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Haydn Wood and films

 

 

Three Famous Cinema Stars (1928)

 

Haydn Wood was interested in theater and opera, for both personal and professional reasons. But he didn't neglect film either, if one takes into account Three Famous Cinema Stars, a suite for orchestra (or for piano) which he composed in the autumn of 1928. Each movement characterizes a film personality: Ivor Novello, Dolores Del Rio and Charlie Chaplin.

 

In linking his ‘Valse Apache’ to Ivor Novello's name, Haydn Wood was evoking The Rat, a 1926 British film directed by Graham Cutts with Novello as a boss of the Parisian underworld. Ivor Novello (1893-1951) was a popular British composer of songs and a successful actor in theater and films. He became a star in 1927 in the title role of Alfred Hitchcock's film, The Lodger—his character was mistakenly identified as a serial killer and saved from being lynched at the last minute.

Ivor Novello in The Rat.

 

Dolores Del Rio (1905-1983) was a Mexican actress who made her Hollywood debut in 1925 and rose rapidly to stardom. Seven of her films were released in Great Britain in 1928; moreover, she paid a promotional visit to London in August of that year.

 

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), whom Haydn Wood had perhaps seen live in vaudeville in England, had become an international film star in 1914. Chaplin's film The Circus was released in London in March 1928.




The Small Man (1935)

 

Directed by John Baxter, made in February 1935 at Stoll Studios, Cricklewood, London, and released on 9 September 1935.

It tells the story of shopkeepers in an English provincial town who are being squeezed out by the multiple store. Haydn Wood composed the music for this film which is now lost. A reviewer in the Kinematograph Weekly wrote that ‘the music by Haydn Wood is very appropriate and tuneful.

The same reviewer found fault with the addition of a sequence of musical numbers, which he thought did not fit into the story line. In one of these numbers Haydn Wood was seen conducting the Fodens Band with the baritone Thorpe Bates singing Wake up, You Son of a Gun! that Wood had composed for the film.

Production still: Haydn Wood (center), Thorpe Bates (left) and the Fodens Band.




Riders to the Sea (1935)


  

This medium-length British film directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, was shot in 1935 and released in 1937. It tells the story of one woman on the west coast of Ireland who has lost her husband, and all her sons—one by one, each drowned at sea.

Haydn Wood orchestrated the film score by arranging five traditional Irish airs (the first one is known as My Lagan Love). His friend and colleague Joseph Lewis conducted the orchestra.

Riders to the Sea can be watched on YouTube.




New Pictorial [Pathé] (1946)


In the spring of 1946, Pathé filmed Haydn Wood in Queen Mary's Garden, Regent's Park, London. He gently went along with the filming crew's suggestions.

The newsreel was released on 3 June 1946 with a commentary spoken over Bird of Love Divine, Intermezzo, for full orchestra, which Wood had based on his hit song Bird of Love Divine. The interpretation heard in the newsreel had been recently recorded by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Jay Wilbur for the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library.

At the very end of the reel, a symphony orchestra and its conductor are seen playing what the audience would think to be Bird of Love Divine, but it was actually some available footage of Sir Edward Elgar conducting one of his own compositions.

More on this newsreel here on this page.

The newsreel can be watched on the British Pathé channel on YouTube.




Pathé Pictorial (1953)


Pathé filmed the Choir of Stoke Newington Metropolitan Police recording Elizabeth of England at Levy's Sound Studios, London. The newsreel was released on 6 April 1953.

Haydn Wood was present at this recording session.

Princess Elizabeth of England was composed by Haydn Wood with lyrics by Dr W. E. St Lawrence Finny, and published by Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew on 5 August 1947. After King George VI died on 6 February 1952, the publisher withdrew the sheet music and records, and the song was published anew on 1 September with re-tailored lyrics and a new title, Elizabeth of England.

Later, Haydn Wood arranged the song for male voices; this was published on 23 December 1952. There are some differences between what the Choir sings and the accompanist plays, and the published arrangement.

More on this newsreel here on this page.

The newsreel can be watched on the British Pathé channel on YouTube.




Exclusive!

Haydn Wood's compositions in cinema, television, and video

Films, television programmes, and videos, in which Haydn Wood's music
is performed or listened to by characters or persons, or is used as background music.

Woody Allen, René Clair, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Steven Spielberg …

 


Musical works are in alphabetical order.
Musical work date is the date of publication.
Film date is the production date, not the release date.
Non English-language films are listed under their English title (with the original language title following in brackets). Where a film has never been released with an English title, it is listed under its original title [with an English translation following in square brackets].

A chronological discrepancy related to a work by Haydn Wood in a film is mentioned as a curiosity. Such a mention is not judgmental.

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The Bandstand, Hyde Park (1936)
from Frescoes, Suite

in General Repair
London, Midland & Scottish Railway Company (UK, 1938)

documentary

The documentary shows the LMS locomotive 5605 Cyprus from first inspection through general repair at the workshop in Crewe, Cheshire.

She is taken to the paint shop ‘for a beauty treatment which takes five days to complete.’

‘And so, resplendent in her livery [the locomotive] emerges from the paint shop … to take up her regular running on the main line.’

The Bandstand, Hyde Park is the background music to the paint shop activities through to the end of the film.

The recording by the Regent Concert Orchestra conducted by William Hodgson is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library (UK, 1937?).

This documentary can be watched on YouTube. The Bandstand, Hyde Park is at 15:29.


The Bandstand, Hyde Park

in Oil in Kuwait
Kuwait Oil Company (Kuwait, 1946)

documentary

An introduction to Kuwait, its citizens, towns, and history.

The Bandstand, Hyde Park accompanies an overview of the beginnings of Kuwait's oil industry.

           

The recording by the Regent Concert Orchestra conducted by William Hodgson is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library (UK, 1937?).

The documentary can be watched on the BP Video Library online. The Bandstand, Hyde Park is at 11:43.


The Bandstand, Hyde Park

in British Style Genius: By Royal Appointment, The Country Look
directed by Lucie Donahue (UK, 2008)

television documentary: episode 4

The documentary explores the British fashion and style of the country look.

‘Edward Ⅶ's love of flamboyant dress never left him. In 1897, he commissioned the coat makers Aquascutum to make this riding cape from a fabric that he designed himself, the famous Prince of Wales check.’

The beginning of The Bandstand, Hyde Park accompanies the story of the Prince of Wales’s interest in stylish country garments.

The recording by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Serge Krish is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library (London, 1946?).

This documentary can be watched on YouTube. The Bandstand, Hyde Park is at 18:10.


The Bandstand, Hyde Park

in Fabric of Britain - Part 1: Knitting's Golden Age
directed by Georgina Leslie (UK, 2013)

television documentary

The documentary explores how knitting in Great Britain rose from basic craft to the height of popular fashion in the 20th century. The Bandstand, Hyde Park accompanies a scene which starts in the form of a short silent movie in black and white.

This scene has been introduced (in colour) by Susan Crawford, author of a book on vintage knitting. She has recreated a woolen bathing costume from a 1932 knitting pattern. Her friend, the model Fleur McGerr, will tell the viewers if, and how much, the bathing costume will stretch out of shape when wet.

Fleur dramatically appears, wearing the black hand-knitted swimming suit with, as in the original pattern, a white seagull design emblazoned on the front.

The music arranger for this scene chose three lively excerpts of The Bandstand, Hyde Park (the vivid beginning, a martial middle section, and the grand ending) to build up the drama of the cold sea the actress is plunging in, which leads to the two friends' conclusion:

FleurIt’s a little bit heavy … not a lot of support in this area (she gestures to the bosom area of the bathing costume) but, I think I could have lived in the 1930s … this certainly wouldn't have stopped me from going to the beach.
Susan
This swimming costume is probably the most glamorous swimming costume that you can wear, and I for one think we should bring them back.

     

In her wet bathing costume, Fleur runs back up the beach at sunset. At the last chord of The Bandstand, Hyde Park, the scene changes to a shot of a seabird running along the same beach, also at sunset.

The recording of The Bandstand, Hyde Park by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Serge Krish is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library (London, 1946?).


The Bandstand, Hyde Park

in The Real Tom Thumb, History's Smallest Superstar
directed by Ian Denyer (UK, 2014)

television documentary

The stage name General Tom Thumb—the Celebrated American Dwarf—was given to Charles Stratton by P. T. Barnum. ‘The name Tom Thumb came from an old English fairy tale where little Tom fought great battles mounted on a mouse. Barnum's choice of name was brilliant branding. The press took the bait.’

   

The vivid beginning of The Bandstand, Hyde Park accompanies the story of Tom Thumb's debut in the world of entertainment.

