For twenty three years I was the writer and presenter of Listen to the Band on BBC Radio 2, an enjoyable and fascinating job, especially after thirty odd years as a member of the Armed Services.
Part of the programme was to interview people making news in the band world, and none was more interesting than the composer Nigel Hess who achieved fame as a composer for the theatre, film and television.
We start this podcast featuring Nigel Hess' three short ‘pictures’, inspired by several visits to a small part of the American East Coast, an area which provides great extremes in both the geography and the people.
If that's the entree, then dessert is the thrill of hearing three great cornet players working together brilliantly. Featuring David Dawes, Roger Webster and Jim Shepherd, with the Fairey Band conducted by Stephen Cobb playing The Heralds by tuba virtuoso Philip Catelinet.
It's an absolute musical feast!