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Radio: Sunday Bandstand

Chris Helme brings us more great music as we approach Christmas.

  Chris Helme brings us great music for Christmas

More great music to send out to the banding world from Chris Helme in the heartland of Yorkshire...

Sunday Bandstand 17th December:

Produced and presented by Chris Helme. For further information please see www.chrishelme-brighouse.org.uk and follow the Sunday Bandstand links for this play list and previous shows dating back to 2014.

My website also has a review section and a brass band nostalgia section.

Your CD

Has your band produced a CD this year?

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Rhythm and Blues (Philip Sparke)
Opening for weekly show
Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles — 2010

Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson arr: Ernest Tomlinson)
City of Bradford Band
MD: Lee Skipsey — 2016

Russian Christmas Music (Alfred Reed arr: David Leppla)
Brass Band of Battle Creek
MD: Kenneth Bloomquist — 1994

Rhythmic Skaters (Emile Waldteufel arr: B. S. Wood)
Foden's Motor Works Band
MD: Rex Mortimer — 1974

Pequena Czardas (Pedro Iturralde arr: Klaas van der Woude)
Alto Saxophone Femke Steketee
Delta Brass Zeeland
MD: Arie Stolk — 2013

The Twelve Days of Christmas (traditional — Anon)
The Royal Opera House Brass Soloists and the Royal Opera Chorus
MD: Eric Crees — 2006

The Kingdom Triumphant (Eric Ball)
Manger Musikklag
MD: Allan Withington — 2017

Pop Looks Bach (Sam Fonteyn arr: Keith Wilkinson)
Oberaarguaer Brass Band
MD: Manfred Obrecht -1990

A Christmas Suite (Stephen Bulla)
William Davis Construction Group Band
MD: Keith Wilkinson — 1994

Carousel (Huug Steketee)
Soloist: Dik van Doorn
Brass Band Rijnmond
MD: Anno Appelo — 2009

Ding Dong Merrily on High (arr: Roy Newsome)
Atlantic Brass Band
MD: Salvatore Scarpa — 1998

Trepak from Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky)
Lexington Brass Band
MD: Ronald Holz — 2001

Aspects of Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr: Peter Graham)
Desford Colliery Caterpillar Band
MD: Manfred Obrecht — 1994

Christmas Song (Torme and Wells arr: Gavin Sutherland)
Foden's Band
Halifax Choral Society and organist Darius Battiwalla
MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs — 1998

Largo from the New World Symphony (Dvorak arr: Martin Ellerby)
Grimethorpe Colliery RJB Band
MD: Garry Cutt
Chris Helme with memories of Christmas playing over 60 years ago.....

Christmas Joy (Erik Leidzen)
New England Brass Band
MD: Douglas Yeo — 1999

The Waltzing Cat (Leroy Anderson arr: Sandy Smith)
Hepworth (Cookson Homes) Band
MD: Sandy Smith — 2008

French Christmas (arr: Rieks van der Velde)
Brass Band De Waldsang
MD: Rieks van der Velde — 2007

Euphonium Concerto VI A Troika Tidy (Karl Jenkins)
Soloist: David Childs
Cory Band
MD: Robert Childs — 2010

Tom Thumb, Beauty and the Beast and The Fairy Garden from Mother Goose Suite (Ravel arr: Philip Sparke)
Howard Snell Brass
MD: Howard Snell — 1990

Kings of Swing (Kevin Larsson)
International Staff Band
BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb — 2016

Tubby the Tuba (Paul Tripp/George Kleinsinger arr: Andrew Duncan)
Soloist: Gavin Woods
Narrator: Thom Meredith
Sellers International Band
MD: Philip McCann — 2002

The Snow Carol (Philip Harper)
The International Staff Songsters of The Salvation Army
Cory Band
MD: Philip Harper — 2016

Let It Snow! (Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne arr: Gordon Goodwin)
Lexington Brass Band
MD: Dr. Ron Holz — 1998

Jingle Bells (arr: Derek Ashmore)
Yorkshire Building Society Band
MD: Professor David King — 2003

Rhythm and Blues (Philip Sparke)
Closing for weekly show
Foden's Band
MD: Michael Fowles — 2010

Enjoy the show...

Stan Kitchen

Death of Stan Kitchen

January 20 • The death has been reported of the respected publisher, recording specialist and Iles Medal awardee, Stan Kitchen.

Septura Brass

Septura to carry on nicking spree

January 20 • The musical kleptomaniacs of Septura Brass will be pilfering piano repertoire for their latest concert appearances.

Martin Britt

Britt pops to park sop life at Friary

January 20 • London & Southern Area champion Friary Guildford welcome the signing of star sop player Martin Britt.

Elkhart flugel

4barsest.shop: Special offer item

January 19 • Band Supplies has a fantastic special offer on at the moment through the 4barsrest.shop with the the student Elkhart flugel horn.

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - EYMS Brass Band at Hull City Hall

Saturday 20 January • Hull City Hall. 67 Carr Lane,. Kingston upon Hull HU1 3RQ

Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 20 January • Morley Town Hall, Morley, Leeds LS27 8DX

Wantage Silver - Gary Curtin

Saturday 20 January • Reading Central Salvation Army RG1 7JR

The Hepworth Band - Soprano Sarah Ogden

Sunday 21 January • Christ Church, Sude Hill, New Mill, Holmfirth HD9 7BL

The Fairey Band -

Sunday 21 January • The Hawth Theatre. Hawth Avenue. Crawley. RH10 6YZ RH106YZ

Ilkeston Brass

January 20 • We are looking for a Tenor and Bass Trombone plus 1st Baritone. All other positions are always welcome.. Under MD Geoff Hawley we have a sensible mix of concerts and a few contests per year. . Rehearsals Thursday and Sunday evenings just off M1 J25/26.

Frampton on Severn Silver Band

January 19 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, in particular cornets, baritone and basses. We play at many local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.

Shipston Town band

January 18 • We currently need a Kit percussionist, horn and Bb Bass as we prepare for the forthcoming Midlands Area at Bedworth in March. We are graded Section 4

Alan Duguid

BA (Hons), PGDipMus, PGCE
Conductor, Composer, Adjudicator (ABBA)