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Score & Parts
England’s oldest known Christmas Carol.
This atmospheric arrangement takes the Carol back to it’s original form and melody which is slightly different from the modern day version.
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New Beginnings was written as a follow up to Goodbye My Love.
This beautiful melody is simple in style but very effective.
The first public performance of this piece was conducted by Dr. Goff Richards
A descriptive piece of around 13 minutes telling the story of and taking you on a journey around the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Following the introduction, we begin our journey at the Grand House with the staff scurrying around carrying out their work.
Next comes the outbreak of World War 1 when all of the male staff of the house signed up with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Following the war only 6 of the gardens 22 staff survived and returned to Heligan.
After the war the gardens “Go to Sleep” and become overgrown.
Then comes the modern-day workers rediscovering the gardens and beginning to put them back to their former glory.
Then the sun rises over the gardens and the birds begin to sing and we find ourselves in the serene lost valley.
We then pass through the Jungle before turning the corner and once again see the House and lawns in all their glory.
Carnsmerry was written as the set march in the year 2000 for the 1st section at the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival contest held in the village of Bugle in Cornwall. Snippets of both the Floral Dance as well as the May Dance can be heard in this vibrant march, finishing with an obbligato for both the Soprano Cornet and Solo Horn this is a must for your concert programme.