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Radio: Sunday Bandstand

More music from the heartland of Yorkshire with Chris Helme.

  More music to enjoy from the brass band heartland of Yorkshire with Chris Helme.

Sunday Bandstand: 11th March

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.

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

Kia Ora March (Alexander Lithgow)
Wellington Municipal Fire Brigade Band
MD: Norman Goffin — (1968)

Shalom (Philip Sparke)
Soli Brass
MD: Piet Groeneveld — (2003)

Malaguena (Traditional arr. Mark Freeh)
Soloist: Jens Lindermann
Canadian Staff Band
BM: John Lam — (2011)

Gently Down the Stream of Time (Kenneth Downie)
London Central Fellowship Band
BM: David Daws — (2011)

The Planets, Op.32
Uranus (The Magician) (Gustav Holst arr. Stephen Roberts)
Black Dyke Mills Band
MD: James Watson — (1996)

Scottish Cradle Song (arr. James Gourlay)
Williams Fairey Band
MD: James Gourlay — (1997)

Brass (Ian McMillan and Dr. Philip Wilby)
Narrator: Ian McMillan
Black Dyke Band
MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs — (2012)

Standard of St George (Kenneth Alford)
The Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain
MD: Eric Ball OBE — (1970s)

March of the Bowman from the Robin Hood Suite (Curzon arr. Frank Wright)
Foden's Motor Works Band
MD: Rex Mortimer — (1967)

Slavische Fantasie (Carl Hohne)
Soloist: Jens Lindermann
Canadian Staff Band
BM: John Lam — (2011)

HMS Pinafore Selection (Gilbert & Sullivan arr. Drake Rimmer)
CWS (Manchester) Band
MD: Alex Mortimer — (1962)

18th Variation on a Theme of Paganini (Rachmaninov arr. Howard Snell)
Buy As You View Cory Band
MD: Dr. Robert Childs — (2004)

Little Suite for Brass No. 2 (Malcolm Arnold)
National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain
MD: Geoffrey Brand — (1967)

Shine as the Light (Peter Graham)
Foden's Courtois Band
MD: Bryan Hurdley — (2001)

The Seal Lullaby (Eric Whitacre arr. Paul Sharman)
Soloist: John Copella
Brass Band of Central Florida
MD: Chad Shoopman — (2015)

Hat Trick (Roy Newsome)
Trio: David Essex, Kevin Wadsworth, David Williams
Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain
MD: Eric Ball — (1970s)

Pictures of Perfection (Brian Willetts arr. Michael Babb)
Soloist: Keith Watts
Birmingham Citadel Band of the Salvation Army
BM: David Nicholson — (2002)

Breezin' Down Broadway! (arr. Goff Richards)
London Central Fellowship Band
BM: David Daws — (2011)

Organ Symphony — Finale (Saint Seans arr. Philip Wilby)
Sellers International Band
MD: Philip McCann
Organist: Simon Lindley — (2004)

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

Enjoy the show....


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Crewe Brass

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Mike Sheppard

B.A. (Hons) Music
Composer, conductor, teacher, author