Non-Religious Holiday Music

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Lothianh, Oct 13, 2004.

  1. Lothianh

    Lothianh Member

    I have been charged by our conductor to find some secular Christmas/holiday music for a concert in late November. It's a civic event, so overtly religious music really won't work, but holiday music is a must.

    Any suggestions on arrangements would be greatly appreciated.


  2. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

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  3. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    Along those lines, I was thinking 'Sleigh Ride', 'Winter Wonderland' and 'Silver Bells' (two of which are on the aforementioned Grimthorpe CD)
  4. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Other non-religous that can be associated with Christmas are:

    Three Kings Swing
    Trioca (arr Ray Farr modern or arr Twitching classical)
    Gaudette (Rodney Newton (acid brass type) or new one on MMI)
  5. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    ^not sure if tubafran meant frosty the snowman, but it is a good solo for Eb bass or Bass Trombone
  6. Anglo Music Press

    Anglo Music Press Well-Known Member

    Hi Lothian!!

    Off the top of my head

    The Snowman
    Frosty the Snowman
    The Christmas Song
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    White Christmas
    Midnight Sleighride
    Santa Claus is Coming to Town
    Winter (from the Four Seasons) (new Sparke arrangement available!)
    Freeze a Jolly Good Fellow (not really)
    Let it Snow, Let it Snow etc

    I'm sure there are more!
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2004
  7. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    No "THE" Snowman or Walking in the Air. This is a British Christmas Day institution, Raymond Briggs story about a boy who goes off with a Snowman to the North Pole, teriffic cartoon with this music sung I think by Aled Jones when he was a soprano. Look out for it this year it's bound to be on TV with A Wonderful Life and all the other repeats
  8. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Strikes me that all the repeats they bang out at Christmas can only mean one thing. TV at Christmas (and the rest of the year, for that matter) is so poor, they flog out the 'classics' 'cos they know they'll pull in more viewers than any 'new' stuff. I for one, will be watching very little TV at Christmas, but will tune in if some more vintage Morecambe and Wise Christmas Shows (BBC, not ITV) are trotted out again. (Please, please show the one with Andrew Preview and the Grieg Piano Concerto! Still makes me laugh out loud!)

    Anyway, no one's mentioned Jingle Bells! Is that really a 'religious' carol?


    We Wish You a Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas (Slade version; I believe there is a BB arrangement!)

    White Christmas as mentioned earlier (Mr Sparke's arrangement is a good 'un!)

    Little Drummer Boy

    Stop the Cavalry
  9. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    And of course...

    The Twelve Days of Christmas!
  10. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    OK here's a few more from our library

    2 Canadian Christmas Carols
    Bach the Herald Angels Swing
    Caribbean Christmas
    Christmas Crackers
    Christmas Festival
    Christmas Joy
    Christmas Lullaby
    Christmas Offering
    Christmas Overture
    Christmas Piece
    Christmas Praise
    Christmas Roses
    Christmas Sketch
    Christmas Song
    Christmas Suite
    Christmas Swingalong
    Christmas Tryptych
    Cornet By Candlelight
    Do They Know its Christmas
    Have Yourself/Merry Christmas
    I Saw Momma Kissing Santa
    In Dulci Jubilo
    Instant Christmas
    Jingle Bells
    Little Drummer Boy
    Marys Boy Child
    O Holy Night
    Rudolph the Red Nosed
    Santa Claustrophobia
    Shepherds Carol
    Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson
    Sleigh Ride - Delius
    Star of Bethlehem
    When a Child is Born
    Zither Carol
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2004
  11. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    And Carol of the Bells

    Anyway, it seems that a few people out there are adapting words of famous Christmas songs to reflect modern society. So it is with this, to be sung to 'Walking in a Winter Wonderland'

    All around, prices rising
    Supply, demand - and advertising
    They're making a buck
    They're trying their luck (I adapted that line.....)
    Cashing in on Christmas - understand?

    Later at the office party
    There's the prat - the office farty
    Who stops being staid
    And tries to get laid
    Cashing in on Christmas - understand?

    In the High Street you hear Christmas jingles
    Their tinny tinkles follow you around
    Every trendy band has Christmas singles
    Hoping to cash in another pound

    As for me? Why deny it...
    'Cause you see I'm gonna try it
    It isn't a crime
    So vote for this, I'm
    Cashing in on Christmas, understand
    Cashing in on Christmas, understand
    Is cashing in on Christmas underhand?