Christmas greetings!

Well, another year has come to an end. A massive thank you to everyone who has made this year a great one. It’s been busy for sure, so much so that my newsletter and blog posts took a forced rest. I hope to write about a few of those things I’ve been up to in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, I’m taking a holiday. The car is packed, Christmas Day awaits us tomorrow and summer fun looms.

This time last year my wife and I went to Midnight Mass at Salzburg Cathedral and the absolute highlight was hearing Silent Night sung by candlelight, as it was originally intended, in the town it was written. I took a field recording, have a listen below, it’s extraordinary.

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Captain McBoyle docks at the APO

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Captain Festus McBoyle

Ahoy there me hearties!

Back in September I had the great pleasure of orchestrating five songs by Captain Festus McBoyle – the star of this weekend’s four APO4Kids Christmas concerts.

On Wednesday it all came to life as the APO, conductor David Kay and all of the performers rehearsed and ran the show.

The Festus McBoyle tracks are:

  • A Pirate’s Life
  • Bogey Bogey
  • Hoist The Jolly Roger
  • Sonia The Snake
  • Walk The Plank

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Merry Christmas

christmasAnd just like that, another year is coming to an end.

Thanks so much to everyone who has supported me in some way this year – that may have been with work, with ideas or just with conversation.

It has been an incredible time of music making for me with many wonderful opportunities, inspiring people to work with and some stunning ensembles and musicians to bring the music to life. Some of these include:

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Some merry arrangements!

Over the last few weeks my Christmas arrangements have been popping up all over the place. The concert I’m most looking forward to is…

AUCKLAND SYMPHONY CHRISTMAS CONCERT
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Last night’s dress rehearsal!

Tonight the Auckland Symphony Orchestra give their hugely popular and FREE Christmas concert at the Auckland Town Hall. The 90-strong orchestra team up with the Choir from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, along with combined Auckland church choirs, in this annual Christmas Celebration under the direction of Peter Thomas.

Each year I orchestrate a selection of the stunning choral arrangements by Niu Syddall and they also include some of my own arrangements.

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I survived 2012. This is how it was!

The New Year means it’s time to have a look back over the past year and see, through my blog posts, what has taken shape and what I have to say for myself!

January started with a very well deserved “Shout-out to VaultPress” after they marvellously got my website back up and running after a meltdown!

3100508059_5c99a0f9e1_zFebruary is the start of the school term and I posted about the preparation work I do for schools.

My typing fingers must have been tired at the end of March – it started with two popular posts, iOS apps for music professionals and Digital music stands vs iPads, following on from, again, two very popular posts I did in 2010.

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Little pieces of Christmas

Christmas is looming and I have been busy doing new orchestral arrangements for two of the many Christmas concerts that will fill December.

christmas-musicLast Saturday the Auckland Philharmonia had their first APO 4 Kids Christmas concert at the Auckland Town Hall which was a great success. It was hosted by Kevin Keys, featured Tim Beveridge and was conducted by David Kay. They performed my arrangements of:

  • All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth – Don Gardner
  • Joy To The World – George Frideric Handel
  • Lullaby for Christmas Eve – Pete King
  • Snoopy’s Christmas – George David Weiss, Luigi Creatore and Hugo Peretti
  • The Little Drummer Boy – Henry Onorati, Katherine K. Davis and Harry Simeone
  • When You Wish Upon A Star – Ned Washington

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2011 through the eyes of a blog

And just like that, another year is gone! Here is a look at my posts for the year.

thinking web picThe blogging year started in March with my favourite book arriving, “Behind Bars”, which I preordered in 2010. It is definitely the most used book on my shelf! I then talked about two approaching projects:

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Happy Holidays

christmas-background-c1It is that time of year again – the crazy season! I hope it has been a wonderful year for you.

A big thank you to everyone I have worked with this year and to those who have supported my music in some way. 2012 is shaping up to be a very exciting year with some amazing projects in the pipeline, so stay tuned!

A reminder that you can download the 17 Christmas carols I collated and edited for violin and viola through this post here. Enjoy.

Also, be sure to check out my piece below, “A holiday thought” – some thoughts I put to music for this holiday season:

As always, keep in touch over the break at either facebook.com/ryanyouens or twitter.com/ryanyouens.

Merry Christmas.

Christmas carols for violin and viola

christmas-ornament-03Christmas is getting close and no doubt you are in the mood to play some Christmas music or your students are asking for some!

Recently I collated and edited 17 Christmas carols for my students to play through this season. The carols, in order, are:

  • Angels we have heard on high
  • Joy to the world!
  • O little town of Bethlehem
  • We wish you a merry Christmas
  • It came upon the midnight clear
  • O come, O come Emmanuel
  • O come, all ye faithful
  • Jingle Bells
  • O Holy Night
  • Away in a manger
  • God rest you merry, gentlemen
  • Silent Night
  • While shepherds watched
  • Hark! the herald angels sing
  • Once in Royal David’s City
  • We three kings
  • The First Nowell

There is a version for violin and one for viola and can be read without trouble by younger students as well as providing a lot of enjoyment for more advanced players. They are set clearly on each page along with dynamics and bowing where required.

You are welcome to download either copy (PDF document) and enjoy playing or passing on to a student or friend.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas.