Release Date: 2014-10-25
Sample Tracks : 3
Musical Director: Simon Stonehouse
This CD begins in a traditional style with the rousing Sousa march 'King Cotton', followed by a real tour de force for brass band - Walter Hargreaves' classic transcription of the Glinka overture: 'Ruslan and Ludmilla'.
We feature no less than four of the band's superb soloists - Sara Oberland (Flugel Horn) in 'The Salley Gardens', Carl Gratty (Cornet) in 'Whirlwind', Steve Barwick (Tenor Horn) in 'An Untold Story' and George Bruce (Euphonium) in Monti's 'Czardas' - along with the ladies and gentlemen of the Cornet section in 'Trumpet Blues and Cantabile'.
Film music appears with an upbeat dance band arrangement of 'The Trolley Song', famously sung by Judy Garland in 'Meet Me in st. Louis' (1944), and a beautiful setting of the 'Prelude to 49th Parallel' from Vaughan Williams' score to the Second World War propaganda film '49th Parallel' (1941).
Piazzolla's 'Libertango' and Derek Broadbent's arrangement of 'Brazil' featuring the band's percussion section, are two of the more lively pieces of recent concert programmes.
Our more innotive repertoire is showcased as we take on acid house and KLF's 'What time is Love?' and heavy metal with the Iron Maiden hit 'Run to the Hills' - a special arrangement for the band by Rodney Newton which features carl Gratty on lead guitar (using a trumpet, silent Brass system and an effects pedal!).
We close this 12th recording with Philip Harper's setting of the hymn 'In Love for Me' and the fabulous Leigh Baker arrangement of the Lionel Richie hit 'All Night Long'.
Release Date: 2013-10-10
Musical Director - Colin Cranson
The programme starts with the William Himes march 'Rolling Along', which aptly gave us the title of this CD. Many well known tunes and melodies are featured such as the classic Barry Mannilow melody 'One Voice','Blow the Wind southerly', the beautiful horn solo 'The Lark in the Clear Air' played by Annabel Stapleton, and the equally graceful Softly As I Leave You played by Principal Euphonium David Woollam.
More traditional music is represented in the form of The Toreador March' from Bizet's Carmen, The Radestsky March by J. Strauss and the soprano solo 'Trumpet Tune' featuring Andrea Egginton. With Big Band music increasing in popularity with brass bands and their audiences, we have featured 3 pieces in this style; The famous trumpet solo 'Satchmo' played by Principal cornet Mark Davies, 'New York, New York' and an orginal work by Goff Richards 'Brass Blues'
Two of John Williams film themes have been included: The Imperial March from 'The Empire Strikes Back', and the more recent 'Hedwig's Theme' from Harry Potter. Two orginal works for brass band are the goff Richards 'Pastorale' and 'Beneath the Willows' by Phillip Harper, which is a flugel solo performed by the bands Rachel Woolam. The recording concludes with the energetic 'Ritual Fire Dance' by Mannuel de Falla.
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Musical Director - Colin Cranson
This CD is the 11th recording made by Roberts Bakery Band, marking the 125th anniversary of Roberys Bakery, and Colin Cranson's 40th year as Musical Director.
The band starts in typical brass band style with the rousing march 'The New Colonial'. Further traditional items are 'The Lincolshire Poacher', Abe Holzmann's 'Blaze Away!' and the patriotic 'Nimrod'.
We feature three of the band's superb soloist - Michael Pollitt (Cornet) in 'You Raise Me Up', Alex Hosgrove (Euphonium) in a beautiful arrangement of 'Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair' and Sara Oberland (Flugel Horn) in 'Doyle's Lament'.
Popular music follows with the lively dance band number 'Valero', a modern arrangement of Duke Ellington's 'Caravan,' and 'Memory' from the musical Cats.
We feature three Salvation Army arrangements; two hymn settings, 'Make Me a Channel of Your Peace' and 'I Know Thou Art Mine', and the major work 'Variations on Laudate Dominum'.
The band dedicates the march 'Alte Kameraden'(Old Comrades) to the many thousands who have travelled to hear the band at the European Blasmusikfestival in Schlema, Germany over the past ten years.
The title track 'Victory' marks the band;s own victory in the 2011 North West regional Championships, the second time in four years that the band has triumphed in the competition.
On this special recording we also feature the final solo perfomance of Colin Cranson's wonderful euphonium playing career - 'La Sonnambula' accompanied by the Foden Motor Works Band in 1976. This is followed by a grand finale - the march from the opera 'Tannhauser' by Wagner.
Release Date: 2007-02-02
Musical Director - Colin Cranson
This CD recording is the fourth in the popular Roberts Bakery Band in Concert series. This Series of CD's have been recorded to enable you to listen to the music that we perform on stage at our concerts.
A brass band concert would not be complete without a rousing marh and on this CD we feature the contest march 'Ravenswood', a piece that gained the band "Best Non-Championship Band" at the 2006 Delph Whit Friday March contest. Another march we played that day and is featured on this recording is 'Death or Glory', a piece you may recognise from the film "Brassed Off".
Again from "Brassed Off", you may reconise one of our five solos, Rodrigo's 'Concerto D'Aranjuez', played by our flugel Soloist Michael Pollitt. Our Principal cornet player Will Earl shows off his fine tone in a traditional cornet solo 'Dark Haired Marie'. We feature 'Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair' a solo played by Katie Smallwood our solo Baritone player, on a instrument that is becoming more populor as a solo instrument within th brass band world. David Woollam on Principle Euponium plays a tricky 'La Belle Americane', one of the finest variation solos. Our last soloist is Ian Raisbeck playing the soprano cornet solo 'drink to Me Only'.
'In Perfect Peace' is a lovely slow melody showing the band's tranquil and smooth style.
The band brings an Irish feel to this recording with the 'Tune from County Derry', a beautiful arrangement of the famous Londonderry Air.
We feature the theme from the film Jurassic Park some greate music written by John Williams.
We also introduce the sound of the sea with the addition of Gordon Lanford's arrangement of 'Fantasy on British Sea Songs'. This combination of famous sea songs including the popular "hornpipe" which is always heard on the Last Night of the Proms.
'I'll Walk With God' was a tune sung by the American Tenor, Mario Lanza back in the 1950's / 1960's and is still a tune that is very popular today.
The band adds its own tribute to the brillian Glenn Miller. 'Moonlight Serenade' is one of Miller's most well known tunes providing many young couples in the 1940's a lovely slow tune to dance to. 'American Patrol' is another of His greatest tunes and the liveliness of the tune made it popular throughout many dance halls all over the world.