Hello Brass Banders

Well not long to go now, it will soon be Christmas.

This week we have bands from at least six different countries. The Christmas music programme we have for you has a few gems which will not have been heard here in the UK and are certainly worth looking at for your Christmas programmes for next year - be daring play something different for a change.

The Aldbourne Band was formed in the middle of the 19th century by the village church organist, Richard Brown-Bunce. Originally made up from a variety of instrument types, including clarinet and flute, the Band gradually evolved, as most English Bands did around the turn of the century, into the familiar format based around 3-valved brass, trombone and percussion.

The first contest the Band entered was before the First World War and during the ’20s and the ’30s, the Band achieved great acclaim performing at the Crystal Palace, London. The Band maintained a consistently high standard, competing locally and nationally, regularly winning prizes and in 1963 was promoted to the Championship Section of the national organisation.

In the early eighties, the band was at the height of its game when it was placed first in the West of England Championship Section and consequently qualified to perform in the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall. Out of a movement of some 800 bands, the best two from each region (18 Bands in total) perform at the National Finals. By the year 2000, the band held a ranking of 5th place in the West of England Championship Section, drawing in players from the North Wiltshire and Berkshire areas and remains a formidable force in the contesting arena.

We have two tracks from the band’s 2014 ‘100% Christmas’ CD on this week’s show.

Playlist 15 December 2019 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​
The Wonder Of Christmas - Peter Graham​
Aldbourne Band MD: David Johnson - 2014​
'100% Christmas' - CD - 2014 - Shop | Aldbourne Band
Gaudete - Kevin Norbury​
Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: Professor David King - 2003​
'Simple Gifts' - CD - Egon Recording SFZ118 - 2003​
The Snow Carol - Philip Harper​
The International Staff Songsters of The Salvation Army with the Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2016​
'A Festival of Fanfares and Carols' - CD - Doyen DOY CD364 - 2016​
Christmas Prelude (Adeste Fidelis) - Rieks van der Velde​
Brass Band de Waldsang (The Netherlands) MD: Rieks van der Velde - 2006​
'We Wish You A Merry Christmas' - CD - Lake Music Publications - DMP2007/02 - 2007​
Huron Carol - Kevin Norbury​
Cornet Soloist Terry Everson with the Lexington Brass Band (USA) MD: Ronald W. Holz - 2001​
'tis the Season - live' - CD - .........1998​
A German Christmas based on three German Carols O Tannenbaum, Alle Jahre Wieder, and Süber die Glocken nie klinge - Jan Hadermann​
Soli Brass (The Netherlands) MD: Jan de Haan - 2001​
'Soli Christmas' - CD - De Haske Recording DHR 03-035-3 - 2001​
The Twelve Days of Christmas -
Brass Band of Battle Creek (USA) MD: Frank Renton - 1995​
'The Sound of Christmas Sleigh Bells and Brass' - CD - BBBC - 1995 - Brass Band of Battle Creek | CD Baby Music Store
Dance of the Elves - David Popper arr: Andrew Wainwright​
Virtuosi GUS Band MD: John Berryman - 2012​
'Christmas Fantasia' - CD - SP&S - .....2012​
Winterdream - Thomas Ruedi​
Euphonium Soloist Glyn Williams with the Britannia Building Society MD: Philip McCann - 1996​
'On Stage' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD857 - 1996​
Nadal - Gion Andreas Casanova arr: Corsin Tuor​
Brass Band Berner Oberland (Switzerland) MD: Corsin Tuor - 2016​
'Silent Night' - CD - Lucerne Music Edition - ............ 2016​
Christmas Joy - Erik Leidzen​
New England Brass Band (USA) MD: Douglas Yeo - 1999​
'Christmas Joy' - CD - New England Brass Bass Recording - NEBBCD101 - 1999​
Do They Know Its Christmas - Bob Geldof & Midge Ure arr: Alan Fernie​
City Of Bradford Brass Band MD: Lee Skipsey - 2016​
'Spirit' - CD - World of Sound Recording CD115 - 2016​
Finale From Jazz Suite No.2 - Shostakovich arr: Ian Jones​
Melbourne Staff Band (Australia) BM: Ken Waterworth - 2015​
'To Boldly Go' - CD - SPS388CD - 2015​
O Holy Night - Traditional arr: Alan Fernie​
Vocalist Fardau van der Woude with the Brass Band de Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 2011​
'A Christmas Full of Copper' - CD - ...........2011​
'twas The Night Before Christmas - Drew R. Fennell - Narrator: Ed Simpson​
North Carolina Brass Band (USA) MD: Brian Meixner - 2016​
'Christmas Wrapped in Brass' - CD - .............2016​
I'll Not Turn Back - John Larsson​
Duet: Trevor Bremner (cornet) and David Bremner (trombone) with the Wellington Brass - 2013​
'Melodies from a Lifetime' - CD - - 2014​
March from the Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky arr: Philip Sparke​
Brass Band de Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 2011​
'A Christmas Full of Copper' - CD - ...........2011​
Christmas Song - Tome and Wells arr: Gavin Sutherland​
Foden's Band with the Halifax Choral Society and organist David Battiwalla MD: Professor Nicholas Childs - 1998​
'Christmas Song' - CD - Doyen DOYCD074 - 1998​
The Joy of Christmas Suite 1)The Seven Joys of Mary 2) O Little Town of Bethlehem 3) Past Three O'clock' - Robert Redhead​
The Household Troops Band of the Salvation Army BM: Carl Saunders - 2014​
'The Spirit of Christmas' - CD - SP&S CD346 - 2014​
Children's Overture - Roger Quilter arr: Dan Godfrey​
Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1968​
The Snow Waltz (Schneewaltzer) - arr: Goff Richards​
Thoresby RJB Band MD: Stan Lippeatt - 2000​
'Schneewaltzer' - CD - Doyen Recording DOYCD122 - 2000​
Ukrainian Bell Carol - Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych arr: Philip Sparke​
Aldbourne Band MD: David Johnson - 2014​
'100% Christmas' - CD - 2014​
Farandole from the Suite L'Arlesienne - George Bizet arr: Drake Rimmer​
The Sheldon Theatre Brass Band (USA) MD: W. Larry Brentzel - 1995​
'Fanfare and Carols' - CD - Westmark Recording WCD29521 - 1995​
A Starry Night - Joy Webb arr: Andrew Mackereth​
International Staff Band of the Salvation Army BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2007​
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke​
Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010​
'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010​