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Bach Meets Batman

Saturday, 8 October 2011, 19:30 - 22:00
St. Peters Church - Hersham, Surrey
Bach Meets Batman


Bach Meets Batman

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Welcome to our concert

Surrey Brass is delighted to be invited back to Hersham again—this is the fifth time—and this time we have an all-new programme to please you, our loyal and enthusiastic audience. Thank you for coming! We do like to theme our concerts and whilst choosing the music, it turned out that a lot of the choices had a Gothic theme, so we decided to make the most of it. As usual, the music ranges from serious to fun, but there is a dark thread running through it tonight. We have to confess that sometimes this thread may seem rather obscure, but don’t worry you will soon find it again.
Tonight’s soloist Adrian Warren is a fixture at St. Peters, since he is the resident organist, and he’s also arranged the blockbuster “Suite Gothique” which forms the centrepiece of tonight's concert. We are delighted to welcome back Graham Chambers, who conducted last year’s concert with such flair. And once again we are most grateful for the financial support from The Charity of Robert Phillips without which this concert could not happen. This year, 2011 marks the 10th birthday of Surrey Brass, a significant achievement given the fact it is a voluntary organisation which survives mostly on its enthusiasm, wits and by the goodwill of its audiences. Our strapline is “the innovative and entertaining brass ensemble” and our very first concert featured a Golden Jubilee
Fanfare Contest, with entries from seven composers. Since then our innovation has continued, featuring music specially composed to accompany silent films by Walton on Thames film maker Cecil Hepworth (performed in the Playhouse, the last remaining building of the local film studios). We moved on to perform the world premiere of our commission “Concorde” in the Wellington Hangar at Brooklands, offering a trip round the famous aeroplane during the interval. We hope the next decade will be just as interesting as the last.

Forthcoming Concerts

Our 10th Birthday concert is on 19th November 2011 in the Yehudi Menuhin School, just down the road in Cobham. The programme will be rather special and
we really hope you can make it so please make a note of it in your diary today. If you would like a reminder please make sure to join our email list at the interval. Although it may seem a long way away we are looking forward to our annual Carols By Candlelight at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington on Saturday 17th December 2011. This is always an immensely popular family event, with carols, music, readings, fun and mince pies not to mention a gothic atmosphere! Seems like there is no escape from the Goths. Book early it’s always sold out. 

Tonight’s Conductor

Graham Chambers started playing the trombone as a boy at school in Oxfordshire. He started lessons with Denis Wick at the age of 14 and at the same time gaining a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where he was principal trombone for three years, and later represented Great Britain in the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra playing under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein and Pierre Boulez. A degree in music followed at Surrey University
where he studied conducting under Brian Brockless and conducted the University Wind Band. After University Graham spent some time as a freelance trombone player and brass instrument teacher before joining the BBC music department in 1981 where he worked for Radio 3 and later BBC TV Music and Arts Department. During this time he became musical director of the Redbridge Brass Band which under his coaching became the leading brass band in the
London and Southern region – a position it still holds today. Graham ceased playing and conducting activities in the late 1980’s when he took on the role
of librarian for the London Symphony Orchestra. During this time he travelled worldwide with the LSO and worked closely with some of the world’s greatest conductors e.g. Leonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davies, André Previn, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle and Valery Gergiev, to name but a few. His work with the LSO included preparing performing materials for the extremely busy recording schedule, including a vast number of film recordings including films such as Brave Heart by James Horner, and the more recent much famed Star Wars recordings composed by John Williams and Patrick Doyle and many other well known film composers such as Jerry Goldsmith. He also worked closely with a wide variety of popular recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Shirley Bassey, Luciano Pavarotti and many many others.
He also programmed film music concerts and made a number of arrangements that the LSO and LSO Brass Ensemble played regularly at film music and children’s concerts. Graham left the LSO in 2007 and currently works as a freelance music editor and has had the time to rekindle his love of conducting brass and is delighted to have been asked to direct Surrey Brass.

