Festive Overture

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As shown in this scan from the cover of the original score, Tranchell's Festive Overture was written in 1966 for Peter Marchbank and the Basingstoke Musical Society Orchestra (now the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra).

Tranchell Festive Overture Cover

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The piece features as the first track on John Ireland: Orchestral songs and miniatures, 2010, Dutton Vocalion http://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=CDLX7246 (BBC Concert Orchestra, Conductor:  John Wilson; Date of Recording: 07/14/2009; Venue:  The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford; Length: 11 Minutes 21 Secs).

As a whole the CD did not make waves, seeming "to consist of session leftovers for which no room could be found elsewhere" according to Martin Bird of The Elgar Society Journal (Vol.16 No.5 — July 2010 p65) and "likely to interest only the hardest of hardcore Anglophiles" (James Leonard for AllMusic).

Yet the Festive Overture itself was favourably received. In his review for Fanfare, Colin Clarke for Fanfare felt the piece "certainly fulfills its remit [as a light opener for a concert]. It is expertly crafted, frequently delightful, beautifully and often wittily scored and heard in a performance here by the BBC Concert Orchestra that positively drips affection and devotion. For a piece that lasts a mere 11 minutes, it packs in a remarkable variety of emotions."