Published book:

‘The Distin Legacy: The Rise of the Brass Band in 19th-Century Britain’


Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK. Date of Publication: January 2013

The rise of the brass band in 19th-century Britain is a historical, social and cultural phenomenon which represents the foundation of the modern international brass band movement. Authors such as Trevor Herbert, Arnold Myers and Roy Newsome mention and acknowledge the relevance of the Distin Family brass ensemble; however, extensive research has produced new information. This book examines the various Distin projects as the main reason why brass bands of today are established in their current form.

Ray Farr (born in Hereford, England, 1948) is an experienced and recognized conductor, arranger and adjudicator. He works with orchestras, wind bands and brass bands on a worldwide freelance basis. His increasing interest in the history of brass bands has triggered research activity, the completion of a Master’s degree in Arts, as well as ongoing studies for a doctorate.

Price Uk Gbp: 54.99 Price Us Usd: 82.99

Available from: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 12 Back Chapman Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 2XX



Book reviews:

‘The depth and detail of the research is impressive.’

‘Extensive quotations impart a distinctive period flavour.’

‘Behind the documentation a fascinating story of skill, scandal, opportunism and showmanship that could provide rich pickings for the narrative biographer.’

‘There are ten chapters, each devoted to a different aspect of the wide-ranging life and times of this fascinating family. Those detailing the Distin family as performers, builders of repertoire, pioneering instrument suppliers and their crucial role in developing the brass band sound are the strongest.’

The Distin Legacy is well illustrated, and a significant documentation of a pioneering period of brass band history.’ Paul Hindmarsh (British Bandsman Magazine. September 2013)


‘Ray Farr has gathered material from many contemporary sources to bring the picture into focus in fascinating detail.’

‘ He has combed through newspaper reports, tracked down images and scoured the published literature to piece together a very readable account of the Distin family’s activities as musicians, entrepreneurs and manufacturers.’

‘The author has used this account to argue that many characteristics of today’s brass band derive from the Distin legacy.’ Arnold Myers (The Brass Band World Magazine. September 2013)

‘I loved it!’ Professor Stephen Allen (Rider University)


Published music:

Title Orchestration Solo Composer Publisher
15 Små Styke Ensembles Ensembles Eide Norsk Noteservice
Adagio Brass Band Cornet Rachmaninov Wright & Round
Adventures Wind Band Farr Obrasso
Adventures in Brass BB Farr Obrasso
Agincourt Song BB Anon Rosehill
Alabamy Bound BB Anon Musikverlag-Frank
Ave Maria BB Cornet Bach/Gounod Prima Vista
Be My Love WB Euphonium Brodszky Prima Vista
Be My Love BB Euphonium Brodszky Prima Vista
Bergenhus March BB Aafløy Musikverlag-Frank
Bergenhus March WB Aafløy Musikverlag-Frank
Blaythorne Suite BB Cornet Nicholas Studio Music
Bowburn March BB Farr Wright & Round
Bryllups Intrada BB Ugland, Johan Varen Nordic Sounds?
Bubbles was a Cheerleader BB Soprano Cornet Williams Prima Vista
Call of the Righteous WB Condon Gobelin?
Can You Read My Mind

(See Love Theme from Superman)

BB Williams, John Kirklees
Cantilena BB Farr Prima Vista
Close to You

(They Long to Be)

BB Trombone Bacharach Norsk Noteservice
Confutatis (from Requiem) BB Mozart Nordic Sounds
Dance Warily

(Dans Varsomt)

BB Farr Norsk Noteservice
English Dances (8) BB Arnold Out of Print
Fanfare & Choral BB Hovland, Egil Norsk Noteservice
Festival Prelude BB Nielsen Obrasso
Firebird BB Stravinsky Kirklees
First Circle BB Metheny Norsk Noteservice
First Shoot, The WB Walton, W Norsk Noteservice
Four Cornish Dances BB Arnold Out of Print
Four Scottish Dances BB Arnold Out of Print
Fugue in D minor BB Bach Norsk Noteservice
Galaxies- An expedition for Band BB Davis Kirklees
Galaxies- An expedition for Band WB Davis Kirklees
General Jacksons Schottishe BB Tidswell Norsk Noteservice
Gethsemane BB Sop Cornet Lloyd-Webber, A. Musikverlag-Frank
Good, The Bad, & The Ugly BB Morricone Prima Vista
Good, The Bad, & The Ugly WB Morricone Prima Vista
Goodbye to Love BB Horn Carpenters Hallamshire
Goodbye to Love 10 Piece Horn Carpenters Hallamshire
Hallelujah For Handel BB Drefus Wright & Round
Hjalar-Ljod BB Groven Prima Vista
Holiday for Strings BB Rose Studio Music
Hundred Folk Tunes from Hardanger

