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2012 4BR Awards — Newcomer of the Year

There was plenty of new talent on show in 2012 from players, conductors and bands, to composers, instruments and even new ways of presenting brass band contests.

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Always an interesting category this one - with such a diverse list of potential winners to choose from.

Although there was plenty of doom and gloom to report on, there were also plenty of people prepared to take a punt on doing something innovative too.

Our five come from differing areas of the banding movement.


Brass the BatonBrass the Baton 

4BR has been a critic of much of what Brass Bands England has done in the past.

However, the Brass the Baton initiative led and inspired by Liaison Officer Terry Luddington was a perfect example of what they should be all about - as they did it so well.

It gave bands and their players the length and breadth of the country the opportunity to play an active part in a sporting year to remember – and plenty did so too thanks to the excellent organisation and the multiple choice PLC music.


Brass in ConcertBrass in Concert

An old contest with a brand new outlook in 2012.

The decision to radically overhaul the whole ethos of Brass in Concert was a high risk strategy that paid off big style. 

From the mission statement to the transparent marking system, the taster sessions and youth band concert – there is now no doubt The Sage Gateshead hosts the best brass band entertainment contest in the world.


GrimethorpeGrimethorpe Besson Youth Band

Grimethorpe’s decision to create their own youth band set up was seen by some rivals and critics as a bit of a post ‘Brassed Off’ PR stunt – but it has proved to be an inspired success story in 2012.

With the provision of musical education in England now spearheaded by the ‘Musical Hub’ system, Grimethorpe (and others) has led the way.
 
They now provide over 100 young players with the opportunity of improving their skills and enjoyment by gaining regular additional tuition and inspiration from some of the very best players in the banding world.


Josiah WalterJosiah Walters

A renaissance youth like no other it would seem:

The teenage Scotsman is not just a pretty remarkable prize winning bass trombone player – claiming  the ‘Best Soloist’ Award at the National Youth Championships in 2012 with Carnoustie & District Youth Band (amongst others during the year), but he is also a composer and arranger of considerable talent too.
 
So much so that this year he was commissioned to write the B Section set work for the European Championships in Perth in 2013.


Mike KilroyMike Kilroy

A highly respected player who is carving out a new musical career in the most impressive fashion – as shown in various guises in 2012.

His busy raft of adjudication appointments revealed a thoughtful, meticulous contest judge who rewarded insight and musicality as well as good tuning and technical proficiency.

In addition his role in the painful rebuilding process following the Bolsover Contest was sympathetic, understanding and highly professional. 

All that and he also revealed a fine talent for musical journalism too!
 
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Lofthouse Brass Band - Mayor's Annual Charity Concert

Monday 23 April • Ossett Town Hall, Market Place, Ossett WF5 8BE WF5 8BE


Regent Hall Concerts - Clarendon Brass Ensemble

Friday 27 April • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


Egremont Junior Band - Egremont Town Band and Workington Town Band

Friday 27 April • Workington CA14 3AW


Wotton and District Silver Band - Tom Hutchinson

Saturday 28 April • St Mary's Church, Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire GL12 7LS


Black Dyke Band - Lincoln Cathedral

Saturday 28 April • Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX


Silver Spectrum Wind Band

April 24 • Brass Players wanted for established Sheffield based wind band. MD George Morton.. Rehearsals Mondays 7:30 to 9:30 pm. We enter the NCBF festival where we have gained many gold awards and on one occasion a platinum.. Wind players also welcome to apply.


The Corsham Band

April 24 • With a solid result in our first year in the Second Section at the Regional Contest, the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.


Hathern Band

April 23 • Hathern Band are looking for a PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM to join their Championship Section Band. This position has become vacant because the present player wishes to retire. We are looking for a committed player to fill this key seat. www.hathernband.co.uk.


Martin Heartfield

GGSM, ARCM, PGCE
Conductor, Adjudicator, Educationalist