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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

Sheona White

White joins adjudication association

June 19 • Sheona White is the latest high profile recruit to join the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators


Superb UK deals on Besson 180th Anniversary instruments

June 19 • UkBrassHire has a number of limited edition Besson 180th anniversary instruments available to buy or hire — so get in touch now not to miss out.


Pennine partnership adds extra levels of musical Strata

June 18 • A new musical partnership between Pennine Music and Strata Brass will give customers the chance to sample new releases with an authentic sound...


Inside information gives brass bands Radio 3 boost

June 18 • Not all is lost on the BBC for brass bands if we can get more insight and passion for the medium from the likes of conductor Greg Beardsall.

Tredegar Town Band - Mussorgsky meets Mozart

Wednesday 20 June • ROYAL BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE, Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham. B4 7XR

Black Dyke Band - Halifax Choral Society

Saturday 23 June • Victoria Theatre, 2 Fountain St, Halifax HX1 1BP

The Marple Band - The Marple Band presents Music from Musicals

Saturday 23 June • Stockport Grammar School. Buxton Road. Stockport SK2 7AF

Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Band

Saturday 23 June • Blackley Blackley Church Prospect View Elland HX5 0TD

York Railway Institute Band - Dan Thomas - Euphonium

Saturday 23 June • Central Methodist Church. St Saviourgate. York. YO1 8NQ YO1 8NQ

Torbay Brass Band

June 19 • Torbay Brass Band is looking for trombone and cornet players to join their current set up. We are a friendly hard working group who really would welcome such players into our fold. So if you are looking to join a band or returning to playing....?

Crewe Brass

June 19 • Crewe Brass currently have vacancies for Eb and BBb Bass, Baritone, and Cornet. We are a friendly, social first section band with a good mix of concerts and contests, and rehearse on Monday and Friday evenings in Shavington, Crewe.

Hade Edge Band

June 19 • An opportunity has arisen at Hade Edge Band for an Eb bass player to join our very friendly First Section Band. We rehearse on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Hade Edge Band Room, Greave Road, Hade Edge from 8pm to 10pm

Phil Lawrence

Composer and conductor