Serving the communities of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet


Thomas Wood was the well known composer and known world wide as
"THE MAN WHO ARRANGED THE MUSIC TO AUSSIES 'NATIONAL ANTHEM'' - Waltzing Matilda which he wrote during 1941.

Dr Wood arranged it from a text version given to him by the publican of the North Gregory Hotel in Queensland, c.1930.

He also wrote a woodwind quintet entitled "The Brew House at Bures". the Brewhouse was a seventeenth century wing of Parsonage Hall where Thomas frequently sat enjoying the tranquility in front of a blazing fire.

During a thirty year period he produced a series of works:-

Forty Singing Seamen (1925),
A Seaman's Overture (1927),
Daniel and the Lions (1938),
Chanticleer (1947),
The Rainbow (1951)

A Tale of Dunkirk
Master Mariners

Suffolk Punch (1930)
St George's Day
Six Bells/;
an arrangement of Greensleeves
Two Fanfares for an ensemble of mixed wind, brass and percussion
The Brew House at Bures
and not forgetting Waltzing Matilda


Another one of his works, for a male voice choir called "Salt Beef", is still currently available from the publishers "Bell and Stainer" in 2009.
ref:- http://www.stainer.co.uk/acatalog/choral_male.html

Published 02/02/2017