Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 6. First Light

A modern classic by Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band’s in-house composer

  • Piece: First Light;
  • Composer and Arranger: Ben Hollings.

For our sixth window, we have a fantastic solo performance for you. This time, Kirsty Abbotts’ performance of First Light.

The original piece which was composed by Ben Hollings, was written for Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band’s Principal Cornet player, Kirsty Abbotts. It also forms part of her solo album, A Search For Peace (where this clip comes from).

First Light depicts the first light of the morning, hence today’s background being Monet’s Impressionist sunrise. It is that wonderful time when you see the crack of dawn emerging, which is best enjoyed in the Scottish Highlands on the Caledonian Sleeper train. Or above the clouds on a long haul flight.

For tomorrow’s Advent Calendar door, we shall be letting the chainsaw merchants strut their stuff. All will be revealed well before the first light of dawn on the 07 December 2019.

Don’t forget

Stalybridge Old Band‘s free concert at the Dunamis Christian Church, Thorley Street, Failsworth, Lancashire, M35 9PA. Tonight’s concert, featuring a 22-piece ensemble of Stalybridge Old Band starts at 6.30pm. If you are getting a bus from Oldham or Manchester, catch the 83, 84 or X84 and alight at the Failsworth Pole stop.

S.V., 06 December 2019.

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