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 to listen too, here on Frank Renton on Brass. As he says this week,
"I first met up with Simon Willis when he was a member of the Thoresby Colliery Band under the leadership of my old pal Stan Lippeatt, but didn’t really get to know him until after his studies at Salford University when he joined Grimethorpe Colliery Band as Second Euphonium, and he and Michael Dodds made a great section. I have to say that he wasn’t a bad golfer either, which made him a perfect fit for life at Grimethorpe.
He still plays but is spending a considerable amount of his time conducting, where he brings all his flair and experience to bear on a number of bands, but I digress, when he was studying at Salford and living in the North West he transferred his banding allegiance to the BT Band conducted for many years by John Maines.
In his final examinations at Salford he was expected to play and did it so well that he was awarded the Harry Mortimer prize for Instrumental Performance, which all leads me to tell you that my Track of the Week is Simon Willis with the BT Band conducted by John Maines, playing George Doughty’s Variations on Grandfather's Clock, a part of every decent euphonium player's repertoire since time immemorial, and its established format of a theme and three variations with an exhilarating final flourish has been a template for many similar solos through the ages, and it’s all here at Frank Renton on Brass!"
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