December Playlist

Ok, let’s start with the confession first. My ‘Sunday Playlist’ has already changed. I haven’t managed to create any since that first one so, with that in mind, I decided that a monthly playlist would be more suitable. So I’m starting over with December.

December being December means that there is most certainly a Christmas feel to this playlist. If Christmas music isn’t your thing, I’m sorry, but there is something a little less Christmas-sy included too. This is in the form of Tallis Variations, a wonderful 14 minutes of music from the pen of Philip Sparke. I had the honour to hear Glyn Williams perform Candlelight Carol live at the beginning of December, a stunning piece played beautifully by a maestro of the instrument. Further to that, standard brass band festive fair is included; Jingle Bells (performed by Lions Youth) and Mistletoe and Wine – a piece I remember well from my time playing with Audley – this time performed again by Cory. The playlist (just over half an hour) is finished by the fantastic ‘Yule Dance,’ a superb combination of  O Little Town of Bethlehem, In Dulcio Jubilo, I Saw Three Ships and Sussex Carol.

Jingle BellsComposer: Traditional, Arranger: Derek Ashmore
Performer: Lions Youth Band
Conductor: Nigel Birch

Tallis Variations
Composer: Philip Sparke
Performer: Cory Band
Conductor: Philip Harper

Candlelight Carol
Composer: John Rutter, Arranger: David Griffiths
Performer: Cory Band
Conductor: Philip Harper
Soloist: Glyn Williams

Mistletoe and Wine
Composer: Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart and Keith Strachan, Arranger: Darrol Barry
Performer: Buy As You View Band
Conductor: Robert Childs

Yule Dance
Composer: Philip Harper
Performer: Cory Band
Conductor: Philip Harper


A Very British Sunday Afternoon

This afternoon was spent in Congleton Park. The Lions Youth Brass organisation were performing for the Congleton Lions club on the bandstand. Despite the slightly inclement-looking weather during the morning, when the baton dropped at 2pm the sun was shining, and continued to do so throughout the afternoon’s entertainment. As Musical Director of the Beginner Band, I was delighted with our performance, as we took the chance to showcase a few of our new concert items – Bob the Builder already seems like it will be a favourite.
However, as I was sat there, listening to the Youth Band filling the lush, green park with their sound, eating an ice-cream and bathed in sunshine a thought hit me; is there anywhere really quite like Britain?