Composition - Christians Awake

This Christmas fanfare is a great way to start a concert or a second half. It has lots of excitement in the fanfare while the use of the Christmas carol Christians Awake gives it a fantastic sense of occasion. Ideal for 3rd section bands and upwards. Circa 2'10".       Section: 3+

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Christmas time is my favourite time of year. I love the festive spirit and all the Christmas music both traditional and modern.

I came across the carol "Christians Awake" a number of years ago when I played in a carol concert with the Black Dyke Band and the Halifax Choral Society. I think it is a fabulous carol and it is now one of my favourite Christmas carols.

Two good friends of mine; Angela and Christopher Clough were married during the Christmas period in 2007. They both play with the band Wardle Anderson Brass who played at their wedding. They asked me if I could compose a piece for the band to play while Angela walked down the aisle. So for their wedding present I composed a fanfare using the carol Christians Awake.

They were thrilled with the piece as was I. It works really well as a concert opener or an opener to the second half of a Christmas concert. It should be played with lots of bravura and pomp and full of the spirit of Christmas.


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