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Musical Director : Mel Hopkin

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Back Lane, Holbeach, Lincolnshire PE12 7LN (click for map)

Celebrating 40 years of Banding 1971 to 2011

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Christmas Programme Notes

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas      
In 2008 the song was used for television Christmas adverts for the UK supermarket Asda.
Johnny Mathis; this version gained popularity after its inclusion in the 1992 film Home Alone 2:
The song was originally titled "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas” now more commonly known as  "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" is a classic Christmas song written in 1951 by Meredith Willson.

 Christmas Celebration

Includes The Twelve Days of Christmas, See Amid The Winters Snow, Deck The Halls, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Coventry Carol, Masters In The Hall, Gloria in Excelsis Deo & We Wish You A Merry Christmas                                                                                                                          

For Unto Us A Child is Born               

In the summer of 1741 Handel, depressed and in debt, began setting Charles Jennens' Biblical libretto to music at a breakneck speed. In just 24 days, Messiah was complete (August 22 - September 14).
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.

Jingle Bell Rock 

"Jingle Bell Rock" was written by Joe Beal (1900–1967), a Massachusetts-born public relations man, and Jim Boothe (1917–1976), a Texas writer in the advertising business
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".                                                

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
Last Christmas            

A happy Christmas song about a relationship that failed after Last Christmas                                     
Coventry Carol 

The 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 chapter two in the Gospel of Matthew. The carol refers to the Massacre of the Innocents, in which Herod orders all male infants under the age of two in Bethlehem to be 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.
Merry Christmas Eveerybody 

Holder was the lead singer and frontman of Slade.
Slade are best remembered for the single "Merry Xmas Everybody"[3] written by Holder and Lea. Holder recorded the single with Slade in 1973, and the song became the band's sixth number one and the third Slade single to go straight in at number one in the UK chart

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