Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born on 2 August 1901. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and was awarded a gold medal for the highest marks in the ALCM examinations in the British Colonies at the age of seventeen years. He became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia.

Physical description

Letter from Frank Packer of Belle Vue (Manchester) Limited to Frank Wright, 1952

Inscriptions & markings

Frank Wright Esq.,
14, Highbury Grange,
London, N.5.

Dear Mr. Wright,
We have pleasure in enclosing cheque for 10 pounds 10 shillings being the fee and expenses for adjudicating at our 100th Annual September Brass Band Contest held on Saturday, the 6th inst.

The Centenary Contest was certainly the greatest of them all, the competing Bands being twenty of the World's best. It was the finest entry the Belle Vue "September" has ever obtained. The awards were very well received, your decisions appear to have given entire satisfaction.

I would like ot place on record my appreciation of the able and efficient manner in which you carried out your duties, and trust that the arrangements made for your comfort were in every wat satisfactory.

I send along my best wishes and kind regards, and hope to have the pleasure of your co-operation again on some future occasion.

Yours faithfully,
Belle Vue (Manchester) Limited
Frank Parker
Brass Band Contest Manager.