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We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our founder and President Geoffrey Brand at the age of 96.
His daughter, Gill, and son, Michael were with him during his last days.
He will be remembered as a brilliant conductor, particularly of brass and wind bands, and an imaginative musical entrepreneur. His live performances and rehearsals inspired players and audiences throughout the world and his outstanding recordings will continue to do so.
His publishing legacy of fine works for Wind and Brass Bands is immense.
Latest Music Releases:Sussex Carol (cat#10312)
English Traditional arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
Peace on Earth (cat#10313)
Arbeau's Orcesographie 1588 arr. Michael Brand - Easy (USA Grade: 3)
Personent Hodie (On this day the Earth shall ring) (cat#10314)
Finnish. Realised by Holst arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
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Today's Featured Composer:
John Ireland (1879-1962)
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John Ireland was an English composer and contemporary of Holst, Elgar, Vaughan Williams. He studied at the Royal College of Music (London) and later taught composition there. (Benjamin Britten was one of his pupils.)
His most famous works are his Piano Concerto, `A London Overture' (for orchestra) and the choral work `These Things Shall Be'. He wrote two important pieces for Brass Band, namely `A Downland Suite' and `Comedy Overture', both considered to be masterpieces.
Both these works have now been transcribed for Concert Band and in addition,G & M Brand Publications publish `A Maritime Overture' a fine original work written in 1944.