Percy E. Fletcher

Percy Eastman Fletcher (12 December 1879 – 10 December 1932) was a British composer of classical music, born in Derby. He worked as musical director at London theatres including the Drury Lane Theatre and, from 1915 onward, His Majesty's Theatre. Besides, he wrote ballads, works for chorus, and suites for light orchestra, organ voluntaries for church use, as well as pieces commissioned for brass band competitions, including the tone poem Labour and Love used by the Irwell Springs Band to win the 1913 National Championships. This piece is often regarded as a significant moment in the development of the modern brass band movement and repertoire. It was followed by 'An Epic Symphony', used as the test piece for the Championship Section of the National Championships in 1926.

An article written for the brass band website places Fletcher amongst the ten greatest brass band composers.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 12th, 1879, Died September 10th, 1932

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-11374 10-in. 12/14/1911 Intermezzo march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor BVE-50960 10-in. 3/21/1929 Pearl o' mine Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-62313 10-in. 5/27/1930 Kashmiri song Connecticut Yankees Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger  
Columbia 79513 10-in. 11/11/1920 The Chinaman's song Prince's Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Gramophone 0EA7397 10-in. 3/17/1939 Demoiselle chic : Intermezzo Clifford Greenwood ; London Palladium Orchestra Orchestra composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fletcher, Percy E.," accessed July 23, 2021,

Fletcher, Percy E.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from

"Fletcher, Percy E.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.

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