This short work for brass band was written in 1982 for a concert to celebrate the 80th birthday of Harry Mortimer, one of the great figures in the world of brass bands. Not surprisingly, it references the well-known song Happy Birthday, in a breezy, up-tempo, short concert prelude.
The premiere was given at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester by the Fodens Band, conducted by Howard Snell.
In 2014 the composer revised it for a trip to the North American Brass Band Championships, where it was performed, also as an 80th birthday tribute, this time to the composer’s brother Bram; it was subsequently dedicated to both Harry Mortimer and Bram Gregson.
For more information on Edward Gregson’s music please visit the composer’s website: www.edwardgregson.com