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World Rankings: February update

Eikanger-Bjørsvik regain a top ten spot after their recent victory at the recent Norwegian Nationals.

Eikanger-Bjørsvik

 

The first update of the World of Brass—4barsrest.com Rankings for 2014 sees little change at the very top, with most of the top bands ‘keeping their powder dry’ before the ‘Area’ contests, which will get underway in Bradford next weekend.

Eikanger-Bjørsvik is the most significant mover, up three places following its fourth successive victory at the Norwegian Championships, while Flowers’ terrific start to the year, with wins at both the Butlins Mineworkers National Festival and the Yeovil Entertainment Contest, sees the Gloucestershire band move up to its equal highest-ever position of 13th (the last time it achieved this position was in 2007, under the PolySteel banner).

Other contests taking place since the last update were:

French National Championships — won by Paris Brass Band;
Brass at the Guild Hall — won by Skelmanthorpe;
GBBA Entertainment Contest — won by Ebbw Valley Brass;
Durham County BBA — won by NASUWT Riverside Concert.

The next update will be at the end of March, by which time we’ll know all the qualifiers for the National Finals at both Cheltenham and the Royal Albert Hall in September and October respectively.

We can also expect considerable movement throughout the top 200 as the thrills and spills of the Regionals throw up the usual surprises!

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Tredegar
3. Foden's
4. Black Dyke
5. Brighouse and Rastrick
6. Leyland
7. Grimethorpe Colliery
8. Eikanger-Bjørsvik
9. Co-operative Funeralcare
10. Fairey

To view all the ranked bands, go to:
www.4barsrest.com/­rankings/­default.asp



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January 20 • Dr Robert Childs is to lead a Junior Brass Band Workshop at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff next month — so sign up now!


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


Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

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


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Saturday 20 January • Reading Central Salvation Army RG1 7JR


The Hepworth Band - Soprano Sarah Ogden

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


The Fairey Band -

Sunday 21 January • The Hawth Theatre. Hawth Avenue. Crawley. RH10 6YZ RH106YZ


Strata Brass

January 20 • Bb/Eb BASS.Rehearsals SUN/WED,bandroom 5 mins from J35/36 M1 (Hoyland).. Yorkshire 1st Section under dynamic MD Jonathan Bates (Solo Horn - Fodens Band).. Sensible concert/contest schedule.


Sandhurst Community Brass

January 20 • We would be delighted to hear from any tenor horn players who are looking to join an enthusiastic, very friendly band. Any other players can apply, we can find a space for you


Ilkeston Brass

January 20 • We are looking for a Tenor and Bass Trombone plus 1st Baritone. All other positions are always welcome.. Under MD Geoff Hawley we have a sensible mix of concerts and a few contests per year. . Rehearsals Thursday and Sunday evenings just off M1 J25/26.


Neil Samuel


Conductor