The recording by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Serge Krish is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library (London, 1946?).

This documentary can be watched on YouTube. The Bandstand, Hyde Park is at 14:59.


The Bandstand, Hyde Park

in À bon entendeur : Fondues traditionnelles et exotiques
[A Word to the Wise: Traditional and Exotic Fondues]
Radio télévision suisse (Switzerland, 2019)

television report

The recipe for fondue, a Swiss national dish, has always been the subject of many variations. In a brief account of its history since Antiquity, the report evokes a stroke of marketing genius by the Swiss Cheese Trade Union which, in the midst of the crisis of the 1930s, exploded the notoriety of the recipe. Even the army, in its own way, participated in the effort to promote fondue.

The very beginning of The Bandstand, Hyde Park is the background music to these army's efforts.

The recording by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Serge Krish is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library (London, 1946?).

This television report can be watched on a RTS web page. The Bandstand, Hyde Park is at 7:18.


Bird of Love Divine (1912)

in Mavis Bennett the Famous B.B.C. Soprano
Accompanied by Leonardo Kemp and His Piccadilly Hotel Orchestra

Pathetone Weekly (UK, 1932)

newsreel

The soprano Mavis Bennett sings Bird of Love Divine, accompanied by Leonardo Kemp and His Piccadilly Hotel Orchestra.

   

This newsreel can be watched on the British Pathé channel on YouTube.


Bird of Love Divine

in This Happy Breed
directed by David Lean (UK, 1944)

London, 1925: the Gibbons are celebrating Christmas. They get together with friends in the living room. Bird of Love Divine sheet music is on the piano rack. Aunt Sylvia insists on singing a couple of songs and accompanying herself on the piano.

Mum and dad spend a moment together in the dimly lit kitchen. Through the partition they can still hear Sylvia singing Bird of Love Divine with her shrill voice.

Roses of Picardy accompanies another moment in This Happy Breed.

This Happy Breed can be watched on YouTube. The sheet music can be noticed from 17:58 and Sylvia sings Bird of Love Divine at 31:01.


Bird of Love Divine

in Waterloo Road
directed by Sidney Gilliat (UK, 1944)

During the London Blitz and while her husband is mobilized, Tillie becomes infatuated with Ted, a tough guy.

Instead of taking her to a shelter when an alert sounds, he takes her to his place and seduces her. The radio suddenly announces: ‘Bird of Love Divine by Haydn Wood.’ Upon hearing the charming melody, Tillie runs a gamut of emotions; first laughing nervously, then gathering herself together, then shedding tears over her husband. Ted complains about the money he has spent to please her. She answers back that she can't believe how cheap he can be—and he slaps her.

This recording by a full orchestra of Bird of Love Divine was probably recorded especially for the film.

Waterloo Road can be watched on OK.RU. Bird of Love Divine is at 1:01:51.


Bird of Love Divine, Intermezzo (1932)

in Broad Acres
devised by Paul Barralet (UK, 1945)

travelogue

‘Yorkshire. A land of lonely moors and rolling hills where men and nature have combined to make full use of the treasures of the earth. This is the country of broad acres where the fields are large and unrestricted by ages. For generations the farmers of Yorkshire have tilled the rich soil.’

   

The powerful introduction of Bird of Love Divine, Intermezzo with the quiet main theme which follows, opens the film and contributes to the presentation of Yorkshire and her farmers.

A sequence about the city of York ends with a shot of the minster—‘a mighty edifice’—at a distance.

‘Leaving York, we make our way across country, and onto the rugged coast where the rollers lash the rocks along the shore.’

 

‘Further north, we reach Whitby, a peaceful little fishing town … Higher up on the cliff stand the remains of the abbey, a fine example of Gothic architecture.’

 

‘And at this point, our tour ends leaving us with pleasant memories of historic Yorkshire and her broad acres.’

 

Resuming with the shot of York Minster, Bird of Love Divine Intermezzo is the continuous background music to the film and its last two chords accompany the closing title.

The recording by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Jay Wilbur is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library (UK, 1945?).

The travelogue can be watched on the British Film Institute channel on YouTube. Bird of Love Divine, Intermezzo is at 0:00 and 14:05.


Bird of love Divine, Intermezzo

in Haydn Wood
New Pictorial
(UK, 1946)
newsreel

In this short film, Haydn Wood is seen taking a walk in a garden, looking down on water lilies from a bow bridge, resting on a bench in front of a rose bed, and staring up at trees.


He gets the right mood for composition, just where you would expect: in a garden.’ The commentary is spoken over Bird of Love Divine, Intermezzo for full orchestra.

The recording by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Jay Wilbur is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library (UK, 1945?).

The newsreel can be watched on the British Pathé channel on YouTube.

More on this newsreel here on this page.


A Bouquet of Happy Memories (1941?)

in La Nuit des talents [Talent Awards Night]
Conseil général de la Somme (France, 2006)

videoed event

On 25 January 2006 at Mégacité, in Amiens, the Somme General Council rewarded nine talents from the Somme department, well known in their professional or association circles for their craft or industrial, scientific or artistic activities. The event was filmed and stored on a 2-DVD set distributed by the General Council.

During the evening, the Musicaa Chamber Chorus conducted by the opera singer Jean-Philippe Courtis, and accompanied by Jean-Pierre Baudon on piano, gave A Bouquet of Happy Memories, a medley of six hit songs composed by Haydn Wood and arranged by himself for four soloists and chorus. At first, they sang The Sea Road, A Brown Bird Singing, It Is Only a Tiny Garden, Bird of Love Divine, and Love's Garden of Roses.


At the close of the evening, Jean-Philippe Courtis sang the baritone solo and conducted the Musicaa Chamber Chorus in Roses of Picardy, the final song in the Bouquet of Happy Memories, again accompanied by Jean-Pierre Baudon on piano.

During the evening, Roses of Picardy was performed in three other different versions.


A Brown Bird Singing (1922)

in The Good Old Days
devised and produced by Barney Colehan (UK, 1977)

television variety show series

In this BBC reconstruction of an old-style show pre-recorded at the City Varieties Theatre in Leeds and broadcast on 3 February 1977, the soprano Valerie Masterson sings A Brown Bird Singing. She is accompanied by the pit orchestra conducted by Bernard Herrmann.

The show can be watched on YouTube. A Brown Bird Singing is at 23:31.


A Brown Bird Singing

in The Duchess of Duke Street: Poor Little Rich Girl
directed by Cyril Coke (UK, 1977)

television series: season 2, episode 15

London in the mid-1920s: Louisa Trotter is the owner of a small upper-class hotel on Duke Street. Her daughter Lottie longs for a career as a singer, despite her objections.

  

From the entrance hall, some of Louisa's staff stop to listen to Lottie singing upstairs at her first singing lesson.
Her voice teacher accompanies her on piano in
A Brown Bird Singing.
A sheet music of A Brown Bird Singing is on the piano rack.

  

Both actress and actor (Lalla Ward and Jeremy Nicholas) actually performed A Brown Bird Singing
in the course of the sequence shooting.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Trade Secrets: Housekeepers
directed by Iain B. MacDonald (UK, 1995)

television documentary: series 1, episode 5

Housekeepers share some of their tips on cleaning chores, such as cleaning the insides of kettles or making cutlery shine like new. After demonstrating their choices of seeming magic, the documentary shows them catching their breath over a cup of tea in their respective kitchens.

 

The sequence is accompanied by the relaxing tempo of A Brown Bird Singing as if the housekeepers were listening to the radio. Even a clock is ticking in time to the music.

The recording of A Brown Bird Singing by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

This documentary can be watched on YouTube. A Brown Bird Singing is at 7:36.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Mysteries & Scandals: Judy Garland
E! Entertainment Television (USA, 1998)

television documentary

A Brown Bird Singing is the background music to three moments in this biography of the Hollywood star Judy Garland, which focuses on her changing fortunes.

She made ten films with Mickey Rooney showing her acting talents as well as her fantastic singing voice. In 1938, at age 16, she was a logical choice for the role of Dorothy in the musical The Wizard of Oz; Jerry Maren, one of the Singer Midgets in the film, happily remembers their first day of filming with Judy.


In 1951, she returned to the concert stage; John Carlyle, a longtime friend, is on the verge of tears when he recalls how she then sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow.’ In 1952, she married the producer Sid Luft who
‘kept her away from alcohol and drugs,’ says Alan Livingston, former president of Capitol Records.



In 1955, all Hollywood believed Judy Garland would won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her leading role in A Star Is Born. On Oscar night, Judy was in hospital where she had just given birth to her third child, but the winner was Grace Kelly in The Country Girl.

