Tuesday 20 June 2017

University of Huddersfield to recruit new Head of Brass

The University of Huddersfield is looking for a new Head of Brass for its music department. Huddersfield has a long and deep heritage in the brass band movement and its brass students explore a range of styles including classical (solo/orchestral) brass playing, and brass band playing. The role involves activities such...read more

Thursday 15 June 2017

HGBB secure sponsorship package 

Hazel Grove Brass Band backed by Woodhall Properties Woodhall Properties is providing a real helping hand in the form of sponsorship to local neighbours, HGBB. The deal delivers an injection of cash until the end of the year to help fund a series of events which includes a special 25th...read more

Thursday 15 June 2017

Brass in Concert Championship announces 2017 judges

The organisers of the Brass in Concert Championship have revealed the line-up of adjudicators for the 41st Festival, which will be held at Sage Gateshead on Sunday 19 November in association with Yamaha, Banks Group and British Bandsman. The confirmed adjudication panel and their respective roles is as follows (UK unless...read more

Thursday 15 June 2017

Rob Westacott returns to B&R

The Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band has announced Rob Westacott as its new Chairman and assistant principal cornet.Rob is a former principal cornet of Brighouse and Rastrick, a position he also held with Grimethorpe Colliery Band. However, for the past 4 years he has conducted the Slaithwaite Band, having previously enjoyed...read more

Thursday 15 June 2017

New faces at Grimethorpe

Grimethopre Colliery Band has announced that its former professional conductor, Allan Withington, will return to direct the band at the forthcoming British Open Championship, following the resignation of Philip McCann. Having enjoyed appearances with Grimethorpe at the Brass in Concert Championship, RNCM Brass Band Festival and Yorkshire Regional Championship, Philip announced...read more

Thursday 15 June 2017

City of Chester’s unsung hero

Throughout the City of Chester Training Band’s 17-year existence, one person has worked quietly, but steadfastly to progress the Training Band and to ensure that it is a viable organisation undertaking engagements in its own right, whilst also providing valuable support to City of Chester Band. That person is Tony Blain,...read more

Thursday 15 June 2017

Brass it up!

Returning for its 11th year, Durham’s popular BRASS Festival celebrates the best of brass across ten days from 7 – 16 July in one of the North East’s most stunning cities. Organised by Durham County Council, this year’s BRASS is the first under the leadership of new Artistic director, Paul Gudgin, and...read more

Thursday 15 June 2017

Northern Highlights for Clarence Adoo Trust

The Hendon Band of The Salvation Army is to join forces with Salvationist vocalist, Bobby Irvine, in a reprise of the first ever Northern Highlights Festival in aid of the Clarence Adoo Trust, sponsored by SP&S and Yamaha. The concert, Northern Highlights 2017, takes place on Saturday 10 June in Castleford....read more

Thursday 15 June 2017

New appointment for RNCM

RNCM announces New Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is delighted to announce the appointment of Nicholas Thompson as its next Head of the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion, commencing in September. Nicholas Thompson joins the RNCM from his position as Principal Trumpet of the...read more

Thursday 15 June 2017

Banding greats join together for Charity

Hatfield Band will be joined by banding greats, Alan Morrison, Mark Walters, Stephen Sykes and Kevin Holdgate, for an event on 22 July to raise funds for two great causes, which will be hosted by Stan Lippeatt. The concert has been organised by Mike Kilmartin, who commented: “Some months ago, I was...read more


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