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2014 4BR Awards — Solo CD of the Year

Which solo performer tickled your fancy in 2014 with their latest release?

BarberThe nominations from the 4BR team for consideration are...

Barber
John Barber
Foden’s Band
Conductor: Michael Fowles
Doyen Recordings: DOY CD338
Total Playing Time: 61.54 mins

The versatility of one of the brass band movements finest trombonist is shown to superb effect with this commanding release.

Just as at ease with the repertoire of jazz, pop or classical as he is with the music of the increasingly varied brass band genre. His formidable technique and superb, malleable tonal qualities also come with an added extra. He ain’t half a pretty damn good pianist too.


FlightFlight 
Sebastien Rousseau
Brass Band Buizingen
Featuring: Longbow
Conductor: Luke Vertommen
Buma Stemra Recordings: 201820
Total Playing Time: 79.48 mins

A performer of rare musicality, performing works that showcase a remarkable degree of inventiveness, (including six premiere performances) and a sustained degree of virtuosity.

The centre piece is a remarkable collaboration entitled , ‘The Scarlet Flower’ with the Longbow String Ensemble, that gives such an artistic performer free reign to display the full range of his extensive abilities.


Sempre Libera

Sempre Libera 
David Thornton
Brighouse & Rastrick
Conductor: Prof. David King
Doyen Recordings: DOYCD326
Total Playing Time: 60.25 mins

A wonderful release that showcases a performer of the most tasteful subtlety and refinement - but one that can also play with such startling precision that he could double up as a laser guided arc welder in his spare time.

Each track has that stamp of authentic 24 carat purity running through it - right down to the fantastically bonkers finale that puts a hypnotic buzz bang in the central cortex of your brain.


Richard MarshallThe Cornet Heritage Collection - Volume II 
Richard Marshall
Black Dyke
Conductors: Dr Nicholas & Dr Robert Childs
Doyen Recordings CD325
Total Playing Time: 67.54 mins

A release that may well recall a musical past that is fast fading from the collective consciousness, but in doing so it also reinforces Richard Marshall’s reputation as one of the finest cornet players of this, or any other generation.

However, despite the age of the repertoire, it is not a homage dipped in musical aspic: The eleven tracks are presented with a tender freshness, to give each an engaging immediacy.


ChildsThe Symphonic Euphonium
David Childs
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Conductor: Bramwell Tovey 
Chandos: CHAN10830
Total Playing Time: 78.44 mins

The crowning achievement of euphonium repertoire - given performances of simply regal splendour and authority.

From the elegant nobility of the Horovitz and colorful immediacy of the Wilby, to the austere substance of the Hoddinott and the playful zest and sheer virtuosity of the Jenkins - it is playing as good as any renowned orchestral soloist in the world.



Kettering Citadel S A Band -

Tuesday 22 May • 66, Rockingham Road,. Kettering,. NN16 8JU


Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 25 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3


Black Dyke Band - Huddersfield Town Hall - Massed Male Voice Choirs

Saturday 26 May • Huddersfield Town Hall, Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Foden's Band - Edwin Firth Commemoration Event - Sandbach

Friday 1 June • Sandbach School, Crewe Rd, Sandbach CW11 3NS


Contest: French Open Championships 2018

Friday 1 June • Amboise 37400


Knottingley Silver Band

May 21 • Solo or 2nd trombone, a front or back row cornet and an Eb or Bb bass (positions negotiable) are needed at Knottingley Silver to complete the lineup. We have a decent calendar without being too heavy going. We also have a great social side away from band.


Witney Town Band

May 19 • Witney Town Band in West Oxfordshire require Tenor horn, Bass and percussion


Lindley Band

May 19 • TUTTI CORNET required to join friendly team who enjoy a sensible balance of contests and high quality engagements under the direction of our MD Rob Westacott. We rehearse Monday and Wednesday evenings in our own bandroom just 1 mile from M62 Jcn 24.


Darren R. Hawken

PGdip, BMus(hons) PGCE, dipABRSM, LRSM
Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer