A Christmas Cocktail

By
Traditional
Arranged
Chris Houlding
Price
£ 12.50 

A short, fun 'potpourri' of Christmas Fayre for Brass Tentet featuring Ding Dong Merrily on High, Silent Night and I Saw Three Ships with a few other recognisable snippets thrown in for good measure.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 4 Trombones
  • 1 Tuba
  • 2 Percussion (Optional)
  • Organ (Optional)
  • Percussion section requires: Timpani, Glockenspiel, Snare Drum,
  • Wood Block and Suspended Cymbal
  • Trumpet 1 doubles on Piccolo Trumpet
  • Trumpet 4 doubles on Flugelhorn

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A short, fun 'potpourri' of Christmas Fayre for Brass Tentet featuring Ding Dong Merrily on High, Silent Night and I Saw Three Ships with a few other recognisable snippets thrown in for good measure.

Chris Houlding is multi-faceted performer, conductor and composer. In 1980, age 20, Chris toured with the London Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Celibidache at the invitation of Denis Wick and was appointed Principal Trombone of the Orchestra of Opera North in the following year, a seat he held for twenty-seven years. He has since appeared as Guest Principal with most major UK ensembles including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and London Brass and still plays regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, MusicFabrik, Scottish Chamber, Superbrass and the Symphonic Brass of London. A graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music, he studied with Denis Wick, Eric Crees and Peter Gane, and was awarded the Principal’s Prize. Currently Head of Brass at Birmingham Conservatoire, Professor of Trombone and Brass Ensemble at the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen, Germany and Visiting Tutor at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he has also served as Senior Tutor in Brass and International Visiting Tutor at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music and has been recently voted 2014 Teacher of the Year by the British Trombone Society. He is a regular Trombone Professor with the Gustav Mahler Jungendorchester, European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and gives recitals and masterclasses throughout the world, including the Joseph Alessi Summer Seminar, Juilliard, Eastman and conservatoires in Boston, Texas, St Petersburg, Moscow, Porto, Oslo, Aarhus, Riga and Budapest. Chris has also given recitals, classes and has served as outside assessor at many UK Conservatoires and universities. As Chairman of the International Trombone Association Executive Board and a former President of the British Trombone Society, Chris is dedicated to encouraging musical progress throughout the world


“This intriguing "water-borne" voyage runs the gamut from more classically-tinged interpretations to straight-ahead and improvised jazz. Along that journey we are treated to a highly inspired and masterfully presented performance.”

Nicholas F. Mondello
Allaboutjazz.com

"Who but the best professionals could live up to this ?... Everything about this disc is to be recommended, the recording is crystal clear and the playing and arranging of the first water”

Dr. Paul Sarcich
www.mvdaily.com

“Brilliant technique and superb artistry from all concerned.”

Denis Wick

“The entire programme can be likened to a sumptuous feast, with each track having its own highly delectable and thoroughly satisfying flavour. The CD is surely compulsive listening for all brass and percussion enthusiasts.”

C Brian Buckley
Brass Band World

“Under the Spell of Spain defies any category other than: superb.”

Nicholas F. Mondello
Allaboutjazz.com

It is scintillatingly good. Superbrass more than live up to their name.”


Peter Bale
4barsrest.com

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