Tis the Season to be Jolly

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Traditional
Arranged
Jock McKenzie
Price
£ 15.00 

This carol has its origins in 16th Wales. The melody, which dates from the 16th century, comes from the winter carol of that time “Nos Galan” (New Years’ Eve).

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

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This carol has its origins in 16th Wales. The melody, which dates from the 16th century, comes from the winter carol of that time “Nos Galan” (New Years’ Eve). The lyrics were written by the Scottish composer Thomas Oliphant in 1862. This truly celtic carol is sung throughout the Christmas, Yuletide and New Year season. My arrangement steps away from any celtic ‘feel’ and instead presents the material in a full-on swing style.

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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The Brass Herald

“All cleverly arranged and beautifully played, with excellent sonics.”

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Audiophile Audition

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Boston University writing in the International Trombone Association Journal

“One of the finest brass ensemble recordings that has ever come my way.”

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Composer, arranger and music journalist

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