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!

Come in and know me better…


Following the announcements of Frank Renton and Philip Harper, we’re delighted to now announce that Simone Rebello will also join our narration team in December!
Simone has been one of the world’s leading lights of the percussion world for many years, both as a soloist and within ensembles. Whilst being hugely in demand as a teacher, she is also the voice of both the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall and the popular RNCM – Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band Festival.

When Scrooge awoke…


We’re extremely excited to announce that Philip Harper will be joining Frank Renton as part of our team of special guest narrators for our musical director Jonathan Bates Music’s brand new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ much-loved ‘A Christmas Carol’ in December!
Philip’s sheer volume of competition successes as conductor of The Cory Band – the world’s number 1 ranked brass band – have been unparalleled, leading the band to several British Open, European, National and Brass in Concert titles whilst also driving the innovation and excellence of the band through a range of new compositions, arrangements and concepts.

Marley was dead….


The music is almost ready and the band have started remotely filming their videos, so now is the time to start announcing the narrators for this magical project.

The first narrator is Frank Renton.
A man who needs no introduction to the brass band world. Frank was the long-running host of the popular ‘Listen To The Band’ programme on BBC Radio 2, whilst also being the charismatic master of ceremonies for competitions such as Brass in Concert, the European Brass Band Championships and Butlins Mineworkers Championships.
Truly one of the iconic voices of our movement!