Thursday 3 August 2017

All the action from Whit Friday

Malcolm Wood reflects on the 'greatest free show on earth' in this exclusive online feature The opening lyrics of the Christmas song, 'It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year' will ring true for all those who love the festive season. However, anyone that flocks to Saddleworth and Tameside to participate, watch...read more

Thursday 3 August 2017

BBW Interview: Carving her place in history

Kathleen Gaspoz made history as Brighouse and Rastrick’s first-ever female principal cornet when she took to the stage at the 2017 ‘European’ in Oostende – Christopher Thomas met the rising cornet star from the Swiss Alps. When young cornet star, Kathleen Gaspoz, took to the stage with Brighouse and Rastrick at the...read more

Thursday 3 August 2017

Pro-Platform: Christopher Parkes

David Childs interviews Christopher Parkes - Principal horn of the Swedish Radio Symphony and John Wilson orchestras, Superbrass and Fine Arts Brass member, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama tutor. DC: You're now recognised as one of the leading French horn players of your generation, having performed as principal horn with...read more

Thursday 3 August 2017

BBW Castaway – Helen Varley

It is my pleasure to invite tenor horn virtuoso, Helen Varley, to Desert Island Discs this month. Helen is a dear friend of mine - we played in Black Dyke Band together for four fantastic years, and she is admired and respected in the wider brass music world as a musician,...read more

Thursday 3 August 2017

View from the box

Want to win at Cheltenham…? Then read about what will impress the adjudicators in the ‘box’ at the Cheltenham National Finals on 16 and 17 September - four of the eight appointed judges – Paul Holland, Tom Davoren, Glyn Williams and Stan Lippeatt – tell competitors what they will be listening...read more

Thursday 3 August 2017

Pro-practice with Roger Webster

Besson Artist, trumpet/cornet extraordinaire, adjudicator and educator, Roger Webster, considers the pros and cons of positive critique versus criticism and the negative impact that the latter can have on players in this month’s master-class. Read this article, featured in July/August 2017’s BBW, by subscribing to BBW Digital. Alternatively, subscribe to the printed...read more

Thursday 3 August 2017

Let’s Debate ‘women in brass’ with Liz Lane

As the BBC finds itself under scrutiny over equal pay, Liz Lane, a British composer whose music has been described as ‘brilliant’, ‘stunning’, ‘evocative’ and ‘fabulous’, debates the glass ceiling for women in the music business and uncovers opinion that UK brass banding still lags behind the Continent when it comes...read more


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