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Music for the Fourth of July

Friday, 4 July 2014, 19:30
St Mary’s Church - Chiddingfold, Surrey
Music for the Fourth of July



Welcome to Our Concert

Surrey Brass is delighted to perform at Chiddingfold for the third successive year, and as you might expect from a concert on 4th July, the programme contains musical elements reflecting the themes of America and Independence! We feature music with associations from both sides of the Atlantic in an innovative and entertaining programme with a range of music spanning several centuries and countries.  Conductor Rupert Bond, who is appearing for the first time in front of Surrey Brass, will also tell stories and anecdotes about the music and the composers to make your experience more enjoyable.

No concert of American brass music is complete without a contribution from the “March King” John Philip Sousa, so look out for one of his foot-tapping favourites. We also expect to play “Londoner in New York”, and atmospheric piece that reflects a tourist’s musical impression of several of the most famous places in New York. Earlier music from the southern states is represented too, this time from New Orleans, featuring ragtime music from Scott Joplin. Performing in a fine church here at Chiddingfold also provides an excellent reason to reprise music from the Gospel Hall. Back to New York and the range of opportunities offered from Broadway shows is too much to resist, we will slip in some music from the most famous composer of musicals, George Gershwin as a tribute to this great American institution. No Surrey Brass concert is complete without solos featuring members of the ensemble, and tonight our soloists play music reflecting jazz, blues and show genres. Although the movies were invented in Britain, Hollywood made them what they are today, and Surrey Brass has for a long time featured music from the movies, tonight being no exception. Westerns, Love themes, Thrillers, Outer Space, where will we go next?

And although we probably won’t be playing any music from Boston, tea may be provided and a bar will be open for your enjoyment.

The Programme


Three Movements from "Five Movements from Divertimento" (Premru):

    - Of Knights and Castles

    - Lac Leman

    - Blues March

My Funny Valentine (Rogers/Hart, arr. Mark Nightingale)

    - soloist Dave Musgrove

Largo from Symphony #9 (Frpm the New World) (Dvorak arr. Dave Marlatt)

The Easy Winners (Joplin arr. John Iveson)

Send in the Clowns (Sondheim arr. Roger Harvey)

    - soloist John Goodwin

A Londoner in New York (Jim Parker)

    - Central Park

    - Chrysler Building

    - Echos of Harlem

INTERVAL (Approximately 20 minutes)

Bar Open

Got a Little Rhythm (Gershwin arr. Alan Gout)

The Gospel Hall (Hazell)

    - The Welcome

    - Hymn 1

    - Praise

Once Upon a Time in the West (Morricone arr. John Hughes)

Tico Tico (Abreu arr. John Iveson)

    - soloist Will Spencer

Amazing Grace (Hines arr. Michael Straker)

String Of Pearls (Gray arr. John Iveson)

Semper Fidelis (Sousa arr. Roger Harvey)



Programme Notes

A Londoner in New York (Jim Parker)

    - Central Park

    - Chrysler Building

    - Echos of Harlem

Jim Parker wrote this suite for the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, much used in concerts and appearing on the groups “Lollipops” album. This suite evokes the impressions of an English tourist visiting famous New York landmarks for the first time. Parker’s other work in film and television ranges from music for Moll Flanders, Tom Jones, Midsomer Murders, Foyle's War and The House of Eliott. He has won the British Academy Award for Best Original Television Music four times, and has written scores for over two hundred TV programmes.

Got a Little Rhythm (Gershwin arr. Alan Gout)

Surrey Brass joke that this piece should be called “Ain’t Got No Rhythm” because it’s so hard to play accurately! Gershwin wrote this for the musical “Girl Crazy” in 1930 and was highly innovative by introducing “rhythm changes” along with the chord changes for the first time. The song is featured in the 1951 musical film An American in Paris. This arrangement by Alan Gout also includes another Gershwin tune – can you spot what it is?

The Gospel Hall (Hazell)

    - The Welcome

    - Hymn 1

    - Praise

Chris Hazell was the recording engineer for the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, but one day surprised Philip with a piece for brass ensemble, which subsequently became one of the most popular pieces in the brass ensemble repertoire. We aren’t playing that one, since it’s not about America, instead Hazell’s joyous music from the Deep South is set to welcome, calm and excite your soul.


Three Movements from "Five Movements from Divertimento" (Premru):

    - Of Knights and Castles

    - Lac Leman

    - Blues March 

Raymond Premru wrote this suite for the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, of which he was a long serving member. He was a talented American trombonist, composer, and music teacher, who was based for most of his career in London, England. His work on the bass trombone was widely admired, and is preserved on innumerable recordings in diverse genres; his teaching influenced many leading trombonists; and his compositions were performed by leading orchestras and ensembles throughout the United States and Great Britain, contributing significantly, in particular, to the repertoire for brass instruments.

My Funny Valentine (Rogers/Hart, arr. Mark Nightingale)   - soloist Dave Musgrove

"My Funny Valentine" is a famous show tune from the 1937 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical Babes in Arms.  In the song, the girl Billie pokes fun at some of her man Valentine's characteristics, but ultimately affirms that he makes her smile and that she doesn't want him to change. This never happens in real life of course. The song is a popular jazz standard, appearing on over 1300 albums performed by over 600 artists. This arrangement for Bass Trombone soloist is by Mark Nightingale, the UK’s leading jazz trombone soloist, who appeared in concert with Surrey Brass in 2011.