The recording of A Brown Bird Singing by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

This documentary can be watched on dailymotion. A Brown Bird Singing is at 4:02, 12:03, and 13:47.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Mysteries & Scandals: Louise Brooks
E! Entertainment Television (USA, 1998)

television documentary

This documentary focuses on a young rebel, the Hollywood actress Louise Brooks.

In 1928 at age 22, she decided to quit Paramount Pictures and went to Berlin at the invitation of Georg Wilhelm Pabst to play the leading role of Lulu in his new film Pandora's Box. Pabst was the first director ever to see all the possibilities that she had. Lulu mesmerized the son of a publisher and the publisher himself, and a countess, in one of the first really frankly lesbian characters on screen. And she finally meets this guy on a street of London; she is pretending at this point to be a prostitute, and he does not have any money but she takes him upstairs anyway … that's the mistake she makes because it turns out to be Jack the Ripper.

    

After completing another film in Germany [the documentary does not specify it was Diary of a Lost Girl directed by Pabst], Louise decided to return to the USA in 1929 despite Pabst's objections.

Once again Hollywood brought out the rebel in Louise Brooks. She turned down roles and when Paramount hired another actress to voice her role in her silent film The Canary Murder Case, she was finished.

  

In the 1950s, 60s, and 70s she wrote essays which appeared in numerous film magazines. She was able to uncover the film-making process and the acting-directing process in a way that no one had ever done before … Her ability with the language was something that was so extraordinary that it struck everyone who appreciated it.

She ‘lived quietly yet still reclusively for many years. Although she'd finally gained a respect and recognition as an actress she deservedLouise didn't seem to careShe was not in good health for several years and finally died in 1985 at the age of 78.

 

And A. J. Benza, host of the documentary, introduces the conclusion: ‘ … What a life!

A Brown Bird Singing is the background music to these two sections of the documentary: Louise Brooks in the late 1920s, and Louise Brooks as she aged.

The recording by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

An excerpt from the documentary can be watched on YouTube. A Brown Bird Singing is at 7:30 and 12:30.


A Brown Bird Singing

in True Hollywood Story: Alfred Hitchcock
E! Entertainment Television (USA, 1999)
television documentary

This documentary tells the life and career of the Hollywood director Alfred Hitchcock. After an introduction, the story is divided into seven parts, each part being followed by a teaser to the rest of the programme, and by commercials.

An orchestral version of A Brown Bird Singing is the background music to the beginning of the teaser which announces the fourth part, with a still of Hitchcock directing Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief, and a commentary: Hitchcock gets hot for a nice princess.

Later in the course of the fourth part, A Brown Bird Singing is again the background music to the documentary. The commentary runs: [In 1953,] the director became captivated by the frosty beauty of a starlet named Grace Kelly. Herb Steinberg, former studio head of publicity, adds: She had that frigid manner around her. Except each man looked at her and said “I can melt that”. The commentary resumes: That was precisely the sort of attraction Hitchcock could not resist. In Dial M for Murder, Hitchcock cast the actress as an adulterous wife. He turned Kelly into a glamorous siren, controlling every detail of her appearanceHitchcock could control Kelly's wardrobe but not her private life. Off the set the actress was having an affair with her married co-star, Ray Milland.

    

If Hitchcock was jealous, the director kept his feelings to himself. He again cast Kelly as a seductress in Rear Window. James Stewart played Kelly's boyfriendRear Window is filled with sexual tension that never reaches resolution.

  

Released in 1954, Dial M for Murder and Rear Window were two big hits. Hitchcock's collaboration with Kelly propelled the actress to international stardom. Hitchcock was also on a roll. The director next cast Kelly with Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief. The film was shot on the French Riviera and in the principality of Monaco. Released in 1955, it was another hit.

   

Hitchcock had found his muse, or so he thought. In January 1956, Grace Kelly became engaged to Prince Rainier Ⅲ of Monaco. Suddenly, the actress was lost to Hollywood and to Hitchcock. Herb Steinberg concludes: He was devastated when she got married. This is the end of the fourth part of the documentary, still to the orchestral accompaniment of A Brown Bird Singing.

  

Not only is each part of the documentary followed by a teaser to the rest of the programme, but it also has its own introduction. The fifth part is introduced with a reminder to the viewer that at age 57, Alfred Hitchcock lost his favourite blonde muse to another manBut the director's own star was about to rise in a way he never dreamed, this intensified by A Brown Bird Singing's lyrical orchestration which segues into an ascending burst of a clear harp glissando.

  

The recording of A Brown Bird Singing by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

This documentary can be watched on OK.RU. A Brown Bird Singing is at 32:35, 37:08, 39:00, and 40:55.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Mysteries & Scandals: Jeffrey Hunter
E! Entertainment Television (USA, 2000)

television documentary

This biography of the Hollywood actor Jeffrey Hunter focuses on his changing fortunes.

A Brown Bird Singing is the background music to the sequence about his marriage with the actress Barbara Rush. They were two upcoming young actors and both ambitious. Their son Chris says that their whole lives were photographedthe quintessential Hollywood coupleand it seems to me now … very unreal.’ Though their professional lives were coming together, their marriage was falling apart.

The recording of A Brown Bird Singing by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

This documentary can be watched on OK.RU. A Brown Bird Singing is at 4:20.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Chappelle's Show
directed by Bobcat Goldthwait (USA, 2003)

television comedy show series : season 1, episode 3

In the final sketch of this episode, It's a Wonderful Chest, Sheila is bemoaning the fact that her bosom is overly huge. She wants to curse her big breasts away. Dave Chappelle embodies an entity who takes Sheila on a flight of fancy to reveal how terrible life would have been to her without them. And she happily decides to be proud of her chest.

 

A Brown Bird Singing tenderly accompanies Sheila's relief.

The recording by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?)


A Brown Bird Singing

in Le Shah d'Iran, un homme à abattre [The Shah of Iran, A Marked Man]
directed by Reynold Ismard (France, 2004)

television documentary

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the shah of Iran, married three times. This documentary about his domestic and international politics also tells the circumstances of his marriages to Fawzia of Egypt, to Soraya Esfandiary, and eventually to Farah Diba.

     

A Brown Bird Singing is the background music to each of these three stories.

The recording by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).


A Brown Bird Singing

in Secrets of the Lough - Part 1
directed by Michael Beatie (UK, 2004)

television documentary

A sequence in this documentary evokes the history of Whitehead, Northern Ireland, one of the ‘secretsof the Belfast Lough.


A Brown Bird Singing is the background music to a part of the sequence.

The recording by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).


A Brown Bird Singing

in Coronation Street
directed by John Anderson (UK, 2005)

television serial: episode 6022

Sally and Kevin really enjoyed having a day out to Blackpool with their girls.
But ‘
it's just a shame we've got work tomorrow.

  

The radio is playing A Brown Bird Singing.

The recording by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

The episode can be watched on YouTube. A Brown Bird Singing is at 17:45.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Wellington Bomber
directed by Peter Williams (UK, 2010)

television documentary

One weekend in the early 1940s, at an aircraft factory in Broughton, Wales, a group of men and women managed to build a Wellington Bomber in 23 hours and 50 minutes. Hilda was one of them.

She met Percy Dodd at a dance, he got caught up to go in the Navy, they married in a rush, and she never saw him again for three and a half years.

   

A Brown Bird Singing accompanies their story.

The recording by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

The documentary can be watched on YouTube. A Brown Bird Singing is at 13:34.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Jul med Ernst [Christmas With Ernst]
produced by Johan Norsebäck (Sweden, 2011)

television series: season 4, episode 1

Ernst Kirchsteiger recorded his yearly festive season programmes at Saxå, in the barn he had just converted into a house the previous summer.

After a break for commercials, the programme resumes with A Brown Bird Singing accompanying exterior and interior shots of the house, with Ernst starting to make apple conserve, and addressing his future audience.

The recording of A Brown Bird Singing by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).


A Brown Bird Singing

in Staying Home: The Experiment Concert
Spot Pocket Opera Theatre (Singapore, 2020)

digital concert

In June 2020 during the COVID-19 period, the Spot Pocket Opera Theatre in Singapore ‘decided to shake things up a little’ and put on a concert with each performer staying at home. The soprano Phoebe Chee sang A Brown Bird Singing, accompanied by a string quintet and piano.

Mapletree Arts in the City uploaded the concert to YouTube. A Brown Bird Singing is at 9:00.


