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Godalming Band

Brass band in Godalming since 1937

The Festive Season

The Festive Season is Godalming Band’s latest recording project, undertaken in the summer of 2016 and officially released to the public on Saturday 19th November 2016 at a special launch concert in Cranleigh.

This latest album in our catalogue takes its name from one of the tracks The Festive Season. The music spans many different styles from classical, traditional carols to jazz, covering almost 600 years of Christmas and ‘festive’ music. The album includes three never before recorded pieces, one of which was specially composed for this album by Musical Director James Haigh. Godalming Band’s prize winning percussion section is also featured heavily in a number of tracks.

About the launch concert, James Haigh said:

“It was a pleasure, once again, to lead the talented musicians of Godalming Band. The concert was a huge success and kick-started our ‘Festive Season’ with a bang! After 11 months of planning, playing and recording Christmas music during the heats of summer, it’s good to finally get the CD into the hands of the public.”

After providing musical entertainment to the villagers of Cranleigh prior to their Christmas light ‘switch-on’, the audience braved the inclement weather to come and listen to selected tracks from the album and concluded with a rousing encore of Kings of Swing an up-tempo version of We Three Kings.

Our band chairman, Raymond Pont notes the importance of the CD to the band’s future:

“The recording and marketing of this CD is part of the band's current drive to help further raise its profile in the area and also to help support the band financially in the task of raising funds for the purchase of new uniforms in 2017 when the band will celebrate its 80th anniversary.”

Godalming Band will be selling the album at various events around the area leading up to Christmas, and it is also available from local stockists Record Corner in Godalming town centre for £10.

It can also be ordered online for £10 (including P&P) through our secure PayPal link below. Please allow four working days for us to process and post your order.

Enjoy a video from our launch concert of the band performing Deck the Hall, track 6:

Deck the Hall - launching our CD The Festive Season in concert at Cranleigh Methodist Church

Posted by Godalming Band on Saturday, 19 November 2016

Follow the link below for more videos from the recording and launch concert:

Full track listing:

  1. The Shining Star (Peter Graham)
  2. The Festive Season (Morley Calvert)
  3. Who is He? (Benjamin Harnby arr. Richard Phillips)
  4. Heavenly Peace (James Haigh)
  5. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Leslie Condon)
  6. Deck the Hall (Barry Gott)
  7. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Felix Mendelssohn arr. Cedric Dent)
  8. The Christmas Miracle (Keith Manners)
  9. Kings of Swing (Kevin Larsson)
  10. The Coventry Carol (Norman Bearcroft)
  11. The Christmas Song (Bob Wells and Mel Torme arr. Derric Johnson)
  12. Ding Dong! (Richard Phillips)
  13. Wenceslas (Ray Bowes)
  14. Christmas Calypso (Peter Graham)
  15. The Kingdom Triumphant (Eric Ball)
  16. Christmas Piece (Goff Richards)