• Short Summary

    Student bandsmen at Knellor Hall Army School of Music, internationally famed as the practising ground for stirring British march tempos, almost ruined the distinguished School's reputation by blowing long undistinguished bass notes into long Alpine horns in a contest to celebrate the current trade and cultural Swiss Fortnight in London.

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    Student bandsmen at Knellor Hall Army School of Music, internationally famed as the practising ground for stirring British march tempos, almost ruined the distinguished School's reputation by blowing long undistinguished bass notes into long Alpine horns in a contest to celebrate the current trade and cultural Swiss Fortnight in London.

    Never in the annals of military music-making had the performance been so bad. The School's bandsmen, tempered by years of military tattoos, are brilliant technicians on the 'cors anglais' and powerful performers on the French horn. But they all agreed, they are the world's worst instrumentalists when confronted with an Alpine horn from Switzerland.

    At this contest the Alpine horn sounded like a motor horn. Contestant after contestant tried to produce a pure note that would resound through the mountains of buildings and the valleys - narrow and twisting - of London streets. Spectators with the earache coming on were the first to make an exit.

    One or two cascades of notes, played by one student bandsman who saw himself as Louis Armstrong - even on the Alpine horn, brought a jazzy relief and patient reward to the strong-eared audience still left in their seats.

    Swiss Alpine expert Alder from Urnasch braved the honking and rasping to give a demonstration. Contestants trying to emulate him, puffed, blew, became red in the face and dry in the mouth: fiasco.

    The best contestants and Arthur Alder gave a finale. The troupe included Armstrong's disciple: he won a consolation prize.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABWIHDQH0AB0A1KJOCFO5G08GH
    Media URN:
    VLVABWIHDQH0AB0A1KJOCFO5G08GH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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