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Plenty of festive music on the menu from Chris Helme in the brass band heartland of Yorkshire

  Lots of festive music on the menu from Chris Helme

Sunday Bandstand: 16th 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 the weekly show
Foden's Band
MD: Michael Fowles (2010)

The Wonder of Christmas (Peter Graham)
Aldbourne Band
MD: David Johnson (2014)

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

Silent Night (Gruber/lyrics by Mohr arr. Andrew Wainwright)
Vocalist: Faryl Smith
Virtuosi GUS Band
MD: John Berryman (2012)

O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam arr. Stephen Bulla)
Soloist: Kevin Crockford
Black Dyke Mills Band
MD: James Watson (1994)

The Kingdom Triumphant (Eric Ball)
International Staff Band of the Salvation Army
BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb (2012)

Kaiser Waltz Op 437 (Johann Strauss ll arr. Gregor Grant)
Black Dyke Mills Band
MD: James Watson (1996)

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Trad arr. Eric Crees)
The Royal Opera House Brass Soloists
Royal Opera Chorus (2006)

The Box of Delights (Hely Hutchinson arr. Andrew Baker)
Cory Band
MD: Philip Harper (2016)

Fantasy on Good King Wenceslas— (Roy Newsome)
MD: Richard Evans (1984)

March Melody: Seasonal Greetings (James Anderson)
New York Staff Band
BM: Ron Waiksnoris (1997)

Three Kings Swing (arr. William Himes)
Soloist: Vince DiMartino
Brass Band of Battle Creek
MD: Frank Renton (1995)

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

Gabriella's Song from the film 'As it is in Heaven' — (Stefan Nilsson)
Vocals: Regina Mallinger
Brass Band Obersterrich
MD: Hannes Buchegger (2010)

Largo from the New World Symphony (Dvorak arr. Martin Ellerby)
Grimethorpe Colliery RJB Band
MD: Garry Cutt
Chris Helme with memories of Christmas playing over 60 years ago

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

The Call of Christmas (Wim Stalman)
Soli Brass
MD: Jan De Haan (2001)

A Christmas Lullaby (Darrol Barry)
Middleton Band
MD: Matt Stringer (2010)

Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah (G.F Handel)
Halifax Choral Society
Black Dyke Band
MD: John Pryce Jones (2001)

Christmas Bells are Ringing (Darren W. Jenkins arr. Jason Gray)
Atlantic Brass Band
MD: Salvatore Scarpa (2013)

Steadily Onward (Erik Leidzen)
International Staff Band
BM: Colonel Bernard Adams (1973)

The Message of Christmas (William Himes)
International Staff Band
BM: Colonel Bernard Adams (1973)

Winter Wonderland (arr. Steve Sykes)
Black Dyke Band
MD: Nicholas Childs (1998)

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

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