|1||Orb and Sceptre||William Walton arr. Eric Ball||Rothwell Temperance Band|
|2||Magh Seola||Gerard Falry arr. Sandy Smith||Flugel Horn Soloist Vikki Holland with Rothwell Temperance Band|
|3||The Banks of Green Willow||George Butterworth arr. Duncan Wilson||Rothwell Temperance Band|
|4||Ae Fond Kiss||Robert Burns arr. Peter Graham||Tenor Horn Soloist Catherine Roberts with Rothwell Temperance Band|
|5||Sunset Over the River Exe||Kenneth Downie||Rothwell Temperance Band|
|6||Donegal Bay||Paul Lovatt-Cooper||Baritone Soloist Andy Padgett with Rothwell Temperance Band|
|7||Into the Sky||Stephen Bulla||Rothwell Temperance Band|
|8||On with the Motley||Ruggero Leoncavello arr. Ray Farr||Soprano Cornet Soloist Jon Hammond with Rothwell Temperance Band|
|9||Guardian of my Soul||Darren Shaw||Rothwell Temperance Band|
|10||Dark Eyes||Bill Geldard||Tenor Trombone Soloist Nick Walker with Rothwell Temperance Band|
|11||Hommage à Adolphe Sax||Jan Van der Roost||Rothwell Temperance Band|
|12||An American in Paris||George Gershwin arr. Howard Snell||Rothwell Temperance Band|
|13||Peace||John Golland||Euphonium Soloist Dan Morgan with Rothwell Temperance Band|
A solid, consistent Yorkshire outfit is how I would describe the Rothwell Temperance Band and that's epitomised in their latest self-produced CD, 'Orb and Sceptre'. The programme breaks down into two distinct halves. The first celebrates British music but, the opening title track from William Walton aside, in a less obvious way. The Gaelic 'Magh Seola' is lovingly played on flugel by Vikki Holland followed by 'The Banks of Green Willows' from George Butterworth, 'Ae Fond Kiss' by Robert burns in which Catherine Roberts on tenor horn shines, 'Sunset Over the River Exe' from Kenneth Downie and Paul Lovatt Cooper's 'Donegal Bay' with Andy Padgett's nicely phrased baritone skills.
After that it's a segment of more widely known concert repertoire, although the 'Hommage a Adolphe Sax' from jan Van der Roost's 'From Ancient Times' seems an odd choice in this context. Still, with a couple more solos and Snell's first-rate arrangement of Gershwin's 'An American in Paris' in the mix there is much to admire here, although the barest of booklets with no detail on the music is an irritation. And as Dan Morgan on euphonium brought the disc to a warm close with John Golland's 'Peace' the thought entered my mind of how many bands still have Temperance in their title?