Preview: new ISB CD

Posted by Martin Cordner on Friday, September 22, 2017 Under: cd recordings

Soon to be released at the National Brass Band Finals on Saturday 14 October, 'Endeavour - a weekend with the ISB' is the International Staff Band's latest 'repertoire' album - a selection of music they have featured over the past year or so. As I have some music on the recording I thought I would take opportunity to give you a heads-up on the pieces we know are included. If you want to pre-order your CD you can do so here.

My own work Endeavour is the title track and was written in 2014 for the USA Eastern Territory's 'Future All Stars' weekend. You'll notice copious amounts of TV and cinema-inspired music in this fun romp for brass. I've heard the ISB play the piece and they do so with all the energy and pizazz the music demands. Songs featured are 'I'll do my best' and 'Who comes to me, the Saviour said'.

All the world is waiting (Paul Sharman) - a recent arrangement of Howard Davies' 1987 song. Over the past 30 years this song has been widely used in SA worship and witness. With a wistful melody the song recalls Romans 8 and Revelation 22: the latter with the refrain 'Even so Lord Jesus, Come, O Come!' The music has been previously arranged for brass band by Davies in the Scripture Based Songs journal (2008) and new Tune Book (2015), and now Staff Bandsman Paul Sharman has penned this beautiful expansion for full band.

What a wonderful day (Andreas Holmlund) - a laid back, Count Basie-style swing setting of the Sidney Cox song 'O, what a wonderful, wonderful day'. Holmlund, Bandmaster at the Vasa Corps in Sweden, is emerging as a really talented SA brass arranger.

Flugel Horn Solo - Living Waters (Sam Creamer), soloist: Richard Woodrow. This bluesy number for Flugel is built around the song 'O happy, happy day' and is from the pen of young Aussie composer Sam Creamer, a writer who is establishing himself as a go-to arranger for swing and rock music for SA bands.

Glory, Hallelujah! (Kevin Larsson) - a lively, cartoon music-esque setting of the old pre-Salvation Army chorus 'The devil and me, we can't agree'. Written in 2015, it's really inventive music and stylistically it reminds me of the kind of music Bruce Broughton first brought to the SA in the 70s and 80s. Great stuff.

Jesus, Good above all other (Geoffrey Nobes) - following on from 'Lavenham', Nobes has produced another fine meditation in this setting of the German melody 'Quem pastores laudavere' (translates 'The shepherds praised'). The work will be published in the General Series in 2018.

Cross-rhythms (Steven Ponsford) - written in 2016 for the Bolsover Brass Band Summer School, this song is built around songs about Calvary such as 'Here at the cross.'

A special moment (Steven Ponsford) - a classy and fresh-sounding setting of Flora Larsson's chorus 'This is God's moment for you'.

The Garden (Martin Cordner) - a meditation on the account in John 20 where we read of the most important day in Mary's life - the day she met the risen Christ.

Candle of the Lord (Peter Graham). There are at least two other arrangements of Joy Webb's evergreen song. The ones I know of are by Dudley Bright (unpublished) and Michael Kenyon (JSC, publ. 2008). This one was penned more recently, commissioned by former UK salvationist Howard Taylor and the Brisbane Excelsior Band, Australia.

Euphonium Solo - When He cometh (Howard Evans), soloist: Derick Kane. This solo is a setting of the composers own melody, first published for songsters in 1989. Howard Evans presently serves as Bandmaster at Boscombe Corps, UK.

Boundless Spirit (Martin Cordner) - a compilation of music written for the opening session of The Salvation Army's 'Boundless' International Congress which took place in London during July 2015. It was quite a tall order to reduce some 40 minutes of music into a 6-minute overture, but I hope the end result of this piece that celebrates the international Salvation Army world is enjoyable for you.

Into the deep (Ray Steadman-Allen) - written for the ISB to play on the occasion of the centenary of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen in 1981. I don't know the piece, in fact I only learned of it earlier this year when news that the ISB were rehearsing it was released. There are several seafaring melodies and I understand the central movement is built around the tune 'Melita'.

Spirit of the West (Dudley Bright) - a dazzling march that received its debut in 1982 at the USA Western Territory's Music Institute where the composer was special guest. It was written as a salute to that Territory as it celebrated its centenary. Salvationist Dudley Bright is Principial Trombonist of the London Symphony Orchestra. 

To Boldly Go (Peter Graham) - written by the composer for the Melbourne Staff Band's 125th anniversary celebrations in 2015. I gather MSB Bandmaster Ken Waterworth asked the composer for a new 'Shine as the Light', and this was the result. It features songs such as 'I'll go in the the strength of the Lord' and 'I'll not turn back'.

My Story and Song (Ray Steadman-Allen) - a wonderful tribute to former ISB member Simon Birkett who tragically passed away in July 2017. Simon is the featured Baritone soloist here, the track taken from a previous ISB album: 'Glory, glory' (2001). 

All in all in looks like a good another good album from the ISB. As every composer does, I'll wait with baited breath to hear my own works (!), but I hope the recording will be a means of blessing and encouragement to you.

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