Knightsbridge March (arr Yoder)

From Wind Repertory Project
Eric Coates

Eric Coates (arr. Paul Yoder)

This work is also known as the theme from In Town Tonight

General Info

Year: 1933 / 1940
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Chappell
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


  • Oboe, 17 m. after reh. A, beat 1: E natural should read E-flat
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I, 8 m. before reh. B, beat 1: F should read G
  • All parts, 1 m. before reh. E, beat 1: poco rit. should read molto rit.

Program Notes

After Sir Thomas Beecham organized the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1933, Coates "borrowed" the organization -- under his name -- to record two of his rhapsodies and his newly composed London Suite, including the third movement, Knightsbridge March. With very little rehearsal time, a superb recording was made. After hearing the recording Eric Maschwitz of the BBC began using it as the signature tune for the long-running Saturday night program In Town Tonight. The march became so popular that Coates's name became known throughout Britain.

The music refers to the Knightsbridge section in London, where visitors may see the pomp and pageantry of the scarlet-clad Buckingham Palace Guardsmen.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Terry S. Treuden, conductor) – 10 March 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Coates, E.; Yoder, P. (1940). Knightsbridge March = (In Town Tonight) From London Suite [score]. Chappell: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 131.