About Surrey Brass

Surrey Brass was founded in August 2001 by John Goodwin and aims to develop the fine tradition of ensemble brass performance originated by the internationally famous Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, by widening the audience for brass ensemble music, enlarging the repertoire, and providing enjoyment for everyone. Surrey Brass plays a wide, innovative and entertaining repertoire to a high standard, incorporating fresh influences from diverse musical sources including Classical, Jazz, Film, and World Music. Our talented musicians are some of the best players in the county of Surrey. We are particularly keen on encouraging young brass players and every year perform at least one concert involving them - hopefully some will join us as performers in future.
Surrey Brass aims to promote the Arts in all its forms and is keen to form new performing relationships with local Arts organisations, composers and arrangers
in the county of Surrey. We publish sheet music of our own and other peoples’ arrangements for brass ensemble on our website to help widen the  performance of this music. We also try to perform at least one Charity concert every year and have raised many thousands of pounds for various causes including Tsunami relief, help to the Third World, and fundraising for a new Village Hall. We are self-supporting, but would like to do much more than our resources currently permit. We invite sponsorship for future projects, so if you know someone who might help please contact us!

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About Surrey Brass
Yur support to live music is vital. Interest in performing music has been given a tremendous boost by “The Choir”, “X-Factor”, and several similar TV shows desperately seeking talent. This year, the BBC Prom concerts achieved a remarkable 94% attendance, a record and a remarkable achievement, so it seems that live music is on the ascendant. So we are delighted you decided to follow the trend, have given the telly a miss and have come to see the real thing tonight. We are particularly pleased to see young people in the audience, for they are our musical future. Surrey Brass aims to encourage young musicians
with our “Brass Massive” education and performance programme in collaboration with local schools. However as you look around the venue and count the number of performers it might become apparent that putting on concerts like this throughout the year is an expensive proposition. Surrey Brass receives no routine steady funding, which is why the generous support of tonight’s sponsors is so vital to us. 

  • As you listen to tonight’s concert we do hope you think our efforts are worthwhile, and we hope you might feel you wish to contribute something to help us to keep bringing live performance to enrich the community. You can help in many ways:
  • First and foremost – Tell everyone about Surrey Brass and bring them to our concerts!!
  • To keep in touch, you can subscribe to our email list tonight, or on our website at any time, and we’ll be sure to remind you about what’s coming up. We are always delighted to see you at our events.
  • Do you have a child learning a brass instrument? If so perhaps the school might consider putting on a Brass Massive—please get in touch.
  • We do have musical ambitions that outweigh our resources by a large factor, so sponsorship of any kind is welcome. Would your employer Sponsor us? If so get in touch!
  • If you are shop at Amazon, the simplest way to help us raise funds is to visit our website, and then click through to shop. We get a small commission and you don’t pay a penny more. It would be nice if you could remember Surrey Brass when doing your Christmas shopping.


Thanks for supporting Live Music


First Half

  • Theme from “Batman” Danny Elfman
  • Queen of the Night’s Aria W.A. Mozart Piccolo Trumpet Soloist Michael Chapple
  • Festival Prelude on "Old 113th" Organ Soloist Adrian Warren
  • Adagio from “Spartacus” Aram Khatchaturian Arranged by John Millar
  • The Washington Post March John Philip Sousa
  • The Good the Bad and the Ugly Ennio Morricone Arranged by John Hughes
  • Trumpet Tune John Stanley Music of the Night Andrew Lloyd-Webber
  • Suite Gothique Léon Boëllmann Organ Soloist Adrian Warren

In the interests of SAFETY we ask all members of the audience
to ensure they are familiar with the clearly marked location of FIRE EXITS.
Please switch your phone off now to avoid embarassment. Thank you.