Consolation (1924)

in Phillip Sear plays…: Haydn Wood, Consolation
Phillip Sear (UK, 2021)

videoed performance

On 5 October 2021, the English pianist Phillip Sear from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, recorded a home video of himself playing Consolation for solo piano.

He has also recorded in the same way Dawn in the Valley of the Kings, The Doctor, Dreaming, The Laughing Cavalier, Roses of Picardy, Slave Dance, and The Unforgotten Melody.

Phillip Sear uploaded the video to YouTube.


Dawn in the Valley of the Kings (1929)
from Egypta, An Egyptian Suite

in Phillip Sear plays…: Haydn Wood, Dawn in the Valley of the Kings
Phillip Sear (UK, 2021)

videoed performance

On 20 November 2021, the English pianist Phillip Sear from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, recorded a home video of himself playing Dawn in the Valley of the Kings for solo piano.

He has also recorded in the same way Consolation, The Doctor, Dreaming, The Laughing Cavalier, Roses of Picardy, Slave Dance, and The Unforgotten Melody.

Phillip Sear uploaded the video to YouTube.


Day Dreams, Morceau de Concert (1914)

in The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra in Concert for Members of the Light Music Society - Part 2
Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra (UK, 2021)

online concert

In a concert of light classical music pre-recorded at the Sands Films Music Room in Rotherhithe, London, and broadcast online by the Light Music Society on 28 November 2021, the Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra performed an arrangement by Adam Bakker of Day Dreams.

Earlier in the concert, the Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra performed Haydn Wood's Love-light.

The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra uploaded the concert to YouTube. In Part 2, Day Dreams is at 13:45.


The Doctor (1923)
from Three Famous Pictures

in Phillip Sear plays…: Haydn Wood, The Doctor
Phillip Sear (UK, 2021)

videoed performance

On 31 October 2021, the English pianist Phillip Sear from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, recorded a home video of himself playing The Doctor for solo piano.

He has also recorded in the same way Consolation, Dawn in the Valley of the Kings, Dreaming, The Laughing Cavalier, Roses of Picardy, Slave Dance, and The Unforgotten Melody.

Phillip Sear uploaded the video to YouTube.


Dreaming, Morceau de Concert (1925)

in Phillip Sear plays…: Haydn Wood, Dreaming, Morceau de Concert
Phillip Sear (UK, 2021)

videoed performance

On 5 October 2021, the English pianist Phillip Sear from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, recorded a home video of himself playing Dreaming for solo piano.

He has also recorded in the same way Consolation, Dawn in the Valley of the Kings, The Doctor, The Laughing Cavalier, Roses of Picardy, Slave Dance, and The Unforgotten Melody.

Phillip Sear uploaded the video to YouTube.


Elizabeth of England (1947–52)

in [Police Choir]
Pathé Pictorial (UK, 1953)

newsreel

‘It's hats off for a very special purpose. Placing on record their homage to Britain's queen are the Choir of Stoke Newington Metropolitan Police in a tribute by white-haired Haydn Wood, one of Britain's most distinguished composers, and music that was first written for a happy young princess, music that has survived a national tragedy [the death of King George VI] to honour’ And immediately the Choir starts singing: ‘Elizabeth of England.’

Haydn Wood is filmed in the studio standing beside the organ accompanist.

The Choir sings a version of Elizabeth of England arranged for male voices by Haydn Wood.

The newsreel can be watched on the British Pathé channel on YouTube.

More on this newsreel here on this page.


Harvest Home (1921)
from Harvest Time, Suite

in Good Health to Scotland
directed by Stanley L. Russell (UK, 1943)

government sponsored film


Harvest Time, Suite (1921)
1. The Harvesters' Dance
2. Interlude
3. Harvest Home

in Good Health to Scotland
directed by Stanley L. Russell (UK, 1943)

government sponsored film

Made by the Ministry of Information for the Department of Health for Scotland, this is a survey of public health services covering isolated glens, lonely islands, and cities and towns in Scotland.

Harvest Home accompanies a series of sequences about infant consultation, nursery schools, school medical services, hygiene at school, and ‘the girls [who] are taking a step further, they are taught laundry work.’

The music segues into Interlude to accompany sequences about the issue of milk in schools, and the supply of lunches, followed by a sequence about holiday camp schools. ‘It is our duty to see that the new generation is well nourished, well trained, and kept in sound health.’

The Harvesters' Dance accompanies a sequence about an emergency hospital built before the war in preparation for heavy raid casualties. It is now being used in a far-seeing industrial health experiment to preserve the health of young workers whose condition might lead to permanent disablement. ‘Rest, good meals … fresh air and companionship, and pleasant surroundings are a major part of the treatments.’

The recordings are from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library with William Hodgson conducting the Regent Concert Orchestra (UK, 1939?).

This film can be watched on YouTube. Harvest Home is at 4:52, Interlude at 7:46, and The Harvesters' Dance at 11:12.


The Harvesters' Dance (1921)
from Harvest Time, Suite

in Good Health to Scotland
directed by Stanley L. Russell (UK, 1943)

government sponsored film


The Harvesters' Dance

in Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip, An Emotional History of Britain - Part 3: Last Hurrah?
directed by Tom McCarthy (UK, 2012)

television documentary

How the British have expressed their feelings throughout the 20th century.

Ian Hislop drives to the British Cartoon Archive at Canterbury. An excerpt from The Harvesters' Dance accompanies the drive to the Archive and finishes while he comments on the cartoon Adaptability to Foreign Conditions by Pont (aka Graham Laidler).

  

The recording is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library with William Hodgson conducting the Regent Concert Orchestra (UK, 1939?).

This documentary can be watched on YouTube. The Harvesters' Dance is at 12:50.


The Harvesters' Dance

in Britain on Film: Island Nation
produced by Kathryn Williams (UK, 2013)

television documentary series: season 2, episode 3

Using several of the Rank Organisation's Look at Life documentary shorts produced and released in the UK in the 1950s, this episode features footage from Britain's offshore isles.

After an introductory sequence followed by the episode title, an excerpt from The Harvesters' Dance accompanies a series of shots of Fair Isle.

These shots are each individual excerpts from Island of Men (the Look at Life documentary on Fair Isle), released in 1959. The Harvesters' Dance was no part of it, it was added to the television documentary to link the shots together.

The recording is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library with William Hodgson conducting the Regent Concert Orchestra (UK, 1939?).


Homage, March (1935)

in Women Away from Home
directed by Gilbert Gunn (UK, 1942)

government sponsored film

Made for the Ministry of Information, this film is about three young women who are moved to Birmingham where they are employed in a munition factory, and how they make the best of it.

‘War means movement. It means the massing of troops and workers on the war front or the home front. It means leaving home … Today the call up of women means that more and more are working away from home.’

The beginning of Homage, March accompanies the opening credits and the beginning of the film; and the final bars accompany the happy ending.

The recording is by the Light Symphony Orchestra conducted by Haydn Wood himself for His Master's Voice (London, 13 March 1935).

The film can be watched on the Imperial War Museum website. Homage, March is at 0:00 and 9:55.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March (1946)
from London Landmarks, Suite

in Wise and Otherwise
directed by K. O. King and L. Thompson (UK, 1947)

sponsored film

This film about road safety was produced by the Cambridge Accident Prevention Council.

The Horse Guards, Whitehall is the background music to the opening and closing credits.

   

The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library (London, orchestra and date both unknown).

The film can be watched on the East Anglian Film Archive website. The Horse Guards, Whitehall is at 0:00 and 33:29.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March

in Come With Me: Berwick-upon-Tweed
produced by Norman Cobb (UK, 1950)

travelogue

The well-known broadcaster Richard Dimbleby opens his diary at the page of his appointments in Berwick-upon-Tweed which he visited and where he met with locals.

The Horse Guards, Whitehall accompanies the opening credits.

The Horse Guards, Whitehall accompanies the end of the film when Dimbleby put an end to his visit,‘time now to close the diary.’

The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library (London, orchestra and date both unknown).

Come With Me: Berwick-upon-Tweed can be watched on the British Film Institute website. The Horse Guards, Whitehall is at 0:00 and 19:38.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March

in Come With Me: Swansea
produced by Norman Cobb (UK, 1951)

travelogue

The well-known broadcaster Richard Dimbleby opens his diary at the page of his appointments in Swansea which he visited and where he met with locals.

The Horse Guards, Whitehall accompanies the opening credits.

And The Horse Guards, Whitehall accompanies the very end of the film.

The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library (London, orchestra and date both unknown).

Haydn Wood's Torch of Freedom and The Seafarer accompany other moments in the film.

