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.

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 25. Santa Claus-trophobia

ENCORE: Sandy Smith’s Christmas medley Well, the people have spoken, and Christmas Day Means Christmas Day. As an extra to the previous 24 Advent Calendar windows, there is only one Christmas medley which depicts The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 24. Procession to the Minster

If you really want to finish a brass band concert in style, this is the piece! After 23 days, we have come to the end of our Brass Band Advent Calendar. If you have followed all the windows, each and every one was chosen to make for The Mother of All Brass Band Concerts. For…

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 23. MacArthur Park

Grimethorpe Colliery Band’s performance of Richard Harris’ most famous song If you are familiar with wedding DJs in the 1970s and 1980, there was always one song that the disc jockey left on the turntable whilst having a fag or a [censored]. The full version of Don Maclean’s American Pie is one example; another is…

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 22. Czardas

Martin Wilson’s trombone solo with Whitburn Band For our 22nd Advent Calendar window, we have for your very eyes a vintage trombone solo. Taken from a 1982 edition of BBC Television’s Best of Brass, we see Martin Wilson performing in front of a live audience in The Assembly Rooms, Derby.

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 21. Don’t Stop Me Now

Having a good time? Not long till Christmas now… Queen’s back catalogue and brass band music: it is amazing how the two art forms work so well together. Could Freddie Mercury have been the next Roy Newsome had he landed in Leeds/Bradford Airport instead of Heathrow? Strictly speaking, the use of popular music as a…

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 20. Toccata from Suite Gothique

Leon Boellman’s classic, arranged by the legendary Eric Ball For our twentieth Advent Calendar door, there are no half measures in this piece. Originally written for organ, this one has held its own as a brass banding favourite. Whether performed as a whole or in part, it never fails to make the hairs of the back of your neck stand up on…

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 19. Deep Harmony

A legendary hymn performed by a great band As we may have mentioned in countless concert reviews, brass bands and hymns are virtually intertwined. For many music lovers, nothing else will do. This rendition of Deep Harmony might prove your point.

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 18. Breezin’ Down Broadway

Lights, camera, action, and a decent little medley arranged by Goff Richards Everything about this medley is appealing. So much so that Goff Richards’ whistle-stop tour through Broadway is a boon for any film or theatrically themed concert.

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 17. Grandfather’s Clock

Thanks to Glyn Williams and Co., everything plus the kitchen sink If you have visited some of Boarshurst Silver Band’s concert, or own a copy of their superb CD Images, this piece should be familiar enough to you. Henry Clay Work’s Grandfather’s Clock. It is a popular feature as a light concert music item.

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 16. Jenny Jones

Another vintage solo from The Mighty Briggus In this recording we feature two brass band icons: our euphonium soloist Lyndon Baglin and William Rimmer, the Southport born composer of this piece.

A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 15. Flowerdale

Philip Sparke’s inspirational piece, great for soprano cornet solos There are some places which have inspired me in my near 40 years on this planet. Had it not been for one school I attended, neither Dunham Massey nor central Manchester would have had a great impression on me. In 2013, a corner of the West…