Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 8. James Bond Collection

For your ears and eyes only, a fine Goff Richards medley

  • Piece: James Bond Collection;
  • Composer: Various, including John Barry and Carole Bayer-Sager;
  • Arranger: Goff Richards.

As well as thematic concerts for brass band players and musical directors, there is another given about the festive season: a James Bond film of some description. Since the late 1970s at least, you could half expect to see a Jimmy Bond film on Boxing Day or Christmas Day on ITV. Goff Richards’ medley reinforces this inevitability.

One of the best things about the James Bond franchise is the amount of great music it has given us. Such as Nobody Does It Better from The Spy Who Loved Me and Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die (which is not in this medley). Like anything composed by John Williams, a beautifully transcribed piece works like a dream with brass bands. I shall let Andover Town Band prove this point for you.

Tomorrow’s piece may have a Scandinavian theme. Do not touch this dial!

Today’s concerts

Glossop, Glossop Old Band Room

Diggle Band will be making the short journey down to Glossop Old Band Room. Starting at 2pm, admission is free with other attractions being their infamous raffle and auction. Also the World Famous Bucket Collection.

Glossop Old Band Room, Derby Street, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8LP.

Greenfield, Boarshurst Band Club

All the way from York, Shepherd Group Youth Brass will be hosting their concert at Boarshurst Band Club. Starting at 7.30pm, admission is £4.00 (or £3.00 for members of Boarshurst Band Club). Doors are open from 6.30pm.

Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane, Greenfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, OL3 7EW.

Denton, Denton West Community Centre

Stalybridge Old Band will be offering an evening of Christmas carols and fun for the princely sum of £7.00. The madness begins at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) with admission including a free mince pie and a glass of mulled wine.

Denton West Community Centre, Hulme Road, Denton, Lancashire, M34 2XA.

S.V., 08 December 2019.

Sean Connery and Aston Martin image by Steven Lek, 2014 (Creative Commons License 4.0: Attribution-ShareAlike)

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