Brass band concert programmes on postcards

Many of the times that a brass band has performed a concert, a printed programme has been available for the audience, giving the details of the pieces played, their composers and arrangers and, where appropriate, the names of the conductor and any soloists.

Sadly, few of these reminders of the concerts have survived over the years. Most will have been discarded soon after the event; some will have been saved or collected, but later lost. There are relatively few still in existence to allow us to see what our banding forebears performed for their audiences.

In some instances, the band’s programme was published in advance on posters or in the local press, or possibly printed in reviews after the event. Those in newspapers can still be found (assuming the printed or digitised issues are available), but few posters survive – ephemeral material, like the printed programmes themselves. The programmes and posters are usually simple printed sheets, but occasionally they were more elaborate – like this one from Lincoln:

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Between 1904 and 1913, at least, those charged with raising funds for the hospitals and orphanages in Hull promoted various brass band concerts. These committees or “good causes” were, variously:

In addition to promoting the concerts in the local press (and possibly by posters around the town), they also made use of various printed postcards. These would be showing the typical pictorial scenes on one side, but on the message/address side there would be overprinted the details of the concert programme. It is not know whether these were sold in advance of the concerts, as promotional material, or if they were sold at the concerts themselves, informing the audience as would the normal paper programme, but with the added advantage of being a useful product thereafter (to send a message to friends/family).

So far have only seen such postcards representing bands and charitable concerns in Hull – but here are a dozen examples:


West Park, Hull, Sunday July 17th 1904 – Thomas Wilson’s Sons & Co. Prize Brass Band, conductor A. Dennis

Promoted by Hull Royal Infirmary, Newington Ward, Working Men’s Committee

March: University (J.H. Carter); Air Varie: Rousseau’s Dream (H. Round); Selection: Poliuto (Donizetti); Euphonium Solo: The Village Blacksmith (W.H. Weiss) soloist W. Brocklesby, medallist; Selection: Don Sebastiano (Donizetti); Trombone Solo: Ora Pro Nobis (M. Piccolomini) soloist A. Gibson, medallist; Fantasia: Gems of Tschaikovsky (arr. E. Swift); Selection: Gems of Welsh Melody (arr. J. Ord Hume).

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West Park, Hull, Sunday July 30th 1905 – Barton Cycle Works Prize Band, conductor George White

Promoted by Hull Royal Infirmary, Newington Ward, Working Men’s Committee

March: Viva Birkinshaw (Rimmer); Glee: Strike the Lyre (Cooke); Selection: Rossini’s Works (arr. A. Owen); Sacred Air Varie: Austrian Hymn (arr. E. Swift); Kyrie & Gloria from 12th Mass (Mozart); March: The President (W. German); Selection: from the works of Meyerbeer; Sacred Air Varie: Hanover (arr. H. Round); Selection: La Cenerentola (Rossini); Chorus: Hallelujah (Handel).

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West Park, Hull, Sunday May 31st 1908 – Sons of Temperance Silver Prize Band, conductor C. Norman

Promoted by Hull Royal Infirmary, Newington Ward, Working Men’s Committee

March: Merry Maids (Pearson); Fantasia: Gems of Song (Rimmer); Cornet Solo: At Eventide (Ord Hume) soloist C. Norman; Selection: Old Memories (W. Rimmer); March: The 3 D.G.’s (Brophy); Air Varie: The Vesper Hymn (Round); Intermezzo: Napoli (Lewis Ham); Grand Selection: Robin Hood (Macfarren).

West Park, Hull, Sunday June 28th 1908 – Hull Waterloo Silver Prize Band, conductor Arthur Gibson

Promoted by Hull Royal Infirmary, Newington Ward, Working Men’s Committee

March: Bravura (George Allan); Selection: Old Memories (W. Rimmer); Overture: Poet & Peasant (Suppé); Selection: Fernando Cortez (C. Godfrey) (test piece, Belle Vue, 1907); Selection: Mendelssohn (arr. C. Godfrey); Chorus: Heavens are Telling (Haydn); Selection: Tannhauser (Wagner).

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East Park, Hull, Sunday July 12th 1908 – Hull Sons of Temperance Silver Prize Band, conductor C. Norman

Promoted by Yorkshire Foresters’ Orphanage Hull District Committee

March: Amazon (Farrell); Air Varie: The Austrian Hymn (Swift); Euphonium Solo: The Village Blacksmith (Weiss) soloist T. Norman; Overture: The Viking’s Daughter (Rimmer); Grand March: The King’s Bodyguard (Ord Hume); Fantasia: Jubilation (Rimmer); Selection: Tutti in Maschera (Pedrotti); Chorus: Hallelujah (Handel).

