AT our March meeting, Louise Denny, the composer and musician, told us about four of the many (mainly) military marches she has composed, under the heading Tiptoe through the Trumpets.
When in 1982 at the end of the Falklands Campaign she saw troops disembarking at Southampton, she had the idea of writing a march for the SAS in recognition of the important but unpublicised part played by them, and of their losses, in the campaign. The Winged Dagger was composed with the help of Gordon Langford (who orchestrated the music).
It was given a first play-through at the Commando Training Centre in Devon by the resident Royal Marines Band. The resulting cassette went to the SAS Training Centre at Hereford: in due course the piece was approved and the dedication went ahead. 25 years later, in 2007, it was the first piece played by 600 musicians, including the Household Cavalry, at the start of Trooping the Colour in London.
It has been recorded by numerous bands including the Parachute Regimental Band and the Royal Artillery Orchestra.
Her Scottish Slow March was played by massed bagpipers at the Royal Tournament in Edinburgh in 1988. The piece is timed to match the swirling of the kilts as the pipers march.
Afore Ye Go was written in 1992 as a retirement present for a Yeoman Warder in the Tower of London (a former SAS soldier). It was for a lone piper and band or orchestra. It received its first live performance at the White Rock Theatre with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Friday Night is Music Night and was later played in the Tower of London.
In 1994 she was commissioned to write The Mulberry Harbour March by the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (and sponsored by NatWest Bank) to be played at Accomanches (Normandy) for the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the ‘floating harbours’ and their great importance to the success of the D-Day landings. The plaque is within sight of the remains of the harbours in the sea. Here the band of the Royal Engineers performed her work.
An excellent lunch was provided by Nicola and her team at Fairlight Lodge Hotel.
On April 2, our luncheon speaker will be Graham Peters DL, High Sheriff 2013/2014. At a tea-party on May 9, we shall be remembering the First World War. Guests are welcome. Details M.Plumbe@BTInternet.com or tel: 713737