Holst composed the Moorside Suite for the BBC and the National Brass Band Festival Committee for the final of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at Crystal Palace in 1928. He was excited to be able to listen to all 15 performances of the competition, in which the Black Dyke Mills Band conduced by William Halliwell won. This was his only work for Brass band and its immediate popularity and success lead to other commissions for the genre.
For the newly engraved score offered here, editor Richard W. Sargeant, Jr. has reorganized the traditional British brass band instrumentation for the symphonic brass ensemble found in most orchestras, with the additional flugelhorn and euphonium to retain something of the sound Holst heard at the 1928 premiere. The full score and instrumental parts for this new edition are also available for sale from Serenissma Music.