Second Half

  • Toccata in D Minor J.S. Bach Arr. Ray Farr
  • Chrysler Building  Jim Parker
  • Three movements from “Pictures at an Exhibition” Modest Mussorgsky
    “ Baba Yaga“, and
    “The Great Gate of Kiev”.
  • Voluntary in D George Dyson Organ Soloist Adrian Warren
  • Angel of Music Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Children of Sanchez Chuck Mangione Flugelhorn Soloist John Goodwin
  • Midnight in Moscow Kenny Ball Arr. John Hughes

Thank you for coming tonight, and we hope you will return.

Our 10th Birthday concert is on 19th November 2011
Carols by Candlelight is on 17th December 2011


Programme Notes

Theme from “Batman” - Danny Elfman
Daniel Elfman is best known for scoring music for television and movies and leading the rock band Oingo Boingo. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards and won a Grammy Award for Tim Burton's Batman and an Emmy Award for his Desperate Housewives theme. Elfman is famous for creating The Simpsons main title theme, and his role as Jack Skellington's singing voice in The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Queen of the Night's Aria from The Magic Flute—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart One of the most demanding soprano arias in the operatic repertoire, the Queen of
the Night's "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" ("The vengeance of Hell boils in my heart"), from “The Magic Flute” reaches a high F, rare in opera. Surrey Brass founder member and piccolo trumpet specialist Michael Chapple could not resist the challenge!

Festival Prelude on "Old 113th" Gilbert M Martin
Gilbert Martin, an American composer and choral music editor based this on the Hymn Tune "Old 113th", which was written in 1525 by Matthias Greiter, and was part of the Strassburger Kirchenant. The tune has been used for the hymn "I'll praise our Maker with my breath" - not one often used these days! It gives a great opportunity for the organist to use some of the rare clarinet reed stop, which isn't really appropriate for normal church services.

Adagio from “Spartacus” - Aram Khatchaturian
Spartacus, the ballet by Aram Khachaturian (1903–1978) follows the exploits of Spartacus, the leader of the slave uprising against the Romans known as the Third Servile War. Khachaturian was awarded a Lenin Prize for the ballet in 1954. The ballet remains one of Khachaturian's best known works and is prominent within the repertoire of the Bolshoi Theatre. You may recognise the utterly ravishing tune from a well known TV series from some time ago.

The Washington Post March - John Philip Sousa
In 1889 owners of The Washington Post newspaper requested that John Philip Sousa, the leader of the United States Marine Corps Band, compose a march for the newspaper's essay contest awards ceremony. Sousa obliged; "The Washington Post March" was introduced at the ceremony on June 15, 1889, and it became quite popular. It led to a British journalist dubbing Sousa "The March King."

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly—Ennio Morricone (arr John Hughes)
Ennio Morricone has composed and arranged music for more than 500 motion pictures and TV productions as well as several symphonic and choral pieces. He wrote the instantly recognisable film scores of Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and Once Upon a Time in the West. Many more followed, winning Morricone two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, five BAFTAs, and the Academy Honorary Award "for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music" in 2007.

Trumpet Tune—John Stanley
A trumpet voluntary is the name given to some English keyboard pieces most commonly played on the organ using the trumpet stop. They usually consist of a slow introduction followed by a faster section with the right hand playing fanfare-like figures over a simple accompaniment in the left hand. At the age of seventeen Stanley became the youngest person ever to obtain the Bachelor of Music degree (B.Mus.) at Oxford University. He was a friend of George Frideric Handel, and following Handel's death, continued the series of oratorio concerts Handel had established, and succeeded him as a governor of the Foundling Hospital.

Music of the Night—Andrew Lloyd Webber
"The Music of the Night" is a song from the musical The Phantom of the Opera. The music was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Charles Hart. Initially made famous by Michael Crawford, the actor who originated the role of the Phantom both in the West End and on Broadway, the popular song has sold millions of copies worldwide and has been translated into many different languages.

