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Radio: Sunday Bandstand

More fine festive music to get you into the Christmas spirit from Chris Helme

Chris Helme


Sunday Bandstand:
16th December

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.

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Sunday 16th December

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

Christmas Festival
Leroy Anderson
Arr: James Woods
Thoresby RJB Band
MD: Stan Lippeatt — 2000

Variations on a German Carol
James Curnow
Atlantic Brass Band
MD: Salvatore Scarpa — 1998

Pineapple Poll
Arthur Sullivan
CWS (Manchester) Band
MD: Alex Mortimer — 1962

Saint Saens Variations
Philip Sparke
The Cory Band
MD: Dr. Robert Childs — 2010

The Three Kings
Peter Cornelius
Arr: Sydney Swancott
Trombone Soloist: Joanne Reasbeck with the Hammonds Saltaire Band
MD: Morgan Griffiths — 2012

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Arr: David Willcox
Halifax Choral Society with the Fodens (Courtois) Band MD: Nicholas Childs with Organist Darius Battiwalla — 1998

Philip Sparke
Euphonium soloist David Childs with the Cory Band
MD: Dr. Robert Childs — 2005

Harmony Music
Philip Sparke
Yorkshire Building Society Band
MD: Professor David King — 1999

An der Rawke March
Ernst Stieberitz
Besses o’th Barn Band
MD: Roy Newsome — 1983

Horn Concerto No.1 Eb Flat Major Op11
Richard Strauss
Tuba soloist Ian Foster accompanied by Jo Sealey on Piano — 2012

Silent Night
Franz Gruber
Arr: Andrew Wainwright
Vocalist Faryl Smith with the Virtuosi GUS Band
MD: John Berryman — 2012

Panis Angelicus
Cesar Franck
Classic Festival Choir with the Brass Band Oberaarguar
MD: Manfred Obrecht — 2009

Blue Rondo a la Turk
Dave Brubeck
Arr: Kevin Edwards
Grimethorpe Colliery Band
MD: Frank Renton — 1991

Vois Tu La Neige Qui Brille
Cornet soloist Russell Gray with the Leyland Band
MD: Michael Fowles — 2008

Little Serenade
Ernest Tomlinson
Kings of Brass
MD: James Scott — 2000

A Christmas Reverie
Kenneth Downie
New York Staff Band
BM: Ron Waiksnoris — 2006

Frackeltanz March
Ernst Stieberitz
Besses o’th Barn Band
MD: Roy Newsome — 1983

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

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

Friary Guildford

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

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


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

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

Friday 23 March • Bramhall High School. Seal Road. Stockport SK72JT

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Brass Band

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

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Boobs & Brass at Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 24 March • Huddersfield Town Hall. Corporation St,. Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Amesbury Town Band

March 20 • Players of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. We don't contest, so feel free to drop in, even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument.

Elland Silver Band

March 20 • We have a vacancy within our Championship Section senior band for a 2nd Trombone player. This is a great opportunity for an experienced or young player looking to join one of Yorkshire's progressive bands, conducted by Daniel Brooks.

Crofton Silver Band

March 20 • Yorkshire 2nd Section Champions are looking for the following players:. . FRONT ROW/ SOPRANO CORNET. BASS. . The band are heading back to the National Finals in September to try and repeat their success from 2016.

Steve Pritchard-Jones

Conductor, Adjudicator, Teacher