Men of Harlech

Jock McKenzie
£ 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.

  • Bite-Size Brass Band
  • 3 Cornets
  • 1 Flugel
  • 1 Tenor Horn
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium
  • 1 Tuba
  • 3 Percussion (Timps, Snare Drum and Suspended Cymbal)




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.

“The CD is just fabulous. The ensemble playing is fantastic; the tightness of the ensemble is amazing; the balance and dynamics are just brilliant.”

Philip Biggs
The Brass Herald

“This is joyous stuff; an intelligent, coherent crossover disc, performed with phenomenal punch. Brilliantly recorded too – what’s the point of assembling a collective of virtuoso brass players if they can’t make your ears bleed ?”

Graham Rickson

“Every now and again a recording that is both truly outstanding and will have great appeal to brass band listeners appears on the shelves. We are delighted to make it the first recipient of our CD of the Year Editors Award.”

Kenneth Crookston
British Bandsman

“Wow! What a great CD. The playing is superb”

Dr. Robert Childs
Musical Director, Cory Band

"Who but the best professionals could live up to this ?... Everything about this disc is to be recommended, the recording is crystal clear and the playing and arranging of the first water”

Dr. Paul Sarcich

"The more I listen to this album the more I find to enjoy and the more impressed I am. The wealth of talent on display in terms of composing, performing, recording and producing is fantastic"

Kevin Morgan
The British Trombone Society

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