Wednesday 19 April 2017

BBE inaugural Youth Forum success

Brass Bands England’s (BBE’s) new initiative to canvas young peoples’ opinions of brass banding, in the form of a Youth Forum, has already given the organisation some food for thought. BBE Trustee, Max Stannard, hosted the first Forum at the National Youth Brass Band Championships in Salford on 2 April and run....read more

Saturday 8 April 2017

Paul Richards returns to Cornwall

Cornwall Youth Brass Band 2017 Easter Course and Open Day The young musicians of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band will be spending four days over the Easter weekend rehearsing and studying under the baton of their Guest Conductor Paul Holland, Musical Director of the Flowers Band, and the Band’s Soprano Cornet, Paul...read more

Saturday 8 April 2017

Michael Dodd departs Grimethorpe

Following 20 years of distinguished service, Michael Dodd has resigned as principal euphonium of Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Michael joined Grimethorpe from Brighouse in 1997, having previously been a member of Grimethorpe Junior Band. Recognised as one of the finest euphonium players of his generation, Michael has won solo awards at the European...read more

Saturday 8 April 2017

Historic appointment for B&R

Brighouse and Rastrick Band has appointed Kathleen Gaspoz as principal cornet - the first female to hold this position in the band’s long history. Kathleen, born in Switzerland, joins Brighouse from Black Dyke, where she has been part of the cornet section since moving to England in 2015. Kathleen is a...read more

Saturday 8 April 2017

Plastic band helps disability charity

A brand new plastic brass band hopes to raise funds for a great charitable cause. It is for a one-off event later this year, where the band will perform an hour of 'plastic music' to help raise funds for the disability charity MK CIL. Organiser Chris Johnston commented on the venture: "We...read more

Saturday 8 April 2017

New faces at Foden's

Foden's have announced the appointment of Jonathan Bates (pictured here) on Solo Horn from Grimethorpe. Speaking about the appointment Mark Wilkinson told BBW: "Foden's are extremely pleased to announce that Jonathan has joined the band to fill a vacancy since last August. We are extremely grateful to Paul Bennett, Heather Linnell...read more

Saturday 8 April 2017

NYBBGB audition dates

Audition dates have been announced for the 80-strong National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBB) and the 60-strong National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain (NCBB). All those who audition are given a free-of-charge master class by a leading brass or percussion player and the audition dates are: Saturday 17 June -...read more

Saturday 8 April 2017

Salford supports mental health charity

The University of Salford Brass Band hosted a special concert to help support the invaluable work of the mental health and well-being charity 'Start in Salford'. The event was organised by University of Salford students and was directed by Conductor in Residence, Tom Davoren (pictured here). It forms part of on-going...read more

Saturday 8 April 2017

ACE grant for Market Rasen

Market Rasen Band has been awarded £13,000 through Grants for the Arts funding supported by using public funding by Arts Council England. The money will be used to part fund a project that will allow the commissioning of Paul Lovatt-Cooper and William Himes to write music for a largescale collaborative concert...read more

Saturday 8 April 2017

Fairey supports Stockport youth

Fairey Band has renewed it musical partnership with Stockport Schools Senior and Intermediate bands. Members of the Fairey Band helped tutor players from the Stockport Schools Senior and Intermediate Bands (SSBB), as they prepared for their recent appearances at the National Youth Championships of Great Britain. The training day at Stockport Music...read more


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