Christmas Collection

Many of the items on The Andrew Wainwright Christmas Collection are featured on the CD 'Christmas Fantasia', recorded by Virtuosi GUS Band and Faryl Smith (vocal), released in November 2012.

A Child is Born
Length: 4.00 mins 

Commissioned by The Illinois Brass Band in 2015, this is an arrangement for brass band of Thad Jones' well known jazz standard.


A Christmas Fantasia

Length: 8.10 mins  

Premièred in 2010 by Virtuosi GUS Band, this descriptive work features the carols Noël Nouvelet, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, A Great and Mighty Wonder, The Infant King, Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day and Of the Father's Heart Begotten. Also available for choir and orchestra, and wind band.

"Andrew's A Christmas Fantasia is a Salvation Army style selection - the kind of fusing of familiar carols that Ray Steadman-Allen and Leslie Condon were so good at. Andrew has learned well!" Paul Hindmarsh, British Bandsman magazine

 



A French Dance
Length: 2.00 mins   

A festive arrangement of the song La bas dans le limousin from Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne, this piece was premièred by Virtuosi GUS Band in 2009 and has become a firm favourite on concert programmes.

"Charming and effective." Paul Hindmarsh, British Bandsman magazine


 

Ave Maria
Length: 2.50 mins   

An arrangement of Bach/Gounod's popular song, as performed by ITV's Britain's Got Talent star Faryl Smith. Here it is arranged for soprano voice with brass band accompaniment.

"You kind of melt when you hear this..." Tim Mutum, British Bandsman magazine 

 


Benedicamus Domino

Length: 7.00 mins 

A major Christmas work for brass band featuring the carols 'Unto Us is Born a Son' and 'Infant Holy'.

 

Carol of the Bells

Length: 2.00 mins  

A colourful arrangement of the carol otherwise known as Ukranian Bell Carol. Also available for wind band.

"Andrew's treatment of 'Carol of the Bells', transforms a rather repetitive and uninspired ditty into a miniature, multi-layered jewell for brass band." Paul Hindmarsh, British Bandsman magazine

Also available for 10-piece brass. 

 


Carollin-Sortie

Length: 4.00 mins   

An arrangement of French composer, Henri Mulet's popular organ work, the title of which literally means 'exit music'. This celebratory music builds to a majestic conclusion and will work as a good finisher to a concert.


Christmas Processional
Length: 4.30 mins  

An effective opener to any Christmas concert, based on the French carol, Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella. It tells the story of a group of children in medieval Provence, dressed up as shepherds and milkmaids, carrying torches and candles as they proceed to the stable. As they draw closer and their excitement increases, they are constantly reminded by their parents to keep the noise down so that they don't wake up the baby Jesus. The music begins quietly and builds to a majestic conclusion.

"If I were still conducting bands regularly, this would certainly be on my list as a Christmas concert opener - it sets the energy and mood most effectively. The scoring is terrific." Paul Hindmarsh, British Bandsman magazine




Dance of the Elves

Length: 3.15 mins  

An arrangement of David Popper's sparkling work, which was originally scored for cello and piano. Featuring the cornet section, this brisk number will show off your band's technique to the full.

 

Dormi, Jesu

Length: 5.10 mins 
An arrangement of John Rutter's beautiful carol. This haunting lullaby, though perhaps not one of Rutter's most well-known pieces, is certainly one of his best. Here it has been arranged for brass band.

"Andrew has beautifully arranged ('Dormi, Jesu'). The rise and fall in Dormi, Jesu are beautifully handled here, with muted cornets, and the warmth of the middle of the band providing the sustained 'vocal' quality. The twists and turns of chromatic harmony at the end are so haunting." Paul Hindmarsh, British Bandsman magazine

 

 

Jingle Bells

Length: 3.00 mins 
A transcription for brass band of Ben Parry's fantastic arrangement which he wrote for the Swingle Singers. Featuring jazzy harmonies and syncopated rhythms, this delightful setting is bound to go down a treat with audiences.

 

Night of Joy

Length: 3.15 mins  

Based on the rhythmic Spanish traditional song Cantemos a Maria, this is a calypso toe-tapping number that will go down well on any programme during the Christmas period or throughout the rest of the year.

 

 

Silent Night 
Length: 5.20 mins  

A solo for soprano voice with brass band accompaniment of possibly the most popular Christmas carol of them all, here arranged for ITV's Britain's Got Talent star Faryl Smith.

 

 

Spanish Dance
Length: 3.20 mins  

Based on the traditional Spanish carol Ríu Ríu Chíu, this exciting foot-tapping item was premièred at Butlins Mineworkers Championships in 2010. Recorded on Virtuosi GUS Band's CD A Mingled Chime, it has since proved to be a popular concert item.

"Spanish Dance winds up to a whirlwind climax with a respectful nod in the direction of Morley Calvert's Canadian Folk Song Suite - very clever." Paul Hindmarsh, British Bandsman magazine

 



Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol

Length: 2.30 mins

Arrangement of Percy Grainger's song. Commissioned by The Illinois Brass Band for its Christmas programme, 2016.


The Huron Carol
Length: 4.30 mins 

An arrangement of the beautiful Canadian Christmas hymn (Canada's oldest Christmas song), which is also known as 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime. This is an atmospheric setting which features various soloists around the band. Also available for orchestra and wind band.

"In The Huron Carol, Andrew responds to the ethereal quality and wintery mood of Canada's oldest Christmas song, setting this beautifully simple tune in an ambiguous, Downie-Himes inspired landscape. The layering of texture is magical." Paul Hindmarsh, British Bandsman magazine

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Length: 4.00 mins 

Commissioned by The Illinois Brass Band in 2014, this arrangement features all 12 verses of the well known Christmas song. Available from this website.


You're Always There 

Length: 4.00 mins  

Originally sung by ITV's Britain's Got Talent star Charlie Green, this song was arranged at the request of tenor horn virtuoso Sheona White. 

 



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