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Ronald Hanmer

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Ronald Hanmer (2 February 1917 – 23 May 1994) was a British composer and arranger of light music, who spent his latter years in Australia.

His special orchestrations of shows for amateur companies remain in demand world wide. He also gained considerable fame in the brass band world, where his works are renowned as test pieces. His output numbered over 700 items. He is best known in his adopted country Australia as the composer of the signature tune to the long-running radio serial Blue Hills.

Ronald Hanmer was born in Reigate, Surrey and studied at Blackheath Conservatory. Between 1935 and 1948 he was a theatre organist and dance band arranger.

His arrangements of musicals include Calamity Jane, Blossom Time, The Merry Widow, Viva Mexico!, Die Fledermaus, The Chocolate Soldier and La Perichole.

His original works included pieces such as Bouquet de Paris, Capstan and Windlass, The Heather and the Thistle, Heritage of England, The Holly and the Mistletoe, The Oak and the Rose and Memories of Hungary, and original genre pieces in orchestral or piano versions such as On a Windy Day, Limelight Lady, Dot and Carry One, Mosquito, City Desk, and Fashion Parade.

His works for wind ensembles included clarinet quartets and trios, flute trios, Cuckoo Quartet for two flutes and two clarinets, Two Contrasts for oboe and piano, trumpet trios, Suite for French horn and piano, Three Sketches for trumpet and piano, Suite for Seven (two flutes, oboe, three clarinets and bassoon), and a Serenade for Seven.

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