Suite Gothique—Léon Boëllmann
Suite Gothique (Opus 25) is a suite for organ composed by Léon Boëllmann in 1895. Boëllmann's Suite Gothique consists of four movements which feature most of the many different aspects of the organ’s capabilities. The third movement (Prière à Notre-Dame) is in Ab major and rarely uses dynamics above 'piano' and is often played at weddings. The final fourth movement (Toccata) is best-known. The suite was transcribed for Brass Band by composer Eric Ball, but tonight it is played in a brand new arrangement made specially for Surrey Brass by organ soloist Adrian Warren.

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor—J.S.Bach
The Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, is a piece of organ music attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach. It is one of the most famous works in the organ repertoire, and has been used in a variety of popular media ranging from film, video games, to rock music, and ringtones. But we have a gothic confession to make. Tonight’s version is not quite what Bach wrote. In fact, arranger Ray Farr left some bits out, changed several different bits and added some other bits in. Whilst a music scholar might frown, we don't care, this remix version works brilliantly and you are guaranteed to like it.

Midnight in Moscow—Kenny Ball (arr John Hughes)
"Moscow Nights" or "Midnight in Moscow" is a Russian song, and one of those best known outside its homeland. The song was originally created as "Leningrad Nights" by composer Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi and poet Mikhail Matusovsky and in 1957 won both the international song contest and the first prize at the World Festival of Youth and Students held in Moscow. Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen had a hit with the song in 1961 under the title "Midnight in Moscow" - in December 1961 this track was No.4 on the UK singles chart & in March 1962 made it to No.2 on USA singles chart. It’s always the No.1 audience favourite at any Surrey Brass Hersham programme! 

Chrysler Building—Jim Parker
Jim Parker is a British composer who worked with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. He had early success with Captain Beaky, which topped the charts as both a single and album, led to work in film, television and in London West End theatres. His work ranges from music for Moll Flanders, Tom Jones, Midsomer Murders and The House of Eliott, to the score for the thriller House of Cards, to children's and schools programmes such as Watch, Zig Zag and Fourways Farm. He has won the British Academy Award for Best Original Television Music four times, and has written scores for over one hundred programmes. Tonight’s music reflects New York’s Art Deco Chrysler building, which is not at all gothic.

Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky
It was probably in 1870 that Mussorgsky met artist and architect Viktor Hartmann. Both men were devoted to the cause of an intrinsically Russian art and quickly became friends. Hartmann died from an aneurysm in 1873 and the sudden loss, aged only 39, shook Mussorgsky along with others in Russia's art world. In his memory, an exhibition of over 400 Hartmann works was organised in the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg. Mussorgsky lent works from his personal collection to the exhibit and viewed the show in person. Fired by the experience, he composed Pictures at an Exhibition in six weeks. The music depicts an imaginary tour of an art collection. Tonight we perform three movements from the suite—“Catacombs”, “ Baba Yaga“, and “The Great Gate of Kiev”. To fill in some gothic detail, Baba Yaga is a haggish or witchlike character in Slavic folklore. She flies around on a giant pestle, kidnaps (and presumably eats) small children, and lives in a hut that stands on chicken legs.

Voluntary in D—George Dyson
Sir George Dyson KCVO was an English composer and musician born 1883 in Halifax. He studied at Royal College of Music, then joined the Fusiliers at start of World War I, becoming an expert in grenades (and wrote Grenade Warfare: notes on the training & organization of grenadiers). After being invalided home with shell-shock in 1916 and recovering, he joined the Royal Air Force and became involved in their military bands before becoming Director of the Royal College of Music in 1937. His best known compositions are a symphony, a violin concerto and many choral pieces and settings for church worship. The Voluntary in D, would typically be at the end of a service, rather than in the middle of a concert.

Angel of Music—Andrew Lloyd Webber
Another song from the musical The Phantom of the Opera, but with a dark side which has particular resonance with tonight’s gothic theme, since the Angel of Music refers to Lucifer, a fallen angel who was the head of the ministry of music in Heaven, the most beautiful of all the angels.

