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Black Dyke marks Remembrance

Whilst bands across the UK are unable to perform as part of Remembrance Services, Black Dyke Band and Canon Wendy Wilby present a virtual Remembrance Service for all to enjoy.

Tune in today, Sunday 8th November 2020, at 12 noon, to hear a programme of music that will include Dambuster’s March, the Last Post and Reveille, and the evocative Nimrod.

Join Black Dyke in honouring the servicemen and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

Lest we forget.



May 2020 edition of Brass Band World now available

Cory's 'IMG Anthem - Unity' launch

Virtual Brass Band Summer School launch

BBC Wales Today - Gwent Music teachers abandoned by Council

 April 2020 edition of Brass Band World now available

Six A Cappella Studies by Peter Graham

Six A Cappella Studies were written during the Covid-19 crisis as practice material for brass players. The composer states: "As a source/starting point I’ve used motifs from some of my test-pieces for brass band and followed where instinct led." The studies can be performed by any brass instrument of the same pitch and the sheet music is available to download free of charge by clicking on the study title. The performances given by the musicians in the videos below are the pemière recordings, made at the request of the composer.

 No. 1 - Energico (After Prisms) - Thomas Fountain and James Fountain (Trumpets)

No. 2 - A Time for Love (From The Essence of Time) - Sheona White (Tenor Horn)

No. 3 - Ablaze! (After The Torchbearer) - David Childs Robert Childs (Euphoniums)

No. 4 - Adagio (After Prisms) - David Bremner (Trombone)

No. 5 – Descent (After Journey to the Centre of the Earth) - James Gourlay (Tuba)

No. 6 - Reminiscence (After The Triumph of Time) - Richard Marshall (cornet) and Zoe Lovatt-Cooper (flugel)


2020 British Finals test-piece selections

CHAMPIONSHIP SECTION: Bruce Broughton's Heroes

SECTION 1: Edward Gregson's Connotations

SECTION 2: Thierry Deleruyelle's Lions of Legends

 SECTION 3: Philip Sparke's Kaleidoscope - Five Variations on the Brugg Song

SECTION 4: Dan Price's An Elgar Portrait - currently no link available

Concert Broadcasts 

Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines: Mountbatten Festival of Music 2020
Watch one of the finest military bands in the world perform an exciting programme of music including Sir Tom Jones, Gloria Estefan, Two Steps From Hell and music from the critically acclaimed film Gladiator by Hans Zimmer. There truly is something for everyone! This virtual concert was recorded on the 7th March 2020, before the UK Government lockdown.


Editor's Pick: Social Distance Music Videos

Woodfalls Band: Abide with Me

Evelyn Glennie and Llwydcoed Band: A Little Prayer

University of North Texas Brass Band: Starburst

RPO Trombone Section: Nimrod

Cory Band: Somewhere

49 Trumpets: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Matthew Williams: Strasbourg - St. Denis

Brass Band of the Western Reserve: God and Country

GUS Band: Malaguena

Stavanger: Don't Speak

Michelmersh Silver Band: Happy

Tylorstown Band: The Rainbow

National Youth Concert Band: Happy

Fountain City Brass Band: Brass Machine

Cory Band: Hallelujah

Foden's Band: Song for the Frontline by John Barber


Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille: Corona Wars

Gwent Music - Chris Turner: Bugler's Holiday

Orchestre national du Capitole reinventing themselves: The Damnation of Faust

The Brighouse and Rastrick Band present The Bare Necessities!

Belgian National Orchestra: Egmont Overture - Symphony of Hope

R.E.T. Brass Band: Brass Empire

Orchestre national d'Île-de-France: Marriage of Figaro

Whitburn Band: Stars and Stripes

London Trombonists in Lockdown: Little Girl Blue

Down for the Count Swing Orchestra: Let's Face the Music and Dance

Llareggub Brass Band: Don't Stop Me Now!

Grimethorpe Colliery Band: Danny Boy

Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra: Carmen

Riot Jazz Brass Band: Say My Name (social distance performance)

Wantage Silver Band: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Brass Band MG Reiden with Giuliano Sommerhalder and Thomas Rüedi: Chliini Händ

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Ending of Mahler's Third Symphony

Bristol University Symphonia: Bugler's Holiday

Langaard Brass Band: Uptown Funk

Cold Ash Brass: March Black Dyke

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Cornet Department: Simon Dobson' Fanfare No.2 

From across South East Wales - The Banding Family and Friends of Elise Davies: One Way or Another (Happy Birthday!)

Brassband Pro Rege Heerenveen: Eventide (social distance performance)

Simon Gray: The Show Must Go On (Lockdown 2020 - Covid 19) #LockDownBrass

Jaguar Land Rover Band: One Voice (social distance performance)

University of Bristol Brass Band: The Floral Dance (social distance performance)

Enderby Band: Mr. Jums (social distance performance)

Brass Band BlechKLANG: The Floral Dance (social distance performance)

James Gourlay: Eric Ball’s Quartet for tubas, 2nd and 3rd movements

Milnrow Band: Rochdale Coconut Dance (social distance performance)

Besson Italian Euphonium Ensemble: Eric Whitacre's Lux Aurumque (social distance performance)

Cory Band: Wake Me Up (social distance performance)

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: Elgar's Nimrod  (social distance performance)


Brighouse and Rastrick and Friends!): Floral Dance (social distance performance)

The New Zealand Army Band: Friend Like Me (social distance performance)

Brass of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: A Song for Health

Les Coniques Brass Band: Amazonia from Windows of the World (social distance performance)

New York Philharmonic: Bolero (social distance performance)

Fairey Band: Slane - Lord of All Hopefulness (social distance performance)

Jason Evans: Stars and Stripes Forever (social distance performance)

Foden's Band: The Muppets Show Theme Tune (social distance performance)

Bristol University Band: The Floral Dance

Dávur Juul Magnussen: Blackbirds in the Close (social distance performance)

Foden's Band: Seaside Rendezvous (social distance performance)

Carol Jarvis: Somewhere Over the Rainbow (social distance performance)

Dobcross Silver Band: Let Me Entertain You (social distance performance)

32 Trumpet Stars: A Hope for the Future (social distance performance)

Elland Silver Band: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (social distance performance)

Easington Colliery Band: Gresford and Blaydon Races (social distance performance)

Opera North Orchestra: Also Sprach Zarathustra (social distance performance)

Cory Band: Don't Stop Me Now! (social distance performance)

Besson European Euphonium Ensemble: Set Me As A Seal (social distance performance)

Brighouse and Rastrick: The Floral Dance (social distance performance)

Cory Band: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (social distance performance)

Riot Jazz Brass Band: Mardi Gras (Live in Quarantine)

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra: Ode to Joy (social distance performance)