Wednesday 4 January 2017

American success for Philip Wilby

2016 has proved to be an American year for Professor Philip Wilby. After the premiere performance of his epic 'Pilgrim's Progress' in Los Angeles in May, Wilby was recently in Houston, Texas to hear the premiere of his latest new work, a collaboration with poet Ian McMillan. Wilby told BBW, “Of...read more

Wednesday 4 January 2017

Extra peripatetic funding for England

Peripatetic music teaching in England, providing by a network of 121 hubs has been boosted by the news that they will receive funding of £300 million over the next four years. Although the announcement was broadly welcomed, the NASUWT teacher's union felt it was what they called, 'a sticking plaster to...read more

Wednesday 4 January 2017

Brass for Africa

Brass for Africa is a non-profit organisation that uses music to improve the lives of extremely disadvantaged young people in Uganda and Liberia. Currently Brass for Africa provides brass music education to over 600 children in the greater Kampala area each week. At the start of this new year, why not...read more

Wednesday 4 January 2017

7th European Conductors Competition 2017

Conductors are invited to apply for a place in the 7th European Conductors Competition, to be held in Oostende, Belgium in 2017 as part of the 40th European Brass Band Championships. The Competition will take place in De Grote Post, Oostende,from 24 th to 27th April 2017 and will consist of...read more

Wednesday 4 January 2017

Radio 2 Brass Award semi-finalists

Next month, eight talented young musicians will record up to ten minutes of repertoire with Foden's Band, conducted by Michael Fowles, at the BBC Philharmonic Studios in the semi-final of the Radio 2 Young Brass Award 2017. They are: Lewis Bettles - trombone James Nash - flugel horn Samuel Taber - bass...read more

Wednesday 4 January 2017

New year transfer season

As 2016 drew to a close, Leigh Baker resigned his role as Resident Conductor at Brighouse and Rastrick to become the new Musical Director at Hepworth. Yesterday evening he led the band in its first rehearsal of 2017, later tweeting: "Thoroughly enjoyable first rehearsal as MD of Hepworth with full team...read more

Wednesday 4 January 2017

RAF forms new reserves band

RAF forms new Royal Auxiliary Air Force Band This year has seen the formation of The Band of The Royal Auxiliary Air Force, with the first Attestation taking place at the band’s new headquarters at RAFC Cranwell. This historical event for Royal Air Force Music Services aims to support the Regular Royal Air...read more


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