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Written in memory of two aquaintances, Oration is also connected in my mind with the Aberfan disaster when 144 souls, 112 of them children, were engulfed when liquid coal waste slipped to drown a school. The image in my mind is of a preacher's passionate funeral valediction... a farewell... against the background of a sombre graveside gathering. Coming from a family with more than a century's connection with mining in Cornwall, Somerset and South Wales and remembering my own father's contribution to a pit rescue some sixty years ago, I can recall very easily the horror that sweeps through a mining community when a disaster is rumoured.

DAVID CHILDS has just recorded it for his new 2010 Autumn CD. And although written for euphonium it has been recorded by on trumpet Chris Jaudes. 'Oration is just lovely' wrote one reviewer.