Louise Denny
 


Louise Denny was described in the 1988 Royal Tournament programme as “a leading composer of military marches”.  She was born in 1947 into a military family.  At the age eight or nine, greatly encouraged by her musical grandmother, Louise began to write music and at the age of thirteen had her music first performed in public.  She attended ballet school where she also learnt the piano.  After leaving school Louise danced, acted and sang professionally for some years before starting a family.  Her involvement in military music came about by accident when she wrote Winged Dagger as a tribute to the SAS and found out late in the day that the Regiment didn’t have its own band to play the march she had written and so she had to approach the Directors of Music of other bands to get the music played.  Over the last twenty years or so she has played the piano in many European countries and may now be seen and heard playing at a varied list of hotels, stores and restaurants in southeast England.  Louise now lives in St Leonards on Sea in East Sussex.


Orchestral Music

Days of Yesteryear + SATB choir (1974)
Winged Dagger, The [Concert March] (1982) - written for the SAS Regiment
Theme for Zara (1982) - written for Princess Anne’s daughter
Your Heart Has a Mind of Its Own (1983)†
Violette (Danse des Inconnue) + solo accordion or oboe (1984)†
Tamarisk + solo piano (1986) - Dedicated to Hastings Old Town Preservation Society
National Westminster [Concert March] (1988) - commissioned by NatWest Bank
Atlantis “The Royal Tournament March” [Concert March] (1989) - commissioned by the Royal Tournament for the 40th anniversary of NATO
Friends of the Brave [Concert March] (1989) - commissioned by the Imperial War Museum friends to launch their journal ‘Dispatches’
Siobhan (1991) - Waltz*
Halcyon Days (1992) - the Pas de Deux of the Kingfishers from the Ballet ‘Halcyone’*
Halcyone [Ballet] (1992)
Premonition (1992) - from the Ballet ‘Halcyone’*
Mulberry Harbours [Concert March] (1994) - commissioned by the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ‘Mulberry Harbours’ at Aromanches
Song of England* + SATB choir (1995) - written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II and VJ Day.
Afore Ye Go + solo piper (1995) - written as a present for a Yeoman Warden Piper, Derek McFarland when he retired from the Tower of London
Violette
Illustrious Company
Sea of Scarlet
[Concert March] (2014) - inspired by the ‘sea of poppies’ at the Tower of London commemorating WW1 (16 bars of optional words added)

*performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra
†performed by the BBC Radio Orchestra

Wind Band

Winged Dagger, The [March] (1982) - written for the SAS Regiment
Theme for Zara (1982) - written for Princess Anne’s daughter
National Westminster [March] (1988) - commissioned by NatWest Bank
Stirling of Keir + solo piper (1988) - written for Colonel Sir David Stirling the founder of the SAS Regiment‡
Atlantis “The Royal Tournament March” [March] (1989) - commissioned by the Royal Tournament for the 40th anniversary of NATO
Friends of the Brave [Concert March] (1989) - commissioned by the Imperial War Museum friends to launch their journal ‘Dispatches’
Salute to a Welshman [March] (1990) - written for Colonel David Lewis while commander of Kneller Hall
Utrinque Paratus ‘Ready for Anything’ [March] (1990) - commissioned by the Parachute Regiment for their 50th anniversary
Champagne for Breakfast (1991) - light piece for concert
Halcyon Days (1992) - the Pas de Deux of the Kingfishers from the Ballet ‘Halcyone’
Handel Festival Fanfare and Slow March [March] (1994) - commissioned by the Royal Society of Musicians for the 225th anniversary of Handel founding their Society
Mulberry Harbours [March] (1994) - commissioned by the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ‘Mulberry Harbours’ at Aromanches
Afore Ye Go + solo piper (1995) - written as a present for a Yeoman Warden Piper, Derek McFarland when he retired from the Tower of London
Song of England* + SATB (or TTBB) choir (1995) - written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II and VJ Day, dedicated to the Royal British Legion on their 80th anniversary
Spirit of St. Clements (1998) - commissioned by the friends of St. Clement Danes’ (RAF) Church
Sea of Scarlet [Concert March] (2014) - inspired by the ‘sea of poppies’ at the Tower of London commemorating WW1 (16 bars of optional words added)

‡performed by the Triservice Bands in the Queen’s Birthday Parade (1988)

To listen to a sample of Louise’s music click title below:

Afore Ye Go - orchestral version
Atlantis - orchestral version

Atlantis - wind band version
Halcyon Days from the ballet ‘Halcyone’ - orchestral version
National Westminster - orchestral version
Mulberry Harbours - orchestral version
Mulberry Harbours - wind band version
Sea of Scarlet - orchestral version

Song of England - choral version
Song of England - wind band version

Stirling of Keir - wind band
Tamarisk - orchestral
Theme for Zara - orchestal version
Violette [Danse des Inconnue] (dedicated to Violette Szabo G.C.) - orchestral
Winged Dagger, The - orchestral version

Winged Dagger, The - wind band version


Choral

Christmas Star (1995) - children’s Christmas carol for piano, voices, glockenspiel, tambourine, bell tree, maracas, triangle
Song of England* (1995) - SATB or TTBB choir and piano/organ with optional fanfare trumpets

*Published by Bardic Edition

All other works contact the Composer on + 44 (0)1424 714222

or write to:

Louise Denny,
Arun House,
58 Seddlescombe Road South,
ST LEONARDS ON SEA,
Sussex,
TN38 0TJ.


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