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Young woodwind and brass players 

A chance for you to take part in this FREE on-line recording project, forming a multi-national virtual wind ensemble creating a special YouTube video soundtrack for Christmas!

Listen to this (on the audio play bar below)
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t’s a MIDI realisation of what the music will sound like.


Are you age 18 or under - and do you play the flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, cornet, euphonium, trombone or tuba?

If so, you can take part in this exciting nationwide project, playing a special wind and brass version of a very famous seafaring song from Northumberland in the North-East of England. Players of 18 or under from anywhere in the world are welcome to join in, and be a part of the soundtrack to a Christmas YouTube film!

When the video is released, you can share it with all your family and friends. The music is also a powerful and entirely peaceful message to schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and governments, underlining the importance of music education. By sharing it with these organisations and their administrators, you can make a positive contribution towards keeping music classes, instrumental teaching and ensemble playing in educational institutions.

The deadline for taking part in this FREE project has now been extended to Sunday 6th December 2020

(Adult wind/brass players - this is for players who are 18 or under! If you are disappointed that you cannot take part, don’t worry - there will be a project in the new year, specifically for you!)

It’s FREE to take part - but you can contribute and help to fund future projects.

This educational project has been set up by bassoonist Laurence Perkins, and is one of a number of enterprises set up and run by individual musicians, many of whom have little or no work or income during the Covid-19 pandemic. These projects can only continue with financial support to cover essential costs.

Please help if you can - any amount will enable Laurence Perkins to carry on with more music education work in 2021 and beyond. Thank you!

What you have to do:

To take part, just follow these simple instructions.


This has to be done by your parent or guardian. Permission is needed for you to take part and send the recorded material. This is done through the website CONTACT form (click on this blue link). For convenience, the text below (in green) can be copied and pasted into the 'Message or Enquiry' box on the Contact form, with the required information (in red) to be added by your parent/guardian where there is the asterisk * and the text is in italics.

Parent or guardian: please highlight and copy the following bold text, then paste into the CONTACT form (click on this blue link).
Please note: this must not be done by the player, permission is needed from your parent or your adult guardian.

Name of young player taking part:


Country of residence:

Name of parent or guardian:

I give permission for (*insert young player's name) to take part in this project and submit an audio recording.

I give permission to communicate with (*insert young player's name) via this email address: (please insert email address to be used)

I *give / *do not give permission for this young player’s name to be displayed in the credits list on the film.

Once this copy-and-paste message has been received (required details indicated in red with an asterisk * and italics - details should be inserted into the text at these points), you will be sent a confirmation, plus a special email address which you can use to send your recording for inclusion in the YouTube video soundtrack. Recordings can only be accepted and included with this permission from your parent/guardian. If permission is not given to display your name in the credits list, your recording can still be included, but you will be credited as “Young musician” on the list. Photographs are not used in this project - please do not submit any photographs of any kind.



Select a part for your particular instrument. PDFs are listed below, which you can download and either print or view on-screen. You can choose a melody part (if you are intermediate grade or higher) or an easier harmony part (if you are elementary grade or higher).

Now it’s time to discover the CLICK-TRACK! Listen to the musical backing with a special ‘click-track’ added (on the PLAY bar below), following your selected part as you listen. The click-track is to keep you and all other players playing in time, just as you would in a ‘live’ ensemble. (This is how a lot of film and television music is recorded. The click-track will not be heard on the final soundtrack.)

When playing (and eventually recording), make sure you use earpieces or headphones to hear this click-track backing. It’s important that you can hear your own instrumental sound as well as the click-track backing - this will help you to make a good sound and play in tune. Also, the backing must not be audible on your final recording - you must play and record in a quiet room with no other sounds.

Below is the backing with the click-track - when you record, play to this track wearing earphones or headphones


Practice your part thoroughly with this click-track backing BEFORE you record yourself. Follow this simple check-list:

Play strictly in time to the click-track
Play in tune
Make a good quality sound
Include dynamics and phrasing

it is really important that you play in time (staying strictly to the click-track) and you play in tune. These are the vital disciplines necessary when playing in an ensemble, to ensure that everyone stays together and the collective sound is good, and it is the same in this multitrack recording process.



Wen you feel confident playing with the backing and click-track, record yourself on your phone, computer or separate audio recorder. Your recording should be audio only (videos are not accepted) in MP3 or WAV format.

Only YOU should be heard on your recording! When making your recording, make sure you are in a quiet room, and that you listen to the backing track through earpieces or headphones, NOT through a speaker on your phone or computer. If the backing track or any other unwanted noise is audible on your recording, it may not be possible to use it.



When completed, your recorded part should be sent using the special email address which was sent to you in response to the Contact Form permission from your parent/guardian. Only recordings sent via this email address will be accepted and included in the youTube video soundtrack. Your recording should be sent in by Sunday 6th December at the latest, as production work will start very shortly after this date. Remember to include your name in the email!



With permission from your parent or guardian, the intention is to include your audio recording as part of the video soundtrack mix. However, when you make the recording you must play in time (staying strictly to the click-track) and you must play in tune. All this must be done in a quiet room with no other audible sounds. These details are really important - if your playing is not in time to the click-track, or if you play out of tune, your part will not fit with the others, and it will not be used. Also, if there is background noise, it will not be possible to use your recording. So, the incentive is to play your part really well, and with lots of really well-played parts, the final soundtrack will be really special to hear -  an international ensemble with young musicians from all over the world taking part in a year when there are very few playing opportunities for wind and brass players.



You can share the final video with your family, your friends or anyone you like, and in any way, including social media. It will be widely available on YouTube. Please also remember to share the video with education administrators for schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and governments. In many parts of the world, there have been serious cutbacks in music education, denying young people the chance to discover the joy of music in all its forms and genres, and the joy of live music-making. This should be a choice offered to everyone. Music can express feelings and convey messages very powerfully - it is a positive and peaceful medium for change, making the world a better place.


PDF parts for you to download

- click on the instrument name.

Copyright: This is a copyright arrangement. You may download and use a part for the purpose of this on-line education project, but you are not authorised to use it for anything else. Please respect copyright, and only use the music for this project - thank you!


Melody parts for intermediate (or higher) level players

Flute in C
Oboe in C
Clarinet in B flat
Bassoon in C (higher version)
Bassoon in C (lower version)
Soprano saxophone in B flat
Alto saxophone in E flat
French horn in F
Trumpet or cornet in B flat
Tenor trombone in C
Euphonium in B flat
Tuba in C


Accompaniment parts (4-part harmony) for elementary (or higher) level players

Part 1: Flute in C
Part 1: Oboe in C
Part 1: Clarinet in B flat
Part 1: Soprano saxophone in B flat
Part 1: Trumpet or cornet in B flat

Part 2: Cor Anglais (English Horn) in F
Part 2: Clarinet in B flat
Part 2: Alto saxophone in E flat

Part 3: Clarinet in B flat
Part 3: Bassoon in C
Part 3: Quint (mini) bassoon in G
Part 3: Quart bassoon (tenoroon) in F
Part 3: Tenor saxophone in B flat
Part 3: French horn in F
Part 3: Euphonium in B flat

Part 4: Bassoon in C
Part 4: Bass clarinet in B flat (treble clef)
Part 4: Baritone saxophone in E flat
Part 4: Tenor trombone in C
Part 4: Tuba in C