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“Carol of the Shepherds” MHP523 Shepherd Group Brass Band

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“Carol of the Shepherds” is the latest CD recording by the York-based Shepherd Group Brass Band. They are one of the largest Brass Band organisations in the country, made up of five ensembles and over one hundred and fifty players ranging from absolute beginners to semi-professionals.

The band name comes from an established association with the Shepherd Group, a key player in the construction industry and one of the leading family-owned private businesses in the UK. The Shepherd Group not only provide generous sponsorship but they also allow us the use of their state-of-the-art headquarters in Huntington, York for our rehearsal space.

The Christmas music was recorded over two days in the June heatwave at the All Saints RC School in York. The fourteen items that make up the CD include an international selection of composers ranging from Erik Leidzén to Philip Sparke and James Curnow.

It is also to purchase from the Band’s website.


1.             Christmas Joy Eric Leidzen SP&S Ltd. 2.27
2.             Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Arr. Christopher Bond Hal Leonard 3.51
3.             Once In Royal David’s City Arr. David Willcocks Trans. Ray Steadman-Allen Rosehill Music 2.43
4.             Mary’s Boy Child Jester Hairston Arr. Philip Sparke Anglo Music Press 4.31
5              Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Hugh Martin Arr. William Himes Alfred Music 3.25
6.              Stop The Cavalry Jona Lewie Arr. Derek Broadbent Wright & Round Limited 2.49
7.              Carol Of The Shepherds Traditional Arr. Philip Sparke Anglo Music Press 3.34
8.              Do They Know It’s Christmas Bob Geldof/Midge Ure Arr. Alan Fernie Obrasso Verlag 4.07
9.              The Snowman (Walking In The Air) Howard Blake Arr. Philip Sparke Studio Music Co. 4.39
10.             Christmas Carillon James Curnow Curnow Music Press 2.41
11.              When A Child Is Born Arr. John Golland Hallamshire Music 3.36
12.              God Rest Ye Merry Cha Cha Men Traditional Arr. John Barber Prima Vista Music 3.57
13.              See Amid The Winter’s Snow John Goss Arr. David Willcocks Tran. Ray Steadman-Allen Oxford University Press 3.09
14.              We Wish You a Merry Christmas Traditional Arr. John Golland Kirklees Music
Total Playing Time:  47.03


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