For concert band (picc, 2fl, 2ob, 3cl, bsn, 3crnts, 3hns, 3tbns, alto sax, ten sax, tuba, euph, drum kit, timps)

This work was composed in 1977 as part of the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations, and originally entitled Aufwachenmusik.

Conceived as a fanfare and postlude, it was first performed in Bassingbourn Church near Royston, Hertfordshire, on 5 June that year by the Junior Band of the Queen’s Division (conductor Rodney Parker).

In 1980 it was edited by Parker and performed on December 12 in the Colston Hall, Bristol, by the massed military bands of The Regimental Band of the Royal Regiment of Wales and The Regimental Band of the Cheshire Regiment.

The opening fanfares, based on clashing arpeggios, lead to a spirited allegro; the celebration is confirmed by a return to the fanfare theme.


The brief Olympic Fanfare, a reduction of A Birthday Celebration, was arranged by Rodney Parker to celebrate the London Olympics in 2012.

“Unexpected chord progressions symbolise the meeting of nations and repetitive, echoing figures represent striving before the triumphant conclusion, proudly portraying unity and victory.” (R Parker).