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2014 4BR Awards — Player of the Year

Which individual performer showed us their brilliance to best effect in 2014?

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

Vincent and dad

Vincent Bearpark

Swiss banding is producing  numerous outstanding players at present - and none come better than this fantastic cornetist.

Once again this year he showed his class; purity of tone, frightening technique and a sense of musicianship that took the breath away.  He won the ‘Best Principal Cornet’ prize at the Swiss National Championship for a second successive year playing with Valaisia Brass Band with a display 24 carat gold plated class. His dad Angelo (left) ain't a bad player too...


David Childs

David Childs

Hard to know what to write.  His performances throughout 2014 have been nothing short of sensational - from Butlins to Brass in Concert, Torquay to Tokyo.

The added dimension is that he can stand shoulder to shoulder with any world class orchestral concerto artist - as shown by the exceptional playing on the CD ‘The Symphonic Euphonium’ with Bramwell Tovey and the National Orchestra of Wales.



Gary Curtin

Gary Curtin

The Black Dyke star has long made the solo euphonium seat at Queensbury his own - but in 2014 he welded his musical personality to it.

He was outstanding on the contest stage - especially at the majors, whilst his solo spot performance at the pre-results concert at the Royal Albert Hall was a showcase of sheer delightful self confidence.


Zoe Hancock

Zoe Hancock

The exceptional young Cornish flugel player was Black Dyke’s undoubted star performer in 2014 - and that took some doing given the form the band was in.

Winning the ‘Best Soloist’ awards at both the British Open and National Finals was some achievement, but it was the way in which she played (not just on the contest stage) with such musicality that left an indelible mark on everyone who heard her perform.


Pippa Scourse

Pippa Scourse

What a talent we have here.  The 16 year old Seindorf Beuamaris Youth Band principal cornet is already a very accomplished player, but she also has the untapped potential to become much, much more.

We have heard her perform as a student in a masterclass, as a stand up soloist and principal cornet with her home band and the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, and each time she has left us (as well as audiences) open mouthed in admiration.



Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD


Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD


Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE


Enfield Citadel Band -

Saturday 25 November • The Salvation Army. 42 Clarence Road. Southend. SS1 1AN SS1 1AN


Newstead Brass -

Saturday 25 November • John Godber Centre. Ogle Street. Hucknall. Nottingham NG15 7FQ


Harrogate Band

November 24 • Join our team - Harrogate band! We are looking for committed front and back row cornet players who are looking for a new challenge to join our thriving, dynamic, fun and exciting 1st Section band. Our cornet section are a friendly bunch!


Strata Brass

November 24 • Bb BASS. The band are currently preparing for Butlins/Area Contests (1st Section). MD Jonathan Bates (Solo Horn - Fodens Band). Rehearsals SUN/WED,bandroom 5 mins from J35/36 M1 (Hoyland)


Olney Brass

November 23 • 2nd Trombones, look no further. We are looking for a 2nd trombone to join our band. We are an ambitious 3rd section band with a new MD, winning the ODBBA winter contest 2017. Any other instruments, we would be interested to talk, please get in touch.


Phil Lawrence

ARCM PGRNCM MFTCL ARCM B.Mus.
Composer and conductor