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World Rankings: December update

Grimethorpe make significant strides following their Brass in Concert Championship win.

Grimethorpe Celebrating their BiC win

 

The latest World of Brass — 4barsrest.com Rankings show quite a few changes near the top following the latest spate of contests around the banding world, with Grimethorpe Colliery the most significant mover, up five places following its return to winning ways at the Brass in Concert Championship a fortnight ago.

Stavanger Brass’s victory at the Norwegian equivalent — Siddis Brass — sees it re-enter the top 20, while there are also notable moves for newly-crowned national champions de Bazuin (Netherlands), Lyngby Taarbaek (Denmark), Windcorp (Sweden), Brass Band Oberösterreich (Austria) and Murley Silver (Northern Ireland).

The other contests held since the last update are:

Pogson Bray Trust — won by Elland Silver;
Wansbeck's Entertainment — won by Fishburn;
NWABBA Rochdale Contest — won by Milnrow;
Wychavon Festival — won by Unite the Union;
SWBBA Torquay — won by Verwood Concert Brass;
Borders Entertainment — won by Tullis Russell;
Kippax Entertainment — won by Strata Brass;
US Open — won by Fountain City;
Brass Factor — won by Hebden Bridge.

The next update will be at the end of 2014, when Cory will be crowned the world’s number one contesting band for a remarkable eighth year in succession. Will anyone be able to unseat the Welsh giants in 2015? After the year Black Dyke has enjoyed in 2014 there might be a few people in Queensbury relishing the prospect!

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Black Dyke
3. Tredegar
4. Foden's
5. Grimethorpe Colliery
6. Brighouse and Rastrick
7. Flowers
8. Fairey
9. Eikanger-Bjørsvik
10. Burgermusik Luzern

To view all the ranked bands, go to:

www.4barsrest.com/­rankings/­default.asp



ibbss

Hancock joins IBBSS tutor team

January 21 • Black Dyke star Zoe Hancock has joined the world class team of tutors at the International Brass Band Summer School in Swansea.


Conductor

Seymour heads to Europe with top-six finish on his mind

January 21 • The experienced conductor Alan Seymour has taken the led as the new MD of BMP Goodshaw Band with the aim of claiming a top-six finish at the North West Area.


Wigston

Wigston sponsorship link to provide community opportunities

January 21 • A new sponsorship link between Wigston Band and well known funeral directors G. Seller & Co. Ltd hopes to provide exciting musical opportunities for the local community.


Cross

Death of Graham Fitzpatrick

January 21 • The death has been announced of the former Parc & Dare solo horn player Graham Fitzpatrick.


Foden's Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Friday 26 January • RNCM. 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9RD M13 9RD


Regent Hall Concerts - The Countess Of Wessex's String Orchestra

Friday 26 January • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Youth & The Cory Band

Saturday 27 January • Halifax Minster HX51 1 QL


Tredegar Town Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Saturday 27 January • RNCM. 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9RD M13 9RD


Black Dyke Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Saturday 27 January • RNCM, 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9RD


Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

January 21 • We are a friendly non-contesting community band within easy reach of Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading. We look forward to an exciting year under our new MD, Steve Block, and urgently need cornet players, both front and back row, baritones and BBb bass..


Middleton Youth Band

January 21 • Training band musical director.. . Musical director required for our recently formed training band to start from February or as soon as possible.. Rehearsals are Mondays 5.45 -6.45pm and the first Saturday of the month 10 -11am


Northop Silver Band

January 21 • 2017 National Eisteddfod winners and Band Cymru semi-finalists are seeking applications for an assistant principle cornet, Bb Bass and a Baritone to help us fulfil our potential under our new MD John Doyle. . Easy travel links, located just off the A55.


Paul Andrews


Conductor, Band trainer, Adjudicator, Instrument Repairer - Brasstoff