Wednesday 20 June 2018

Roger Webster's Pro Practice - Rhythm is King!

This month Besson Artist, Roger Webster, addresses the need to practice playing rhythmically with a metronome, launching with: ‘One of my pet hates, or at least something that I find slightly annoying, is inaccurate, sloppy rhythm. Players happily moving between notes without any conscious thought to the rhythmic pulse of the...read more

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Pro Platform - ‘Talent gets you so far’

Yamaha Artist, principal percussionist of the London Symphony Orchestra, and Head of Timpani and Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music, Neil Percy, chats to Mark Good about his glittering career and offers advice to aspiring ‘pro’ percussionists… Read this article in full, featured in June 2018’s BBW, by subscribing...read more

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Percussion Focus - Timpani technique and tone

‘Pro’ percussionist and a percussion teacher for over 40 years, Sean Hooper ponders the huge difference between percussion technique and learning percussion, and offers advice on how to practice, mastering the two basic timpani strokes, plus technique and tone. ‘A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to be invited...read more

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Gavin Pritchard - From Wales to NASA and Disney fantasy

Bergerault Artist, Gavin Pritchard
- one-time percussionist for YBS, Grimethorpe, Cory
and Tredegar bands - talks about his brave step of emigrating to the Sunshine State of Florida with his family to forge a new career, which has led to employment by mega outfits such as the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and Disney. ‘Since...read more

Wednesday 20 June 2018

David Childs interviews Richard Buckley

BBW Editor, David Childs, catches up with Richard Buckley - professional timpanist and percussionist in Portugal. “I grew up in a musical family under the influence and guidance of my grandfather and my dad. As well as being a conductor, my grandfather played the trombone and I recently found out that...read more

Wednesday 20 June 2018

The BBW Interview: A4 Brass Quartet

Award-winning A4 keeps it fresh! A4 Quartet members have added the internationally prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition to the group’s mounting cache of awards as they continue to challenge rarified, classical music circles with brass band instrumentation. Katrina Marzella meets the group’s members. ‘Nothing about A4 Brass Quartet seems to...read more

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Viewpoint: Celebrating Youth

Thomas Dunne calls for those in the ‘corridors of power’ to take their cue from the aspirational work undertaken in youth music and education by the brass band sector. ‘In terms of funding, the youth music scene has not enjoyed the best press in recent years. There are increasingly depressing...read more


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