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From the programme
Temperance Band

Royal Festival Hall 1951

The London County Council

In Association With

The National Brass Band Club


Frank Wright - Conducting

The Dulwich College Choir

High Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir

London Songmen

Metropolitan Police A.A. Choral Society

Enfield Central Band

Rushden Temperance Band

Solo Trumpet - Ken Smith
William Herbert - Tenor
Maurice Bevan - Baritone

Sunday, 9 December, 1951, 3.30 P.M.

General Manager - T. E. Bean
Concerts Adviser - Owen Mase, O.B.E., M.A.(Hon.)
House Manager - J. D. Green
Deputy House Manager - A. Matthews
Box Office Manager - J. B. Carr


(Choir, Band and Audience - second
verse, Choir and Band only]

God save our gracious King,
Long live our noble King,
God save the King !
Send him victorious
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the King !

O Lord our God, arise,
Scatter his enemies,
And make them fall :
Confound their politics ;
Frustrate their knavish tricks ;
On Thee our hopes we fix ;
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On him be pleased to pour ;
Long may he reign !
May he defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
'God save the King !'


Diversions on an Original Theme

'Sirius'  Frank Wright
Concerto for Trumpet Haydn Soloist - Ken Smith
Tone poem 'Resurgam' Eric Ball
The Rainbow Thomas Wood
A Tale of Dunkirk for MALE VOICE CHOIR and BRASS BAND

Brass Band Arrangement by FRANK WRIGHT

In courtesy to the Artists, the audience are requested to remain in their seats
until the applause at the end of each part has finished.

Would those members of the audience who have to leave the auditorium before the concert is over, please use the rear exits.

London Songmen Conductor Tom Purvis
Metropolitan Police A.A. Choral Society Conductor Sgt. Fred Mayger
Enfield Central Band Conductor Jack Atherton
Rushden Temperance Band Conductor William Scholes
William Herbert Tenor
Maurice Bevan Baritone

Conductor - Frank Wright

Bill in 1951
William "Bill" Scholes

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Frank Wright
Frank Wright
FRANK WRIGHT, Australian by birth, first attracted serious attention by winning the open Australian Cornet Championship in a field of fifty-three of the best soloists of the Commonwealth. The late J. Ord Hume, on a visit to Australia, remarked that there was no finer cornet player in England. At the age of 19 he became the conductor of one of Australia's leading bands and at 20 was appointed conductor of one of the best known competitive choral societies. Success came to him early in both spheres. Orchestral and military band music also claimed his early attention.

Conductor, Adjudicator and Composer, he is acknowledged to be one of the foremost brass band authorities of our time. He has adjudicated at almost every important Band Festival in the world, including the Championships of Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, at Belle Vue (Manchester), and at the Royal Albert Hall. In Holland this year he was one of the three judges at the International Muziekconcours at which 81 orchestras and bands from 14 different countries competed and which was described on the Continent as "one of the greatest Competitive Musical Festivals ever held in Europe."

He is Music Director of the London County Council (Parks Department) and a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was Brass and Military Band Adviser to the South Bank Exhibition, Festival of Britain, 1951. E.B.

The Temps entertaining the crowd
Bill conducting the Temperance Band in Hall Park in the 1950s. Entertaining the public on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Notice the scout tents in the background. They often used to camp for a weekend in the park.

Notes from the 1951 programme

The Rushden Temperance Band was formed in November, 1875, and is one of the oldest Midland Bands. It has had a remarkable run of success for a strictly amateur band, and is thus well known throughout Britain.

As a Broadcasting combination it is regularly engaged in the Midland, Home and Light Programmes.

As a Concert Band, the "Temps," as they are commonly known, are engaged in most of the prominent Parks of Towns and Cities within a radius of 70 miles. Engagements for 1951 include Derby, Northampton, Coventry, Nottingham, Birmingham, Dunstable, Cambridge and some two or three visits to London to play in L.C.C, Parks.

The Band is fortunate in its soloists, Mr. Geo. Sayer receiving National Honours when he became the Champion of Great Britain 1946-7; Mr. Ron Benning was Area Champion in the same year, and last year was awarded the 1st Prize at Fodens' Solo Contest among 62 entrants.

For three successive years the "Temps" have been prizewinners at the September Belle Vue, and this is regarded as a remarkable feat for an amateur band.

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