Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 9. Gøta

A brass band arrangement of The Real Group’s best known song Piece: Gøta; Composer: Peder Karlsson; Arranger: Tina Kvamme. I may be courting controversy here by saying that the brass band transcription of this song is superior to the original version.

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…

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 7. Blue Moon

Gordon Langford’s arrangement of Richard Rodgers’ iconic song Piece: Blue Moon; Composer: Richard Rodgers; Arranger: Gordon Langford. For the seventh door, we have chosen a classic song by Richard Rodgers, which has been covered by Elvis Presley, The Platters and The Marcels. It has been adopted by supporters of a certain Manchester club as their…

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.

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 5. Light Cavalry

A classic Franz von Suppé overture and a classic performance Piece: Light Cavalry; Composer: Franz von Suppé, Arranger: John Greenwood J.A. Greenwood’s arrangement of Light Cavalry is a nailed-on classic that should be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are eight months old or 89 years old, it is an irresistible piece.

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 4. The Wizard

One of George Allan’s best loved marches Piece: The Wizard; Composer: George Allan. After Knight Templar, The Wizard is one of George Allan’s best known marches. For any band on Whit Friday, it offers a most formidable challenge, hence its popularity with Championship Section and First Section bands as a contest march.

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 3. Force of Destiny

A classic overture by Shostakovich Piece: Force of Destiny; Composer: Giuseppe Verdi; Arranger: Frank Wright. In many a traditional concert setting, you cannot whack a good overture. Verdi’s Force of Destiny is a fine example. When played by one of the most exciting bands of the early 21st century, a winning combination.

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 2. A Short Ride in a Brass Machine

A bespoke piece written for Briggus Piece: A Short Ride in a Brass Machine; Composer and Arranger: Andrew Baker. Our second piece is a lively number by Andrew Baker, which was written for Brighouse and Rastrick Band’s 140th year in 2006. Which, incredibly, was also the year when East of the M60 began.

Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 1. The Crazy Brass Machine

“Welcome, my son, welcome to the machine…” Before we start, the fire doors are the way you came in, beside the trombone section, and the back door which leads to our village’s apology of a Christmas tree… Piece: The Crazy Brass Machine; Composer: Mark Taylor; Arranger: Sandy Smith. For this year’s Brass Band Advent Calendar…

East of the M60 Presents… Another Brass Band Advent Calendar

A preview of this year’s East of the M60 Advent Calendar Dear Readers, following the success of last year’s advent calendar, we have decided to stick to the same theme. Before you could say Mephistopheles after a few mulled wines, never mind spell it, it gives us great pleasure to stick with brass bands.

Christmas Spirit Sees Stalybridge Civic Hall at its Best

Two go mad and sell cards and books at a packed artisan market in Victoria Market Hall, Stalybridge “…But London is out of comparison quite with Stalybridge Market on a Saturday night…” – Stalybridge Market, The Fivepenny Piece (1973). Much of the disappointment of some readers or visitors, there were no cockles and mussels for…

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 26. Toccata in D Minor

SECOND ENCORE: J.S. Bach’s seminal organ tune, in brass band form For the final door on this year’s East of the M60 Advent Calendar, we have decided to give you a right corker of a piece. Originally written for organ, this tune by Johann Sebastian Bach is one of his best known works.