BBC Music Magazine

Farnon’s supersonic supertonic­s fly again


As well as being the year in which man first landed on the Moon, 1969 also famously saw Concorde make its first flight. The 50th anniverary of this momentous milestone in flight history, which took place in BBC Music Magazine’s home city of Bristol, has not escaped CRD – the British record label has re-released the London Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Robert Farnon’s Concorde March, commission­ed by British Airways at the time to mark the launch of the world’s first supersonic passenger aircra . Though the much-loved masterpiec­e of aviation engineerin­g sadly made its final journey in 2004, at least Farnon’s upli ing piece still has wings, as it were.

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