Come With Me: Swansea can be watched on the British Film Institute website. The Horse Guards, Whitehall is at 0:00 and 16:12.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March

in Come With Me: Bridport
produced by Norman Cobb (UK, 1951)

travelogue

The well-known broadcaster Richard Dimbleby opens his diary at the page of his appointments in Bridport and the surroundings, where he met with locals whose trade, for most of them, is connected to the sea.

The Horse Guards, Whitehall accompanies the opening credits.

And The Horse Guards, Whitehall accompanies the closing of the diary.

The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library (London, orchestra and date both unknown).

Come With Me: Bridport can be watched on the British Film Institute website. The Horse Guards, Whitehall is at 0:11 and 19:14.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March

in Come With Me: Norwich
produced by Norman Cobb (UK, 1952)

travelogue

The well-known broadcaster Richard Dimbleby opens his diary at the page of his appointments in Norwich which he visited and where he met with locals.

The Horse Guards, Whitehall accompanies the opening credits.

And The Horse Guards, Whitehall accompanies the film when Dimbleby completed his visit to Norwich at the castle, and ‘it's time now … to close the diary.’

The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library (London, orchestra and date both unknown).

Come With Me: Norwich can be watched on the East Anglian Film Archive website. The Horse Guards, Whitehall is at 0:11 and 17:13.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March

in Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Million Dollar Bond Robbery
directed by Andrew Grieve (UK, 1990)

television series: season 3, episode 3

A London bank manager is responsible for taking one million dollars in Liberty Bonds to the bank's branch in America. Poirot is hired to keep an eye out for any trouble regarding the bonds, so he and his friend Hastings are able to ride the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary.

  

Another case for Poirot. And there are over two thousand cases which are being loaded safely on board.

The boarding and the departure are told through a reconstructed newsreel which includes original footage from British Movietone News.

The Horse Guards, Whitehall is the background music for the reconstructed newsreel.

The maiden voyage of the Queen Mary took place in 1936 but The Horse Guards, Whitehall was published in 1946.

The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library (London, orchestra and date both unknown).

The episode can be watched on dailymotion. The Horse Guards, Whitehall is at 19:29.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March

in The Extraordinary
ShowBoat (Australia, 1993)

television series: programme 18

The last part of this weekly television programme looks back on the 1946 Australian Epsom at Randwick, Sydney. Left fifteen lengths behind at the start because of the starter's mistake, Shannon, ridden by Darby Munro, made a sensational finish in second place half a head behind the winner.


Entirely illustrated with archive footage, this part of the programme is first accompanied by The Horse Guards, Whitehall.

The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library (London, orchestra and date both unknown).

This programme can be watched on YouTube. The Horse Guards, Whitehall is at 36:50.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March

in Fifties British War Films: Days of Glory
directed by Hans Petch (UK, 2012)

television documentary

In the 1950s, Britain looked back on its epic World War Ⅱ effort in films such as The Dam Busters, The Cruel Sea, and The Colditz Story. However, even at the time these productions were criticised for being class-bound and living in the past.

The journalist and historian Simon Heffer argues that these films have real cinematic merit and a genuine cultural importance, that they tell us something significant not only about the 1950s Britain from which they emerged, but also about what it means to be British today.

After Heffer's introduction, the documentary starts with a series of short excerpts quickly paced to the accompaniment of The Horse Guards, Whitehall.


Another series of short excerpts including film posters terminates the documentary, again to the accompaniment of The Horse Guards, Whitehall which gives a confident mood to the documentary. And Heffer's final words are followed by the final bars of the music.


The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library (London, orchestra and date both unknown).

Haydn Wood's Sketch of a Dandy accompanies another moment in the documentary.

This documentary can be watched on dailymotion. The Horse Guards, Whitehall is at 0:59 and 57:03.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March

in Iain McGlinchey Plays the Paramount 450
Paramount Organ Works (UK, 2017)

videoed performance

Iain McGlinchey plays The Horse Guards, Whitehall on the Paramount 450 virtual theatre pipe organ.

 

Iain McGlinchey uploaded this video to YouTube.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March

in Haydn Wood: London Landmarks, III. The Horse Guards, Whitehall
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (UK, 2021)

digital concert

In a socially distanced configuration due to COVID-19, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Wilson performs The Horse Guards, Whitehall in Birmingham Symphony Hall. This performance is part of a concert entitled ‘John Wilson's Summer Delights.’

 

The CBSO uploaded the performance to YouTube.
The CBSO also uploaded to YouTube a trailer for the complete concert with an excerpt from The Horse Guards, Whitehall at 0:20.


I Look Into Your Garden (1924)

in Charles Hackett, Leading Tenor of the Chicago Civic Opera Co.
Vitaphone Corporation (USA, 1929)

The American tenor Charles Hackett recorded this ballad by Haydn Wood on Vitaphone, the new sound film system with which Warner Bros. put an end to the silent movies era. Such films were shown in cinemas as a supplement to the main programme.

After he had sung I Look Into Your Garden, Charles Hackett carried on with another ballad, I Heard You Singing, composed by Eric Coates. The piano accompanist's name is not known.


Interlude (1921)
from Harvest Time, Suite

in Dig for Victory
Spectator Production (UK, 1941)

government sponsored film

Produced by the Ministry of Information during World War Ⅱ, this short film was an appeal to the British public to grow vegetables. ‘Food is just as important a weapon of war as guns.’

A sequence shows various activities in the vegetable garden's year, with a commentary offering advice

     

including pieces of advice about planting potatoes, onion seedlings, and lifting cabbages.

   

Interlude is the background music to most of the sequence.

The recording is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library with William Hodgson conducting the Regent Concert Orchestra (UK, 1939?).

The film can be watched on the Imperial War Museum website. Interlude is at 2:28.


Interlude

in Good Health to Scotland
directed by Stanley L. Russell (UK, 1943)

government sponsored film


Interlude

in Heir to the Throne
British Movietone News (UK, 1944)

government sponsored film

The Ministry of Information commissioned this film in the year of Princess Elizabeth's eighteenth birthday. It is a montage of excerpts from various newsreels showing Elizabeth since she was born.

Interlude (with some editing) is the background music to a short section of the film.


The recording is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library with William Hodgson conducting the Regent Concert Orchestra (UK, 1939?).

The film can be watched on YouTube. Interlude is at 0:54.


Interlude

in Natural World: On the Trail of Tarka
produced by Philippa Forrester and Charlie Hamilton James (UK, 2006)

television documentary

A film-maker is in search of otters on the River Torridge in Devon:
– This is Tarka Country, North Devon, immortalized by the author Henry Williamson in a much loved story about an otter who lived and died here.

‘He was called Tarka, which is the name given to otters many years ago, by men dwelling in hut circles on the moor. It means little water wanderer, or wandering as water.’

 

Interlude, with its long held notes descending into two very fast notes, accompanies the documentary's opening sequence.

The recording is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library with William Hodgson conducting the Regent Concert Orchestra (UK, 1939?).

This documentary can be watched on dailymotion. Interlude is at 0:18.


It Is Only a Tiny Garden (1916)

in [Raymond Allen]
New Sound Pictorial (UK, 1941)

newsreel

The tenor Raymond Allen sings It Is Only a Tiny Garden accompanied by an orchestra. Various shots of a country garden illustrate the song.

The newsreel can be watched on the British Pathé channel on YouTube.


The Laughing Cavalier (1923)
from Three Famous Pictures

in Phillip Sear plays…: Haydn Wood, The Laughing Cavalier
Phillip Sear (UK, 2021)

videoed performance

On 21 November 2021, the English pianist Phillip Sear from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, recorded a home video of himself playing The Laughing Cavalier for solo piano.

He has also recorded in the same way Consolation, Dawn in the Valley of the Kings, The Doctor, Dreaming, Roses of Picardy, Slave Dance, and The Unforgotten Melody.

Phillip Sear uploaded the video to YouTube.


Longing, Morceau de Concert (1916)

in Under the Roofs of Paris (Sous les toits de Paris)
directed by René Clair (France, 1930)

In his room under the roof, Albert takes in a troubled Pola for the night—she sleeping in his bed and he on the floor. Early in the morning, there are incessant knocking and loud yelling outside his door. Believing it is the police, Albert hides Paula under a heap of blankets before he opens the door.

Actually, it is Bill, demanding that Albert keep his big bag because he's gotta take a trip. When Bill plunks down on the bed, Pola screams.

Bill gone, Albert tries in vain to kiss Pola.

Some hours later, Pola starts to leave, their good-byes revealing the two of them in limbo regarding their relationship.

An excerpt from Longing for orchestra accompanies this sequence.

Under the Roofs of Paris can be watched on OK.RU. Longing is at 42:14.


