New Christmas Items from Pennine Music

Muppets Christmas Carol (Overture)

Paul Williams, arr. David Hollings

Full score and parts: £20.95. ORDER HERE

The Muppets certainly need no introduction and their take upon the famous Charles Dickens classic novel was of course, a huge success. Released in 1992, the film was the first from the Muppets to be created following the death of their creator Jim Henson and fellow puppeteer, Richard Hunt. Now, arranged by David Hollings, the fun filled overture from the movie is now available for brass band for the first time. A welcome addition to a festive program for bands that are looking for something different this Christmas.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Cornet Solo)

Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane, arr. Hannah Hawkden

Full score and parts: £20.95. ORDER HERE

Some musical numbers require little introduction and the hit that is Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas has been entertaining audiences since its first appearance back in 1944. Original sung by Judy Garland in the MGM musical Meet Me In St. Louis, the song was later revised and re-recorded. It was this second incarnation that is the popular song that we know today. Christmas solos are a novelty and now, arranged by Hannah Hawkden, this lovely little number fits perfectly into any Christmas concert giving your band and audience something fresh this year.

Carol of the Bells

Leontovich, arr. Graham Boag

Full score and parts: £18.95. ORDER HERE

For bands looking to deliver an energetic performance over the festive season, look no further. Though previously well catalogued, the work became known more widely around the globe thanks to its use in John Williams’ score to Home Alone. This arrangement by Graham Boag allows all sections of your band to shine and enjoy the music that is marked “Con Energico!”. At around two minutes in duration, this item works great as an attention-grabbing piece, perfect as an opener to either half, or indeed an encore not to be missed!

Good Christian Men, Rejoice

J. M. Neale, arr. David Hollings

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Good Christian Men, Rejoice (or In Dulce Jubilo) was of course made famous by Mike Oldfield back in 1975 and is possibly one of the most played Christmas tunes there is. In this arrangement David Hollings treats us to a Rock/Jazz fusion style in the opening section before settling into a calm, lush cornet solo of the Sussex Carol with jazz-inspired harmonies and orchestrations. The final section brings back the original theme in a Lovatt-Cooper style big finish with all-guns-blazing to the end! This arrangement would suit all bands from Section 3 upwards (not excluding ambitious 4th section bands too!) and works perfectly as a good opener or finisher to a Christmas concert.

Auld Lang Syne

arr. Max Stannard

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The ionic words of Robert Burns were set to the tune of a traditional folk song and ever since, its popularity in English speaking countries has grown continuously. Traditionally sung to welcome in the New Year, this arrangement by Max Stannard suits all festive occasions and can be used as a moving encore to your Christmas concert program this year.

Festive Frenzy

arr. Gavin Somerset

Full score and parts: £24.95. ORDER HERE

This new release is the perfect all-rounder Christmas item, perfect for your festive program. From Troika to Frosty The Snowman, this piece contains several well-known Christmas songs (and a couple not so well-known). The middle section of the work is the calm stunning melody from Chris De Burgh’s A Spaceman Came Travelling. This reflective section is the perfect middle movement to this festive selection that is sure to wow audiences as you take them on a trip though the music of Christmas. This is a must for all bands that like to entertain.

I Believe in Father Christmas

Greg Lake, arr. Gavin Somerset

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Released in 1975, this well-loved song was written as a protest about the commercialisation of Christmas. The release saw it shoot to No. 2 in the charts and it remains Greg Lake’s only hit solo release. The instrumental riff used between verses is the tune from Troika by Sergei Prokofiev that has aided its popularity. Arranged by Gavin Somerset, this piece is familiar to all audiences, perfect to get them in the mood for your Christmas concerts and get them singing along.

We Three Kings

arr. Gavin Somerset

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This traditional item has certainly been arranged with the “wow” factor. Starting gently with a solo from the horn before being joined by the rest of the band, after which it’s a cocktail of surprises. A jazz waltz theme ensures the audience enjoy every toe-tapping minute of the piece whilst your players ravish the solos and counter melodies (there’s even a solo for the Eb Bass!) Bells ring out and the feel-good factor from this arrangement will leave your audiences stunned as the key change at the end is sure to make the hairs on your neck rise! A must for all Christmas programs.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

arr. Andi Cook

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Starting off in the traditional way, the melody we all know and love, before bursting into life with this amazing “Big Band” swing style arrangement that is sure to get your audiences foots tapping. There’s work for the entire band, cornet stabs, walking bass parts and of course, a jazz chord finish. A perfect new addition to your Christmas program, very high in entertainment value.

An “Oompah” Christmas

arr. Len Jenkins

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Described as “Rhythmic Seasonal Sillyness”, this smashing arrangement throws together a mixture of well-known Christmas melodies (Noel, Silent Night, Schneewalzer) as well as some other surprises, wrapped up in a toe-tapping waltz style, all finished off with a rendition of We Wish You A Merry Christmas. Perfect anywhere on a Christmas program and makes a great finale item.

