Sunday Bandstand 24 December 2017

Sunday Bandstand 24 December 2017

Hello Everyone -  welcome to our Christmas Eve edition of Sunday Bandstand. We have two hours of festive music featuring many of the usual favourites at this time of year with some others you may not have heard before or may be it was a long time ago. The bands are from around the world with some our own top draw bands from here in the UK and as always we bring you some of the best soloists in the business.

Don't forget if you have a favourite piece of Christmas music or a question about the world of brass bands I would be interested to hear from you - you can always contact me through my email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Here is my Christmas quiz - Two weeks ago I told you about a new book written by the legendary tenor horn player Gordon Higginbottom. The books tells the story of the fascinating musical life Gordon has led. To win a copy of this wonderful 260 page book I need you to answer one question.

Question: Gordon played with many of the biggest named UK brass bands in the brass banding world - he then went on to play with a very famous brass ensemble ...............

Who was the ensemble named after....?

I have three copies of Gordon's book. 

Entries by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   if there are more than three winning entries the first three drawn from the winning entries will be deemed as winners. Closing time for the competition is midnight 27 December (UK time) 

Good luck and  enjoy the show..... 


Thank you to all those that entered the quiz - Three winners were drawn out of the hat: 1) Chris in Tyne and Wear UK 2) Leo in The Netherlands and 3) Ray in Staffordshire  UK .... 



Playlist 24 December 2017

Rhythm and Blues R– Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Joyful, Joyful - Beethoven Arr: Len Ballantine Chicago Staff Band of the Salvation Army (USA) BM: William Himes - 2011
Christmas Fantasy - Gordon Langford  Foden's Band with the Halifax Choral Society and Organist Darius Battiwalla MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 1998
It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas - Meredith Wilson Arr: Marco Middleburg Eb Bass Soloist Hans van der Weide with the  Brass Band De Waldsang (The Netherlands) MD: Rieks van der Velde - 2007
Christmas Triptych - James Curnow North Carolina Brass Band (USA) MD: Brian Meixner - 2016
Panis Angelicus - Cesar Franck Arr: Howard Lorriman  Classic Festival Choir with the Brass Band Oberaargauer (Austria) MD: Manfred Obrecht - 2009
Schneewaltzer (The Snow Waltz)  - Thomas Koschat  Arr: Goff Richards Thoresby RJB Band MD: Stan Lippeatt - 2000
Blessing - David Catherwood Cornet Soloist James McCabe with the Rothwell Temperance Band MD: David Roberts - 2017
A Coventry Christmas Arr: Lee Morris Darebin City Brass - Preston Band (Australia) MD: Andrew Snell - 2016
Broadway Spectacular 1) The Deadwood Stage from Calamity Jane 2) Don't Bring Me Flowers from Mack and Mabel 3) Oh What a Beautiful Morning from Oklahoma 4) Ol Man River from Showboat 5) Tomorrow from Annie 6) The Lullaby of Broadway from Lullaby of Broadway - Arr: Alan Fernie  Cory Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2007
Variations on Gloria in Excelsis Deo - Anonymous Piccolo Trumpet Soloist  Immanuel Richter with the Brass Band Berner Oberland  (Switzerland) MD: Corsin Tuor - 2016
We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Traditional Arr: Alan Fernie Black Dyke Band MD: Professor Nicholas Childs  - 2013
A Little Christmas Music  - Jacob De Haan Soli Brass (The Netherlands) MD: Jan De Haan - 2001
Fantasy On Spirituals - Ray Steadman-Allen Trombone Soloist Barrington Venables with the North York Temple Band of the Salvation Army (Canada) BM: Glenn Barlow - 2013
My Heart Will Go On - James  Horner  Arr: Klaas van der Woude  Brass Band De Bazuin Oenkerk(The Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 1998
Once in Royal David's City - Traditional Arr: John Barber  Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2017
Meditation from Thais - Jules Massenet Arr: Alan Morrison Cornet Soloist Alan Morrison with Harp Accompaniment by Rhodri Davies - 2004
Trombola - Frank Bryce  - (Read about Frank's musical life in my Brass Band Memories website section)  Trombone Soloists Frank Crofts, Stuart Barber and Neville Taylor with the Besses O'The Barn Band MD: Frank Bryce - 1967
White Christmas - Irvine Berlin Guest Vocalist Matthew Ford with the Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2017
Peace On Earth - Jean-Francois Michel Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2009 
Children's Overture - Roger Quilter Arr: Dan Godfrey Black Dyke Mills Band MD Roy Newsome -1968
On Christmas Night - Paul Sharman International Staff Band Of The Salvation Army - BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2016
The Shining Star - Peter Graham William Davis Construction Group Band MD: Keith Wilkinson - 1994
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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