Thursday 7 April 2016

Malcolm Arnold Competition

The Malcolm Arnold Fantasies Competition, initiated by The Wallace Collection, sees four outstanding brass musicians selected to contribute to a unique recording project and perform at the forthcoming Malcolm Arnold Festival on 15th October 2016. The audition panel included John Wallace and Tony George of The Wallace Collection, and after completing...read more

Thursday 7 April 2016

Long Service Awards for City of Chester

Whilst the City of Chester Band did not feature in the prizes at the recent North West Regional Championships, the band did have cause to celebrate as at the conclusion of the contest three band members received awards for long service to the brass band movement. Malcolm Kerry, 78 (living...read more

Thursday 7 April 2016

Dixon leaves Dyke

Ben Dixon has informed Black Dyke Band that he has decided to leave his Principal Tuba position with the band so he can concentrate on his conducting and teaching duties at Rochdale Music Services. Ben has enjoyed many successes with Black Dyke including British Open, National and European titles and said, “I...read more

Thursday 7 April 2016

There’s life after Coal

For many years Brass Bands and the mining industries have been hand in hand, friendly rivalry and shared experiences driving loyalties to one’s own mine but more importantly one’s own band. July 2015 saw the closure of the last deep mine in the Nottinghamshire coalfield; Thoresby Colliery closed its doors after...read more

Thursday 7 April 2016

New top man for Brighouse

Brighouse & Rastrick has announced that Dominic Longhurst will replace Kyle Lawson as their new principal cornet following Kyle's decision to return home to New Zealand where he will continue his role in the New Zealand Army Band. Kyle will continue to play on the cornet bench until the European Championships...read more

Thursday 7 April 2016

Antique jug returns home

Black Dyke has been reunited with a beautiful memento of its rich history, after being presented with a rare commemorative water jug dating from 1883.It is one of just a few now in existence that records the prizes won by the 'Black Dike Band' at venues throughout the Great Britain from...read more

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Brass at Hampton Court Palace

Music for the Tudor court: On 27th March 2016, aedelfrìth: brass quintet shall take their place as Tudor court musicians to put on a special Easter Sunday performance at the former residence of Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace. Led by trumpet player Nick Walkley, the group shall perform as part of the...read more


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