TRACK OF THE WEEK

Every week Frank selects his own favourite track of the week from our weekly Music Podcast, and it's completely free here on Frank Renton on Brass.

"There is a long history of top brass band cornetists making the move into the professional orchestral world. In my time Willie Lang, Maurice Murphy, James Watson, Rod Franks, Martin Winter, Jamie Prophet and Phil Cobb are names that immediately come to mind. However, few have made the move at the age of 20, but James Fountain did, appointed to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra whilst still a student at the Guildhall School of Music, and now five years later moved to be joint principal trumpet at the London Philharmonic Orchestra alongside his professor at Guidhall, Paul Beniston, who himself started off playing the cornet in his local Salvation Army Band.

James has never lost his love of the brass band, however and often appears as soloist with top bands and our Track of the Week features him doing just that with the Woodfalls Band and conductor Robert Childs.

He’s playing a solo written almost a hundred years ago by Herbert L Clarke, America’s star cornetist of his time and principal cornet with the Sousa Band, who was also a viola player of professional standing.

It’s an intriguing mix to bring together the talents of two great musicians and players with a century separating them. My Track of the Week this week on Frank Renton on Brass is James Fountain playing 'From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific' by Herbert L Clarke."

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