We Wish you

By
Traditional
Arranged
Jock McKenzie
Price
£ 11.50 

Little is known of the origins of this carol; it appears in none of the historic collections. It is however thought to originally be a folk song attributed to the ‘West Country’

  • Bite-Size Brass Band
  • 3 Cornets
  • 1 Flugel
  • 1 Tenor Horn
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium
  • 1 Tuba
  • 2 Percussion (Optional) - Tambourine, Suspended Cymbal and Sleigh Bells

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Description

Little is known of the origins of this carol; it appears in none of the historic collections. It is however thought to originally be a folk song attributed to the ‘West Country’. This link to the West Country is based on the carol’s reference to ‘figgy pudding’ a localised, seasonal dish containing raisins or plums, somewhat like the traditional Christmas Pudding. The greeting ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ is typical of the practice of ‘Wassailing’; going door to door to sing, dance and offer seasonal greetings in the hope of receiving food and drink in return.

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.

The Brass Herald

Lyndon Chapman
“Simply some of the most exciting and triumphant brass playing I have ever heard!”

“The entire programme can be likened to a sumptuous feast, with each track having its own highly delectable and thoroughly satisfying flavour. The CD is surely compulsive listening for all brass and percussion enthusiasts.”

C Brian Buckley
Brass Band World

“Stunning playing all round and a perfect 'snapshot' of the incredibly high standards of performance in brass playing in London today."

Peter Bassano
Head of Brass Royal College of Music (retired)

“An absorbing selection of refined choices and inspirational highlights. Marvellous."

Keith Ames
The Musician (MU)

“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

“Every now and again a recording that is both truly outstanding and will have great appeal to brass band listeners appears on the shelves. We are delighted to make it the first recipient of our CD of the Year Editors Award.”

Kenneth Crookston
British Bandsman

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