Men of Harlech

By
Traditional
Arranged
Jock McKenzie
Price
£ 15.00 

Men of Harlech is a military march and song, traditionally said to describe events during the seven-year siege of Harlech Castle, North Wales between the years 1461 and 1468.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium
  • 1 Tuba
  • 2 Percussion
  • Percussion section requires: Snare Drum and Suspended Cymbal

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Men of Harlech is a military march and song, traditionally said to describe events during the seven-year siege of Harlech Castle, North Wales between the years 1461 and 1468. Men of Harlech is important to Welsh culture. The song gained international recognition when it was featured in the 1941 movie How Green Was My Valley and the 1964 film Zulu. Men of Harlech is widely used as a regimental march, especially by British andCommonwealth Army regiments historically associated with Wales. Notably, it is the slow march of the Welsh Guards and the quick march of the Royal Welsh, as well as being used as regimental marches In the Canadian military. The tune was first published, without words in 1794 as Gorhoffedd Gwŷr Harlech (March of the Men of Harlech) in the second edition of The Musical and Poetical Relics of the Welsh Bards. First published with Welsh lyrics in Gems of Welsh Melody, edited by the Welsh poet, John Owen, published in both London, England and Wrexham, Wales. The earliest version of the tune to appear with English lyrics, comes from a broadside printed in approx 1830. HTV Wales used part of the song for their news and current affairs programme, Wales Tonight and Bryn Terfel recorded Men of Harlech for his 2000 album “We'll Keep a Welcome”. Adapted versions are sung by fans of several Welsh sporting clubs and as school or college songs around the world. The English version of the song is sung before every Cardiff City home football game.

Jock McKenzie studied trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he was a joint recipient of the college’s concerto prize. Since 1987 Jock has based his musical career in Hampshire, working as a freelance trumpeter, conductor, composer, arranger and brass teacher. Currently Jock holds the position of Professional Leader (Brass) for Hampshire Music Service and is the Director of the Hampshire County Youth Band. It is the mix of all of these musical roles that has led to Jock establishing a reputation as a leading creator of brass music resources, particularly in the field of education and brass ensemble music.

“One of the finest brass ensemble recordings that has ever come my way.”

Rodney Newton
Composer, arranger and music journalist

“Under the Spell of Spain is a showcase of virtuosic playing by some of London’s finest brass and percussion players. Highly recommended!”

Jon Gorrie
Founder, BrassMusician.com

“The entire programme can be likened to a sumptuous feast, with each track having its own highly delectable and thoroughly satisfying flavour. The CD is surely compulsive listening for all brass and percussion enthusiasts.”

C Brian Buckley
Brass Band World

“This is absolutely one of the finest and most creative brass ensembles in the world."

Marc Dickman
University of South Florida writing in the International Trombone Association Journal

“Many recordings over the last few decades have demonstrated the superb quality of British brass playing; 'Under the Spell of Spain' will rightfully take its place among them.”

Paul Sarcich
www.dailyclassicalmusic.com

“The entire programme can be likened to a sumptuous feast, with each track having its own highly delectable and thoroughly satisfying flavour. The CD is surely compulsive listening for all brass and percussion enthusiasts.”

C Brian Buckley
Brass Band World

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