The Symphonic Brass of London’s Carols and Christmas Classics concert


The full Symphonic Brass of London ensemble in action earlier this year at Langley School for Boys

The Symphonic Brass of London Quintet are presenting a ‘Carols and Christmas Classics’ concert at St Barnabas’ Church in Beckenham (Perth Rd, Beckenham BR3 6PP) on 20th December.

If you’ve never heard them play before, this is a good opportunity to see a top class brass ensemble in action, as they bring Christmas classics and carols to Beckenham. In addition to the brass ensemble, Nicholas Mannoulas will be playing the organ.

So, if you’re in the area, make it a date!


  • Sunday 20 December at 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:15pm)


  • Adults: £10
  • Concessions: £6 (OAPs and Students)
  • Children: Free (16 and under).

Tickets available from:

Symphonic Brass of London Quintet – Featuring:

  • Chris Deacon
  • Paul Beniston
  • Richard Bayliss
  • Nick Lloyd
  • Adrian Miotti

With Nicholas Mannoulas on organ.

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The Christmas Carol Challenge


The #christmascarolchallenge!

This is a terrific idea from Nathan Bright, that is helping to raise money for The Salvation Army this Christmas, to support the work it does in helping folks who find themselves on the street…this is what he says of the idea:

“I received a compelling charity letter yesterday from The Salvation Army asking me to donate at Christmas. Had I not already been a regular giver, this letter may have sparked a donation. It did get me thinking though- how else could I give more- particularly at Christmas when the Salvation Army do so much good work for those who need it most.
Remember the ice bucket challenge? Here’s my take. The Salvation Army Carolling challenge. Play/sing a Christmas carol, film it, upload it, donate to the SA (by Texting SACC14 to 70070 followed by £5, £10 or £20 or going to and nominate someone at least 3 others. Simple.”

The idea has taken off as friends and acquaintances of Nathan’s from around the world have been doing just that, and posting videos of themselves playing a carol (or something Christmassy), and nominating others to do the same. Some play a brass instrument, some sing, some play the piano and one played ‘O Holy Night’ on the guitar (plenty of distortion going, just how I like it) and all in aid of The Salvation Army’s Christmas appeal.

Here’s my effort:


So why not do the same, or just donate to the Salvation Army (by Texting SACC14 to 70070 followed by £5, £10 or £20 or going to and nominate others to get involved by singing, playing or simply donating.

© Richard Debonnaire

‘Trombones Under the Tree’ day

It’s that time of the year again…the time all trombone players wait for, that moment when we can once again, get out that favourite of all trombone CD’s (more MP3’s these days I guess), Trombones Under The Tree.

Every year, on December 1st I make a point loading all my Christmas music onto my iPod and iPhone (only I’m actually doing it now as I type this), and there it stays until December 31st.

This album is superb; the playing is of such a high order that it takes my breath away; the arrangements are clever and by turns startlingly complex and simple – mind you in my experience, fantastic players always make music sound simple, and it rarely actually is!

I have trombone playing friends around the country, indeed the world who wait for this day. One of them messaged me on Facebook just the other day – I share his anticipation!

So, now I need to resist the temptation until Monday…