Christmas comes early in Eccleshall

Picture shows Martin Jones, left, with the singers and recording team outside Eccleshall church. Martin is a freelance musician working in Staffordshire and the North Midlands. He leads the Broughton Community Choir and is in demand as a choral workshop leader.
Picture shows Martin Jones, left, with the singers and recording team outside Eccleshall church. Martin is a freelance musician working in Staffordshire and the North Midlands. He leads the Broughton Community Choir and is in demand as a choral workshop leader.

Eccleshall church was recently the location for a recording of a Christmas song written and produced by the Trio Music Collective, under the direction of local musical director, Martin Jones. Martin, an Eccie Factor judge this summer, was keen to find new Christmas songs for his community choirs so decided to write his own. Roy Green, a member of one of the choirs, was pleased to be asked to create some Christmas words which Martin then set to music.

“Christmas carols have a long tradition but I wanted to widen the options for choirs looking for new repertoire”

Martin commented,

“and I wanted a tune that people would find themselves humming for days afterwards”.

The song entitled ‘Kisses beneath the mistletoe’ has several formats including four part harmony for singing groups and the option of a rock style backing track for school choirs.
After looking at several venues in the area Eccleshall church was chosen as it offered a great acoustic for singing. The vicar, James Graham, a keen singer himself, was happy to help and James’ wife joined the choir for the recording.

A video of the song is due on YouTube early in October and the Broughton Community choir will be giving a live rendition in their forthcoming Christmas concert.