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Welsh Guards Band

Welsh Guards Band

Music Programme Notes 

 

The Rising of the Lark

arr. J Kappey         

'Codiad yr Ehedydd‚Äô¬†or ‚ÄėRising of the Lark‚Äô was established as the Regimental Quick March of the Welsh Guards upon the Regiment‚Äôs formation in 1915. It was arranged by Jacob Kappey who also published the book ‚ÄėShort History of Military Music‚Äô in 1894.¬†

 

Men of Harlech

Traditional

The Slow March of the Welsh Guards ‚ÄėMen of Harlech‚Äô was originally a song which is said to describe events during the seven-year siege of Harlech Castle between 1461 and 1468. Commanded by Constable Dafydd ap Ieuan, the Garrison withstood the longest known siege in the history of the British Isles.

 

Great and Glorious

Major L. Statham

Major Leslie Statham served as a Bandsman in the 2nd Battalion The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) from 1924 before becoming the Bandmaster of the 2nd Battalion The Manchester Regiment in 1935 and the Royal Military Academy (Sandhurst) in 1945. He was commissioned in 1947 upon the Sandhurst Band being granted the status of a minor staff band and became Director of Music, Welsh Guards in 1948 serving with them until retirement in 1962. 

Major Statham is regarded as one of the finest composers/arrangers produced by the army with much of his music being written under the pen name of Arnold Steck. He wrote many marches under this name such as Birdcage Walk, The Guardsman, Piccadillyand Drum Majorette which was the original theme tune to Match of the Day. Great and Glorious is a rare example of a march written under his own name, is a wonderful stirring and stately grand march which conjures all that is best in ceremonial and pageantry.

 

Welsh Rhapsody

Sir E. German

Sir Edward German (17 February 1862-11 November 1936) was an English musician and composer of Welsh descent, best remembered for his extensive output of incidental music for the stage and as a successor to Arthur Sullivan in the field of English comic opera. Some of his light operas, especially Merrie England, are still performed. He also wrote a considerable body of songs, piano music, symphonic suites and other concert music, of which his Welsh Rhapsody (1904) written for the Cardiff Festival of that year, is perhaps best known. It features the following folk songs Loudly Proclaim, Hunting the Hare - Bells of Aberdovey, David of the White Rock and ends with the stirring Men of Harlech, which is also the Regimental Slow March of the Welsh Guards.

 

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