Will Kemp, Elizabethan Clown Jig

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 10. Send in the Clowns

A fabulous Fodens flugelhorn solo of Stephen Sondheim’s number

  • Piece: Send in the Clowns;
  • Composer: Stephen Sondheim;
  • Arranger: Alan Fernie.

At one time, Christmas was a traditional time of year for circuses as well as pantomimes. Till the late 1980s (you know, that point where Ted Rogers said “the Oxbridge lot had taken over”), no Boxing Day was complete without a televised circus. At Kings Hall, the Belle Vue Christmas Circus used to be shown on ABC (weekends from 1956 to 1968) and Granada, depending on which day Boxing Day fell on.

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