March

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Others in the series:

Miniatures
Adventures in Wonderland
Friends In Step
Fiesta di Napoli
Dancing Centipedes
Bronco Ride for Junior S…
An Outdoor Suite
A Piece of String
A Nautical Suite
Leap Frog
The Great Wall of China

The Recital Junior String Ensembles Series series

Recital Music publish a wealth of music for the junior string orchestra ensemble, in a range of popular styles and idioms. Our aim is to create a new and exciting selection of music for every level of string player, from beginner to professional, and to offer music which has great player and audience appeal.

March is aimed at the junior string orchestra, with something of interest for each instrument, and was composed for the String Orchestra holiday courses conducted by the composer's wife. The rhythms are simple and effective, with a strong forward momentum, and much to enjoy for performers and audiences alike.


Michael Rose graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1953 with piano and violin as principal studies. This was followed by three years' military service in the Regimental Band of the Scots Guards. Then came 6 years as Head of Music at John Lyon School, Harrow, followed by 6 years as a Music Adviser, firstly to Middlesex County Council, then to two London Boroughs. During these years he won the Clements Memorial Prize for a String Quartet, and began his conducting career with choirs and orchestras, which led in 1966-67 to an Apprentice Conductor's position with the BBC Northern Orchestra (now the BBC Philharmonic).

From 1968, he worked for the BBC as Assistant in Charge of their Training Orchestra in Bristol, frequently conducting their public and recorded concerts, including two Proms in 1970. In 1972, he returned to the world of music education, as Music Adviser in Bedfordshire, where he was able not only to build an expert instrumental teaching team, but to develop the orchestral, band, choral and operatic opportunities for young musicians. It was also during this time that he was Chairman of the National Association of Youth Orchestra, for fifteen years. For many years he assisted George Hurst on the Conducting Course at Canford Summer School of Music.

He took early retirement in 1990 to devote time to study, composition, conducting and examining, and for the Associated Board has examined in Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Singapore. He tutors a number of aspiring conductors and carries out special sessions in conducting for teachers and young people. He is leader of the Olney Conducting Workshops, a series of one-day and weekend courses which began in 2005.

Much of his music for young players has been published by the Associated Board, and has appeared in the examination syllabuses. Other music, both choral and orchestral, has been published by OUP, Novello and others.

He has continued as Conductor of the Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra, with whom he has toured to France, Cyprus, Germany, Russia, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Italy.

He was awarded the OBE in 1990, for services to music.

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Cat No. RM748
Supplier Code RM748
Price £20.00
ComposerMichael Rose
CategoriesJunior String Orchestra
String Orchestra
SeriesRecital Junior String Ensembles Series
Difficulty level2 - 3
ISMN 979-0-57045-748-9
EAN-13 9790570457489
Weight 231 grams
Published 16th October 2014
Availability 5 in stock
See also...
RM772  Leap Frog (STRING ORCHESTRA)
RMS005  Bronco Ride for Junior String Orchestra (STRING ORCHESTRA)
RMS071  Junior Jazz (STRING ORCHESTRA)