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4BR Best Sellers 2002

Here we are pop pickers—the top 10 4BR best selling CD’s of the year from our shopping site.


Some great CD’s from some great bands and ensembles. If you haven’t got them in your collection yet, go and treat yourselves for Christmas—while stocks last!!

1. The Regionals 2003
Doyen Recordings—CD 143

The greatest aid to sight reading since invention of the metronome. Why struggle when you can fork out £11.75 and impress your MD with your ability to know what your part goes like—even if you can’t play it yet.

2. The 2002 European Championships
Doyen Recordings—CD 136

Relive all the thrills (and spills) of the Euro weekend in Brussels. Great playing from all concerned—especially YBS on ballistic form and even the oddest euphonium rendition of Carnival of Venice you are ever likely to hear!

3. Call of the Cossacks
Doyen Recordings—CD 138

Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more rhyming titles left in world, Dyke find a corker from the pen of Peter Graham and enjoy themselves to the full. Crack open the vodka and enjoy!

4. Hymn of the Highlands
Polyphonic Recordings—CD QPRL 214D

YBS don kilts and sporrans and produce a stunning musical portrait of the highlands of Scotland. This time you’ve got to crack open a single malt and enjoy, whilst both Dyke and YBS give Whitsun Wakes two very different airings. Which one is best?

5. The Heaton Collection
SP&S Recordings—CD SP&S 158

Two great bands pay homage to the genius of Wilfred Heaton. A double CD that is the rarest of treats—Dyke and the ISB on top form and music to cherish.

6. Epic Brass—Highlights of the 2001 National Finals Gala Concert
SP&S Recordings—CD 153

A return to the good old days—a full Albert Hall complete with the new National Champions and the finest band in the Salvation Army world. All this and Roger Webster and David Daws sparkling like the stars they are and Dykes winning performance of “Albion”.

7. The Big Picture
International Publications Ltd—CD 9718A

YBS at the Saturday morning pictures so sit down, sit back and munch your way through a selection of all the soundtracks of the latest films. The vocals on the Flintstones alone is worth every penny—absolutely bonkers!

8. Brass in Concert
Doyen Recordings—CD 139

Fodens showcase their considerable talents with a CD that sees them cover just about every bit of the brass band entertainment programme you could wish for. All this and Glyn Williams out doing Roy Castle for the number of musical instruments he can play in 5 minutes.

9. Baltic Brass
Deux—Elles Recordings—CD DXL 1042

John Wallace and friends show that you can’t beat the good old ‘uns. Music from the 19th century played on period instruments—simply brilliant.

10. Overtures
Egon Recordings—CD SFZ 109

Fodens take the time machine back to our love of orchestral arrangements, but give them a thoroughly good spanking with some brilliant performances of some classic favourites.


Brass Bands England to help lead support of a nation's thanks

February 23 • Brass Bands England will help promote 'Battles Over' — a unique commemoration of the end of the First World War, 100 years to the day the guns finally fell silent.

David King

National Champions look for Odyssey repeat

February 23 • Brighouse & Rastrick will be opening their doors for a sneak preview of their 'Odyssey' preparations.


Strata build Regional hopes on new foundations

February 23 • Strata Brass will head to Huddersfield next weekend with a number of new signings in the ranks.


Radio: Sunday Bandstand

February 23 • More great music from Chris Helme in the heartland of Yorkshire banding

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Chamber Ensemble

Friday 23 February • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Chirst Church Ilkley

Saturday 24 February • Christchurch,. The Grove,. Ilkley LS29 9LW

Elland Silver Band -

Saturday 24 February • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland HX5 0NH

Milton Keynes Brass - "Blow away those Winter Blues"

Saturday 24 February • The United Reformed Church. High Street. Newport Pagnell MK16 0FH

The Cobham Band -

Saturday 24 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall . 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton. KT7 0LQ KT70LQ

West Somerset Brass Band

February 23 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet and baritone section. We are a community band playing all over Somerset and hope to undertake a tour to France later in the year. If you can play whatever standard please make contact

The Corsham Band

February 22 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team

Thundersley Brass Band

February 20 • Thundersley Brass, a Championship section band based in Benfleet, Essex are welcoming applicants for the following positions (seats negotiable)from April 2018:. Eb Bass. BBb Bass.

Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator