Meet the soloists

After a feature on the composer yesterday, it is time to meet our wonderful set of soloists for ‘A Christmas Carol’!

Four of our talented principle instrumentalists are featured with there own original solo written specially for a Christmas Carol’.

The wonderful four are our Principle Cornet James Atkins, Solo Horn, Andrew Thompson, Solo Euphonium Riley Anderson and Bass Trombone Nick Stokes, all who play amazing solos to really capture the mood and feeling of the story

Tune in on FRIDAY 18TH DECEMBER at 6PM to see ‘A Christmas Carol’, featuring 8 BRAND NEW pieces composed by Jonathan Bates Music, all introduced by our amazing guest narrators!!

It is totally FREE to watch, but please consider donating to our Crowdfunder page to show your support for this project – and check out the range of rewards on offer too!

Meet the composer


So with the 18th of December just days away, what better way to continue with the build up, other than to look more the people who have helped bring this project to fruition.

First we will look at the man behind the music. Mr Jonathan Bates.

Jonathan has not only written the eight original pieces for the project, but he has also collated all the videos and arranged the narrators.

The band thanks Jonathan for everything he has done and we at stratabrass.com, can’t wait to see the finished presentation.

God bless Us, Every One!


THERE’S BEEN A NARRATOR ANNOUNCEMENT AT STRATA BRASS, BUT WHO IS IT?

I don’t know Jeff, has there?!
We’re utterly thrilled to announce our final narrator for our Christmas special adaption of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ this Friday evening is none other than the legendary sports pundit Chris Kamara!
‘Kammy’ has been one of the sporting and television world’s most prized assets for years, renowned for his on-screen rapport, electric personality, and the occasional missed red card at Portsmouth!!
Join Chris Kamara, Frank Renton, Philip Harper, Simone Rebello, David Hoyle and ourselves THIS FRIDAY evening at 6pm, with a glass of mulled wine & a mince pie for ‘A Christmas Carol’!

A Christmas Carol

The band have been hard at work over the last few weeks recording individual videos for our exciting new project A Christmas Carol which is due for it’s premiere on the 18th of December at 6pm.

Eight brand new pieces of music from Jonathan Bates Music capture the feeling of the story bringing it to life with special guest narrators Frank Renton, Philip Harper, Simone Rebello and David Hoyle.

The fifth and final member of the narration team will be announced on Monday 14th via our social media channels.

This is the most ambitious project the band has under taken while in lockdown which has so far seen the band take part in the virtual Whit Friday event, the online Brass Factor contest and The Cory Band Online Brass Band Championships, in which the band was placed fifth in the Championship Section against a very strong field of bands from around the world.

I will live in the past, the present & the future…


Our penultimate narrator is BBC Radio Leeds’ very own David Hoyle.
David is the latest star name to join our narration team for ‘A Christmas Carol’, premiering at 6pm on Friday 18th December.
David hosted the incredibly popular Yorkshire Brass programme on BBC Radio Leeds and still hosts a regular feature showcasing the music of brass bands across the network. We’re delighted David will join Frank Renton, Philip Harper and Simone Rebello for this extra special Christmas event!