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What's Christmas without a brass band?

Frank Renton presents his selection of some of the best brass sounds for Christmas.

Frank Renton presents his selection of some of the best brass sounds for Christmas. Music from the 16th Century, a spectacular trumpet duet from the Brass Band of Battle Creek, music from a new CD from Cory, a classic carol from the Sellers Engineering Band with The Huddersfield Choral Society and a favourite of ballet companies the world over at this time of year gets the big band treatment as The North Carolina Brass Band's play their Nutcracker 'Sweet'; and White Christmas of course!

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Trad


    Performer: Foden’s Band. Music Arranger: Stephen Roberts. Conductor: Stephen Roberts.
    • A Portrait Of Stephen Roberts.
    • Difem.
    • 10.
  • Sellers Engineering Band

    Ding Dong Merrily On High

    • A Christmas Celebration.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.
  • Leontovych

    Ukrainian Bell Carol

    Performer: Cory Band. Music Arranger: Philip Sparke. Conductor: Philip Harper.
    • A Festival of Fanfares and Carols.
    • DOYEN.
    • 7.
  • James Lord Pierpont

    Jingle Bells

    Performer: Oberaargauer Brass Band. Music Arranger: Darrol Barry.
    • Christmas Celebration.
    • OBRASSO.
    • 16.
  • Irving Berlin

    White Christmas

    Performer: The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps.
    • Christmas On The Bandstand.
    • 3.
  • Stephen Bulla

    Wassail Song from A Christmas Suite

    Performer: Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Conductor: Major Peter Parkes.
    • A White Christmas With Grimethorpe.
    • 21.
  • Coots

    Comin' To Town

    Composer: Gillespie. Performer: Brass Band Of Battle Creek. Music Arranger: Freeh. Conductor: Frank Renton.
    • Sleigh Bells & Brass.
    • BBBC REcordings.
    • 12.
  • The Bedwas Trethomas & Machen Band

    Deck The Halls

    • A Brass Band Christmas.
    • Disky.
    • 3.
  • North Carolina Brass Band

    The Nutcracker 'Sweet'


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