The First Nowell

By
Traditional
Arranged
Jock McKenzie
Price
£ 15.00 

This Carol is of Cornish origin. It was first published in ‘Carols Ancient and Modern’ (1823) and ‘Gilbert and Sandys Carols (1833).

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

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This Carol is of Cornish origin. It was first published in ‘Carols Ancient and Modern’ (1823) and ‘Gilbert and Sandys Carols (1833). Today the carol is usually presented in the version by John Stainer. My arrangement seeks to mimic that of an early west country folk band, perhaps enjoying an appearance in a Thomas Hardy novel or two!

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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