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In the Bleak Midwinter for Solo Flute

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  • Uses extended techniques
  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“Holst would love it!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This is a beautiful, if rather unusual, adaptation of a Holst's well-loved Christmas carol. Nicole Chamberlain and extended techniques are inseparable and she really know how to use them. Here the simple use of wind sounds at the start and end of the piece really enhance the melancholy character of the melody. The middle section sounds like a free improvisation as it meanders through the registers, creating a piece of haunting charm. This would sound lovely everywhere and extra-wonderful in the resonant acoustics of a church. Definitely a carol with a difference - Holst would love it!

From the Publisher

This is an arrangement of the Christmas Carol "In the Bleak Midwinter" composed by Gustav Holst and arranged by Nicole Chamberlain. Perfect for intermediate to advanced players. Suitable for C flute, alto flute, or bass flute. Piece is approximately 4 minutes long.

Performance duration (approx): 4'00

Difficulty guide: 7
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Solo Christmas Flute Music
Publisher: Spotted Rocket Publishing
Our Stock Code: 1636031
Media Type: Paperback (2 pages [score])