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This is for players of all ages - woodwind, brass and strings! Many musicians have had very little chance to play this year, so here is something you can do yourself, with accompaniment, and share with your family and friends over the festive season.
"We wish you a Merry Christmas" is a traditional carol from the west of England. It has its roots in the folk music tradition, and the original tune probably dates from the early 19th century.
In this version, there is an MP3 accompaniment to the tune below. This is a colourful backing for a 'virtual' wind ensemble - but it's YOU who provides the real live musical contribution! Choose your part from the PDFs below, download and print it (or play from an iPad or similar device), playing along to the MP3 backing - it's a lovely way to wish all your family and friends "Merry Christmas".
If you enjoy playing this arrangement, could you contribute towards future music education projects, please? There has never been a more challenging time than now for musicians and teachers, so any help you can offer would be hugely valuable. Many thanks!
Here is the backing track for "We wish you a Merry Christmas"
. . . and below are the PDFs of the solo parts for you to select and download
Here is another seasonal inspiration - the sounds of the sea and the solo bassoon . . .
Click the panel below to see and hear the sampler video - details and download links are on the Recordings page (click this blue link)
The challenges of teaching at the moment...
I love teaching! Many of you know about my regular bassoon classes and one-to-one teaching in colleges, universities and summer schools around the UK and overseas. We are of course in a very different situation at the moment, and likely to remain so for quite some while.
On-line teaching Although not ideal in some ways, this facility is better than no teaching at all! Therefore, I have sent up with Zoom and Skype, and can offer on-line bassoon lessons during this difficult and challenging period. If you are interested in having such a lesson, please send me a message via the CONTACT form, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
A video about one of Laurence's former bassoon pupils
This short film features Catriona McDermid who studied with Laurence for four years whilst still at school in her home city of York, before moving on to university at Oxford and post-graduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London. She is now establishing herself as a leading young professional player and teacher in London. Her enthusiasm and energy for bassoon playing is an inspiration to us all - and especially for young musicians who might be interested in playing the instrument.