Fiddler on the March This is the unique and fascinating story of the distinguished conductor-composer Sir Vivian Dunn who began his professional career as a violinist and founding member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, then rose to become Principal Director of Music of the Royal Marines. In 1969 he was awarded an EMI Gold Disc and knighted for his services to four sovereigns in the Royal Yachts. As Prince Philip remarks in the foreword: "He established a standard and a tradition for quality. There was a very apt phrase in his obituary: 'When he raised his baton it was like a call to arms'."
Returning to the classical music world in 1970 he made numerous recordings over the next two decades with British, American and European orchestras. Many of these retain their popularity today, particularly with BBC Radio 2 and 3 and Classic FM listeners: for example 'The Music of Sir Arthur Sullivan' - the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; 'The Music of England' - the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; and 'A Festival of British Light Music' - the Orchestra of the Light Music Society.
Nevertheless it is undoubtedly his superlative recordings with the Band of HM Royal Marines School of Music by which he is likely to be best remembered.
Hardback, 252 x 190 cms, 300 pages, 70 photographs.
ISBN 0 9536163 0 4
£15 incl p&p worldwide