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Celebrating 40 years of Banding 1971 to 2011

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Programme Notes

March of the Peers

From the comic opera Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri,  with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert.

It is one of the Savoy Operas and the seventh collaboration of the fourteen between Gilbert and Sullivan. It was first produced in London at the Savoy Theatre, on 25 November 1882, and ran for 398 performances.

Raiders March

The Raiders March, Indiana Jones' theme, was originally two songs simply played on piano by composer John Williams. He invited Steven Spielberg to his performance and Spielberg asked him to link the two songs together to create Raiders March. The song was composed around 1980 and was recently included in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It has been used in every movie and also appears in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean is a series of fantasy-adventure motion pictures based on a Walt Disney theme park ride of the same name, and follow Captain Jack Sparrow (portrayed by Johnny Depp),

Je T'Aime … Moi Non Plus

"Je t'aime... moi non plus" (French for "I love you... me neither") is the title of a French duet song written by Serge Gainsbourg. It was originally written for and sung with Brigitte Bardot in 1967, but that version was not released until 1986. In 1969, Gainsbourg recorded a version with his lover at the time, Jane Birkin. It reached number one in the UK, but was banned in several countries due to its sexual content.

"La Vie en rose"

Life in Rosy Hues, literally Life in pink) was the signature song of French singer Édith Piaf.
Piaf first popularized the song in 1946. The lyrics were written by Piaf and the melody of the song by "Louiguy" (Louis Gugliemi). Initially, Piaf's peers and her songwriting team did not think the song would be successful, but it became a favorite with audiences

Maid of the Moor (Demelza)

Poldark is a series of historical novels by Winston Graham, and a popular 1975 BBC television series based on the books. Pan MacMillan has republished all twelve novels, in celebration of Winston Graham's centenary on 30 June 2008.
The main character, Ross Poldark, a British soldier, returns from the American War of Independence to his home in Cornwall, only to find that his fiancée, Elizabeth Chynoweth, having believed him dead, is about to marry his cousin, Francis Poldark. Ross attempts to restore his own fortunes by reopening one of the family's tin mines. He marries Demelza Carne, a servant girl, and is gradually reconciled to the loss of Elizabeth's love.


Grease is an 1978 American musical film based on the 1971 musical of the same name about two lovers in a 1950s high school. The film stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. It was successful both critically and at the box office; its soundtrack album ended 1978 as the second-best selling album of the year in the United States

Nut Rocker

an instrumental rock single by American instrumental ensemble B. Bumble and the Stingers that went to number 1 in the UK singles chart in May 1962.[2]
The recording was made by the house band of session musicians at Rendezvous Records in Los Angeles,
Based on Tchaikovsky's "March of the Wooden Soldiers" from his ballet The Nutcracker, and took this to local entrepreneur and pianist H. B. Barnum. Barnum recorded it under the name "Jack B. Nimble and the Quicks"

Men of Harlech

a song and military march which is traditionally said[1] to describe events during the seven year long siege of Harlech Castle between 1461 and 1468.[2] Commanded by Constable Dafydd ap Ieuan, the garrison held out in what is the longest known siege in the history of the British Isles
"Men of Harlech" occupies an important place in Welsh national culture. It is the regimental march of several regiments historically associated with Wales. The Royal Welsh (UK), the Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal) and the Governor General's Horse Guards, Canadian Forces are three examples. It is also the regimental march for two Australian Army Reserve units, the 8th/7th Battalion of The Royal Victoria Regiment and Sydney University Regiment where it is played as a quick march.[5]

Aces High

March by Ron Goodwin from the 1969 film The Battle of Britain. 

Original title from the film "The Luftwaffe March", but already a march of that name so re-titled it "Aces High".

Originally Sir William Walton wrote the music for this film. The producers were not really satisfied with the music and they gave the assignment to Goodwin. Sir William Walton is a kind of an institution and there was a lot of commotion about it. Goodwin's score was accepted by the producers. But they liked Walton's "Battle in the Air" sequence more than Goodwin's and this is used in the film.

Doctor Who

 theme is a piece of music composed by Ron Grainer and realised by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Created in 1963, it was one of the first electronic music signature tunes for television and after nearly five decades remains one of the most easily recognised.


A backdraft is a situation which can occur when a fire is starved of oxygen; consequently combustion ceases but the fuel gases and smoke remain at high temperature. If oxygen is re-introduced to the fire, eg. by opening a door to a closed room, combustion can restart often resulting in an explosive effect as the gases heat and expand.

Backdraft is an American movie released in 1991, Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro and Scott Glenn star.  The story is about firefighters in Chicago on the trail of a serial arsonist.

The Japanese cooking TV show, Iron Chef, used Backdraft's music (composed by Hans Zimmer).

Air Force One

is the official air traffic control call sign of any United States Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States. any U.S. Air Force aircraft may carry the "Air Force One" call sign while the president is on board.
Air Force One is a 1997 American action film starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Glenn Close

You Raise Me Up

is a popular inspirational song. The music was written by Secret Garden's Rolf Løvland and the lyrics by Brendan Graham, a veteran songwriter from Ireland. The song has now been covered more than 125 times.  The song was subsequently recorded by Daniel O'Donnell in 2003 and was a hit throughout Ireland and the UK.
The song was written as an instrumental piece in 2002 and titled "Silent Story." The melody is based on a traditional Irish tune,

Uptown Girl

a song written and performed by musician Billy Joel, first released in 1983 on his album An Innocent Man. single peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts in the US,[2] and #1 in the UK, staying at that position for 5 weeks; it was the second biggest selling single of 1983 in the United Kingdom behind only Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon", which Joel had knocked off the number one position on November 1, 1983;

Keep Smiling Through

Keep Smiling Through! (Medley) arr. Darrol Barry Selection of memorable songs from World War II: The Army, The Navy & the Air Force; Yours; Lili Marlene; The White Cliffs of Dover; We'll Meet Again 

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

 a song by the English rock band Queen, written by Freddie Mercury in 1979. While it peaked at number two in the UK, it hit number one on the U.S. charts on 23 February 1980, remaining there for four consecutive weeks. It topped the charts in Australia for seven weeks

As reported by Mercury in Melody Maker, 2 May 1981, Mercury composed "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" on the guitar in just five to ten minutes.  Other accounts say that he wrote it while lounging in a bubble bath in the  Hotel in Munich. The entire song was reportedly recorded in less than half an hour (although Mack says it was six hours).

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