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Christmas Crackers


Manufacturer: Surrey Brass

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Recorded in Shalford Parish Church, Surrey.

All tracks available as individual mp3 downloads from this site

New tunes and old favourites with fresh treatment appear here on “Christmas Crackers”, the first studio album from Surrey Brass, creating carols with a crunch!

Simon Will’s “Prelude and fugue for Christmas” begins with a prelude based on the 14th century German carol by Michael Praetorius “Quem Pastores Laudevere” whilst the fugue cleverly weaves eight other carols together – see if you can spot where they are hidden in the musical pudding!

Four well known carols are given individual treatment in brilliant arrangements by Leslie Pearson who gives each a new flavour. Our personal favourite is “O Come Emanuel”, a plain tune warmed up by a Blazing Bongo Break in the middle! John Hughes gives the ever-popular “Chestnuts” a thorough roasting in his clever and jazzy arrangement. Tchaikovsky’s dainty “Sugar Plum Fairy” is danced delicately by four trombones and tuba before the full ensemble provide a rip roaring rendition of the “Trepak” from his “The Nutcracker” ballet –
guaranteed to blow the frost off the fingers!

A few moment of more reflective music follow from the Surrey Brass quintet on the “Sussex Carol”, and “Silent Night” providing a contrast before the full ensemble reforms for a rousing “Festive Cheer” from Roger Harvey, which rounds off this innovative and entertaining recording from Surrey Brass, who wish you all a Very Happy Christmas!







Product Code: SUBRS003


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