What better way to get into the festive season than with Christmas music? From dancing school teachers to swinging Santas, these videos made by musicians from across Wales are bound to put a smile on your face.
‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ – Rock the Mike
Unable to entertain the people of Cardiff with a live gig this year, South Wales-based function band Rock the Mike have created their own jolly version of Wizzard’s classic I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, and it’s definitely one to get you up and dancing!
‘A Broadway Christmas’ – The West End of Wales & Choirs for Good
Community Interest Company The West End of Wales (The WEoW) has been working tirelessly on an array of Christmas-themed videos – here, they teamed up with Choirs for Good to produce an immense compilation of all your favourite merry melodies.
‘Simple Things’ – Bronwen
Bronwen Lewis has been livestreaming concerts from her living room since the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic – her original song ‘Simple Things’ is a nostalgic reflection on and appreciation of the little things that make Christmas special.
‘Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town’ – Cerdd NPT Music Staff
Ever wondered what exactly music teachers do when they’re not teaching? Well, here’s your answer: peripatetic teachers from Neath Port Talbot take festive to the max in this big band rendition of ‘Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town’.
‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ – Cerdd NPT Music Secondary Schools
Here’s a treat from the secondary school students of Cerdd NPT Music. Find more videos from students of Cerdd NPT Music here.
‘Sleigh Ride’ – City of Cardiff Concert Band
Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’ is brought to life in the City of Cardiff Concert Band’s socially distanced recording.
‘COVID Christmas’ – Goldie Lookin Chain
Goldie Lookin Chain have rewritten the lyrics to Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ in this comedic coronavirus-themed version of the classic song.
‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ – Ysgol Craig y Don Staff
Staff of Ysgol Craig y Don in Llandudno have put together a special performance to the original recording of Shakin’ Stevens’ ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ – choreographed to perfection, it’s certain to raise your spirits!
‘Jingle Bells’ – City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band (M3 & M4)
Performed by both beginners and more experienced youth musicians of Melingriffith Brass Band, here’s a cheerful recording of ‘Jingle Bells’.
‘Sleigh Ride’ – The Siglo Section
Another rendition of ‘Sleigh Ride’, but this time in The Siglo Section’s signature big band style. The Siglo Section is no stranger to virtual performances, having featured in the Brecon Jazz Festival earlier this year.
‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ – City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band (M2)
Here’s Melingriffith’s third section band, a mix of experienced adult players and talented youth players, with another festive performance of ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’.
‘O Holy Night’ – Corws Cymunedol WNO Community Chorus & Renewal Choir
Finally, here is the Welsh National Opera’s Community Chorus, made up of amateur singers of all ages and backgrounds, in collaboration with the Bristol-based Renewal Choir for a magical performance of ‘O Holy Night’.