Thursday 24 December 2015

ABBA make U-turn following legal advice

Having issued a press release on October 1st 2015 stating: "From 1st January 2016 trainee adjudicators must be 30 years of age or older” – a policy which received criticism in the pages of BBW earlier this month - the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA) have now issued a more

Wednesday 23 December 2015

Nicholas Childs to lead Foden's

Foden's have announced that Black Dyke MD Nicholas Childs will direct the band at the forthcoming North West Regional Championship on the 28th February 2016. Speaking about the appointment Mark Wilkinson told BBW: "Foden's are extremely pleased to announce that Professor Childs has agreed to direct Foden's at the North West more

Wednesday 23 December 2015

Christmas tubas in London

2015 is the 42nd anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS – events involving tuba players playing carols together - presented throughout the world each year. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Although largely an American tradition, more

Wednesday 23 December 2015

Muckle Flugga success story

Rory Boyle's 'Muckle Flugga' has won the Wind Band / Brass Band category of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors 2015 Awards. Other composers shortlisted in the same category included: Andy Scott for A Child Like You; and Robert Saxton for Sonata for Brass Band on a Prelude of more

Wednesday 23 December 2015

Stalwart Brian Elliott retires

Brian Elliott has decided to bowout from his administrative rolein south-west banding at nextyear’s 70th anniversary South West Brass Band Association (SWBBA) Championships, after giving 60 years of outstanding dedication to brass banding. Brian plans to spend moretime with his wife, Joyce, who first introduced him to his lifelong love more

Wednesday 23 December 2015

Brass at the Guild 2016

Don't miss your chance to be part of Brass at the Guild & British Open Youth at the Guild taking place in Preston's Guild Hall & Charter Theatre on Sunday 24th January 2016. This fantastic event organised by Lancashire Contests will enable bands to showcase a choice of either their set more

Wednesday 23 December 2015

RWCMD & Cory Composition Prize

The Cory Band, in partnership with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), announces the 2016 RWCMD Cory Band Composition Prize details. After the success of the inaugural 2015 event won by Lewis Furber for English Counterpoint, entrants are invited to submit pieces of no more than ve more

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