Graham Lyons’s lively mind is apparent in this arrangement of Christmas carols for wind ensemble created to mixed-ability ensembles to make music together. Part I is the most demanding while Parts 2 and 3 are more simplified. Then there are ‘filler’ parts for beginning musicians. The parts can be doubled however your needs and tastes desire. The sheet music includes a score and double sets of parts and is sure to be a concert favourite, including melodies of The Wassail Song, The Holly and The Ivy, Away in a Manger, The Coventry Carol and Unto Us A Boy Is Born.
Graham Lyons is something of a polymath, which is not that unusual among musicians. Originally a pianist, he switched to clarinet when he was inspired by Benny Goodman, but he also plays jazz bassoon. Lyons has performed with Orchestras and ensembles throughout the world, both in live performance and on broadcasts and recordings. He has written a book on Soviet international policy. If you or your students began your clarinet career on a Clarineo, a scaled-down instrument appropriate for younger students, then you have Lyons to thank as he is its inventor.