5th January 2007

Musical Author hits historical note
Yarmouth Mercury 5th January 2007
North Norfolk Advertiser 5th January 2007
Town & Country News February 2007

Book Signing: Timothy Thirst


James Ord Hume would not perhaps be the first name to come to mind if you were asked to name a famous composer, but to anyone whose interest is brass or military bands his name would be surely be at the top of the list.
James Ord Hume (1864-1932) was one of the most prolific British composers and arrangers of his time. Born in Edinburgh to a poor family he rose from being a bandboy in the British Army to become Chief Adjudicator, British Empire and one of the most revered authorities on music and performance.
His invitations to judge national and international competitions took him around the world many times, and the British Brass Band Movement throughout the world owes much to his guidance and nurturing.
For such a famous personality it is unusual that no record of his life and music had ever been written. However, that has now changed with a new book by local author and musicologist, Dr. Tim Thirst (pictured, signing copies of his new book). Dr. Thirst is probably better known in his native county of Norfolk as the director of music of the famed Stalham Brass Band and for his voluntary work training young people taking up brass playing. However, he has made a name for himself as an author with his book 'James Ord Hume - The March King', the result of three years painstaking research around the world. Over seventy years since Ord Hume's death, records of his life and work had been scattered throughout the family and around the world, so it is unsurprising that the result of Dr. Thirst's research has received acclaimed reviews throughout the world.
The International Military Music Society described his book as "an outstanding contribution to our musical knowledge," while the Australian Brass Band Association said it was "interesting, well illustrated, with plenty of detail. Long overdue." Lt. Col. S. J. Smith, Principal Director of Music (Army) - who wrote the book's foreword - said it contained a "wealth of information in a readable format, which was rigorously researched." and no less a person than Dr. Ray Steadman-Allen, President of the National College of Music and Patron of the London Musicological Research Society, described Dr. Thirst's book as a "highly valuable contribution."  
The book is available via the internet. See link below.

"a fascinating book, thoroughly recommended!"
British Bandsman

"especially recommended"
International Military Music Society - Netherlands

"wealth of information in a very readable format, rigorously researched"
Lt. Col. S. J. Smith, Principal Director of Music (Army)

"this account of his life and music is long overdue"
Brass Band World

"interesting, well illustrated, with plenty of detail. Long overdue."
Australian Band Association of New South Wales

"a fascinating account"
Brass Review

"outstanding contribution to our musical knowledge"
International Military Music Society

"a very well researched account"
The Conductor

"highly valuable contribution"
Dr. Ray Steadman-Allen, President, National College of Music; Patron, London Musicological Research Society.

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