Arthur Butterworth had a long and successful career in music. A trumpeter in the Scottish and Hallé Orchestras, he gave up professional playing in his late thirties to focus on conducting, instrumental teaching and, primarily, composition. He was drawn to traditional genres such as the symphony and the concerto and wrote several fine pieces for brass band.
Some of Butterworth’s first acknowledged scores were performed while he was still a student at the Royal Manchester College of Music (RMCM, now the Royal Northern College of Music). Among them is the piano piece Lakeland Summer Nights, Op.10, which dates from March 1949 and was premiered by Jean Barker at an RMCM recital on 14 February 1950.