My recent musical activities

Since my last post, I have been very busy!

During December, Cologne Concert Brass appears 6 nights a week at the Christmas market in Cologne’s Alter Markt – this is the best of the markets in Cologne and has a wonderful Christmas feel. I managed 7 appearances this year culminating in a band party on the 23rd. (This is the last night for most markets in Germany).

Posted by Andrew Wooler on Friday, December 23, 2016


Prior to this, 2 gigs with the Bayer Symphoniker – the first one was a Broadway themed concert on the harbourside to celebrate the refurbishment of the Jetty to once again enable tourist boats on the Rhine to stop here in our lovely town. The next one was a superb concert in the Alten Kirche, Krefeld, featuring an Organ based programme. This included one of my favourite symphonies, The Saent-Saens, plus one I wasn’t familiar with but liked a lot: Alexandre Guilmant Symphony in D minor for Organ and Orchestra.

Bayer Symphoniker
Our next concert will include the John Williams Star Wars suite – really looking forward to that one!

My 2 new toys, a Yamaha C and a Monke Rotary C, have both been put to good use – I certainly seem to be playing on a C trumpet more often over here!

Cologne Concert Brass also provided a brass section for a superb concert in Rondorf featuring the Rutter Te Deum, excellently performed by a choir of music students from the Cologne area.
My final concert of the year is a midnight mass on Christmas Eve in Essen. This one has the Limbacher Turmbläser Messe as the main item plus whatever I can find for 2 trumpets/2 trombones in the next 2 hours! (a late request to play prior to the service and during Communion!).

Last, but certainly not least, I made a very short appearance on a recently released CD

This Came about via my good friend Peter Cook at The Academy of Rock who contributed a song about Donald Trump! And of course, you can’t have Trump without a Trumpet! So to end this post, here’s the video of that song – just 30 seconds long (as are all of the tracks on this album – it relates to an issue with online media sites and royalties) with my small contribution coming towards the end!

Until the next time,

Andy’s 2016 Musical Advent Calendar!

Here’s the complete list of my musical advent calendar!

1st December – we started with a little Nutcracker Suite from Les Brown and his Band of Renown!

2nd December – Jim Carrey’s funny White Christmas!

3rd December – time for a Rock number from iron Maiden

4th December – Silent Night from Sponge Cola

5th December – A bit of Latin today with a Bossa Nova “All I want for Christmas is You” from Marcela Mangabeira

6th December – time for some brass – some Canadian Brass to be precise!

7th December – Time for a big band again and it’s the WDR Big Band from Germany with Tochter Zion

8th December – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Gordon Goodwin style!

9th December – I Saw Three Ships from the hugely talented Jacob Collier

10th December – Jingle Bell Brighton Rocks featuring dancing legend Disco Pete!

11th December – Many have compared her voice to Karen but this is the unique Rumor – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

12th December – Daryl Hall and Shelby Lynne, Home for Christmas

13th December – Joy to the World from Cologne Concert Brass.

14th December – Johnny Mathis’s version of Sleigh Ride

15th December – Schneewaltzer – authentic from the Trachtenkapelle St. Barbara

16th December – The 12 days of Christmas or rather the 12 days of Progmas!

17th December – People Like Us – The Christmas Song

18th December – Festival Fanfare for Christmas by John Wasson

19th December – The late great Chris Squire: Three Kings from his Christmas Album with and his Swiss Choir

20th December – This one is PG! Christmas message from Kevin bloody Wilson & Jenny Talia

21st December – Adam Sandler – “The Christmas Song”

22nd December – All I Want For Christmas is You – My Chemical Romance

23rd December – The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa

24th December – It wouldn’t be Christmas without them

25th December – Merry Christmas to you all!