Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Christmas Overture appeared posthumously in 1925. Arranged by Sydney Baynes, it features God rest you merry, gentlemen, and Hark the herald angels sing, and is thought to have been put together from incidental music he wrote for a children’s play called The Forest of Wild Thyme. [from the publisher’s website]
2 Clarinets in Bb
2 Horns in F
2 Trumpets in Bb
Percussion (3 players: Tubular bells, Glockenspiel, Side Drum, Triangle, Cymbals, Bass Drum)
The Christmas Overture is an excellent substitution for Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival on any holiday concert. It isn’t difficult (certainly not more-so than the Anderson), and includes enough of the “good tunes” to be an audience pleaser.