The unique sound of Brass Band and Organ
1. Thin be the Glory (Maccabaeus); 2. O God, our help in ages past; 3. Praise my soul, the King of Heaven; 4. I heard the voice of jesus say; 5. Onward, Christian soldiers; 6. The Church's one foundation (Aurelia); 7. Crown Him with many crowns; 8. Love, divine; 9. Laudate O Praise ye the Lord; 10. Great is thy faithfulness; 11. Praise to the Holiest of the height; 12. Nearer my God to thee (Horbury); 13. Stand up stand up for Jesus (Morning Light); 14. Abide with me (Eventide); 15. The day thou gavest, Lord is ended (St. Clement); 16. Auld lang syneFrom way back, wind instruments have been called on, whether separately or in group, for liturgical services. The brass band movement developed in Britain in the second half of the nineteenth century, the bands were immediately called on to participate in the religious prayer services and accompany the mass choir singing. As next to mass singing, the brass band is the most popular musical exponent in Britain, it should not be surprising that this phenomenon is closely linked to public religious life. This explains why hymns continue to be invariably part of the repertoire. The combination of the organ with the brass band is a similar phenomenon. Also in other countries where both the Christian churches and the brass band culture are extant, the traditional hymns are part of the repertoire; this is also the case in The Netherlands. This is why this compact disc was recorded: the “Christian Brass band ‘Excelsior”, conducted by Rieks van der Velde, and organist Martin Zonnenberg play a serious of classical English hymn tunes.