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20 June 2024
A Celtic Legacy: The Music of the O'Donnell Brothers

The Band of the Royal Air Force College
Wing Commander Piers Morrell *, Squadron Leader Richard Murray ** & Squadron Leader Chris l'Anson *** (conductors)

Wonderful Irish themed music for wind band/military band written by three hugely talented brothers who were directors of top military bands in England, in the Army, the Royal Marines and the RAF. Much of this music is unknown, has been unjustly forgotten and indeed has not been played for almost a century. Many of the works on this recording were way ahead of their time. We also have some music arranged for the legendary BBC Wireless Military Band, which broadcast weekly between 1927 and 1943 and featured many of London’s finest orchestral musicians It was conducted by Bertram Walton O’Donnell and then by his brother Percy.


RP O’Donnell: Fanfare on the Royal Air Force Call *

B Walton O’Donnell: Quick March: The Crusader *

B Walton O’Donnell: Prelude *

RP O’Donnell: Fantasie Overture ***

B Walton O’Donnell: The Irish Maiden ***

B Walton O’Donnell: Two Irish Sketches, Op. 20 *

I. The Mountain Sprite

II. At the Pattern

RP O’Donnell: Celtic Waltz **

B Walton O’Donnell: A Lyric Poem: ‘When the Sun is Setting’ ***

B Walton O’Donnell: Three Humoresques, Op. 28 ***

I. Pride and Prejudice

II. Prevarication

II. Petulance and Persuasion

B Walton O’Donnell: Strathspeys and Reels ***

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, transcr. B Walton O’Donnell: Dance of the Tumblers (The Snow Maiden **

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, transcr. B Walton O’Donnell: The Flight of the Bumblebee (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)**

Kurt Noack, transcr. PSG O’Donnell: Intermezzo-March: Flibbertigibbets (Parade of the Little Elves) Op. 5 ***

Recorded in St Michael's and All Angels Church, RAF College Cranwell, UK on 23rd-30th June & 7th November 2022.
Design: Hannah Whale, Fruition Creative Concepts
Recording Engineering & Editing: Tony Faulkner
Recording Production: Mike Purton
Total Time: 72:14
Release Date: November 2023

MPR007     View Booklet     UPC: 5060742690445

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