William Rimmer

William Rimmer (1862–1936) was a Lancashire composer and conductor of brass band music who was particularly well known for his marches.

Rimmer was born in Southport in 1862 into a musical family. His father was bandmaster of the Lancashire Volunteer Rifles and encouraged both Rimmer and his brother Robert in their musical studies. At the age of 15 Rimmer joined the Southport Rifle band as a side-drummer and then moved on to the cornet, eventually becoming the band's principal cornet soloist. As a young man he made himself into one of the finest cornet players in the country under the eye of Alexander Owen at Besses o' th' Barn Band. His prowess on the instrument became well known, and he was engaged as a soloist by many of the best bands of the day. He eventually gave up playing to concentrate on training and conducting bands, and at the height of his fame conducted every winning band at both the Crystal Palace and Belle Vue competitions between 1905 and 1909.

In 1999, a CD dedicated to his music, recorded by Fodens Courtois Band, was released on the Doyen label (DOY CD080).

On 29 July 2007, Phillip Hunt devoted his weekly "Sounds of Brass" radio programme on BBC Radio Devon to Rimmer and his works.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1862, Died 1936 (Southport)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1906 - 1920

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 46470 10-in. 3/2/1916 The bells of St. Malo Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 25963 10-in. between 1903 and 1906 Bells of St. Malo Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 28452 10-in. between 1912 and 1914 Eventide St. Hilda Colliery Band Band arranger  
Edison 7306 10-in. 4/21/1920 Les cloches de St. Malo Conway's Band Band composer  
Gramophone 9178e 10-in. 11/13/1908 Honest toil march Alexander Prince Concertina solo composer  
Gramophone y 22119 10-in. 1920 Titania St. Hilda's Band Cornet solo, with band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rimmer, William," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109254.

Rimmer, William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109254.

"Rimmer, William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109254


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