A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 12. Fire in the Blood

One of Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s best known pieces

For today’s Advent Calendar window, we move from one Salvationist to another one. Yes, Delph’s very own Paul Lovatt-Cooper. If you are familiar with East of the M60’s previous concert reviews, PLC’s works are often bombastic and played near the end of either half.

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A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 11. Mid All The Traffic

Colonel Leonard Ballantine’s test of balance

In our previous window, we told you that our next piece offered a real contrast. If you compared a piece of popular music with a hymn, it is a clear cut one. Unless the hymn could be classed as popular music.

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When Manchester Corporation and SELNEC Delivered Parcels

Did you know that Manchester Corporation and its successors used to offer parcel delivery services?

Today’s shoppers have a plethora of parcel companies at their disposal. In addition to Royal Mail plc, the likes of DPD, Amazon, Hermes and TNT compete for each customer. Parcels can also be retrieved from lockers in urban centres or supermarkets instead of Post Offices depending on their provider.

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A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 10. Under The Boardwalk

Yes, you could almost smell the hot dogs in this solo work

No self-respecting brass band concert is ever without a soloist. The most prestigious solo spot is often gifted to the Soprano Cornet or Principal Cornet player. Next up in the pecking order is usually the flugelhorn soloist.

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A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 9. Duet for Two Cats

Feline groovy to the strains of Rossini, thanks to Howard Snell

Christmas isn’t the same without a good double act on the haunted fish tank. Dec without Ant doesn’t seem quite the same. The best two comedy duos in your writer’s view are Morecambe and Wise and Cannon and Ball. Animals are also best in twos, especially Jack Russell Terriers and cats.

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A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 8 Theme from Back to the Future

Crank up the Delorean to 88mph, Marty McFly’s got a euphonium now…

Almost 33 years ago, Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future hit British cinema screens. It turned out to be a major success making Deloreans cool cars, and a certain Mr M. J. Fox did well out of it.

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A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 7. Mr Sandman

Bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum…

Please share our apologies for the infantile choice of sub header, this sort of thing takes me back to when I was six years old. Strictly speaking, this inane excuse of a sub header is the opening line of a well-known song by The Chordettes.

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A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 6. The Paragon

A classic solo performance by James Shepherd

In the world of great literature, the collected works of Billy Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Thomas Hardy are referred to as ‘classics’. They form part of many a school’s syllabus. In the world of brass banding, there are several pieces that warrant Classic Status. Also several soloists. 

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A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 5. Shine As The Light

A toast to absent friends in melodic form

Sometimes, Christmas can be a sad time which has seen the loss of loved ones. All the worse with Christmas supposedly being The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Many people may choose to plant a tree or dedicate a bench to commemorate their dearly departed friend or relative. 

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