|1||The Liberty Bell||J. P. Sousa arr. Robert Childs|
|3||Bubbles was a Cheerleader||Pat Williams arr. Ray Farr||Piccolo trumpet soloist: James Fountain|
|4||The Wondrous Cross||Dean Jones|
|5||From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific||H. L. Clarke arr. Robert Childs||Cornet soloist: James Fountain|
|6||Lucid Perspectives||Pankhurst, Baker and McGhee|
|7||First Light||Ben Hollings||Cornet soloist: James Fountain|
|8||Postcard from Rio||Steven Ponsford|
|9||Lament||Ben Hollings||Cornet soloist: James Fountain, Euphonium soloist: Matthew Rowe|
|10||The Waltonian March||J. J. Richards arr. Dominique Morel|
|11||St Peter's Chorale||Jonathan Bates|
|13||Deep Harmony||Handel Parker arr. Roy Newsome|
|14||Pyrotechnic Variations on 1812||Christian Overhead|
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The catologue embraces a number of talented, emerging young composers, whose music is extensively featured here, including Jonathan Bates, Ben Hollings, Lucy Pankhurst, Andrew Baker and Paul McGee.
Jonathan Bates is represented by Londinium, portraying the capital from Roman times to the present, and St Peter’s which retains the same theme with the title referring to a chapel at the Tower. Ben Hollings supplies First Light, one of the solos for guest cornet/piccolo trumpet player, James Fountain, and also Lament in which he teams up with Matthew Rowe (euphonium). There is no doubting the class playing of the soloist and this is a real bonus to the album.
A MASTERCLASS IN TENOR HORN PLAYING
Scotland has produced some mighty fine tenor horn players, and right up there with the best is Sheona White who, after 17 years, has produced her second solo album, Timeless (Cat. No CD 25508) with support from Brighouse and Rastrick Band and Ruth Webb (piano). Sheona has chosen a more - wide ranging and serious programme this time, although it opens by returning to the roots of the horn solo repertoire with a commanding performance of Eric Ball’s September Fantasy. Forty years ago, it was perhaps the most serious piece available, but now there is so much more including Derek Bourgeois’s Concerto for E flat Horn and Brass Band. This defies the favoured fast, slow, fast format with largely slow opening music, and is devoid of some of the quirky and humorous writing for which the composer was renowned. It’s a terrific work with huge demands placed on the soloist which Sheona successfully meets. Rather more cheeky is Bramwell Tovey’s clever and flirtatious Chiquita Dances, recalling Audrey Hepburn’s cameo in The Lavender Hill Mob. The programme is balanced by shorter pieces, but no less interesting, especially the Karen Carpenter inspired Sunday in the Park specially commissioned from Philip Sparke.