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The Overlanders


John Ireland’s music for The Overlanders was composed in 1946-7. It was his only film score. The film was for Ealing Studios, produced by Michael Balcon and directed by Harry Watt. Chips Rafferty, the Australian actor, played the leading role. The film deals with the Australian episode in the second world war, when in the face of a threatened Japanese invasion, a motley team of herdsmen and others drove a great herd of cattle across the burning desert and rugged mountains of North Australia to safer quarters many hundreds of miles to the south.

This brass band transcription was made in 1988, and uses three movements for the suite for orchestra created from the original film music by Charles Mackerras. The brass band transcription did not receive its first performance until John Ireland in Chelsea Festival in 2012. The Festival was a unique five-day series of concerts featuring the words and music of John Ireland, his teacher and his pupils. The concert featured East London Brass, conducted by Jayne Murrill, and took place on Sunday 24th June 2012, at St. Luke’s Church, Chelsea.

Item Code: TPBB-025
Duration: 11'00"
Grade: 2nd Section and above

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