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2011 4BR Awards — Solo CD of the Year

Which solo performer tickled your fancy in 2011 with their latest release?

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4barsrest awardsIn terms of quantity 2011 wasn’t a year to remember, but in terms of quality it was pretty good.

Most of the significant releases came late in the year, and we have only nominated those which we have been able to include in the shopping area of the site.

These five releases really did give the opportunity for the performers to showcase their talents in full:

Red JacketThe Lure of the Red Jacket
Glyn Williams (Euphonium)
Foden’s Band
Conductor: Michael Fowles
Doyen DOY CD287
Total Playing Time: 73.42


Glyn Williams celebrates close on two decades of being principal euphonium of Foden’s with a superb showcase of his abilities – including his singing too.

MastersDreaming of the Masters
Jens Lindemann
Foden’s Band
Conductor: James Gourlay
Doyen: DOYCD283
Total Playing Time: 64:05


By heck this lad can play. Jens Lindemann stuns the senses like a slaughterman with a cattle prod.
A maverick, generous soloist who displays the rare knack of being able to step both in and out of the performance spotlight on this release.

Wlk AloneWhen I Walk Alone
Lito Fontana
Featuring: Fausto Quintaba (piano) & Hans Gansch
RCR: NR0981
Total Playing Time: Approx 70 mins


It is hard to think of any superlatives that can do justice to this man's playing. 

His ability to play in any style with a flexibility of musicianship that borders on the staggering is something else.

HayesJim Hayes aka Jonny Midnight
Co-operative Funeralcare Band
Conductor: Mike Fowles
WOS Recording: WOS 029
Total Playing Time: 62.30

A CD release to put a smile on the face – and not just because it showcased an intelligent performer delivering the musical goods.  

Everything about this release showed a great deal of thought and preparation - and a sly sense of clever wit.

Steven Mead
Featuring: Tomoko Sawano (piano)
Bocchino Recordings: BOCC117
Total Playing Time: 70 mins approx


The Marco Polo of brass soloists once more discovers new exotic lands on his international musical travels.  

From Romanian gypsies and Argentinean tangos, to biblical mountains and dancing goblins - and much, much more.  

He continues to unearth more hidden treasures than Howard Carter and Lord Caernarvon combined.

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Contest: London & SC Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Victoria Hall, Bolton

Saturday 17 March • 37 Knowsley St, Bolton BL1 2AS

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

March 17 • Musical Director due to work commitments, the Wakefield Metropolitan Band seeks applications for this position. 1st section band with a 5th place at the areas. We require someone with the drive and ambition to take us to the next level is this you ?

Walsall Brass Band

March 17 • WALSALL BRASS BAND are looking for Cornets, 1st Baritone, 2nd Euphonium, Bb Bass and Percusion.

Cheshire Constabulary Band

March 17 • We are urgently looking for a Tenor Horn, Cornet and snare drummers (for our Corps of drums). Smart friendly well run band with varied engagements, just one rehearsal a week. Open to all walks of life ( you do not need to work for the Police!)

David Barringer

Conductor and Adjudicator