In the Bleak Midwinter

By
Gustav Holst
Arranged
Jock McKenzie
Price
£ 15.00 

This carol is based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rosetti. Published under the title “A Christmas Carol” it was first published in 1872 in the January issue of ‘Scribner’s Monthly’.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium
  • 1 Tuba
  • 2 Percussion (Optional)
  • Percussion section requires: Drum Kit and Claves
  • If possible, all 4 trumpets should double on Flugelhorns

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This carol is based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rosetti. Published under the title “A Christmas Carol” it was first published in 1872 in the January issue of ‘Scribner’s Monthly’. The first published setting of this as a carol was that of Gustav Holst; appearing in ‘The English Hymnal’ of 1906. Holst’s melody and subsequent harmonization was given the name “Cranham” after the village in Gloucestershire where he was living at the time. My arrangement of this carol presents Holst’s material (with a new harmonisation) in a gentle, laid-back ‘Bossa Nova’ style. J.M.

Jock McKenzie studied trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he was a joint recipient of the college’s concerto prize. Since 1987 Jock has based his musical career in Hampshire, working as a freelance trumpeter, conductor, composer, arranger and brass teacher. Currently Jock holds the position of Professional Leader (Brass) for Hampshire Music Service and is the Director of the Hampshire County Youth Band. It is the mix of all of these musical roles that has led to Jock establishing a reputation as a leading creator of brass music resources, particularly in the field of education and brass ensemble music.  

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