Monday 9 October 2017

BBW Interview: Martyn Brabbins

Contributor, Christopher Thomas, chats to the Music Director of English National Opera, Martyn Brabbins, who last month returned to
 his brass band roots when he conducted Dalmellington Band in a programme also featuring The Wallace Collection at The Cumnock Tryst. Links between brass bands and the classical musical world are all too...read more

Monday 9 October 2017

BBW Castaway: Howard Snell with Katrina Marzella

Black Dyke's baritone star, Katrina Marzella, introduces her latest Desert Island Discs CastawayIt my sincere pleasure to welcome Howard Snell to Brass Band World’s Castaway. Mr. Snell has been a considerable inspiration to me and countless other brass musicians for many years through his seemingly endless playing, pedagogical, compositional and conducting...read more

Monday 9 October 2017

Young Voice: Emily Evans

Growing up in Camborne, Emily Evans always relished the opportunity to hear Flowers Band in action. Now
the 21-year-old Harry Mortimer Award winner is earning plaudits for her own performances with the famous Gloucestershire outfit… Read this Q&A in full, featured in October 2017’s BBW, by subscribing to BBW Digital. Alternatively, subscribe to...read more

Monday 9 October 2017

Headline composers for RNCM Brass Band Festival

Next year’s RNCM Brass Band Festival will be a ‘Voyage of Discovery’ with a clutch of UK and World premières – BBW sets the scene. Sixteen UK and World première performances will feature in the 2018 RNCM Brass Band Festival from 26 - 28 January, in a programme themed on travel on...read more

Monday 9 October 2017

Let’s Debate cross-genre collaborations with Sandy Smith

Conductor, arranger and player, Sandy Smith, has taken a lead role in adventurous music collaborations - here, he debates the benefits of throwing caution to the wind by collaborating with other genres to find new audiences. Over the years as a player, conductor, arranger and occasional composer, the idea of collaborating with...read more

Monday 9 October 2017

Bolsover goes live worldwide

BBW’s Chief Contributor, Christopher Thomas and Iwan Fox of 4barsrest.com beamed into 32 countries as they fronted the live Internet stream of Bolsover Festival of Brass on 1 October. Christopher over-views the event’s success story, built on a spirit of adventure. For those of us that are involved in the brass band...read more

Monday 9 October 2017

Septura’s Kleptomania

Septura is set to showcase its precious ‘loot’ through Kleptomania. Septura’s very own trombone star, Matthew Knight, enlightens. Septura is now five years old, and we’re in the middle of one of our most ambitious projects yet - a four-concert series called Kleptomania, which we will perform at both St. John’s Smith...read more


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