The famed documentary film unit, British
Films, often engaged composers to write for them.
Edward Williams (1921-2013) wrote more film
BTF than any other composer. Here is his first composition made for Cine Gazette No.
9 Open House. The film visits country houses around
London, all served by London Transport Green Line coaches or country
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) composed his
film score for the BTF title England of Elizabeth. However BTF used his
music in other titles notably The Wasps Overture for Fully Fitted
Freight and two movements from Symphony No2. for The Scene from Melbury
Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934) paid tribute to
with his Cockaigne Overture so it appeared to BTF that this music would
suit their tourist promotional film of London, A City for all Seasons.
George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759) choral
masterpiece Messiah fits well with the tradition of singing in South
Wales so John Trumper the film’s music editor delighted in setting
parts of this work to the images in Every
The time lapse film Lets GoTo Brimingham made to
promote the Blue Pullman train between London Paddington and Birmingham
Snow Hill, stopping only at Leamington Spa en route, required a jovial
and fast moving musical accompaniment perfectly met by Perpetuum Mobile
by Johann Strauss II (1825 -1899)
The films that can be watched on You Tube are:-
A City for All Seasons (1969) no and Open House (1951) are not
to our 10 minute trailer for this album
1. Johann Strauss Perpetuum Mobile Op. 257.
Orchestra conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent. Recorded in Walthamstow
Assembly Hall 1962 . Producer Charles Gerhardt, engineer Kenneth
Wilkinson (recorded in stereo but reproduced here in mono as the
soundtrack of the film was in mono).
2. Ralph Vaughan Williams Wasps Overture. London
Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Sir Adrian Boult. Recorded in the
Kingsway Hall, London, 1 January 1954 under the supervision of the
composer. Producer John Culshaw, engineer Kenneth Wilkinson.
3-8 George Handel Messiah HWV
54. London Philharmonic Orchestra and
choir conductor Sir Adrian Boult. Recorded in the Kingsway Hall,
London, January 1954 Producer James Walker, engineer Kenneth Wilkinson.
Tracks are in the order the music is used on the film:-
3. Every Valley ( George Maran, tenor)
4. The people that walked in darkness (Owen Brannigan, bass)
6. Pastoral Symphony
7. Their sound is gone out
8. All we like sheep
9-10. Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 2, A London Symphony,
2.Lento, 3. Scherzo. London Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Sir Adrian
Boult. Recorded in the Kingsway Hall, London, January 1952 under the
supervision of the composer. Producer John Culshaw, engineer Kenneth
11. Edward Elgar Cockagine Overture,
Op.40. London Philharmonic
Orchestra conductor Edward van Beinum. Recorded in the Kingsway Hall,
London, May 1949. Producer Victor Olof, engineer Kenneth Wilkinson.
12. Edward Williams Open House,
arrangement edited from the original
music sessions by Barry Coward. Recorded in 1951 at Riverside Studios,
London by Ken Cameron with Natalie James (oboe), Bernard Walton
(clarinet), Dennis Brain (horn), Cecil James (bassoon).