Love in Arcady, Serenade (1912)

in Love in Arcady (Haydn Wood), Cello Played by Cedric Sharpe
The Colonel (UK, 2011)

The Colonel in the grange of the British Imperial YouTube Broadcasting plays Love in Arcady performed by Cedric Sharpe on cello, on His Master's Voice record No. E283.

Sharpe recorded his arrangement for cello and piano (published in 1921) of Wood's original composition, with Cecil Dixon on piano, at Hayes, Middlesex, UK, on 22 September 1922.

The video can be watched on YouTube.

The Colonel also played and videoed the same way, then uploaded to YouTube:

in 2011,
Roses of Picardy (1916) sung by Richard Tauber (London, 22 April 1936)

in 2012,
Roses of Picardy by the Lutetia Wagram Symphony Orchestra (Paris, June 1929)
The Village Wedding, The Doctor, and The Laughing Cavalier, all movements of Three Famous Pictures (1923), by the Court Symphony Orchestra conducted by Haydn Wood (UK, 1924)

in 2013,
Roses of Picardy by Dick Anderson on the musical saw (UK, 1931?)

in 2015,
Roses of Picardy sung by Ernest Pike (London, 12 May 1917)

in 2016,
Wonderful World of Romance (1918) sung by Elsie Stralia (London, 18 September 1919)
A May-Day Overture (1919) by Joseph Lewis and His Orchestra conducted by Haydn Wood (UK, 1934)

in 2017,
Roses of Picardy, Waltz (1919) by The Troubadours (New York City, 9 July 1923)
Little Yvette (1920) sung by John McCormack (Camden, New Jersey, USA, 8 April 1924)


Love-light (1956)

in The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra in Concert for Members of the Light Music Society - Part 1
Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra (UK, 2021)

online concert

In a concert of light classical music pre-recorded at the Sands Films Music Room in Rotherhithe, London, and broadcast online by the Light Music Society on 28 November 2021, the Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra performed an arrangement by Adam Bakker of Love-light. The singers were Liz Menezes and Camilla Cutts.

 

Later in the concert, the Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra performed Haydn Wood's Day Dreams.

The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra uploaded the concert to YouTube. In Part 1, Love-light is at 9:38.


Mannin Veen, "Dear Isle of Man", A Manx Tone Poem (1933)

in Symphonic Band - June 2020: Mannin Veen, Haydn Wood
Arts Mackenzie (Canada, 2020)

virtual performance

During the COVID-19 lockdown in Ontario, the Alexander Mackenzie High School Symphonic Band put on ‘a socially distanced, virtual’ performance of Mannin Veen.

They played a shortened version of Mannin Veen. The Head of Music, Eric Hudspith, conducted the band.

This performance can be watched on YouTube.


A May-Day, Overture (1919)

in The Fire Services at War
produced and edited by Sylvia K. Cummins (UK, 1947)

government sponsored film

Produced for the Home Office and the Scottish Home Department, the film tells how the United Kingdom survived the Blitz and especially the German use of incendiary weapons.

A May-Day is the background music to a series of shots, the sound of a flying bomb, and a commentary telling about the German attacks with V-1 and V-2 flying bombs in retaliation for the Normandy landings.

 

The recording is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library with Serge Krish conducting the New Concert Orchestra (UK, 1946?).

The film can be watched on YouTube. A May-Day is at 40:30 and resumes at 43:40.


A May-Day, Overture

in Men, Women, and Clothes - Part 6: Facing the Elements
devised and written by Doris Langley Moore (UK, 1957)

television documentary

This documentary reveals what it took to be stylish through over 250 years of British fashion history.

The Victorians paid homage to summer, with men allowed to appear at a picnic in their shirt-sleeves. But girls were still overdressed with layers of underclothing, tight waists, and crinolines.

  

Although the term Grecian sandals was applied to certain shoes, they were nothing like the light cool shoes of the mid-20th century.

  

Part of the introduction of A May-Day is the background music for this sequence.

The recording is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library with Cédric Dumont conducting
the New Concert Orchestra (UK, 1946?).


Merridale, Quick March (1948)

in Slaithwaite Brass Band: A Village Band
produced by Claire Hudson (UK, 2015)

documentary

This documentary's soundtrack does not include any of the music of Merridale. Nevertheless, the commentary tells that the Slaithwaite Band's ‘success since its formation was also reflected through attracting world-famous composer Haydn Wood; he wrote a march, Merridale, for the band, first performed in 1948 and recorded by the band in 1975.’ This narration accompanies a pan shot of a LP recorded by the band, together with its sleeve's front and back covers in a picture frame; this LP is titled Merrydale.

Actually, this LP recorded in 1975 does not include Merridale.

More about Haydn Wood, the Slaithwaite Band, and Merridale here on the Haydn Wood Music Library and Archive website.

Kirklees Local Television uploaded the documentary to YouTube. The footage about Merridale is at 3:14.


Merridale, Quick March

in Merridale by Haydn Wood
Heritage Quay (UK, 2017)

videoed concert

During the Yorkshire Music Weekend at Heritage Quay (Huddersfield, UK) on 29 July 2017, the Woodsome Beck ensemble premiered an arrangement by June Asquith of Merridale, Quick March.

This excerpt from the concert can be watched on YouTube.


Queen Mary's Garden, Regent's Park, An Impression (1948)
from Snapshots of London, Suite

in Banks and Streams
British Broadcasting Corporation (UK, 1953)

interlude

Banks and Streams is a shot of the River Ouse, at Olney, Buckinghamshire, accompanied first by Bruce Campbell's Cloudland, then by Haydn Wood's Queen Mary's Garden, Regent's Park, and then again by Cloudland.

The recording of Queen Mary's Garden, Regent's Park is from the Chappell recorded music library with Sidney Torch conducting the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (London, 1940s?).

This interlude can be watched on the BBC ARCHIVE. Queen Mary's Garden, Regent's Park is at 2:51.


Roses of Picardy (1916)

in Roses of Picardy
Triangle Film Corporation (USA, 1918)

in Roses of Picardy
directed by Maurice Elvey (UK, 1927)

in Camera Interviews: Mr F. E. Weatherly, KC, the Famous Song Writer
Pathé Pictorial (UK, 1928)

in Strong and Willing
Vitaphone Corporation (USA, 1930)

in Rudy Starita and His New ‘Octarimba’ in Melodies of Long Ago
Pathé Pictorial (UK, 1936)

in A Friend Indeed
American Red Cross (USA, 1941)

in Forever and a Day
directed by Edmund Goulding, and others (USA, 1942)

in Variety Jubilee
directed by Maclean Rogers (UK, 1943)

in This Happy Breed
directed by David Lean (UK, 1944)

in I Live in Grosvenor Square (aka A Yank in London)
directed by Herbert Wilcox (UK, 1945)

in Devil in the Flesh (Le Diable au corps)
directed by Claude Autant-Lara (France, 1946)

in The Courtneys of Curzon Street (aka Kathy's Love Affair)
directed by Herbert Wilcox (UK, 1947)

in The Good Old Days
produced by Barney Colehan (UK, 1959)

in Brian Henderson's Bandstand
directed by Warwick Freeman (Australia, 1961)

in Coronation Street
directed by Christopher McMaster (UK, 1962)

in The Great War: Hell Cannot Be So Terrible
British Broadcasting Corporation (UK 1964)

in World War Ⅰ: Tipperary and All That Jazz
Columbia Broadcasting System (USA, 1964)

in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
directed by Bill Melendez (USA, 1966)

in Picardie Actualités : Il y a cinquante ans… Doullens 26 mars 1918, le commandement unique
[Picardy News: Fifty Years Ago… Doullens 26 March 1918, The Sole Command]
Office de radiodiffusion télévision française (France, 1968)

in Oh! What a Lovely War
directed by Richard Attenborough (UK, 1968)

in Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (aka Monte Carlo or Bust!)
directed by Ken Annakin (Italy, France, UK, 1968)

in Solveigin laulu [Solveig's Song]
directed by Reima Kekäläinen (Finland, 1973)

in Upstairs Downstairs: Peace out of Pain
directed by Christopher Hodson (UK, 1974)

in When the Boat Comes In: A Land Fit for Heroes and Idiots
directed by Ronald Wilson (UK, 1975)

in Aces High
directed by Jack Gold (UK, 1975)

in All You Need Is Love, The Story of Popular Music: Jungle Music, Jazz
directed by Tony Palmer (UK, 1976)

in The Good Old Days
devised and produced by Barney Colehan (UK, 1976)

in Vera Lynn Sings
directed by Keith Beckett (UK, 1977)

