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Celebrating 40 years of Banding 1971 to 2011

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Programme Notes

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.  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.

Keep Smiling Through

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 

Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines

Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, Or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes is a 1965 British comedy film directed by Ken Annakin.

The story is set in 1910, when Lord Rawnsley, an English press magnate, offers £10,000 to the winner of the Daily Post air race from London to Paris, to prove Britain is "number one in the air".

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.
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.

Bless ‘em all

This new release of popular war time songs including 'Wish Me Luck, As You Wave Me Goodbye', 'We're Going To Hang Out The Washing', 'Kiss Me Goodnight Sgt. Major', 'Good Morning', 'Bless 'Em All' and 'Apple Blossom Time' - released to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Battle Of Britain.

633 Squadron

633 Squadron is fictional  - theme from a 1964 British film which depicts the exploits of a fictional Second World War British fighter-bomber squadron trying to destroy a German V-2 rocket fuel plant. It was based on a novel of the same name by Frederick E. Smith, published in 1956, which itself drew on several real Royal Air Force missions.
633 Squadron was the first aviation film to be shot in color and Panavision wide screen.

Les Champs Elysees

The 1969 French pop hit song "Aux Champs Elysees" was a reworking of a British song. Its name was Waterloo Road written by Mike Deighan, who was in a group called Jugular Vein.  Used to be sung by Dave Benton

Down Waterloo Road, Down Waterloo Road,
Friday night, Saturday, any night and any day
You'll find what you're looking for down Waterloo Road,

French version
On the Champs-Élysées, on the Champs-Élysées
In the sun or the rain, at midday or midnight
There is everything that you want on the Champs-Élysées

Royal Air Force March Past

The "Royal Air Force March Past" is the official march of the Royal Air Force (RAF)

The original score was completed by Sir Henry Walford Davies in 1918 for the new RAF; it combined the rhythm of the bugle call of the Royal Flying Corps with that of the Royal Naval Air Service. The call appears in both the introduction and the coda. The second part of the march past, the trio, was composed by Sir George Dyson.

Classical Gold

Includes : Bach’s Anna Magdalena, Toreador March by Bizet, Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg, Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke, Haydn’s St. Anthony Chorale, Can-Can by Offenbach, Mozart’ Symphony #40, William Tell Overture by Rossini, Hungarian Dance #5 by Brahms, Carmen Overture by Bizet, Largo from Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Bach’s Toccata in D minor, Finale from the New World Symphony,  and Beetovens 9th Symphony.

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 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, despite being banned by the BBC

Mack the Knife

"Mack the Knife", is from The Threepenny Opera. It premiered in Berlin in 1928.
The opera opens with the singer comparing Macheath (unfavorably) with a shark, and then telling tales of his robberies, murders, rapes, and arson:
Literal translation:
And the shark, he has teeth
And he wears them in his face
And MacHeath, he has a knife
But the knife you don't see

In the best known English translation,
Oh the shark has pretty teeth dear,
And he shows them pearly white
Just a jack-knife has Macheath dear
And he keeps it out of sight.


"Summertime" is an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess.

Pomp and Circumstance

Pomp and Circumstance Marches, op. 39 are a series of five Marches for orchestra composed by Edward Elgar.

The title is taken from Act III of Shakespeare's Othello:
"The royal banner, and all quality,
Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!"

The best known is the Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.  It had its premiere in London in October 1901,
In the United States, No. 1 is known to many as simply "the graduation song", and is irretrievably associated with graduation ceremonies.


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