The Holly and the Ivy

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Traditional
Arranged
Jock McKenzie
Price
£ 17.50 

This traditional folk carol was collected by Cecil Sharp and was published in his collection ‘English Folk-Carols’ in 1911. Sharp states that he heard the tune sung by Mrs Mary Clayton at Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire.

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This traditional folk carol was collected by Cecil Sharp and was published in his collection ‘English Folk-Carols’ in 1911. Sharp states that he heard the tune sung by Mrs Mary Clayton at Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire. Variants of the carol’s lyrics appeared in various publications around the English Midlands, most notably in Birmingham in the early 19th century. My arrangement focuses on the line from the carol’s refrain “and the running of the deer” – influencing both choice pace and the ‘hurdles’ to be jumped over. 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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