This beautiful piece written by John Ireland, with words by Robert Bridges, has now been reborn.
Originally commissioned by the National Coal Board in 1947 it is believed to have been performed on May 1st 1948 at the the Haringey Stadium, involving 9 bands and 8 colliery bands. Since the original brass band parts (which bring the piece to life in its full glory) were lost over time, the John Ireland Trust committed to a project to ensure the music was not lost forever.
Andrew Duncan was commissioned with the honour of recreating the brass band set to bring the full performance of band and choir back to the public’s enjoyment. His attention to detail and widespread knowledge of Ireland’s writing style have now enabled ‘Man in his Labour Rejoiceth’ to be fully recreated and appreciated in its original written form, offering bands a remarkable opportunity to perform an historically significant concert work.
Choir parts are sold separately and are available from The Music Company (UK) Ltd (please call 0845 68 08452 for more details) or Stainer & Bell Ltd (Catalogue Ref: 20303)