IBBSS Zoom Party Success

On Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd August the International Brass Band Summer School linked up with Geneva Group star performers of Black Dyke Band and BrassPass.tv to broadcast free of charge around the banding world. IBBSS Course Administrator Alison Childs stated, "Following the disappointment of having to cancel the 2020 IBBSS course, we wanted to create a real positive experience for everyone involved. Being able to share these fantastic 'virtual' recitals has been one way of doing that — and they were a real treat from world class performers.”

Highlights from the event included Richard Marshall’s performances of 'Don't Doubt Him Now' by Leonard Ballantine, as well as Hermann Bellstedt's 'Princess Alice'; Brett Baker impressed with new repertoire by composer Rob Wiffin OBE, Prof of Conducting at the Royal Military School of Music, with his 'La Chica Sin Nombre' and his arrangement of Bertrand Moren's 'Carnival'. Zoe Lovatt-Cooper's recital featured 'By Trevone Bay' by Paul Lovatt-Cooper and 'Meditation from Triumph of Time' by Peter Graham, whilst Daniel Thomas performed 'Fantasy' by Philip Sparke and Monti's 'Czardas'.

Speaking about the series, Course Director and Black Dyke Director of Music, Prof Nicholas Childs said, “As you can imagine we worked exceptionally hard to ensure these recitals were undertaken safely within the current Coronavirus guidelines and my thanks go to Geneva and BrassPass for their superb efforts in enabling us to do this and of course sincere thanks to the four phenomenal performers. We are thrilled with how well our two IBBSS Summer Zoom Parties have gone. It was lovely to see just over 100 people from 10 countries taking part in the fun!”

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