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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
 

http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=923

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


http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=904

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
 

http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=885

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
 

http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=900
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.


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


http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=909

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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Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Wind Soloists

Friday 19 January • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - EYMS Brass Band at Hull City Hall

Saturday 20 January • Hull City Hall. 67 Carr Lane,. Kingston upon Hull HU1 3RQ


Wantage Silver - Gary Curtin

Saturday 20 January • Reading Central Salvation Army RG1 7JR


Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 20 January • Morley Town Hall, Morley, Leeds LS27 8DX


The Hepworth Band - Soprano Sarah Ogden

Sunday 21 January • Christ Church, Sude Hill, New Mill, Holmfirth HD9 7BL


The Corsham Band

January 16 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.


Marshfield Band

January 15 • CONDUCTOR WANTED: We are a 4th section standard non-contesting band from the village of Marshfield near Chippenham. We perform at a variety of events in the region throughout the year and are seeking a new committed local conductor to lead us.


Matlock Band

January 15 • Matlock Band (Midlands 3rd section) Requires Solo Trombone player for regional competition and beyond.


Nigel Seaman

ARMCM ARNCM
Conductor, band trainer, teacher and adjudicator