The Boar's Head Wassail

Composed by
Traditional
Arranged by
Jock McKenzie
Price
£ 11.50 

The Boar’s Head carol is a fifteenth century carol. It describes the ancient tradition of sacrificing a boar and displaying its head on a platter at a seasonal feast.

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  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium
  • 1 Tuba
  • 3 Percussion (Optional)
  • Percussion section requires: Drum Kit, Tambourine, Sleigh Bells and Xylophone

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Description

The Boar’s Head carol is a fifteenth century carol. It describes the ancient tradition of sacrificing a boar and displaying its head on a platter at a seasonal feast. This tradition goes back at least to Anglo-Saxon times. The head, complete with apple in its mouth was carried to the banquet table on a silver or gold platter to the sounds of trumpets and singing minstrels. My arrangement of this carol seeks to bring something to the party in the style of the acclaimed folk band “Bellowhead”.

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.

“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
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“Many recordings over the last few decades have demonstrated the superb quality of British brass playing; 'Under the Spell of Spain' will rightfully take its place among them.”

Paul Sarcich
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“This is absolutely one of the finest and most creative brass ensembles in the world."

Marc Dickman
University of South Florida writing in the International Trombone Association Journal

“Another impressive offering then from Superbrass, and a worthy successor to their excellent debut disc”

Dr. Gavin Dixon
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“Brilliant technique and superb artistry from all concerned.”

Denis Wick

“One of the all time great brass recordings OF ALL TIME”

Jiggs Whigham
International Jazz Trombone Soloist and Musical Director, BBC Big Band
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