Many of the principal musical ideas
for Divertimento for Band are derived from music
Guy composed for a documentary film called Country Camera, celebrating
the work of the earliest photographers who had recorded a way of life
which vanished at the outset of the first World War. The three
movements are played without a break.
Divertimento for Band
was commissioned by Birmingham Symphonic Winds with financial
assistance from The John Feeney Charitable Trust and the first
performance was given by BSW at the conference of the World Association
for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Killarney, Eire on 13th July 2007
conducted by the composer. Divertimento for Band
is affectionately dedicated to Keith Allen, Jayne Rollason and
Birmingham Symphonic Winds.