Essential Dyke Volume VII opened with the customary march, overture and cornet solo sequence. The march, Simoraine was composed by Clive Barraclough, with a title derived from the names of his children, Simon and Lorraine.
The name Howard Lorriman appeared with increasing regularity in Black Dyke programmes during this period and he arranged the version of Fingal€™s Cave heard here. Zelda needs no introduction and it received a characteristically sparkling performance from Richard Marshall.
From hereon, tradition took a back seat. Bill Whelan€™s Riverdance dates from 1994, whilst Capriccio belongs to the 21st century. In it, for the first time in this series, the Eb tuba comes under the spotlight, played by Joseph Cook, the band€™s flamboyant principal tuba player. Where Eagles Sing, by Dyke€™s second Young Composer-in-Residence, Paul Lovatt-Cooper (affectionately known as €˜PLC€™), concluded the middle section of the CD, which eased us into a more modern mode.
A selection from the rock ballad Music and Paul McCartney€™s Yellow Submarine took us back a generation or so, but these were separated by another new arrangement. PLC€™s version of Donegal Bay highlights further the growing recognition of the baritone, especially when in the hands of a player such as Gareth Brindle.
For the second time in the series Dr Childs included an original work. It was a live recording of the actual winning performance by Black Dyke Band in the British Open Championship of 2006, making a brilliant finale and again reflecting changes in the band€™s concert programmes.
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