Children of Sanchez - Chuck Mangione
The Children of Sanchez is a 1961 book by American anthropologist Oscar Lewis about a Mexican family living in the Mexico City slum of Tepito. The film based on the book had the musical score written by Chuck Mangione who won a Grammy award for it. Mangione's own performance on flugelhorn sometimes hints at Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain, and is frequently riveting, a darkly expressive, soulful element that conveys undiluted passion, sorrow, and joy. This brilliant arrangement is by Surrey Brass trumpeter Michael Chapple.

Midnight in Moscow—Kenny Ball (arr John Hughes)
"Moscow Nights" or "Midnight in Moscow" is a Russian song, and one of those best known outside its homeland. The song was originally created as "Leningrad Nights" by composer Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi and poet Mikhail Matusovsky and in 1957 won both the international song contest and the first prize at the World Festival of Youth and Students held in Moscow. Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen had a hit with the song in 1961 under the title "Midnight in Moscow" - in December 1961 this track was No.4 on the UK singles chart & in March 1962 made it to No.2 on USA singles chart. It’s always the No.1 audience favourite at any Surrey Brass Hersham programme!


Trumpet Michael Chapple
Trumpet Will Spencer
Trumpet Steve Dawes
Trumpet/Flugelhorn John Goodwin
Trumpet Chris Muir
French Horn Tim Costen
French Horn Gabrielle Westwood
Trombone Michael Straker
Trombone David Gale
Trombone/Euphonium Trevor Skuse
Bass Trombone Tony Sommerville
Tuba Adrian Warren
Organ Adrian Warren

Surrey Brass thanks their regular players who are unable to play tonight
and whose loyal support is gratefully acknowledged. We also thank our talented
deputies, whose assistance is vital to our performance tonight.

Percussion Katriona Pett
Percussion Neil Marshall

Surrey Brass is most grateful to The Charity of obert Phillips for their generous sponsorship of this event. The Charity aims to promote education
in the appreciation of music, drama and the fine arts in The Ancient Parish of Walton-on-Thames. We hope to help them achieve that aim.
To St. Peters Church for their inspiring venue.
To Sarah and all the volunteers in the Parish Office for their great support.
To our hard working ConductorGraham Chambers.
To Church Members who organised Tickets and Refreshments.
To our Committee To Reeds School, Cobham for the splendid rehearsal and recording facilities in their Music School.
Special Thanks
Tonight’s Soloist Adrian Warren and his musical family live in Woking. His wife Caroline plays violin, daughter Jacqueline also plays violin and son Nicholas plays French Horn. This makes it entirely logical that Adrian is an Organist, Tuba player and in between manages to squeeze in working during the day as a Petrochemicals Business Manager for the Japanese trading house, Mitsui. Adrian claims that he took up organ “by accident” – as the organist at the church at
which he was a chorister, forgot to put his clock forward, and at short notice he deputised! From such an auspicuous early start, his reputation spread rapidly and since then he has been organist in St Katherines Knockholt in Kent, Holy Trinity Anglican Pro-Cathedral in Brussels, The American Church at Waterloo, Belgium, St Mary Coity, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, and St Peters Church, Hersham as well as having a busy time freelancing throughout the Elmbridge area.
He started playing tuba at 11, when the instrument was larger than he was. One of his many claims to fame was that while in Belgium, he was only the second nonnational to play with Pandore, the orchestra of the Belgian Gendarmarie, the National Police force! [The first non-national player was his wife Caroline]. Adrian currently plays tuba for Surrey Brass, and freelances in London and the Home Counties.

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St. Peters Church
Burwood Road
KT12 4AA
United Kingdom
Venue Capacity:
Facilities for Disabled:
Good. Easy wheelchair access, toilet and parking facilities.
Nearest Train Station:
Nearest Tube:
Far away
Cycle Access:
Free on surrounding streets


St Peters is Victorian church with an open atmosphere with a capacity of about 300 people.

The Church has good facilities for the disabled, including easy wheelchair access, toilet and parking facilities.