Canterbury Chorale

From Wind Repertory Project
Jan Van der Roost

Jan Van der Roost

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass Band
Publisher: De Haske Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €112.00   |   Score Only (print) - €22.00


Full Score
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone (ad. lib.)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet or Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (div. a2)
String Bass
Organ (optional)
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tubular Bells (optional Vibraphone)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Celebrated Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost's adjudication, teaching, clinic, and conducting work have brought him to more than 40 countries on four continents. The Canterbury Chorale exists in an arrangement for brass band and fanfare band (saxophones, brass, and percussion) as well as for concert band. A serene, lyrically captivating melody is heard strophically and is supported by rich sonorities and sparkling upper textures.

- Program Note by Brian Casey

This quiet piece with its broad tones was originally written for brass band on request of Robert Leveugle, chairman of the composer’s own band, Brass Band Midden Brabant. The direct cause was a visit to the beautiful cathedral of the English city Canterbury, in which so many fine compositions sounded throughout the centuries. Later on, Jan Van der Roost rescored this piece for symphonic wind band, exploring the full richness of colors of this ensemble. Besides solo phrases for several instruments, there are some massive tutti passages making the wind orchestra sound like a majestic organ.

- Program Note from Appalachian State University Concert Band concert program, 25 April 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, Tenn.) Wind Symphony (Ken Parsons, conductor) - 8 October 2023
  • Capital University (Bexley, Ohio) Wind Symphony (John Climer, conductor) - 25 February 2023
  • Prairie Wind Ensemble (Washington, Ill.) (Jim Tallman, conductor) - 11 December 2022
  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Reynolds, conductor) - 2 December 2022
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Pease, conductor) - 6 October 2022
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Wind Symphony (Jefferson Gentry, conductor) - 8 December 2021
  • University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) Symphonic Band (Justin Mertz, conductor) - 10 November 2021
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Wind Ensemble (Michael Gokemo, conductor) - 23 April 2021
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Concert Band (Benjamin Rochford, conductor) – 4 March 2020
  • Clovis (Calif.) North High School Wind Ensemble (Esmeralda Rocha Lozano, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Kent State (Ohio) Symphony Band (John Franklin, conductor) – 27 September 2019
  • Willamette Valley Concert Band (Albany, Ore.) (Richard Sorenson, conductor) – 16 March 2019
  • Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Mich.) Band (Byron Graves, conductor) – 2 March 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jeff Osarczuk, conductor) – 18 September 2018
  • Chesterton (Ind.) High School Wind Ensemble (Michael Scheiber, conductor) – 5 May 2018
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 9 October 2017
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Kevin LeBoeuf, conductor) – 8 March 2017
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Band (Dan Dietrich, conductor) – 1 December 2016
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Concert Band (Matthew Brusseau, conductor) – 25 April 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 205-209.
  • Perusal score
  • Van der Roost, J. (1993). Canterbury Chorale [score]. De Haske Music: Heerenveen, Netherlands.