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Three Ayres from Gloucester

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Hugh M. Stuart

Hugh M. Stuart

General Info

Year: 1969
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


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


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


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


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Arkansas: II
  • Florida: III
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: III
  • Massachusetts: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • Minnesota: III
  • Mississippi: I-A, II-A, III-A
  • New York: Concert Band III
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band C
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III
  • Texas: II. (mvt. 2 and any other mvt.)
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: III
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band.Class C Std Rep


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Louisville (KY.) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 21 February 2022
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) University Band (Christian M. Noon, conductor) - 27 April 2021
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Lentz Concert Band (Douglas W. Bush, conductor) - 25 April 2021
  • University of Texas at Arlington Symphonic Band (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 14 March 2021
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Clay Redfield, conductor) – 11 March 2020
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Gold Band (Dylan Suehiro, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Wind Ensemble (Michael Griffith, conductor) – 25 February 2020
  • California State University Bakersfield Concert Band (Leo Sakamoto, conductor) – 2 December 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Campus Band (Ryan McCue, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • Westfield (N.J.) Community Concert Band (Thomas Connors, conductor) – 27 June 2019
  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Lexington, Mass). (Louis J. Buckley, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Kent State (Ohio) Communiversity Band (Wendy Matthews, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Khrista Towle, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Turlock (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Daniel Baudino, conductor) – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Honors Gray Symphonic Band (Christopher Hoch, conductor) – 20 January 2019
  • Mid-State (Aitkin, Minn.) Conference 11th-12th Grade Honor Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 8 December 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (Marykatheryne E. Kuhne, conductor) – 16 November 2018
  • Frostburg (Mary.) State University Wind Ensemble (Shannon Shaker, conductor) – 14 October 2018
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • Amador County Concert Band (Pine Grove, Calif.) (Steve Chambers, conductor) - 12 August 2018
  • Youngstown State University (Ohio) Concert Band (Scott Miller, conductor) – 25 April 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 380-388.
  • Stuart, H. (1969). Three Ayres from Gloucester [score]. Concert Works Unlimited: Delaware Water Gap, Pa.