Essential Dyke Vol. IV - The Pondashers - CD

Essential Dyke Vol. IV - The Pondashers - CD
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The Essential Dyke Volume IV appeared in 2004 and, with the same conductor and principal soloists, reflected a more settled period in the band€™s history. In addition to a busy concert and contest schedule, Black Dyke Band was now producing a large number of CDs, a massive 22 in the years 2001-2004, partially due, no doubt, to the strong bonds between band and recording company. Amongst the CDs were a number dedicated to the music of a particular composer. To date these featured Arthur Butterworth, Michael Ball, Peter Graham, Wilfred Heaton (two albums) and Eric Ball, a ground-breaking sequence.

Marches recorded on Volume IV were Knight Templar (its second appearance in the series), The Pondashers €“ specially composed for Black Dyke and dedicated to its many fans by the late Major G H Willcocks, one of the band€™s former highly successful professional conductors, and a celebrated transcription of Tchaikovsky€™s March Slav as the CDs finale. With the overture to Mozart€™s The Marriage of Figaro and Brahms€™ Academic Festival Overture the CD had a pronounced €˜classical€™ feel and, along with Langford€™s Sullivan Fantasy and the evergreen All in the April Evening, the emphasis was very much on tradition.

2004 proved to be a good year on the contest platform, with a win in the National Brass Band Championships in the Royal Albert Hall, which was €˜converted€™ to a further win in the European Championships in Groningen, Holland, in the following spring.


1The PondashersMajor George WillcocksBlack Dyke Band2.32
2Academic Festival OvertureJohannes Brahms arr. WrightBlack Dyke Band9.44
3Silver Threads Among the GoldTraditional arr. BoddingtonRoger Webster (Cornet) withBlack Dyke Band4.09
4Prelude to La TraviataGiuseppe Verdi arr. FernieBlack Dyke Band3.13
5Thoughts of LoveArthur Pryor arr. WilkinsonBrett Baker (Trombone) withBlack Dyke Band5.52
6Sullivan FantasyArthur Sullivan arr. LangfordBlack Dyke Band6.46
7The Marriage of FigaroWolfgang Amadeus Mozart arr. HazelgroveBlack Dyke Band4.10
8Knight TemplarGeorge AllanBlack Dyke Band4.44
9Variations on a ThemeGioacchino Rossini arr. BrennanDavid Thornton (Euphonium) withBlack Dyke Band8.50
10All in the April EveningRoberton arr. BallBlack Dyke Band4.07
11March SlavPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky arr. DaviesBlack Dyke Band7.32
11Children of SanchezChuck Mangione arr. GiljeJohn Doyle (Flugel Horn) withBlack Dyke Band5.56
121812 OverturePyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky arr. ChildsBlack Dyke Band9.47

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Code:  21243
Product type  CDs
Genre  Bands
Artist  Black Dyke Band
Catalogue Number  DOYCD167