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Lydmet Lydney have been busy

It seems Lydney have been rushed off their feet.


This year has been extremely busy year for the Band, which has made an average of two public appearances per month during the year. This is good publicity for our sponsors, Federal Mogul Camshafts Ltd. New venues visited this year included the beautiful park setting at Malvern, and the crowded streets of Newent for the 'Onion Fayre'.

Both events produced a really enthusiastic reception from listeners. Like most bands in the Forest of Dean, playing numbers have been up and down this year, and we have had to ask players around the Forest to help us out on occasions. This traffic travels both ways however, and many of our players have in turn been helping other bands. Players are currently required to fill a number of positions. (Any interested musicians out there please see our website for vacancy details). To try and generate some enthusiasm into our own playing, and to stimulate interest in other players in the Forest and beyond, we recently ran an OPEN REHEARSAL.

This is a new venture for us, inviting a professional conductor to take an open rehearsal where all players across the area interested in improving their playing or just playing some different music can get together for a ‘good blow’. We were delighted with the turn out on November 30th, seeing some old faces from the band's history (still good players I might add!), and some new faces to welcome. Thanks to them all for coming along for the afternoon and joining in with fellow enthusiasts. Andrew White MA, BEd(Hons), ADNCB, BBCM, PGCE, took the augmented band through its paces in rehearsal, and entertained us with his enthusiastic style of teaching.

The Band intends to repeat this type of event, and welcomes anyone to come along, either to listen, or play. Watch out for the advertisements next Spring. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters during 2003, and to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. — Kevin Ford, Chairman.

Brass in Concert

Result: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • Full results from Sage Gateshead where the 41st Brass in Concert Championship has taken place.


Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

November 19 • Clackmannan claims the Scottish Challenge Shield honours with a triumphant performance in Perth.


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH

Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd

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

Hucknall & Linby Brass

November 20 • Hucknall and Linby Band - 2nd section- Require a front row cornet player. We rehearse Thursdays 7.30 -9.30 in Hucknall, Nottingham. With great transport links to the city centre and the universities.

Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.

Andrew White

MA(Ed Man), B Ed (Hons), BBCM, ADNCB, PGCE, Cert Ed
Conductor, Arranger, Adjudicator & Educationist