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All I want for Christmas is Boyle, Presley and ZOB...

An intriguing mix of talent past and present could well see Zone One Brass top the pop charts this Christmas.

Christmas Zone


Zone One Brass are hoping they will become genuine contenders for the Christmas number 1 spot in the charts this year with a little help from the oddly matched combination of Susan Boyle and Elvis Presley!


The central London band and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra string section recorded 'O Come All Ye Faithful', as part of Susan Boyle's Christmas single, where she sings a posthumous, digital duet with the King of Rock 'n Roll himself.

Bookies have already made the song second favourite to take the festive top spot.

Single and album

Recently released as a single and the lead track on the Britain’s Got Talent star's new album 'Home For Christmas', 100% of the profits from the record will be donated directly to 'Save the Children'.

It is hoped that as well as in the UK, the single will become a major global hit in the pop markets of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the USA.

It was pretty strange playing the carol with most of us wearing shorts and flip flops!MD, Richard Ward

Hottest days

Zone One MD Richard Ward told 4BR: "We were all in London's Angel Studios back in July on one of the hottest days of the year. It was pretty strange playing the carol with most of us wearing shorts and flip flops!"

Band Manager Mark Probert added: "Zone One recorded a track for 'Britain's Got Talent' in 2011 and the producer was pleased with our work in the studio so we were delighted to be asked to play for this project.

Hopefully it will raise plenty of money for 'Save the Children’."

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

Friary Guildford

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 18 March • The Hawth, Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

Knaresborough Silver Band

March 19 • Knaresborough Silver Band are looking for percussion players to join them following their recent success in the Areas 3rd section gaining our 3rd Cheltenham invitation in the last 4 years. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings @ 7.30pm.

East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band

March 19 • The EYMS Band has an immediate vacancy for a first class Solo Euphonium Or Solo Baritone. With The Grand Shield on the horizon and a sensible concert schedule we are looking for a talented individual to join this experienced section.

Chinnor Silver

March 19 • We are sadly loosing one of our award winning bass team soon(best basses award at areas) so we are looking for a Bb BASS . Good book of contests and concerts planned including butlins . We rehearse on Wednesday in our own bandroom

Andrew White

MA(Ed Man), B Ed (Hons), BBCM, ADNCB, PGCE, Cert Ed
Conductor, Arranger, Adjudicator & Educationist