Wednesday 23 December 2015

Summer School Preview

In this month’s BBW, as we enter the depths of winter and relax after Christmas lunch to consider holiday options, we bring you a full preview of 2016 brass band ‘summer schools’ taking place in Framlingham, Swansea, Bolsover, Halifax Nova Scotia, and New York! With the help of Club Europe more

Wednesday 23 December 2015

Young Voice Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas is living his musical life to the full. Originally from Rhymney in South Wales, the 21-year-old former Tredegar Principal Euphonium is now studying in Manchester and playing second euphonium with Black Dyke, where he has already tasted success. BBW's Mark Good finds out more about Daniel's life at more

Wednesday 23 December 2015

The Wizard of Oz

‘The Remarkable Mr. Morrison’ is the title of a new book about James Morrison - multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, aviator, one-time presenter of Top Gear Australia, composer and educationalist. BBW’s Editor, David Childs, charts the fascinating life-story of this virtuosic and versatile musician. I was nine years old when my Dad returned more

Tuesday 22 December 2015

The Super Roger Argente

Principal Bass Trombone with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Roger Argente, has worked with the world’s top conductors and instrumentalists. Professor of Bass Trombone for Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Artistic Director of the brass dectet, Superbrass, tells BBW Editor, David Childs, how he made it to the top. This exclusive interview features more

Thursday 15 October 2015

Interpretive integrity from Grimethorpe

As Grimethorpe Colliery Band notched up its fifth British Open win and first for 24 years, the band’s Conductor, Robert Childs, became the most successful living British Open conductor. Christopher Thomas brings highlights from the 163rd ‘Open’, where the test-piece divided opinion. Read more in the September 2015 more

Thursday 15 October 2015

No job for a woman?

Just 30 of the 506 bands competing in this year’s Regional Championships were led by female conductors and only three of the 89 members of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators are women. One active on the ABBA Executive Committee and leading the charge for female conductresses and adjudicators, Sarah Groarke-Booth, more

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