UK Release Date: 27th May 2016
US Release Date: 27th May 2016
CAT No: BMMAGG1603
℗ & © 2015 British Military Music Archive Ltd. Under exclusive license to Naxos of America, Inc.
Director of Music: Lieutenant-Colonel G.J. Miller, MVO, MBE, LRAM, psm
Remastered Historical Recordings (1922-1940)
This album contains recordings by the Band of the Grenadier Guards conducted by Lieutenant-Colonel George Miller, MVO, MBE. His musical career began at the age of eight as a choirboy at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle where he sang solo for Queen Victoria. He became a bandmaster at the age of 21 and served with great distinction throughout his long career, retiring in January 1942 as the Senior Director of Music, Brigade of Guards.
These recordings amply testify the quality of the band under his direction and bring you a selection of marches in contrasting styles, along with some items from the band’s concert repertoire in the years between the World Wars. They begin with a real gem of a march, composed in 1937 and dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the wife of King George VI and the lady we remember today as the late Queen Mother. The composer of H.M. Queen Elizabeth’s March was Adela Verne (1877-1952), considered to be one of the greatest woman pianists of her era; her sister, Mathilde Verne, had been the piano teacher to Queen Elizabeth in her younger days when she was styled Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.