I was sent an interesting dinner menu by Geoffrey Hosier celebrating the 78th birthday of John Henry Iles, and in honour of Frank Wright on his departure to Australia and New Zealand. The dinner was held at Manchester on 17th September 1949, on the occasion of the Daily Herald National Brass Band Championships at Bell Vue.
Frank was a friend of Geoffrey Hosier, teaching him music, cornet/trumpet, conducting, arranging etc. When Frank died in 1970 had no next-of kin so all his possessions were left to Geoffrey and his brother. Later, much of the material was donated much to the University of Ballarat, Australia, including unpublished works, boxes of programs photos etc.
Frank Wright, born in Smeaton, Victoria in 1901, was tutored by Percy Code and became a composer, music educator, conductor, publisher and cornet player. He was the conductor of the City of Ballarat Brass Band and Soldiers’ Memorial Brass Band, and Australian Cornet Solo Champion. As a cornet soloist he went to England in 1933, where he became a member of the famous St Hilda Brass Band.
He became one of the foremost figures in the sphere of brass banding, turning his hand to almost every aspect of band management with great skill, and also serving as professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a celebrated adjudicator, he travelled worldwide. Today he is best remembered for the many transcriptions of 19th and 20th century overtures he made in later life.
To access the Frank Wright archive in the Victorian Collections, go to: victoriancollections.net.au and search for “Frank Wright”