BRASS for GOSH - London Central Fellowship Band

Supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital

Sleeve Notes

Welcome to ‘BRASS for GOSH’. Enjoy a Salvation Army brass band playing popular easy-listening music in support of London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, the renowned international centre of excellence in child healthcare known universally by its acronym of GOSH. And be uplifted by the collaborative tracks in which the ‘GOSH Staff and Parent Choir’ or guest soloists join forces with the band.


For every product sold, Citadel Promotions will make a donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity in the UK (Reg no. 1160024). The donation for Great Ormond Street Hospital is paid by Citadel Promotions to Great Ormond Street International Promotions Limited (registered in England no. 2265303), which passes its net profits by way of Gift Aid to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. 


Track Listing

On We March

This scintillating beat march, written by Salvationist composer Kevin Larsson, reflects its Los Angeles origins with tunes like 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' from Gipsy and 'Hooray for Hollywood'. The march also features the Salvation Army Song 'On We March' and the hymn tune 'Rachie'.

Amazing Grace

In this arrangement, the Salvation Army composer Robert Redhead reflects on this American traditional hymn which often leads in polls as the most loved hymn of all time. The plaintive melody of ‘Amazing Grace’ is the perfect match for the lyrics by John Newton:

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

When A Child Is Born

Charlie Green, accompanied by the band sings this well known compostion from Ciro Dammicco, arr John Golland. Joining a distinguished line of vocalists who have recorded this popular Christmas song. Among them are Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby. Charlotte Church, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and Sara Brightman. The lyrics by Fred Ray, ‘A ray of hope flickers in the sky’, strike their own upbeat note.

New York, New York

This classic theme song from Martin Scorcese’s 1977 film New York, New York was written for and performed in the film by Liza Minnelli. It was later recorded by Frank Sinatra who made it one of his signature songs. This sparkling brass arrangement captures the excitement and bravura of the original.

 

Love Changes Everything

‘Love Changes Everything’ is a favourite song from the musical Aspects of Love. The lyrics by Charles Hart and Don Black are immortalised by the superb melodic gift of Andrew Lloyd Webber, arranged by Stephen Bulla. 

 
Love, love changes everything,
Hands and faces, earth and sky.
Love, love changes everything,
How you live and how you die.
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose

The GOSH choir sing the traditional Scottish love ballad accompanied by the band in an arrangement by Salvationist composer Paul Sharman. The origins of the song are to be found in Scottish folk music. The words are by Robert Burns, and the song first appeared in 1794.

Farandole

The ever-popular and stirring ‘Farandole’ by Bizet originates in incidental music he wrote for the play L’Arlisienne by Daudet, which he later turned into a suite. The farandole is an open-chain community dance popular in Provence, France. The arrangement is by Salvationist composer Richard Phillips.

Vicar of Dibley

This hauntingly beautiful theme from the television series ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ is a contemporary setting of the words of Psalm 23. Howard Goodall is a composer of musicals, choral music and music for television. In 2009 he was named ‘Composer of the Year’ at the Classical BRIT Awards. Other television credits include ‘Red Dwarf’, ‘Blackadder’, ‘Mr. Bean’ and ‘The Thin Blue Line’.

Tender Loving Care

Specially commissioned for the Central London Fellowship Band to provide performance opportunities for young musicians, this brass score by Salvationist composer Kenneth Downie adds parts for oboe and vocal soloists. Charlotte Hill is the oboist and Abigail Johnson the vocalist in the recording. The composition marries three well-known songs: ‘Yes Jesus Loves Me’, ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ and ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’.

Moon River

The captivating song ‘Moon River’, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, was originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany, winning an Academy Award for best original song. The song also won the 1962 Grammy Awards for ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’. The brass arrangement by Don Morrison captures the delightful atmosphere of the original.

Endless Praise

The song ‘Blessed Assurance’, with words by Fanny Crosby, is given a samba-style treatment in this contemporary setting by the American Salvationist composer William Himes. The title echoes the words of the chorus:

 
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long.

 

Come, Beautiful Christ

In this exquisite arrangement, the chorus of the classic song from the American West, ‘Home On The Range’, is set to prayerful words by Ella Butler: 

Come, beautiful Christ,
Radiate thy beauty in me.
‘Tis thee I adore, what can I ask more
Than to live for thee, beautiful Christ.

 

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

The GOSH choir accompanied by the band charms with their rendition of this much-loved song. The song, with lyrics by Eric Maschwitz, was written in 1939 and Dame Vera Lynn made it one of the most popular songs of the war, reminding those serving at home and abroad of their families. In May 2015 Katherine Jenkins sang it at ‘VE Day 70 – A Party to Remember’ in Horse Guards Parade, London.

 

Puttin' On The Ritz

With this number the band takes us back to the glitz of the 1920s. The title derives from the slang expression ‘to put on the Ritz’, meaning to dress fashionably – in appropriate style for the opulent Ritz Hotel.

 

Soli Deo Gloria

'Soli Deo Gloria' is a Latin phrase meaning 'Glory to God alone'. It has been used by musicians like Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel to signify that a work is composed for the sake of praising God. In his 'Soli Deo Gloria', William Himes references Bach’s ‘Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring’ and cleverly interweaves it with the song:

 
Jesus, name above all names,
Beautiful Saviour, glorious Lord,
Emmanuel, God is with us,
Blessèd Redeemer, living Word.

 

Sound The Amen

In this concert overture, another work commissioned for the London Central Fellowship Band, Paul Sharman bases his music on the hymn tune ‘Lobe den Herren’ with words written 400 years ago by Joachim Neander. The final verse takes the poem to its climax:

Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
Let the amen sound from his people again;
Gladly for aye we adore him.

Rocking Carol

This Czech Christmas carol, in the form of a lullaby sung to the baby Jesus, was translated into English in 1928 by Percy Dearmer. The gently flowing arrangement of the carol as a cornet solo is here played by the band’s principal cornet, David Thomas.

 

Swedish Folk Song

The music of this Swedish folk song has become world-renowned through its marriage to words written by Swedish poet Carl Boberg. Stuart K. Hine heard the song when ministering in Russia and, not knowing of its Swedish origin, translated it from Russian into English. ‘How Great Thou Art’ vies with ‘Amazing Grace’ for the top spot as the most popular Christian hymn: 

 
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee;
How great thou art! How great thou art!

 

The Champions

Major George H. Willcocks MBE, MVO, ARCM, a former Director of Music to H.M. Irish Guards, wrote this march for the Black Dyke Band when he was their professional conductor from 1957-1961. The march incorporates the chorus of the hymn tune ‘Maccabeus’ by Handel, to which are sung the words by Edmond L. Budry: 

 
Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

 

Bonus Material

Kenneth Downie was commissioned to write a piece for the recording to feature Charlotte hill (Oboe) and Abigail Johnson (Vocal). Writing a piece blending 'Gabriel's Oboe' and 'Yes, Jesus loves me', with references to 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' was said Downie, 'an interesting challenge'. The result, 'Tender Loving Care' which is recorded on this album.

 

 

Artists involved in the production

Profile - London Central Fellowship Band

London Central Fellowship Band

The London Central Fellowship Band is a group of Christian, mostly Salvationist musicians from around the London area.

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Profile - GOSH Staff and Parent Choir

GOSH Staff and Parent Choir

The GOSH Staff and Parent Choir, under the direction of Naomi Hammerton, is part of the ‘GOSH Arts’ programme at the hospital.

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