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Musical Director : Mel Hopkin

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Celebrating 40 years of Banding 1971 to 2011

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Christmas Programme Notes

Magic of Christmas

Arrangement of Christmas music including:

  1. Joy to the World
  2. Deck the Halls
  3. Silent Night
  4. Twelve Days of Christmas
  5. Christmas Tree
  6. Jingle Bells

Christmas Piece                                

Christmas Piece by Goff Richards followed, a superb re-take on the Sussex Carol
Both the text and the tune to which it is now sung were discovered and written down by Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams, who heard it being sung by a Harriet Verrall of Monk's Gate, Sussex (hence "Sussex Carol"). The tune to which it is sung today is the one Vaughan Williams took down from Mrs Verrall and published in 1919.

Lonely this Christmas

Mud were an English glam rock band formed in 1968, best remembered for their single "Tiger Feet" which was the UK's best-selling single in 1974.

At the peak of their career they also enjoyed British Number One singles with "Tiger Feet"; and "Lonely This Christmas" (1974), an affectionate Elvis Presley spoof

I Believe in Father Christmas

"I Believe In Father Christmas" is a song by Greg Lake(most famously a member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer), with lyrics by Peter Sinfield. Although it is often categorised as a Christmas song this was not Lake's intention. Lake claims to have written the song in protest at the commercialisation of Christmas.[1] 

When Christmas Sleeps

Clever mix of three carols: First Noel and Away in a Manger, Silent Night

Jingle Bell Rock

is the name of a popular Christmas song. It was first released by Bobby Helms in 1957 and has received frequent airplay during every Christmas time since then.

Despite being titled a Jingle Bell "Rock", Helms' version of the song was performed in the crossover style known as Rockabilly, and to modern ears it sounds a lot more "Country" than it does "Rock and Roll".


Christmas Twins

Arrangement of 2 songs: Frosty the Snowman and Here Comes Santa Claus

We Three Kings

"We Three Kings", also known as "We Three Kings of Orient Are" or "The Quest of the Magi", is a Christmas carol written by the Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr., who wrote both the lyrics and the music. It is suggested to have been written in 1857 but did not appear in print until his Carols, Hymns and Song in 1863.

Do They Know It's Christmas?

is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 specifically to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief. The original version was produced by Midge Ure and Trevor Horn, and recorded by Band Aid in 1984.

In late 1984, a BBC report by Michael Buerk was aired highlighting the famine that had hit the people of Ethiopia. Irish singer, Bob Geldof had seen the report and was moved so much that he decided that a pop record should be used to further increase awareness of the famine and to raise money. Aware that he could do little on his own, he called Midge Ure from Ultravox and together they quickly co-wrote the song, "Do They Know It's Christmas?".

Coventry Carol

is a Christmas carol dating from the 16th Century. The carol was performed in Coventry as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors. The play depicts the Christmas story from the Gospel of Matthew. This carol presents the Massacre of the Innocents in which Herod orders all male infants in Bethlehem killed. The lyrics of this haunting carol represent a mother's lament for her doomed child. It is the only carol that has survived from this play.

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

is a song that was "written" (see Skewball) by John Lennon with partial help from Yoko Ono. It was recorded at Record Plant Studios in New York City in late October of 1971, with the help of producer Phil Spector.
Although the song is a protest song about the Vietnam War, it has become a Christmas standard and has appeared on several Christmas records.

Swing into Christmas      
Includes :
1. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
2. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
3. Santa Claus is Coming To Town
4. Let It Snow
5. White Christmas

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