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.
"Philip McCann and I first met in the early 1970s at the Broxburn Band Club in Scotland. He had just been appointed to be the new Solo Cornet player at Black Dyke, and I was off to serve Queen and Country in Singapore as Bandmaster of the Gordon Highlanders.
We chatted about his illustrious predecessors, Willie Lang, Maurice Murphy and Jim Shepherd, and I remarked that he had big boots to fill. He replied, and I’ll never forget it, “Frank, I do what I do and they’ll either like it or they won’t, but I can’t and won’t change”.
I think it’s fair to say that they and everyone else who heard him did indeed like it.
His recordings of the World’s Most Beautiful Melodies and the Golden Cornet of Philip McCann, are perennial favourites, and have cemented his place as one of the great cornet players of all time.
My Track of the Week this week is Philip McCann, with Roy Newsome at the organ, and Duncan Blackledge conducting the Sellers Engineering Band, playing the Easter Hymn from Pietro Mascagni’s Opera Cavelleria Rusticana."
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