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​                                          Philip Lane was born in Cheltenham, the English spa town at the foot of the Cotswold Hills made 
                                          famous by visits from George III and a place of festivals, National Hunt Racing, literature, competitive
                                          cricket and international music, but as he grew up in the 1950s, it was still a very parochial spot, some
                                          hundred miles from London. The family possessed an old harmonium on which he tried to play from a 
                                          very early age; seeing he had some interest in music, this was soon replaced with an upright piano which
                                         proved a more responsive vehicle for his improvising - or 'playing by ear' as it was called. Any sort of 
                                         tune he heard, popular, religious or occasionally classical, was a suitable 'case for treatment'. 

Philip Lane has mastered the art of orchestrating gorgeous melodies and fascinating harmonic design with ever-changing instrumental colors. Paul Noble has captured the sound of the original compositions and made them available to the repertoire of the wind band. The music is intended for use by accomplished high school, college, university, community and professional bands.  (Read more of his biography on the Biography tab.)
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London Salute is listed in the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association Manual as a non-graded warm-up march, and in the British National Concert Band Festival as a Grade 3.5 on the required music list.  
London Salute  “ Concert March                                          Listen                              3:08    Medium   View score page          US $35.00    Purchase  
Performed by the Birmingham (U.K.) Symphonic Winds, Keith Allen, Conductor

London Salute (Bb - Marching Band Version)                    Listen                              3:00    Medium   View score page           US $35.00    Purchase
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble 

"London Salute" was written to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the BBC and first performed in a broadcast by the BBC Concert Orchestra. It is a march-like evocation of the capital, very much as an outsider would see it, all hustle and bustle, with ceremonial and tradition around every corner.   Whether the concert version or the marching band version, this march is a "must" for every band library!
The harp is optional and not necessary for performance.
The orchestra version of "London Salute" can be heard on CD:  Marco Polo 8.225185.

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"Cotswold Dances" (1 - 5) is listed in the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association Manual, Grade VI , the Maryland Music Educators Association, 3 mvmts. - Grade 4; 4 mvmts. - Grade 5; 5 mvmts. - Grade 6, and the British National Concert Band Festival as a Grade 4.0 on the required music list.

Cotswold Dances 1.   Seven Springs                               Listen                     3:00      Medium   View score page          US $25.00    Purchase
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble 
The performance of the "Cotswold Dances" is by the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Dr. Emily Threinen, conductor.  
See their web site at:  http://scwindensemble.ning.com/. Used with permission.
The first movement refers to the source of the River Thames, with its rippling accompaniment figures.

Cotswold Dances 2.  Badminton House                         Listen                     2:08      Medium    View score page          US $25.00     Purchase 
Badminton House is a picture of the world-famous Horse Trials, with an archaic touch here and there to point to the House itself.

Cotswold Dances 3.   Pittville Promenade                      Listen                    3:45      Medium   View score page          US $25.00      Purchase
 Pittville Park is the largest open space in Cheltenham, England, with Gustav Holst's birthplace at one end and the famous Pump Room at the other.  
The composer remembers childhood walks there and varying degrees of catching newts and the like in the central lake.

Cotswold Dances 4. Cleeve Idyll                                     Listen                     3:50      Medium    View score page          US $25.00      Purchase

Cleeve Hill is the highest point in the Cotswold chain, just reaching a thousand feet above sea level at one point, making it, officially, a mountain, albeit a gentle one.   Nevertheless, the extremes of weather through the seasons are reflected here, with an ominous note or two suggesting Belas Knap, an ancient burial ground sited nearby.

Cotswold Dances 5.  Wassail Song                                  Listen                     2:20     Med-Adv  View score page           US$25.00       Purchase         
The final movement takes the traditional Gloucestershire wassail song, heard at Christmas, and manipulates it through any number of filters and distortions.
(NOTE:  Some harp parts are doubled, some are more essential.   If no harp, the part can be played either by electronic keyboard or piano.)
The orchestra version of "Cotswold Dances" can be heard on CD: Marco Polo 8.225185.


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"A Maritime Overture" is listed in the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association Manual as approved Festival repertoire, Grade VI. Thank you, VBODA!

A Maritime Overture                                                        Listen                     8:00       Adv      View score page         US $75.00      Purchase
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble  

The performance is by the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Dr. Emily Threinen, conductor.  See their web site at: 
http://scwindensemble.ning.com/.    Used with permission. 

"A Maritime Overture" seeks to portray various aspects of the sea, from the gentle lapping of the waves at the start to the storms and battles later on.   Beautiful English horn (cued otherwise) solo opportunity, and outstanding display for percussionists.  A likely candidate for festival and contest music.
The orchestra version of "A Maritime Overture" can be heard on CD: Marco Polo 8.225185.

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"Celebration Overture" is listed in the Florida Bandmasters Association Manual as approved Festival repertoire, Grade V. Thank you, FBA!"
Celebration Overture                                                        Listen                      5:20     Med-Adv   View score page ​      US $50.00       Purchase
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble 

The audio file is from a rehearsal at Bowling Green State University Wind Symphony, Dr. Bruce Moss, conductor.
See their web site at:  http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music/ensembles/bands/ensembles.html.  Used with permission.

"Celebration Overture" was composed in the summer of 1976 and was given first prize judged by William Alwyn whose film scores Philip Lane has worked on for commericial recordings in the last 10 years.  It is truly a celebratory piece with a dramatic pyramid opening, followed by the melodic introduction in solo clarinet, then solo trumpet, before accelerating to a rousing burst of celebration.   A rich slower middle section leads into the return of celebration.   This piece is sure to find its way into the list of recommended festival and contest literature.
(NOTE:  The harp part is non-essential, and may be omitted or played on electronic keyboard or piano.)
The orchestra version of "Celebration Overture" can be heard on CD: Sanctuary WHL 2140.






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