The Pompey Chimes

The Pompey Chimes

The Pompey Chimes derive from the bells of the Portsmouth Guildhall clock which, in the second half of the nineteen century, were used by referees at the nearby football ground, to signify the end of a match. Two or three minutes before the hour the crowd would sing The Chimes in unison to remind the referee to blow his whistle. The march recorded on this CD was written specially for Portsmouth Football Club in 1948 by the then Director of Music of the Band of HM Royal Marines, Portsmouth Division, Major (later Lt Col Sir) Vivian Dunn. He had originally intended to write it following the Club's success in the 1939 FA Cup (Pompey 4, Wolves 1) but the war years intervened. It was eventually premiered by the Royal Marines Band at Fratton Park on Saturday 12 Feb 49 for the Fifth Round FA cup-tie match, a major event which included pre-match community singing on a Wembley scale for the 50,000 crowd.
The intention of this fresh recording by the Royal Marines Association Concert Band is to celebrate the Club's recent success in both the FA Cup and the Premier League.

The running time of this single track album is 3mins 59 secs
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