Merritts Hill Music

Merritts Hill Music

Non Stop

John Malcolm

Category: 10-piece Brass

Duration: 2' 30"

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ITN - ITV News - adopted "Non Stop" from its first broadcast in 1955. In its original form it was a 10" 78rpm mood music disc on the Francis Day & Hunter label, (FDH 072 Non Stop (John Malcolm) 2m50 c/w Paris to Piccadilly (Busby) 3m02, to be precise) performed by L'Orchestra Devereaux, conducted by Georges Devereaux.

John Batt (b. 1929) used the pseudonym John Malcolm to distinguish his writing and composing from his prominent legal work. He was a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and he wrote Non Stop while he was still at school. It was accepted by Francis, Day & Hunter, orchestrated by Ivor Slaney and recorded in Belgium in 1951, lying on the record (as it were) for a few years before being chosen to introduce the news.

The present arrangement was written as long ago as 1982 when the theme was still in use, but it's still recognisable to at least half the population of Britain. It's fun to perform it without introduction and watch the audience trying to name it.

Treble clef parts for the lower brass and an E flat horn part are included. All the parts have two pages, with a turn at the bottom of the first in case you wish to print them double-sided.

Reprinted by permission of Hal Leonard LLC