West Park, Hull, Sunday August 16h 1908 – Hull Postmen’s Military Band, conductor P.F. Bultitude

In aid of St John Ambulance Brigade, Hull Corps

March: The Filibuster (G. Southwell); Madrigal: Sing a Joyous Roundelay (J.Barnby); Selection: La Vestale (Spontini); Intermezzo: Rose Garlands (Lilian Raymond); Selection: Opera Gems (arr. H. Round); Aria: The Pilgrim (H. Round); Serenade: Moonlight (Neil Moret); Overture: Miralda (J. Ord Hume).

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West Park, Hull, Sunday August 30th 1908 – Sons of Temperance Prize Silver Band, conductor C. Norman

Promoted by Victoria Hospital for Sick Children, Working Men’s Committee

Quick Step: The 3 D.G.’s (Brophy); Fantasia: Gems of Song (Rimmer); Air Varie: Sandon (Dodsworth); Selection: Gems of Mendelssohn (arr. C. Godfrey); March: The Charmer (McAlister); Euphonium Solo: The Pilgrim (Round); Selection: Crispino (Ricci); Intermezzo: Jubilation (Rimmer).

East Park, Hull, Sunday June 13th 1909 – East Hull Prize Silver Band, conductor J.G. Longman

In aid of the Poor Children’s Summer Outing

March: Up Guards (J. Ord Hume); Fantasia: Amazona (R. Rippin); Cornet Solo: The Light of Life (J.G. Veaco); Selection: Memories of Balfe (arr. Rimmer); Overture: Crown of Merit (Bennett); Air Varie: Vesper Hymn (Round); Selection: Saffo (Pacini); Chorus: Hallelujah (Handel).

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West Park, Hull, Sunday June 27th 1909 – East Hull Prize Silver Band, conductor John G. Longman

Promoted by Victoria Hospital for Sick Children, Working Men’s Committee

March: The Wizard (George Allan); Selection: Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti); Cornet Solo: The Lost Chord (Sullivan); Grand Selection: Memories of Weber (W. Rimmer); Overture: Poet & Peasant (Suppé); Euphonium Solo: The Village Blacksmith (Weiss); Selection: Souvenir de Meyerbeer (E. Swift); Chorus: Kyrie & Gloria from Mozart’s 12th Mass.

East Park, Hull, Sunday June 26th 1910 & West Park, Hull, Sunday July 17th 1910 – Hull Sons of Temperance Prize Band, conductor C. Norman

In aid of Hull & Sculcoates Dispensary Working Men’s Committee

March: Vigilant (J. Farrell); Fantasia: Gems of England (Rimmer); Andante: From C Minor Symphony (Beethoven); Grand Selection: Memories of the Past (Rimmer); Quick March: Senator (G. Allan); Air Varie: Sandon (T. Allsopp); Intermezzo: In the Twilight (Rimmer); Grand Selection: Robert Devereux (Donizetti).

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West Park, Hull, Sunday July 10th 1910 – Hull Sons of Temperance Prize Band, conductor C. Norman

In aid of the Poor Children’s Summer Outing

Quick Step: March at Ease (Rimmer); Overture: Zampa (Herold); Intermezzo: Napoli (Lewis Ham) soloist euphonium C.H. Gray; Selection: Memories of the Past (Rimmer); Quickstep: Vigilant (J. Farrell); Fantasia: Gems of England (Rimmer); Andante: From C Minor Symphony (Beethoven); Grand Selection: Gems of Mozart (Mozart).

West Park, Hull, Sunday June 15th 1913 – Hull Postmen’s Band, conductor P.F. Bultitude

West Hull Working Men’s Committee

March: Romola (E. Hazel); Overture: A Gypsy Romance (J. Ord Hume); Intermezzo: Endoria (Ardre); Selection: Iolanthe (Sullivan); Fantasia: Euphonia (Webb); Gavotte: Editha (Carlo Mora): Song: A Dream of Heaven (Crook); Selection: Gondoliers (Sullivan); Overture: Tancredi (Rossini); Hymns: Ancient and Modern.

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