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Radio: Sunday Bandstand

Plenty of great Christmas music to accompany the turkey and prezzies from Chris Helme.

Chris Helme


Sunday Bandstand:

Produced and presented by Chris Helme or further information please see: www.chrishelme-brighouse.org.uk and follow the Sunday Bandstand links for this play list and previous week’s. It is also available via Podcast from the Radio Phoenix website www.phoenixfm.co.uk

Yorkshire Dales

It is also available on Drystone Radio 106.9FM or through their website www.drystoneradio.com on Sunday mornings between 8am and 10am

New Zealand

Listeners in New Zealand will be pleased to hear that this programme is now also played on www.worldfm.co.nz in Wellington at 2p—4pm (NZ time) every Thursday.

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:

Sunday 23rd December:

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

The Carollers March
Robert Holz
Southern Territorial Ensemble
BM: Brigadier Robert Holz -2007

They Shall Come From The East
General John Larsson
Arr: Kevin Larsson
International Staff Band of the Salvation Army
BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb — 2012

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4
Edward Elgar
Arr: Chris Wormald
Black Dyke Band
MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs — 2012

James McFadyen
Cornet Soloist Iain Culross with the Leyland Band
MD: Russell Gray — 2012

Frank Perkins
Arr: Howe
Brass Band of Central Florida
MD: Chad Shoopman — 2012

Going The Distance
Paul Lovatt -Cooper
European Youth Brass Band
MD: Erik van der Kolk — 2012

White Christmas
Irving Berlin
Arr: Philip Sparke
Foden's (Courtois) Band
MD: Nicholas Childs — 1998

Dance With The Elves
David Popper
Arr: Andrew Wainwright
Virtuosi GUS Band
MD: John Berryman — 2012

Angels from the realms of glory
Arr: Ray Woodfield
Brighouse and Rastrick Band
MD: David Hirst — 1999

Three Christmas Chorale Preludes
J S Bach
Arr: Eric Crees
The Royal Opera House Brass Soloists
MD: Eric Crees — 2005

The Snowman
Howard Blake
Arr: Philip Sparke
Atlantic Brass Band USA
MD: Salvatore Scarpa — 1998

Isaiah 40
Robert Redhead
Hepworth (Lanson Homes) Band
MD: Mark Bentham — 2007

A Traditional Christmas
Arr: Peter Ratnik
13 E’toile Band
MD: Peter Ratnik — 2011

Bring Him Home — Boubil and Schonberg
Arr: Keith Wilkinson
Cornet Soloist Iain Culross with the Leyland Band
MD: Leigh Baker — 2012

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

Suite from the Gadfly
Dimitri Shostakovich -
Arr: Steven Vergaerts
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Brass Soloists
MD: Ivan Meylemans — 2012

It came upon the midnight clear
Arr: A. Wakefield
Brighouse and Rastrick Band
MD: David Hirst — 1999

Christmas Suite
Arr: Steven Wood
Thoresby R J B Band
MD: Stan Lippeatt — 2000

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Royal Doulton Band
MD: Ted Gray — 1970s

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


Stars Signal intent at Cosford Open Day

November 24 • Ian Porthouse, Katrina Marzella, Richard Marshall, Nick Hudson, Simon Gresswell and Helen Varley will be leading an Open Day alongside The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals at RAF Cosford next week — and you can be there!


International flavour to the Scottish Open in Perth

November 24 • There is a cross border, cross ocean feel to the Scottish Open Championship in Perth this weekend.

Swiss flag

Swiss contenders ready to seek Eden in Montreux

November 24 • 67 bands will compete for the various Swiss National titles in Montreux this weekend, with the best seeking a trip to Utrecht by creating their perfect Eden.


A4 look to invigorate quartet writing with new initiative

November 24 • The A4 Brass Quartet is hoping a new composer competition will help reinvigorate the art of brass ensemble writing...

Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE

Enfield Citadel Band -

Saturday 25 November • The Salvation Army. 42 Clarence Road. Southend. SS1 1AN SS1 1AN

Newstead Brass -

Saturday 25 November • John Godber Centre. Ogle Street. Hucknall. Nottingham NG15 7FQ

Harrogate Band

November 24 • Join our team - Harrogate band! We are looking for committed front and back row cornet players who are looking for a new challenge to join our thriving, dynamic, fun and exciting 1st Section band. Our cornet section are a friendly bunch!

Strata Brass

November 24 • Bb BASS. The band are currently preparing for Butlins/Area Contests (1st Section). MD Jonathan Bates (Solo Horn - Fodens Band). Rehearsals SUN/WED,bandroom 5 mins from J35/36 M1 (Hoyland)

Olney Brass

November 23 • 2nd Trombones, look no further. We are looking for a 2nd trombone to join our band. We are an ambitious 3rd section band with a new MD, winning the ODBBA winter contest 2017. Any other instruments, we would be interested to talk, please get in touch.

David Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL
Conductor, adjudicator and arranger