1: Velkomne med ære

2: Flyteljod

3: Fagraste Viso pao joræ

4: Langeleiklåt

5: Hastverksbrudlaup

6: Guds godhet og Guds storhet

The other movements in the suite are not published

BB Tveitt, G Nordic Sounds
I Say a Little Prayer BB Bacharach W&R
In Paradisum (Requiem) BB Faure Nordic Sounds
Indiana Jones BB Williams, John Studio Music
Intrada – Ein Feste Berg WB Farr Norsk Noteservice
Intrada – Ein Feste Berg BB Farr Wright & Round
It’s Just Talk BB Metheny W&R
Kingdom Triumphant, The WB Ball, E Gobelin?
Kjempeviseslåtten BB Sæverud Musikk-Husets Forlag
Lake Luzern BB Farr Obrasso
Lawson’s Mates BB Drefus Wright & Round
Libertango BB Piazzolla Norsk Noteservice
Like Always BB Ramos Wright & Round
Lite Styke Norge WB Eide Norsk Noteservice
Live & Let Die BB Soprano Cornet McCartney Norsk Noteservice
Live & Let Die WB Trumpet/Flugel McCartney Norsk Noteservice
Lyric Dance WB Okkenhaug Prima Vista
Midnight Sleighride / Troika BB Prokovief Wright & Round
Midnight Sleighride / Troika WB Prokovief Tradewinds
Minuano BB Metheny Prima Vista
No Matter What BB Lloyd-Webber Rosehill
Nocturne BB Cornet/Flugel Lovland Prima Vista
Nocturne WB Trumpet/Flugel Lovland Prima Vista
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now BB Arcadia Music
O Holy Night (Julesang) WB Cornet Adams Gobelin
O Holy Night (Julesang) BB Cornet Adams Gobelin
On the Town BB Bernstein Norsk Noteservice
On the Town WB Bernstein Norsk Noteservice
On With The Motley BB Soprano Cornet Leoncavallo Rosehill
One Voice BB Manilow Studio Music
Optimist WB Vocal Teigen none
Our Kind of Love BB Lloyd-Webber Rosehill
Over the Rainbow WB Trumpet/Flugel Arlen Norsk Noteservice
Over the Rainbow BB Flugel (Eb) Arlen Norsk Noteservice
Pilgrim of Love BB Trombone Bishop Norske Noteservice
Pilgrim of Love March BB Trombone Bishop Norske Noteservice
Poinciana BB Simon/Bernier Studio Music
Recado Bossa Nova (The Gift) BB W&R???
River Dance BB Whelan Wright & Round
Roaring Days BB Drefus Wright & Round
Robert the Devil BB Meyerbeer Norsk Noteservice
Rush BB Drefus Wright & Round
Russian Funeral BB Britten Faber
Softly, Softly WB Fry Prima Vista
Softly, Softly BB Fry Wright & Round
Sonata WB Clarinet Brahms Tradewinds
Star Wars BB Williams Norsk Noteservice
Superman BB Williams Kirklees
Superman – Love Theme “Can You Read Mind” BB Williams Hallamshire
Sweet & Low BB Euphonium Barnby Hallamshire
Sweet & Low 10 Piece Euphonium Barnby Hallamshire
Symphony #3 BB Khachaturian Prima Vista
Taste of Honey (A) BB Scott Robert Wright & Round
Toccata BB Bach Studio Music
Toccata WB Bach Studio Music
Torn Erik’s Song BB Tuba Traditional Norsk Noteservice
Vaults of Heaven BB Lloyd-Webber Rosehill
Viking Saga BB Farr Norsk Noteservice
Viking Saga WB Farr Norsk Noteservice
Volunteer Artillery & Rifle Corps March BB Jackson Norsk Noteservice
What Now My Love BB Becaud Norsk Noteservice
Whistle Down the Wind BB Lloyd-Webber Rosehill
Winter Games BB Foster Norsk Noteservice
Why Did I Choose You. WB Trombone Leonard Norsk Noteservice
Why Did I Choose You BB Trombone Leonard Norsk Noteservice
Yorkshire Waltzes BB small Jackson Norsk Noteservice
You Raise Me Up BB Lovland Nordic Sounds
You Raise Me Up WB Lovland Nordic Sounds