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Radio: Sunday Bandstand

More great music to enjoy from the heartland of Yorkshire

  More music to enjoy over the festive period from Chris Helme

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

Sunday Bandstand 24th 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?

I would be very pleased to play tracks from it if you have. Or have you a burning nostalgia question about the world of brass bands, if you have then please contact me via e-mail:

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

Joyful, Joyful (Beethoven arr: Len Ballantine)
Chicago Staff Band of the Salvation Army (USA)
BM: William Himes — 2011

Christmas Fantasy (Gordon Langford)
Foden's Band & Halifax Choral Society
Organist: Darius Battiwalla
MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs — 1998

It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas (Meredith Wilson arr: Marco Middleburg)
Soloist: Hans van der Weide
Brass Band De Waldsang
MD: Rieks van der Velde — 2007

Christmas Triptych (James Curnow)
North Carolina Brass Band
MD: Brian Meixner — 2016

Panis Angelicus (Cesar Franck arr: Howard Lorriman)
Classic Festival Choir with Brass Band Oberaargauer
MD: Manfred Obrecht — 2009

Schneewaltzer (The Snow Waltz) (Thomas Koschat arr: Goff Richards)
Thoresby RJB Band
MD: Stan Lippeatt — 2000

Blessing (David Catherwood)
Soloist: James McCabe
Rothwell Temperance Band
MD: David Roberts — 2017

A Coventry Christmas (arr: Lee Morris)
Darebin City Brass — Preston Band
MD: Andrew Snell — 2016

Broadway Spectacular (arr: Alan Fernie)
1. The Deadwood Stage from Calamity Jane
2. Don't Bring Me Flowers from Mack and Mabel
3. Oh What a Beautiful Morning from Oklahoma
4. Ol Man River from Showboat
5. Tomorrow from Annie
6. The Lullaby of Broadway from Lullaby of Broadway
Cory Band
MD: Dr. Robert Childs — 2007

Variations on Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Anonymous)
Trumpet Soloist: Immanuel Richter
Brass Band Berner Oberland
MD: Corsin Tuor — 2016

We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Traditional arr: Alan Fernie)
Black Dyke Band
MD: Professor Nicholas Childs — 2013

A Little Christmas Music (Jacob De Haan)
Soli Brass
MD: Jan De Haan — 2001

Fantasy On Spirituals (Ray Steadman-Allen)
Soloist: Barrington Venables
North York Temple Band of the Salvation Army
BM: Glenn Barlow — 2013

My Heart Will Go On (James Horner arr: Klaas van der Woude)
Brass Band De Bazuin Oenkerk
MD: Klaas van der Woude — 1998

Once in Royal David's City (Traditional arr: John Barber)
Foden's Band
MD: Michael Fowles — 2017

Meditation from Thais (Jules Massenet arr: Alan Morrison)
Soloist: Alan Morrison
Harp Accompaniment by Rhodri Davies — 2004

Trombola (Frank Bryce — tribute to Frank Bryce)
Trombone Soloists: Frank Crofts, Stuart Barber and Neville Taylor
Besses O'Th Barn Band
MD: Frank Bryce — 1967

To read my tribute story of Frank Bryce who passed away on the 15 December please follow this link:

White Christmas (Irvin Berlin)
Guest Vocalist Matthew Ford
Foden's Band
MD: Michael Fowles — 2017

Peace on Earth (Jean-Francois Michel)
Black Dyke Band
MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs — 2009

Children's Overture (Roger Quilter arr: Dan Godfrey)
Black Dyke Mills Band
MD: Roy Newsome -1968

On Christmas Night (Paul Sharman)
International Staff Band of the Salvation Army
BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb — 2016

The Shining Star (Peter Graham)
William Davis Construction Group Band
MD: Keith Wilkinson — 1994

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

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

Enjoy the show....


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

March 17 • Sandhurst Silver strike gold as they head to Cheltenham as champions alongside qualifiers Amersham

Ebbw Valley

Result: 2018 Welsh Regional Championship: First Section

March 17 • Ebbw Valley notch up another Area title success to head to Cheltenham with Burry Port Town at their side.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Second Section

March 17 • North Skelton power their way to Cheltenham with J36 at their side after they made light of the opposition in Durham to take the Second Section title.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: First Section

March 17 • It's Harrogate and Houghton who deliver the musical metamorphosis to head to Cheltenham.

Contest: London & SC Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Victoria Hall, Bolton

Saturday 17 March • 37 Knowsley St, Bolton BL1 2AS

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

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

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

March 17 • Musical Director due to work commitments, the Wakefield Metropolitan Band seeks applications for this position. 1st section band with a 5th place at the areas. We require someone with the drive and ambition to take us to the next level is this you ?

Walsall Brass Band

March 17 • WALSALL BRASS BAND are looking for Cornets, 1st Baritone, 2nd Euphonium, Bb Bass and Percusion.

Cheshire Constabulary Band

March 17 • We are urgently looking for a Tenor Horn, Cornet and snare drummers (for our Corps of drums). Smart friendly well run band with varied engagements, just one rehearsal a week. Open to all walks of life ( you do not need to work for the Police!)

Christopher Houlding

Conductor, Performer, Educator