This arrangement of Christmas Carols was made in the same format and style as the highly successful Dancing ‘round the Nursery. It includes Here We Come A-wassailing, In Dulci Jubilo, I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In, We Three Kings, Sussex Carol, Ding Dong Merrily, Deck the Halls, Good King Wenceslas, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Jingle Bells and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Silent Night, Ding, Dong Merrily On High, The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy and I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In receive the Riverdance treatment together with some snippets of other carols thrown in for good measure in this challenging but fun arrangement. It was first written for the Central Band of the RAF to play on their Christmas concert tour in 1998 and has been consistently performed ever since.
Having already made an arrangement of Bizet’s famous Farandole it occurred to me that I could produce a novel Christmas piece by re-writing it using appropriate tunes. I therefore used phrases from God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen and Joy to the World to form the main theme and countered it with Hark, the Herald Angels Sing. A few other favourites make brief appearances including Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and O Come, All Ye Faithful.
This is basically Susato’s Pavanne Bataille with contemporary percussion but with Christmas hints. It was featured on the Central Band of the RAF Christmas Tour 1999. It provides a dramatic opener for any Christmas programme.
An atmospheric setting of the traditional Polish Christmas carol, this arrangement captures the serenity and beauty of the Polish carol "W żłobie leży". It is known in the UK and the United States as ‘Infant Holy, Infant lowly’ from the translation by Edith M.G.Reed (1885-1933).