in A Christmas to Remember
directed by George Englund (USA, 1978)

in The Dick Cavett Show: Oscar Peterson
directed by Richard Romagnola (USA, 1979)

in MASH: Old Soldiers
directed by Charles S. Dubin (USA, 1979)

in Montand d'hier et d'aujourd'hui [Montand of Yesterday and Today]
directed by Jean-Christophe Averty (France, 1980)

in The Good Old Days
produced by Barney Colehan (UK, 1980)

in Cream in My Coffee
written by Dennis Potter and directed by Gavin Millar (UK, 1980)

in Montand 81
directed by Guy Seligmann (France, 1981)

in Eureka
directed by Nicolas Roeg (UK, 1982)

in One Deadly Summer (L'Été meurtrier)
directed by Jean Becker (France, 1982)

in Montand international
directed by Guy Job (France, 1983)

in The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt
directed by Harrison Engle (USA, 1983)

in A Passage to India
directed by David Lean (UK, 1984)

in Le Téléphone, un pont entre nous [The Telephone, a Bridge Between Us]
Ministère des P.T.T. (France, 1984)

in He Died with His Eyes Open (On ne meurt que deux fois)
directed by Jacques Deray (France, 1985)

in A Month in the Country
directed by Pat O'Connor (UK, 1986)

in The Whales of August
directed by Lindsay Anderson (USA, 1986)

in Cause célèbre
directed by John Gorrie (UK, 1987)

in Chasing Rainbows
directed by William Fruet (Canada, 1987)

in Montand de tous les temps [Montand of all time]
directed by Marie-Sophie Dubus and Frédéric Rossif (France, 1987)

in Another Woman
directed by Woody Allen (USA, 1988)

in Yves Montand`i laulud [Songs by Yves Montand]
Eesti Televisioon (Estonia, 1990)

in The House of Eliott
directed by Graeme Harper (UK, 1992)

in Performance: Message for Posterity
written by Dennis Potter and directed by David Jones (UK, 1994)

in Johnny and the Dead
directed by Gerald Fox (UK, 1994)

in Black Holes (I buchi neri)
directed by Pappi Corsicato (Italy, 1995)

in Roses of Picardy
directed by Steven Mochrie (UK, 1998)

in Great Battles of the Great War: Here Comes Kitchener's Army
directed by Ed Skelding (UK, 1999)

in Léargas: Ná Lig Sinn i nDearmad... [Léargas: Lest We Be Forgotten...]
directed by Pat Butler (Ireland, 2003)

in Ladies in Lavender
directed by Charles Dance (UK, 2003)

in A Little Light Music: Friday Night Is Music Night
directed by Ian Russell (UK, 2005)

in La Nuit des talents [Talent Awards Night]
Conseil général de la Somme (France, 2006)

in Lilies: The Sea
directed by Roger Goldby (UK, 2006)

in Downton Abbey
directed by James Strong (UK, 2011)

in War Horse
directed by Steven Spielberg (USA, 2011)

in Birdsong
directed by Philip Martin (UK, 2011)

in Les Fils du vent [Sons of the Wind]
directed by Bruno Le Jean (France)

in Before the Winter Chill (Avant l'hiver)
directed by Philippe Claudel (France, Luxembourg, 2012)

in An Accidental Soldier
directed by Rachel Ward (Australia, 2013)

in Jeff and Joel's House Party #3: [Roses of Picardy]
Jeff and Joel's House Party (USA, 2013)

in The Danish Girl
directed by Tom Hooper (UK, 2015)

in Art Abscon, Secret Show in Athens, Travelling with Ukulele: Roses of Picardy
Art Abscon (Greece, 2015)

in The People Remember: Courage and Sacrifice
directed by Tim Fransham (UK, 2015)

in Louise by the Shore (Louise en hiver)
directed by Jean-François Laguionie (France, 2015)

in Cézanne et moi
directed by Danièle Thompson (France, 2015)

in Old School Jazz Club: [Dansons la rose] [Let's Dance the Rose]
directed by Lucas Romero (Brazil, 2016)

in Somme and Beyond
Mersey Wave Music (UK, 2016)

in Wonder Wheel
directed by Woody Allen (USA, 2017)

in Songs of the Great War
National Trust of Guernsey (UK, 2017)

in Haydn Wood: Roses of Picardy, Arrangement by H. M. Higgs
Phillip Sear (UK, 2017)

in Gunhild Carling Live: [Roses of Picardy]
Gunhild Carling (Sweden, 2017)

in Gerald Finley & Julius Drake
Library of Congress Music Division (USA, 2018)

in Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome
directed by Mark O'Brien, Deborah Lovett, and Lizzie Toms (UK, 2018)

in BBC Proms: Last Night of the Proms
directed by Helen Mansfield (UK, 2018)

in Rick Stein's Secret France
Denham Productions (UK, 2018)

in Générations France Musique, le live: Haydn Wood, Roses of Picardy
Radio France (France, 2018)

in The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
directed by Bridget Caldwell (UK, 2018)

in Roses de Picardie
(France, 2019)

in [Living Room Requests]: From Deep Purple to Black Velvet Band and Polish Tango
Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman (UK, 2020)

in Roses of Picardy as Sung by Adam LeFebvre
Adam LeFebvre (USA, 2020)

in An Aria a Day: Clarissa Foulcher performs Roses of Picardy by Haydn Wood
Opera Queensland (Australia, 2020)

in Falling Stars
directed by Michael Strassen (UK, 2020)

in Roses of Picardy composed by Hadyn [sic] Wood 1916
Flo Bonner (UK, 2020)

in All About Yves Montand (Montand est à nous)
directed by Yves Jeuland (France, 2021)


Roving Fancies (1942)

in Carrying the Load: British Railways at War
London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company (UK, 1945)

documentary

This documentary is about the vital role played by the railways of Britain during World War Ⅱ, especially for the conveyance of troops and equipment.

‘And then came action. Actions swift and terrible that swept through Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium and France. Until finally Dunkirk, a miracle marking the end of a disaster. From the beaches, the loaded boats came to Britain.’

‘From the ports, trains took the battle-weary men to the dispersal [units] … At the shortest possible notice, special trains were hurriedly assembled, and in the space of eight days, 620 specials were run from seven ports in the South-East of England.’

An excerpt from Roving Fancies accompanies this moment in the film.

The recording by the Regent Classic Orchestra is from the Bosworth recorded music library (1943?).

The documentary can be watched on YouTube. Roving Fancies is at 7:22.


Sadler's Wells (At the Ballet) (1948)
from Snapshots of London, Suite

in Hospitals for All
directed by Hamilton Tait (UK, 1948)

government sponsored film

Produced for the Department of Health for Scotland, this film shows some of the many facilities available in Scotland's hospitals, all part of the newly founded National Health Service.

Sadler's Wells accompanies the opening credits and the beginning of the film's first shot.

 

The recording of Sadler's Wells is from the Chappell recorded music library with Sidney Torch conducting the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (London, 1948).

The film can be watched on YouTube.


Sadler's Wells (At the Ballet)

in Potter's Wheel
British Broadcasting Corporation (UK, 1953)

interlude

Potter's Wheel shows the hands of a potter (Georges Aubertin) shaping the same piece of clay over and over again. His process is accompanied first by Charles Williams's The Young Ballerina, then by Haydn Wood's Sadler's Wells.

The recording of Sadler's Wells is from the Chappell recorded music library with Sidney Torch conducting the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (London, 1948).

This interlude can be watched on the BBC ARCHIVE. Sadler's Wells is at 2:30.


The Seafarer, A Nautical Rhapsody (on Halliard, Capstan and Hauling Shanties) (1942)

in Come With Me: Swansea
produced by Norman Cobb (UK, 1951)

travelogue

The well-known broadcaster Richard Dimbleby visits places and meets with locals in Swansea.

He gives a commentary on the unloading of fish at the port, and then asks his colleague Wynford Vaughan Thomas to describe the people of Swansea.

The first three shanties of The Seafarer (‘Hullabaloo Balay,’ ‘Rio Grande,’ and ‘Leave Her Johnnie, Leave Her’) accompany a part of a sequence about the unloading of fish and the following meeting with W. V. Thomas.

The recording is from Charles Williams and His Concert Orchestra (UK, 31 October 1951).

Haydn Wood's The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March  and Torch of Freedom accompany other moments in the travelogue.

Come With Me: Swansea can be watched on the British Film Institute website. The Seafarer is at 12:38.


