Sunday Bandstand 17 December 2023

Sunday Bandstand 17 December 2023

Hello everyone - The countdown is certainly on now with just a few more days to go to the Christmas festivities or Christmas holiday and however you spend that time. We have an even more diverse choice of Christmas music for you this week, with many old favourites and a few new ones as well. There are three instrumental soloists and two vocalists and a choir on the show.

Don't forget if you have a favourite piece of Christmas concert music or a favourite carol you can always email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will be pleased to play them for you.

We also have a wonderful story about the childhood Christmas banding days of the legendary tenor horn player Gordon Higginbottom - for many listeners it will bring back a few memories of their own Christmas playing days.

Enjoy the show...

Playlist 17 December 2023


Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Christmas Presence - Paul Sharman International Staff Band Of The Salvation Army - BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2016  'Celebrate The Season'  - SP&S Recording SPS 404CD - 2016
Christmas Fantasy - Gordon Langford  Huddersfield Choral Society with the Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1988  'Christmas Fantasy' - CD - Chandos Recording CHAN 8579 - 1988
Troika from Lt Kije Suite - Prokofiev arr. Ray Farr Scottish Co-op Band MD: Ray Tennant - 2012  'A Merry Little Christmas' - CD - 2012 
The World's Greatest Storyteller - Philip Harper Euphonium Soloist Glyn Williams with the Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2017  'Storytelling' - CD - Doyen Recording DOYCD371 - 2017
A Sway in a Manger - John Parkinson ( Wingates Band MD: Andrew Berryman - 2006  'Asway in a Manager' - CD - Howfen Legend ‎– 003 - 2006
Once in Royal David's City arr. David Willcocks /Ray Steadman-Allen The Graduate Choir with the Dalewool Auckland Brass (New Zealand) MD: Nigel Weeks - 2010  'Christmas Magic' - CD -  2010
Sleeping Beauty Waltz - Tchaikovsky arr: Roy Newsome Kings of Brass MD: James Scott - 2000  'Down Memory Lane Vol III' - CD -  KRCD1033 Kings of Brass - 2000
Born for You - Traditional arr. Dean Jones  Brass Band De Waldsang (The Netherlands) MD: Rieks van der Velde - 2015  'Nowell' - CD - Lake Music Publications LMP2015.01 - 2015
Festive Impressions - Oliver Waespi Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: Professor David King - 2000  'Festive Impressions' - CD B+H sforza  CDSFZ129 - 2000
Amen from the Messiah - Handel arr. William Gordon Pasadena Tabernacle Band (USA) BM: William Gordon - 2003  'Christmas in Brass 2003' - CD - The Salvation Army ‎– JCTD-0070 - 2003
A Christmas Overture - John Golland Hannaford Street Silver Band (Canada) MD: James Curnow - 1997  'A Christmas Flourish' - CD - CBC Records  5175 - 1997
Largo from the New World Symphony - Dvorak  arr. Martin Ellerby  Grimethorpe Colliery RJB Band MD: Garry Cutt and Chris Helme with Gordon Higginbottom's memories of Christmas playing over 60 years ago.....  'A Sunday Bandstand production - 2015
Christmas Celebration - Stephen Bulla Chicago Staff Band (USA) BM: William Himes - 1991  'Christmas Splendour in Brass' - CD - JCTD - 0018 - 1991
Holy City - Stephen Adams (aka Michael Maybrick) arr. Phillip McCann Cornet Soloist Phillip McCann with Malcolm Hicks (Organist) - 1987  'More of the World's Most Beautiful Melodies' - CD - Chandos Brass - CHAN 4502 - 1987 
Symphonic Suite Scheherazade - Rimski Korsikov arr.  Ord Hume Williams Fairey Engineering Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1988  'Freedom' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 038D - 1988
Ave Maria - J.S Bach arr. Gounod trs. Andrew Wainwright Vocalist Faryl Smith with the Virtuosi GUS Band MD: John Berryman - 2012  'Christmas Fantasia'  - CD - SP&S -                  .....2012
The Twelve Days Of Christmas - Traditional - Anon The Royal Opera House Brass Soloists and the Royal Opera Chorus - 2006  'The Twelve Days of Christmas' - CD - Brass Classics BC3006 - 2006 
Forgotten Dreams - Leroy Anderson arr. Simon Kerwin  Brass Band de Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 2011  'A Christmas Full of Copper' - CD -      ...........2011
Over the Rainbow - Yip Harberg / Harold Arlen - arr. Eva Cassidy / Alan Morrison   Cornet Soloist Alan Morrison with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: David Hirst - 2004  'Somewhere over the Rainbow' - CD - Sutcliffe Recording Services HRSCD409 - 2004
Christmas Finale - Paul Lovatt-Cooper Black Dyke Band MD: Professor Nicholas Childs - 2010  'A Festive of Christmas Carols' - CD - 2010
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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