Wednesday 10 May 2017

Pro practice with Roger Webster

This month Pro Practice host, Professor Roger Webster, considers how band rehearsal can inspire or demotivate playersBand Practice - what does yours fulfil? Rehearsal, training, time-wasting, a social event? Of course it is possible to satisfy several of the above in a band practice, but what are your primary goals? Do you...read more

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Pro-platform: Chris Avison

From Bath Salvation Army Band to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - David Childs catches up with trumpet ace and Bach Artist, Chris Avison… Read this article, featured in May’s BBW, by subscribing to BBW Digital. Alternatively, subscribe to the printed magazine delivered by post: £40 (UK); £68 (Europe); £81 (Rest of the...read more

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Young Voices: BBC Radio 2 Award

BBC Radio 2 has a new Young Brass Award winner in Isobel Daws - a Chetham’s student, and trombonist with Fairey Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. BBW Editor, David Childs, shares his admiration for the stars of the night - the four finalists… Read this article, featured...read more

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Australia Dominates

Paul Bennett, tenor horn soloist and Besson Artist, spent his Easter ‘down-under’ enjoying all that the Australian and New Zealand championships had to offer. He even picked up a ‘pot’ of his own to bring home to the UK as the NZ Open Tenor Horn Champion! … A week after the Australian...read more

Wednesday 10 May 2017

The Legend of Gordon Langford

The brass band movement worldwide recently lost one of its most adored English composers, arrangers and performers in Gordon Langford, who died on 18 April aged 86. BBW pays tribute to the man and his music with a little help from his friends - the MD of Chandos Records, Ralph Couzens,...read more

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Norway take top Euro honours

Norway’s Eikanger-Bjørsvik emerged from its ‘European’ wilderness to take the title for the first time in 28 years in a festival that saw Italy, Spain and Belgium sweep up the other European honours, and the UK take one youth title. Chief Contributor, Christopher Thomas, was in Oostende to witness the Brexit...read more

Wednesday 10 May 2017

BBW Interview: Philip Harper

Leading from the front: Philip Harper is literally riding high with Cory and, despite recently relinquishing the ‘European’ trophy to Eikanger-Bjørsvik in Oostende, there’s no sign of the wheels falling off anytime soon. Mark Good finds out what makes the band’s MD tickKicking back on his sofa, Philip Harper was enjoying...read more

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Let's Debate: Own-choice test selections

Sandy Smith, questions the trend to hoodwink judges by playing own-choice test selections that look good on paper, but which are just too hard for them As the greatest own-choice test-piece contest in the banding calendar took place at the end of April, and by this I mean the second contesting day...read more

Saturday 29 April 2017

BBW Interview: Les Neish

Musical polymath The tuba world’s bundle of fun, Les Neish, is a thoroughly wide-ranging professional musician - BBW’s Chief Contributor, Christopher Thomas, chats to the child prodigy about how he fell for the tuba from his first note on stage… Read this article, featured in April’s BBW, by subscribing to BBW Digital. Alternatively,...read more

Saturday 29 April 2017

The unique voice of Duncan Stubbs

Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs OBE is poised to retire as Principal Director of Music of the Royal Air Force Music Services after 34 years – David Childs and a clutch of luminaries pay tribute to a man who has changed the face of music in one of the UK’s three military...read more


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