RTC-14: 1958 A Children’s Overture for orchestra

Commission: CBC Arranged from the original score to the CBC Television Documentary The Pemberton Valley
Premiere: 1959, CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, John Avison (conductor)
Other: numerous performances by CBC Vancouver Chamber Orch;, and other Canadian orchestras
Publication: BMI

  1. Ovation Volume 4, CBC Records, PSCD 2029-4
  2. CBC Vancouver Chamber Orch., John Avison (cond.), ACM 15, 1983
  3. CBC Vancouver Chamber Orch., John Avison (cond.), RCI 334

The Children’s Overture was the first work premiered by the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, in 1959 – by this time Turner had been working as music producer for almost 7 years – since May 1952 – the work was recorded by the CBC Orchestra – released on two different LP recordings – and is still available on CD on Ovation Volume 4.

The popular overture was later arranged for high school bands by Paul Patterson and recorded by Fraser Linklater – get further details.

In 1958 Turner began his association as composer with the annual CBC Vancouver Festival – he had already been producing the festival for several years through his work as Senior Producer with CBC Vancouver.