The Selection from La Figlia del Reggimento (The Daughter of the Regiment) by Gaetano Donizetti comes from the second of a series of works (No. 6 in the advertisement below) called Distin s Brass Band Scores published in 1855 by Henry Distin. These publications represent an important stage in the history of bands in Britain . The popular music of the day was mostly opera extracts, and the music of Donizetti was particularly popular .
Ray Farr (born 1948 Hereford, England) was educated at the Birmingham School of Music and at the Royal Academy of Music, London. After 10 years as a professional trumpet and flugelhorn player with the BBC Radio Orchestra, he started his career as a conductor. He works with orchestras, wind bands and brass bands on a worldwide freelance basis. He is an experienced and recognized conductor, arranger and adjudicator. In 2019 he was awarded the Iles Medal by the London Worshipful Company of Musicians, for significant contributions to the brass band movement. As a composer and arranger, he has published more than a 100 works. Ray is also the author of The Distin Legacy the Rise of the Brass band in 19th-Century Britain (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013) as well as An Introduction to Conducting (Jagrins, 2007). His increasing interest in the history of brass bands has triggered research activity, the completion of a Master s degree in Arts and the ongoing studies for a doctorate. The collection of scholarly editions forms an important part of his research into early brass bands and in particular the Distin Family.