Sketch of a Dandy (1952)

in Fifties British War Films: Days of Glory
directed by Hans Petch (UK, 2012)

television documentary

In the 1950s, Britain looked back on its epic World War Ⅱ effort in films such as The Dam Busters, The Cruel Sea, and The Colditz Story. However, even at the time these productions were criticised for being class-bound and living in the past.

The journalist and historian Simon Heffer argues that these films have real cinematic merit and a genuine cultural importance, that they tell us something significant not only about the 1950s Britain from which they emerged, but also about what it means to be British today.

Heffer swiftly mentions a whimsical comedy (The Titfield Thunderbolt, with brief shots of its making) made by Ealing Studios the same year they made The Cruel Sea.

The conclusion—with much editingof Sketch of a Dandy is the background music to this short sequence.

The recording is by the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Leaper (Bratislava, Slovakia, March 1991).

Haydn Wood's The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March accompanies other moments in the documentary.

This documentary can be watched on dailymotion. Sketch of a Dandy is at 8:10.


Slave Dance (1929)
from Egypta, An Egyptian Suite

in Rich and Strange (aka East of Shanghai)
directed by Alfred Hitchcock (UK, 1931)

A young English couple, Fred and Emily Hill, receive a big inheritance and decide to realize all their dreams. They leave for a cruise to the Far East behaving as rich people. Paris is the first stop and the Folies Bergère are not to be missed. In the sheer and low cut gown that she wears for the first time, Emily feels as naked as the chorus girls on stage actually are.

However, a prudish Hitchcock delivers a chaste and abridged reconstruction of a Folies Bergère show. One of the numbers is danced by exotic female warriors armed with lances and shields, to a few bars of Slave Dance played by an orchestra.

Rich and Strange can be watched on INTERNET ARCHIVE. Slave Dance is at 11:27.


Slave Dance

in Phillip Sear plays…: Haydn Wood, Slave Dance
Phillip Sear (UK, 2021)
videoed performance

On 10 November 2021, the English pianist Phillip Sear from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, recorded a home video of himself playing Slave Dance for solo piano.


Torch of Freedom (Grand March) (1941)

in Coal Mining Today
Ministry of Information (UK, 1946)

government sponsored film

The film was produced for the Ministry of Fuel and Power and the Ministry of Labour and National Service.

‘In the past abundant coal and the men to mind it, made it possible for Britain to become the world's first manufacturing nation … Today recovery from war and our future prosperity again depend on coal and the men who get it … Its main use is still the production of power and heat … Chemists can now extract all manner of new substances.’ Soap, nylon, saccharin, flavouring for sweets, aspirin, life-saving drugs, synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, plastics. ‘Our country's future largely depends on how much coal can be won from underground.’

The core of the film is the training of miners at the Mines Training Mechanisation Centre in Sheffield.

And the film concludes: ‘Today coal mining is at the beginning of a great change … The miner of tomorrow will be an engineer too, combining mechanical knowledge with the ability to triumph over the difficulties and hardships of working underground. This job will always be dirty, but he will be able to go home bathed and in clean clothes. And he will have the satisfaction of having mastered a hard job as well as the knowledge that his day's work has helped to produce something that the country really needs.’

Torch of Freedom for orchestra is the background music to the opening credits, most of the first sequence, and all of the last sequence.

References are not known for this recording of Torch of Freedom.

The film can be watched on vimeo. Torch of Freedom is at 0:00 and 16:03.


Torch of Freedom (Grand March)

in Come With Me: Swansea
produced by Norman Cobb (UK, 1951)

travelogue

The well-known broadcaster Richard Dimbleby visits places and meets with locals in Swansea.

Among them is Mrs Stewart, an ex air raid warden, who answers his questions about the buildings which were damaged, and which were not, in the Blitz in February 1941.

Torch of Freedom accompanies the sequence.

The recording is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library with Jack Leon conducting the New Concert Orchestra (UK, 1950?).

Haydn Wood's The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March and The Seafarer accompany other moments in the travelogue.

Come With Me: Swansea can be watched on the British Film Institute website. Torch of Freedom is at 7:58.


Tower Hill (1946)
from London Landmarks, Suite

in Castle Sinister
directed by Oscar Burn (UK, 1947)

During the war, an army intelligence officer travels to Glenye Castle in Scotland to investigate the death of an officer and the disappearance of another, both attributed to the castle's mysterious phantom but actually the work of an enemy agent.

Nigel who was the enemy agent's accomplice and impersonated the phantom, has just been shot by the enemy agent; he dies in his half-brother's arms. And here comes the local constabulary who is conducting his own investigation into the mysterious phantom's crimes.

 

An excerpt from Tower Hill is the background music to this moment in the film.

The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library with Charles Williams conducting the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (UK, 1946?).

Castle Sinister can be watched on VK Video. Tower Hill is at 40:14.


The Unforgotten Melody (1934)

in Phillip Sear plays…: Haydn Wood, The Unforgotten Melody
Phillip Sear (UK, 2021)

videoed performance

On 12 October 2021, the English pianist Phillip Sear from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, recorded a home video of himself playing The Unforgotten Melody for solo piano.

He has also recorded in the same way Consolation, Dawn in the Valley of the Kings, The Doctor, Dreaming, The Laughing Cavalier, Roses of Picardy, and Slave Dance.

Phillip Sear uploaded the video to YouTube.


Vienna, 1913 (1936)
from Frescoes, Suite

in Oh, Boy!
directed by Albert de Courville (UK, 1937)

June Messanger is a model in a London department store. Her boss is one of her lovers.

She is the principal in a fashion show which her other lover also attends.

  

Vienna, 1913 for orchestra is a waltz, an excerpt of which accompanies the show and the rivals' unfriendly encounter.


Vienna, 1913

in A Midsummer Nightmare
John Halas (UK, 1957)

cartoon

What would Puck, ‘that merry wanderer of the night,’ make of the modern era? This animated short pitches Shakespeare’s ‘shrewd and knavish sprite’ against a contemporary folly—the television which even broadcasts concerts.

Vienna, 1913 is performed in the broadcast concert. The television aerials waltz to it.

The recording is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library with Serge Krish conducting the New Concert Orchestra (London, 1946?).

A Midsummer Nightmare can be watched on the British Film Institute website. Vienna, 1913 is at 6:39.


Virginia, A Southern Rhapsody (1927)

in Mästarnas Match [Championship Fight] (aka Ingo vs. Floyd)
directed by Per Gunvall (Sweden, 1959)

documentary

Ingemar Johansson (Sweden) versus Floyd Patterson (USA): the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship took place in New York City on 25 June 1959.

Over the last few days before the match, Per Gunvall filmed each of the two opponents and their entourage. An excerpt from Virginia is the background music for the sequence about Patterson. Sometimes pastoral—Patterson was training in a rural area—sometimes ‘athletic,’ the music excerpt is repeated as a loop a couple of times.

The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library with Charles Williams conducting the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (London, 1942).


When the Daisy Opes Her Eyes, Valse (1911)

in Metro-land
written by John Betjeman and produced by Edward Mirzoeff (UK, 1972)

television documentary

John Betjeman's meditation on the London suburbs served by the Metropolitan Line takes him to the Chiltern Court restaurant which was built above Baker Street station circa 1913. Customers, before they took the train for home, could listen to a band playing for the thé dansant. Betjeman seems to hear the band playing When the Daisy Opes Her Eyes.

The music continues with 1910 footage of Baker Street station followed by a shot of the disused Marlborough Road station.

  

When the Daisy Opes Her Eyes is played by Albert Sandler and his orchestra (London, 1 February 1940).

The documentary can be watched on dailymotion. When the Daisy Opes Her Eyes is at 4:11.


Who Cares? (1929)
from Dear Love

in These Foolish Things
directed by Julia Taylor-Stanley (UK, 2005)

London in 1938: Diana is a young actress who seeks to follow in her famous mother's footsteps. She meets Robin, a struggling playwright.

Who Cares? accompanies an uninterrupted series of short scenes:

Douglas, an actor of some success, tries a new tailor-made suit; he is joined by a friend who is an entertainment columnist.

Robin introduces Diana to his landlady, a retired showgirl who is delighted to have Diana as a new tenant.
Diana smiles to the landlady and to Robin.

Robin at his typewriter.

Diana and Dolly have fun in a park—they had met at a drama school.

Robin on his bed counts what is left of his bank notes.

Diana looks for a bread and butter job in the small ads.

Diana and Dolly line up in a theater agent's waiting room.

Who Cares? is played by Jack Hylton and his orchestra, with Sam Browne singing the chorus (London, 8 November 1929).

These Foolish Things can be watched on OK.RU. Who Cares? is at 8:54.


(to be continued)


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