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. He started his conducting career with the Skelmersdale Old Band and the Skelmersdale Temperance Band where he saw excellent success at local contests from 1891 to 1895. Then like most of the top brass band conductors of his generation, he became associated with many different bands in the Lancashire area. 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 - 1928
Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, composer, arranger
= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
|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||6370||12-in.||approximately 1913||Titania polka||Arthur Laycock ; Regt. Band of H. M. Scots Guards ; Frederick. W. Wood||Cornet solo, with band||composer|
|Columbia||6375||12-in.||approximately 1913||Liebestraum no. 3||William Rimmer ; Southport Corporation Military Band||Band||conductor|
|Columbia||6376||12-in.||approximately 1913||Prelude, op. 1||William Rimmer ; Southport Corporation Military Band||Band||conductor|
|Columbia||25963||10-in.||approximately 1906||Bells of St. Malo||London Military Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||28452||10-in.||approximately 1913||Eventide : Air varié||St. Hilda Colliery Band||Band||arranger|
|Columbia||28668||10-in.||approximately 1913||Rock lea||Southport Corporation Military Band||conductor|
|Columbia||28669||10-in.||approximately 1913||Passe-pied||Southport Corporation Military Band||conductor|
|Columbia||28670||10-in.||approximately 1913||Jocelyn : Berceuse||Southport Corporation Military Band||conductor|
|Columbia||28671||10-in.||approximately 1913||Secrets : Intermezzo||Southport Corporation Military Band||conductor|
|Columbia||28672||10-in.||approximately 1913||Heart’s ease : Intermezzo||Southport Corporation Military Band||conductor|
|Columbia||28678||10-in.||approximately 1913||Minuet||Southport Corporation Military Band||conductor|
|Edison||7306||10-in.||4/21/1920||Les cloches de St. Malo||Conway's Band||Band||composer|
|Gramophone||YR1868||10-in.||3/30/1928||The bells of St. Malo||National Military Band [Black Diamonds Band of London]||Band, with organ||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 September 26, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109254.
Rimmer, William. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 26, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109254.
"Rimmer, William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 26 September 2023.
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