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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.

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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...

Queen's aWARD

John Packer raises the Royal standard worldwide as company receives Queen's Award for Enterprise

April 25 • The well known music retailer and brass and woodwind specialist has received a prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Dr Bob Childs

Father, son and the Flowers post...

April 25 • Dr Robert Childs will take over from David Childs as the new Musical Director of Flowers Band.


Report & Result: 2018 Band Cymru Final

April 24 • Cory head to Utrecht with a lucrative televised win to boost their confidence and coffers.


Report & Result: 2018 Flemish Open

April 24 • Hauts de France are second to none as they lead the way in the international battles fought at the Flemish Open in Mechelen on the weekend.

Lofthouse Brass Band - Mayor's Annual Charity Concert

Monday 23 April • Ossett Town Hall, Market Place, Ossett WF5 8BE WF5 8BE

Regent Hall Concerts - Clarendon Brass Ensemble

Friday 27 April • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

Egremont Junior Band - Egremont Town Band and Workington Town Band

Friday 27 April • Workington CA14 3AW

Wotton and District Silver Band - Tom Hutchinson

Saturday 28 April • St Mary's Church, Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire GL12 7LS

Black Dyke Band - Lincoln Cathedral

Saturday 28 April • Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX

Silver Spectrum Wind Band

April 24 • Brass Players wanted for established Sheffield based wind band. MD George Morton.. Rehearsals Mondays 7:30 to 9:30 pm. We enter the NCBF festival where we have gained many gold awards and on one occasion a platinum.. Wind players also welcome to apply.

The Corsham Band

April 24 • With a solid result in our first year in the Second Section at the Regional Contest, the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.

Hathern Band

April 23 • Hathern Band are looking for a PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM to join their Championship Section Band. This position has become vacant because the present player wishes to retire. We are looking for a committed player to fill this key seat. www.hathernband.co.uk.

Nicholas B. Hudson

Musician | Trombonist | Educator