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Three Ayres from Gloucester (flex)

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Hugh M. Stuart

Hugh M Stuart (arr. Robert Longfield)

General Info

Year: 1969 / 2016
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


1. The Jolly Earl of Cholmondeley - 1:20
2. Ayre for Evertide - 2:30
3. The Fiefs of Wembley - 1:00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • F Horn
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C
  • F Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Bassoon
  • Cello

Part 5

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Bassoon
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Cello
  • B-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Tuba
  • String/Electric Bass

Percussion I

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum

Percussion II

  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle

Mallet Percussion

  • Bells
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A three-movement suite written in the early English folksong style, this piece came into being as a result of the composer's fascination with an old 10th century couplet: "There's no one quite so comely As the Jolly Earl of Cholmondeley."

The resulting three compositions, The Jolly Earl of Cholmondeley [pronounced "Chumley"], Ayre for Eventide and The Fiefs of Wembley, are in early English folk song style and are designed to capture the mood of the peasants and their life on the fiefs of Wembley castle.

- Program Note from score

This musically rewarding three-movement suite was composed in 1969 and is a true classic of band literature. The music captures the early English folksong style and the moods and dances of the common folk. Skillfully adapted here for flexible instrumentation, it allows bands of all sizes and instrumentations to perform it successfully on concert and festival programs.

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Campus Band (Adam Friedrich, conductor) - 20 April 2021
  • Reinhardt University (Waleska, Ga.) Wind Ensemble (Kerry Bryant, conductor) - 25 February 2021
  • National University of Singapore Saints Alumni Band – 7 September 2018

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