Festivity

Alan Beaumont

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This march is the perfect way to open your festive programmes. Opening up with a fanfare to announce the start of a concert, the music then settles into a traditional march format with festive melodies. The bass solo consists of Ding Dong Merrily which precedes the gentle trio section of In the Bleak Mid-winter and finishing with a hit of Jingle Bells.

When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney (Trombone Solo)

Jimmy Grafton, arr. Naomi Styles

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The thought of a trombone player getting stuck up the chimney is sure to raise a few chuckles at your Christmas concerts – particularly if dressed up! This novelty item arranged by Naomi Styles, is a great choice for bands looking for a new, light-hearted solo during the festive season this year. A relaxed Cadenza for the soloist also encourages them to strain for the notes – as they’re stuck up a chimney! This item would also work as a euphonium or baritone solo. A must for all bands this year that are looking to expand their festive repertoire.

Yuletide Gallop

arr. Alan Beaumont

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If you’re looking for something a little bit different this Christmas, look no further! Whilst most bands and audiences are familiar with the Post Horn Gallop, the Yuletide Gallop draws on the same theme, whilst surrounding the courageous post horn calls with Christmas tunes. Arranged of course for a solo post horn player and band, this item is a great entertainment piece, the perfect showcase for your selected post horn player and band. A fantastic item not to be missed.

The Silent Stars Go By (Cornet/Flügelhorn Solo)

arr. Gavin Somerset

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The title The Silent Stars Go By is the 4th line from the very popular carol O Little Town of Bethlehem. Arranged now as a simple cornet solo, the melody is brought out by both the soloist and the band is such a way, that this simply melody can warm hearts on the coldest of nights. This is a fantastic item for all cornet players and playable by most levels of bands, perfect also for the younger soloist.

Fanfare for a Festive Occasion

Alan Beaumont

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This is perfect opening to a Christmas concert. This short item, designed to grab your audience’s attention, features fanfare calls surrounded by festive sounds and even the optional party popper to be “popped” by every player in the band. A great item to announce your band’s arrival on stage before launching into your festive program.

In the Bleak Midwinter

arr. Adrian Horn

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The tune “Cranford”, composed by Gustav Holst, is the most popular choice for the lyrics to In the Bleak Midwinter. This arrangement by Adrian Horn has taken this gem of a melody and added a different dimension to the work. Short fanfares and a military take on this well-loved carol work together perfectly to bring you something different for your Christmas program.

Away in a Manger

arr. Adrian Horn

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Probably the most famous of all Christmas carols, this arrangement by Adrian Horn makes this well-loved work sparkle in a whole new light. With repeated bell calls throughout, this piece brings all the sounds of Christmas to you concerts. The melody, entitled “Cradle Song”, composed by the American-born composer William J. Kirkpatrick, is known worldwide and, with this new arrangement, can play a feature role in your Christmas concerts.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

arr. Alan Beaumont

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As your concerts draw to a close, no Christmas concert would be complete without a rendition of We Wish You a Merry Christmas. This arrangement is one to let your band go out on a high, ensuring your audiences enjoy every moment.

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

arr. Gavin Somerset

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The perfect Christmas concert finale! The Twelve Days of Christmas is known for being one of the most tedious pieces for any band to play – now the band get their own back! As the MD starts to conduct The Twelve Days Of Christmas, the band has other ideas. Throughout the piece, well-known carols are blasted out from all corners of the stage. This item is ideally suited for each band to add their own choreography. As the MD fights to keep the front row playing all twelve days, the trombones stand to blast out Jingle Bells, the horns decide to join in and the back row then show their retaliation by giving a round of Once In Royal David’s City – and the fun goes on. Eventually the MD and front row finally lose their battle and give in at the end to a rousing line of We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Fanfares, jazz waltzes and Christmas bedlam leave your audience in stitches and wanting more!

The First Noel

arr. Stephen Tighe

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Every year, bands look for something new for their Christmas programs, well, look no further! The piece explodes into a fast lively rock style before returning to a grand finale in the original style. This piece is sure to get your audience’s feet tapping!

Sussex Carol

arr. Stephen Tighe

Full score and parts: £18.95. ORDER HERE

A stunning arrangement of this well-loved carol, with countermelodies that will have your audiences smiling and swaying.

A Carol Symphony

Victor Hely-Hutchinson

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This movement, “Romance” from Hely-Hutchinson’s Carol Symphony was used as the theme tune to the BBC’s television adaption of John Edward Masefield’s story “Box Of Delights”.

When Christmas Sleeps

arr. Gavin Somerset

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This little arrangement is playable by all levels of bands and is a wonderfully harmonised medley of Silent Night and The First Nowell. A perfect addition to the Christmas program and scored well for lower section bands.

The Carol of the Bells (Vibraphone Feature)

Leontovich

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This famous tune has been arranged as a Vibraphone feature.

O Holy Night

Adolphe Adam

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Arranged for the full band, this timeless classic has something for every player.

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