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Christmas Carols Ensembles: December 2018

CNL Brass Carols Ensemble entertain at Wallsend Bunnings

A Carols Ensemble of eight band members provided a one hour program of Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes at the family promotion evening at Bunnings Boolaroo on 6 December 2018. The Ensemble greeted Santa with Jingle Bells as he arrived on a fire engine to be greeted by the many children present.

The Ensemble also entertained with a one hour Program at Wallsend Bunnings on Saturday morning 15 December and proceeded to Bunnings Kotara to continue promoting the “Musical Christmas Spirit” in the afternoon.

“Christmas in Brass” Concert: Sunday 9th December 2018


CNL Brass entertain at the Christmas in Brass Concert

The Concert opened with the March Christmas Joy, a composition of popular Christmas tunes set to a “marching beat”. The first half featured the composition by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Happy Christmas – War is Over. Originally written as a protest song about the Vietnam War, it has been “adopted” as a popular Christmas tune. The audience joined in with the singing of O Come All Ye Faithful, Away in a Manger and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. The band included the delightful St Florian Choral, composed by Thomas Doss as a tribute to the famous Austrian Composer, Anton Bruckner, who was his tutor at the St Florian Convent in Austria. Even though it was composed in 1920, In a Persian Market was appealing to the audience with it very lively beat, as was the contrasting German Carol Ich Steh Diener Krippen Hier (I’m Standing By Your Crib). White Christmas provided a pleasant ending to the first half.

The second half opened with An Australian Christmas (a special request) by the Australian composer William G James. This is a Suite of three Movements, of which two, Carol of the Birds and The Silver Stars were featured. A new arrangement for flugel horn of Away in a Manger, played at the 2017 Christmas Concert for the first time, was also included in the Program and played by Doug Hoepper. The audience joined in again to sing along to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. The most popular number of the second half was Schneewalzer (Snow Waltz). This arrangement, with prompting by the Emcee, saw the audience, from time to time, join hands and sway from side to side, as well tapping their feet to the beat. The second half concluded with Georg Friedrich Handel’s For Unto Us.

In all, twenty numbers were presented to the audience who, by their applause, indicated that this Christmas in Brass program was an enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment.

CNL Brass Player Awarded OAM

David Walker, principal euphonium and president of CNL Brass, was presented with the Order of Australia Medal by the Governor of New South Wales, General David Hurley, at a Ceremony at Government House, Sydney, on Thursday 3 May, 2018.

David Walker, with his wife Dorothy and daughter Heather in the grounds of Government House, NSW, after receiving his OAM

This Award recognised David’s achievements over a long period of time. They included:

  • Over fifty years as a musician in both Community and Army Bands.
  • Teaching students to playing musical instruments.
  • His past role as a Musical Director of brass bands.
  • His role as Chief Marshall for suburban ANZAC Parades.
  • His role as Warrant Officer in Australian Army Bands.
  • His role as Bugler for many ANZAC Services for RSL Sub Branches, Schools, and various organisations

The CNL Brass committee and band members extend their congratulations to David upon his being awarded the Order of Australia Medal.

ANZAC Day 2018

Dawn Service: CNL Brass supported Pelican Flat RSL Sub Branch by providing the music for the Dawn Service. The Last Post and Reveille were played by soprano cornet player, Joanne McDougall. Three Hymns were included in the Service. The National Anthem concluded the Service. CNL Brass has been supporting this Dawn Service since 1974.

CNL Brass playing at the Stockton RSL Sub Branch ANZAC Day Service

Morning Service: CNL Brass supported Stockton RSL Sub Branch. This involved a one kilometre March to the ANZAC Memorial, with the March commencing at 8.30am. The Service followed. David Walker OAM, principal euphonium, but also a cornet player, was the Bugler for the Last Post and Reveille. The Service concluded with the New Zealand Anthem, followed Australian National Anthem.


Upcoming Events

2:00 pm Christmas in Brass Concert @ Warners Bay Theatre (previously known as Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre)
Christmas in Brass Concert @ Warners Bay Theatre (previously known as Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre)
Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Come along and enjoy a great afternoon of musical entertainment. CNL Brass will present a variety of musical styles selected to contrast and to entertain. Wear a mask if you choose. There will be an[...]