For 50 years, these fanfares have been used at Stratfords world-famous Shakespearean festival to call audiences to their seats. Showcase your brass and percussion players as you begin your performances with flair, and delight the audience with an unusual call at the end of the intermission. The fanfares can also be performed using herald trumpets. Flexible instrumentation.
The first of the three fanfares can be heard on a CD entitled Sweet Airs That Give Delight (Attic ACD 1378).
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Notes on Three Stratford Fanfares
Since we were then in a tent, there was a question as to how best to warn the audience that the performance was about to begin or that the intermission was over. Buzzers and recorded announcements seemed inappropriate. Because a brass group was available, I suggested that a fanfare, played live, could serve that purpose. Thus began a tradition that continues to this day: at each performance in the now permanent Festival Theatre, a small brass group (most often a quartet of fanfare trumpets and a field drum) plays a fanfare in four different locations within and outside the theatre, to call the audience to their seats.
During its 50 years, the Stratford season has grown to nine months of operation. With eight performances a week, these fanfares have so far received about 100,000 performances! They are widely used and recognized as the signature tune of the Stratford Festival on radio and television.
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