Once Upon a Time in the West (Morricone arr. John Hughes)

Tumbleweed music from a film telling the epic story of a mysterious stranger with a harmonica who joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. There’s no spaghetti in sight in this clever arrangement made specially for Surrey Brass by John Hughes.

Tico Tico (Abreu arr. John Iveson) - soloist Will Spencer

This cheeky song composed in 1917 was made famous by Carmen Miranda in the film Copacabana (1947). If you can understand double ententre in Portuguese, you’ll understand what the song is about. It’s not about a little sparrow (the tico tico) getting into some cornmeal, that’s for sure. Another arrangement made for the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, this tune was also often performed by the Grateful Dead during their tuning jams which often happened in between songs.

Amazing Grace (Hines arr. Michael Straker)

A decadent, musically luscious arrangement of the moving folk tune, transcribed for Surrey Brass by our principal trombonist Michael Straker. With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, "Amazing Grace" is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.

Largo from Symphony No.9 “From the New World” (Dvorak arr. Dave Marlatt)

This symphony was the work that propelled Dvorak to worldwide fame in 1893, and encapsulates the joy, energy and optimism of the opportunity of a new life in a new country. Written whilst Dvorak was director of the National Conservatory of Music of America, it is so popular in the USA that Neil Armstrong took a recording of the New World Symphony to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, the first Moon landing, in 1969

The Easy Winners (Joplin arr. John Iveson)

Scott Joplin rose from humble beginnings to become the “The King of Ragtime”. He went to Chicago for the World's Fair of 1893, which played a major part in making ragtime a US national craze by 1897. The Easy Winners is not the most famous of his 44 rags, but it works particularly well in this arrangement made for the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble by their trombonist John Iveson.

Send in the Clowns (Sondheim arr. Roger Harvey)  - soloist John Goodwin

"Send in the Clowns" is a song written by Stephen Sondheim for the 1973 musical “A Little Night Music”, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's film “Smiles of a Summer Night”. The title refers to the old circus practice of sending the clowns into the ring to distract from a disaster. It is a ballad in which the character Desirée reflects on the ironies and disappointments of her life. Among other things, she looks back on an affair years earlier with the lawyer Fredrik. Meeting him after so long, she finds that he is now in an unconsummated marriage with a much younger woman. Desirée proposes marriage to rescue him from this situation, but he declines, citing his dedication to his bride. Reacting to his rejection, Desirée sings this song.


String Of Pearls (Jerry Gray arr. John Iveson)

Contrary to the propaganda, this was not written by Glen Miller. Who cares? The record was ranked No. 1 in the US for two weeks in 1942 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart in a chart run of 21 weeks. Whilst today it may appear dated, it’s brilliant, inventive music, and arranged by numerous people including John Iveson for Philip Jones. The lyrics talk about buying a string of pearls for a loved one while they wait to get married. The pearls came from Woolworth’s – remember them?

Semper Fidelis (Sousa arr. Roger Harvey)

No programme of American music is complete without something from “The March King” John Philip Sousa. In the nick of time, we close the today’s programme with Semper Fidelis, meaning "Always Faithful" or "Always Loyal". Most unusually, it was written in response to a request from United States President Chester Arthur for a new piece to be associated with the United States President. It has become better known today as the official march of the US Marine Corps.


Forthcoming Concerts


Carols By Candelight

7:30pm Saturday 20th December 2014
Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

Our website has details and tickets for all our concerts


Rupert Bond – Conductor

Rupert Bond is a conductor, composer, and educator.  He believes passionately in the importance of sharing music with others, particularly the young - both performer and listener alike - and adheres passionately to Gustav Mahler’s dictum that “in each performance a work must be reborn”.

After completing his B.Mus at Goldsmiths College, London University, he was awarded a place on the Advanced Conducting Course at the Royal Academy of Music. However his formative influence was George Hurst. Since then he has enjoyed considerable success as a conductor, creating compelling and lively performances of musical integrity with groups from small chamber ensembles to 100-player symphony orchestras. For 16 years he was Director of Music at James Allen’s Girls’ School. In 1999 he was made an ARAM - Associate of the Royal Academy - for his services to music. He is also a composer of choral and orchestral music and gained an M.Mus at Surrey University in this specialism in 2012.

He has also conducted many semi-professional, community and amateur orchestras and choirs in the UK. In 2006 and 2007 Rupert worked in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Christchurch Symphony, the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and with ensembles at the Christchurch School of Music.

He now lives in the South East - where amongst other things he is Director of Music for the parishes of Eynsford, Farningham and Lullingstone. He is Conductor and Musical Adviser for the European Doctors Orchestra and the Water City Orchestra in East London and in Devon is Associate Lecturer in the Music department of Plymouth University where he is Conductor of the university orchestra and runs a conductor’s course. He has recently been appointed as Conductor of the Folkestone and Hythe Orchestra Society as well as guest conducting other orchestras and ensembles. He is delighted to be working with Surrey Brass.

The Performers


Surrey Brass

Conductor: Rupert Bond



Tenor Trombone

Michael Chapple


Michael Straker

Will Spencer


David Horden

Steve Dawes


Huw Evans

John Goodwin



Huw Evans


Bass Trombone



Dave Musgrove




Tim Costen









Adrian Warren


Neil Marshall





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 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 aim 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, Amnesty International, 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, composers and performing partnerships for future projects.

Event Information, Instant Tickets, Sheet Music, CD sales and much more are available from our website at

Surrey Brass thanks their regular players and deputies who are unable to play tonight and whose loyal support is gratefully acknowledged.  



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




Programme notes compiled by John Goodwin 2014


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