British Bandsman this week carries 3 three pages of review of Christmas music from Crabtree Music, Studio Music, Wright and Round, The Music Company (UK) Limited and ourselves (SP&S). The SP&S titles reviewed have previously only been available as part of Triumph, General or Festival series journals but are now available as single pieces. The following are reviewed in British Bandsman this week; Joy to the world (Ray Steadman-Allen); The tune of this popular carol was written by Handel and this arrangement captures something of the style of the Handelian period. Suite of carols (Norman Bearcroft; 'Past three o'clock', 'Silent Night' and 'I saw three ships' are the tunes used to form this suite in three movements. March - Christmas Praise (Noel Jones); This simple but effective march features two carols in the main, 'God rest ye merry, gentlemen' and 'Away in a manger' (using the tune 'Normandy Carol') although references to other carols are included. Hark! the herald-angels sing (Richard Phillips); This arrangement is an interesting variation on normal Christmas arrangements and and ideal opener or closer in a civic carol service/concert. Little Lord Jesus (Niels Silfverberg); A welcome addition to the rather meagre solo repertoire for the Soprano Cornet. March - The Christmas miracle (Keith Manners); A pot-pourri of Christmas tunes including 'O little town of Bethlehem', 'Hark, the herald angels sing' and 'As with gladness, men of old'. The Everlasting Light (Andrew Mackereth); A setting of the popular carol 'O little town of Bethlehem' intertwined with references to 'Twinkle, twinkle little star'. Other titles new to the World of Brass website this year include; Kings of Orient (David Ayma); A light-hearted addition to Christmas repertoire which is both fun to play and pleasing to listen to. Two carols are included, 'We three kings of Orient are' (in 2/4 time!) and 'Good King Wenceslas' all rounded off by some percussion 'slap-stick'. March - The glad sound (Ray Steadman-Allen); Bright in character and incorporating several well-known carols, careful rehearsal will be required in order to secure the brief excursion into chromatic keys. Ding dong! (Richard Phillips); A bright 'through setting' of three verses with a repeated chorus before the coda of the well-loved Christmas carol 'Ding dong! merrily on high'. Can be played by band alone or used as an accompaniment in your carol service or concert.