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Victor Davies awarded Order of Canada

Victor Davies 2014. Photo - Graham Lindsey.

Lily Pad Productions is delighted to announce that Victor Davies has been awarded the Order of Canada today. Read More →

Colours of Jazz, Art Deco Fantasy, Silhouettes

“Presenting the jazzy side of our eminent Canadian composer Victor Davies”! featuring Maxine Willan and The Swinging Strings: Colours of Jazz, Art Deco Fantasy, Silhouettes and more Read More →

Jazz Concerto for Organ & Orchestra

JAZZ Concerto for Organ & Orchestra will have its US premiere at Salt Lake City Utah in the Mormon Tabernacle’s Temple Square Conference Centre. Richard Elliott, Principal Tabernacle Organist, will play the 4th Movement, Hot Pipes (Ragging the Pipes!) on one of the largest and best sounding organs in the world, conducted by Musical Director Mack Wilberg as part of their Pioneer Commemoration Concert, July 18-19, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.

Hot Pipes (Ragging The Pipes!) The organ and orchestra play an unabashedly “hot” ragtime tune, exchanging many tried and true ragtime licks, each more fancy than the last until, challenged by the organ, each section of the orchestra has a four bar “break” to show off their virtuosity and to try to outshine the organ. But the organ has the final word in the cadenza. However, at the end of the cadenza, the organ starts a new slow Dixieland tune under high tremolo strings. It’s a Dixieland band coming home, triumphant, from the graveyard in New Orleans. Clarinet, trumpet, trombone, drums, and tuba are added in succession building layers through a series of key changes, until organ and orchestra wail out this tune in a joyous rousing climax. At the penultimate moment, the organ bursts forth with the “hot” ragtime tune from the start of the movement, the orchestra joins in, and all play the Dixieland tune one more time at full tilt, then suddenly stop. The organ offers a slight tongue in cheek comment with the challenge theme, then all play a final raucous ragtime punch line to end.

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Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces

The Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces’ (Ottawa) Commanding Officer Major Dave Shaw, commissioned eight new arrangements of Victor’s music from the Pan Am and Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies for concert band.  The CFB performed Welcome The Champions as they greeted “Soldier On Afghanistan Team” at Ottawa City Hall, May 8th; on Parliament Hill, National Day of Honour Parade May 9th, and will play The Spirit of Canada June 15th at the Canada Aviation & Space Museum.

Major Dave Shaw played the ceremonies music for the Pan Am Games in 1999, which Victor wrote.  In his new role as Conductor of The Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces he remembered the success of this music and commissioned new arrangements for band for government ceremonial occasions.  The Band is the ensemble which plays the majority of music for government events, and is unique in that it is not only a band but also includes a string quartet!  Rarely heard as a complete unit, this outstanding ensemble supplies groups of every size for many occasions large and small, doing up to 500 events each year for ceremonies, marches, state dinners, concerts, and veteran’s events of every kind.

Welcome the Champions
Spirit of Canada

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