. British music of the pasFB covert 150 years has been my special field of interest. My Thematic Catalogue of the music of Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941) became the standard reference work on this composer. It was substantially updated and revised in 2016 as Frank Bridge: The Complete Works.

A number of articles and CD notes on Bridge 's music have followed, including the acclaimed orchestral music series from Chandos, for which I was also the music editor and programme consultant. Along side this, I prepared many hitherto unpublished works by Bridge for publication, and also works by his pupil Benjamin Britten for the concert hall, including Johnson over Jordan and King Arthur (Suites for both orchestra and brass bands).

I am currently working on a biography of the composer Wilfred Heaton (1918 - 2000), whose complete works I have edited for publication in the Wilfred Heaton Edition.

Trusts and committees

I have been privileged to serve on a number of musical committees. Whilst living in Scotland, I served on the Scottish Music Council and the BBC Scotland Music Advisory Committee. I was a member of the Executive Committee of the British Federation of Bands for three years and served as a Trustee of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and the Wilfred Heaton Trust. I am currently a trustee of the John Golland Trust in addition to the Brass Band Heritage Trust.


Publications Archive

Arrangements, editions and realisations

Frank Bridge for Thames Publishing / Elkin (now Music Sales)
16 editions of previously unpublished piano, chamber music and songs, including Violin Sonata in E flat including completion of unfinished second movement.

Frank Bridge for Faber Music Ltd.
Five Entr'actes (The Two Hunchbacks)  Suite for orchestra   
Isabella (Symphonic Poem)
The Pageant of London (Suite for Concert Band)
Mid of the Night (Symphonic Poem)
Oration (Cello Concerto)

Frank Bridge  for PHM Publishing 
Four Pieces for String Orchestra (including Valse Intermezzo and  Scherzo Phantastick ) arranged and edited
Coronation March (1911) - in progress
Six early songs - in progress
Morceau Caracteristique for violin and piano- in progress

Benjamin Britten
Johnson over Jordan, Suite for orchestra (Faber Music)
King  Arthur, Suite for Orchestra (1937) (Music Sales)
King Arthur (Scenes from a radio drama)  arr. for brass band (Music Sales / Faber Music)
Occasional Overture arr. for brass band (Faber Music)

Wilfred Heaton  (WHT - Wilfred Heaton Trust; PHM - PHM Publishing; SP & S - The Salvation Army)
Annie Laurie, Variations for cornet and brass band (or piano)   (PHM)  
Babe born this day, arranged for unaccompanied SATB choir (PHM)
Beulah Land (Suite), realised from sketches      (SP & S, Judd Street Collection)
The Children's Friend , Variations for brass band      (PHM)
Eternal Decision for unaccompanied SATB choir     (PHM)
Five Bagatelles for brass quintet   (PHM)
Five Little Pieces  for brass band, realised from sketches (PHM)
Full Salvation (Concert March), realised from sketches (PHM)
Glory! Glory! (March) for brass band (PHM)
The Golden Pen (March-Fantasy) for brass band, realised from sketches  (PHM)
         arranged for Concert Band by Alastair Wheeler
Lento, arranged for brass band (PHM)
         arranged for string orchestra
Le Tricot Rouge (Concert March) (PHM)
         arranged for Concert Band by Alastair Wheeler
Little Suite for recorder (or flute) and piano (PHM)          
        arranged for cornet / trumpet and piano          
        arranged for flute or recorder and strings          
        arranged for trumpet or cornet and brass band
Meditation on Aberystwyth   (PHM)
Music for brass Sextet ( Toccata ) (PHM)    
Partita for Band (PHM)
        arranged for Symphonic wind orchestra (PHM)
        Suite for orchestra (WHT).
Piano Sonata ( WHT) 
Pilgrim's Song, Suite of incidental music to The Pilgrim's Progress, arranged for narrator and brass band (PHM)
Safe in the Promised Land  for male voices, brass and piano (PHM)
       arr. SATB, brass and piano
Scherzo  for brass quartet (PHM)
          arranged for brass band (PHM)
Sinfonia Concertante for cornet and band (PHM)
Sweet Hour of Prayer arr. WH for trombone and piano (PHM)
           arranged PH for trombone and brass band
Three Hymns from A Pilgrim's Progress  for unaccompanied SATB choir(PHM)  
Three Piano Pieces Op.2 (1954) (PHM)
Three West Indian Melodies for piano duet (PHM)
Trombone Concerto with brass band (PHM)
           arranged for trombone and string orchestra (PHM)
Variations (realised by Howard Snell) (PHM)

Nigel Hess for Faber Music Ltd.
March Barnes Wallis arr. for brass band

Other brass band editions and transcriptions

Bennett, Richard Rodney: Flowers of the Forest   Revised scoring (Novello / Studio)
Bliss, Arthur: Greetings to a City - Flourish for Brass and Percussion (Music Sales/PHM)
Britten, Benjamin: American Overture, arranged for brass band (MS)
Britten, Benjamin: Fanfare for DW, adapted for brass band (MS)
Delius, Frederick: Two Aquarelles, arranged for brass band (PHM)
Diversions after Benjamin Britten for brass band by Pankhurst, Dobson, McGhee, Higgins (PHM)
Holst, Gustav: Capriccio, arranged for brass band (MS) 
Holst, Imogen: The Unfortunate Traveler, revised Scoring (PHM)
Macmillan, Sir James: The Gallant Weaver  arr. for brass band (Boosey / Studio)
Rawsthorne, Alan: Suite, revised scoring, commissioned by Novello
Variations on a Theme of Michael Tippett, for brass band by Tovey, Gregson, M.Ball, Howarth, Wilby(PHM)
Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Rhosymedre (Prelude) arr. for brass band (Stainer and Bell)
Walton, Sir William T.: A Wartime Sketchbook (Five extracts from wartime film scores, Oxford University Press) PHM
Walton, Sir William: Music for Children  (from Eight Duets for Children, Oxford University Press, MS)
Walton, Sir William: Galop-Finale (Music for Children)   MS

Books

A Companion to Scottish Culture, ed. David Daiches - contributor of a articles on Scottish composers. (Edward Arnold, 1981)
Frank Bridge - A Thematic Catalogue      (Faber Music Ltd., 1983)
Frank Bridge - The Complete Works        (PHM Publishing, 2016)
The British Brass Band, ed. Trevor Herbert - contributor of chapter on the 20th century entitled Building a Repertoire    (Oxford University Press, 2000)
Landscapes of the Mind, ed. George Odam, contributor on the wind and brass music of John McCabe (Ashgate, 2007)
Music in Mufty, chapter in History, Harmony and Humanity, the music of Ray Steadman-Allen (SP & S, 2015)
Variations on a Life, the life and music of Wilfred Heaton (in progress)

Research articles

Eric Ball - A Centenary Appreciation  (British Bandsman, February 2003)
Frank Bridge - A Centenary Survey   (Music Teacher, July and August 1979)          
Frank Bridge - Seeds of Discontent    (The Musical Times, January 1991)
Frank Bridge   (New Dictionary of National Biography) ) Oxford)
Frank Bridge worklist for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Wilfred Heaton - an Appreciation   (British Bandsman, May 2000)
Wilfred Heaton   (New Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford)
Wilfred Heaton - The Story of Contest Music  (Brass Band World, 2007)
Philip Wilby   (The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Macmillan)
Wilfred Heaton - Variations on a Life (British Bandsman, April 2018)

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