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Radio: Sunday Bandstand

Chris Helme provides plenty of festive cheer with his selection box of music.



Sunday Bandstand:

Broadcast on Phoenix FM 96.7 community radio in the Halifax area of West Yorkshire. This programme is also available via www.phoenixfm.co.uk Every Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 3pm

Produced and presented by Chris Helme or further information please see: www.chrishelme-brighouse.org.uk

It is also available via Podcast from the Radio Phoenix website

I am always pleased to receive requests—you might want to hear a piece from your own early days in banding, recordings that have long since joined the record deletions list and difficult to find.

Or have a burning nostalgia question about the world of brass bands, if you have then please contact me via e-mail:

Happy Christmas to all my listeners and all the best for 2012.

Sunday 25th December:

Rhythm and Blues
Philip Sparke — Opening for weekly show
Fodens Band
MD: Michael Fowles—2010

Hail Smiling Morn
Reginald Spofforth
Diggle Band — 2007

On a Bare Mountain
Belgian Brass Soloists — 1991

Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Mendelssohn arr: David Wilcox
Fodens Band
MD: Nicholas Childs
With the Halifax Choral Society MD: John Pryce Jones — 1998

Frank Richards — The Christmas Truce of 1914
Silent Night
Gruber arr: Darrol Barry
Narrated by Chris Helme accompanied by
Middleton Band
MD: Matt Stringer — 2009 & 2011

Benediction from The Armed Man
Karl Jenkins
Brass Band Aid Celebrity Band
MD: Howard Evans — 2007

Three Kings Swing
William Himes
Sheldon Theatre Brass Band
MD: Larry Brentzel — 1995

I Dreamed a Dream
Schonberg arr: Darrol Barry
David Morris—Champion Whistler accompanied by the Scottish CWS Band
MD: Ray Tennant — 2004

Epic Themes
John Williams arr: Steve Sykes
Fodens Band
MD: Thomas Wyss — 2005

Christmas Fantasy
Leroy Anderson
Grimethorpe Colliery Band
MD: Richard Evans and the

Colne Valley Male Voice Choir
MD: Thom Meredith — 2005

Rhythm and Blues — Philip Sparke Ending for weekly show
Fodens Band
MD: Michael Fowles—2010

Hardaw Scar

Hardraw Scar open for entries

February 18 • One of the most famous open air brass band contests in the world is open for entries.

Brass quartet

Final chord call for A4 Quartet composer competition

February 18 • There are just a few days left to get you entry in if you want to get your work performed by the award winning A4 Brass Quartet.


Radio: Sounds of Brass

February 18 • More great music with a taste of Cornwall from Philip Hunt


Results: 2018 UniBrass Trophy

February 17 • The students of the Royal Northern College of Music retain their hold on the UniBrass Trophy

Foden's Band - Patrons Concert

Tuesday 20 February • Sandbach School. Crewe Rd, Sandbach CW11 3NS CW11 3NS

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Chamber Ensemble

Friday 23 February • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Cobham Band -

Saturday 24 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall . 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton. KT7 0LQ KT70LQ

Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre SN14 8PG

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Chirst Church Ilkley

Saturday 24 February • Christchurch,. The Grove,. Ilkley LS29 9LW

Strata Brass

February 17 • Require FRONT ROW CORNET (flexibility in the section) after Yorkshire Area (1st Section) in March.. Rehearsals SUN/WED.. MD Jonathan Bates (Solo Horn - Fodens Band). Sensible concert/contest schedule.

Shipston Town band

February 15 • We currently need a Kit percussionist, 2nd horn and Bb Bass as we prepare for the forthcoming Midlands Area at Bedworth in March. We are graded Section 4

The Corsham Band

February 15 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team

Alwyn Green

Conductor, composer, arranger, adjudicator, teacher and soloist