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2005 4BR Awards—The Results

All had enough Christmas pud and turkey? Then sit back and relax as we reveal the award winners for 2005... Maestro please.....

4BR Awards


The 4BR team has spent the last day and a half wading through the nominations from over 12,000 replies we received from our readers from all over the world. Many thanks for taking the time to log in and tell us who you thought were the best in each of the categories.

There were a couple of people who did try and circumvent the voting process with multiple entries, but they were not successful, whilst we had more than a chuckle or two at some of the nominations put forward as well—some were inspired in their deviousness.

The 4BR team has spent the last day and a half wading through the nominations from over 12,000 replies we received from our readers from all over the world4BR

Still, the results have been checked and double checked and now that you have had your fair share of turkey and Christmas pudding we can reveal each of the winners.

Thanks to everyone for taking the time once more to vote, and congratulations to the winners.


Band of the Year:

And the 2005 winner is…

Black Dyke

No doubt about who you thought deserved to win the 2005 Band of the Year title, with a fine 41% of the votes. The European and British Open Champions can now add yet another award to their 2005 CV after a year in which they came close to winning everything they entered.

In second place came Grimethorpe Colliery (UK Coal) with 33%, with Leyland in third place with 13%.

There were worthy nominations for BAYV, YBS, Eikanger Bjorsvik Musikklag, Hepworth, Staffordshire, Brighouse and Rastrick, Stavanger, Fodens, Fishburn, St. Austell, PolySteel, Sellers and Fairey, plus many more. In all over 50 bands were nominated.


Conductor of the Year:

And the 2005 winner is…

Dr. Nicholas Childs

What a close run thing this was—an echo really of last year when readers looked further afield to reward who they thought deserved the accolade.

The MD of Black Dyke took the title with 27% of the vote, closely followed by Russell Gray with 25% and Professor David King with 23%.

There were over 90 MDs nominated by our readers, but the usual suspects took the vast majority of the crosses in your boxes. There were also notable nominations for Dr Robert Childs, Richard Evans, Garry Cutt, Glyn Williams, Steve Bastable, Mark Bentham, Chris Houlding, Chris Wormald, Paul Holland and David Chadwick.


Player of the Year:

And the 2005 winner is…

David Childs

No doubt about it, the brilliant virtuoso retained his 2004 in emphatic manner polling 52% of the votes you cast. There is little doubt that he is the movements most luminous talent at present with a profile that is being drawn further and further into the consciousness of the non brass band fraternity.

No dishonour to come runner up to him this year, so congratulations to Richard Marshall in second place who polled 17% of the votes and Roger Webster in third with 12%.

There were notable mentions in dispatches for Kirsty Abbotts, Chris Thomas, Glyn Williams, Owen Farr, David Thornton, Leslie Howie, Peter Roberts, Alan Morrison, Sheona White and Iwan Williams amongst others.


CD/DVD of the Year:

And the 2005 winner is…

Tales and Stories—Eikanger Bjorsvik Musikklag

What a delight to report that Eikanger’s innovative mix of the beautiful and strange took the title this year—but only just!

Tales and Stories polled 22% of the votes cast, just ahead of Jewels in the Crown by Black Dyke on 21%, Gaia Symphony from BAYV on 19% and with YBS and their Alpha and Omega with 18%.

These four fine recordings took the vast majority of your votes, although there were close on 40 other releases that were worthy of your voting intentions. The 150th Anniversary Concert DVD from Black Dyke pulled in a great deal of votes as did the 2005 Europeans DVD. The Heaton Collection Volume 3, Grimethorpe in Concert Volume 2, The History of Brass Band Music—The Early Years, A Walk on the Light Side, The Red Machine, Angels and Demons, Wonders of the World and Master Brass Volume 16 all got fair old votes from you all.


Solo CD of the Year:

And the 2005 winner is…

Blaze—Richard Marshall

Another clear winner with the newly appointed Principal Cornet of the Black Dyke Band picking up 35% of the votes cast, ahead of David Childs who polled 30% for his Welsh Connection and Iwan Williams, 21% for his Mellow Moments release.

Close on their heels though were David Childs for his Peace, Alan Morrison for The Man with the Golden Cornet, Glyn Williams and his Virtuoso, Brett Baker’s Mask and Stephen Mead’s Locomotion.

In all there were 20 nominations, some of whom had been nominated in previous years (although none affected the result), but the vast majority plumbed for the new young guns of the movement.


Lower Section Band of the Year:

And the 2005 winner is…

Marsden Riverhead Brewery

This really was a close run thing, with the winners picking up 23% of the vote, just ahead of Smithills Schools Senior Band with 21% and Valley Brass (Haydock) with 14%.

Notable nominations came in from Jersey Premier, Newbridge Celynen, West Lothian Schools, Mount Charles Youth, Yorkshire Imperial, Ashton under Lyne, Oldham (Lees), Flixton, St. Keverne, Rochdale Borough Band, Garforth Community Band and many, many more. All in all there were over 60 bands that got nominations.


Newcomer of the Year:

And the 2005 winner is…

Brass Band Aid

The most clear cut winner in the history of the 4BR Awards—and richly deserved too. Briony and Bob Thompson, Sophie and Steve Robson have done sterling work in helping the banding movement realize that there is something much more important than worrying about band contest results. 80% of those who voted opted for Brass Band Aid—to show just how much it has meant in 2005.

Absolutely no disgrace in coming runners up for Brass in Concert with 8% of the vote and with Garforth Community Band in third with 5%.

There were also worthy nominations for Dr. John Pickard, Rebecca Crawshaw, Sophie Rhodes, Dave Danford and Kristy Rowe among the over 35 names that registered with us.


Test Piece of the Year

And the 2005 winner is…

Eden—Dr. John Pickard

Dr. Pickard’s wonderful test piece really caught the imagination of the listening public at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as the performers and conductors. It was a triumph of astute musicianship and intuitive thinking, all prepared with a delicious unfolding musicality.

As a result it gained 36% of the votes cast to make it a clear cut winner from Bramwell Tovey’s lovely warm hearted The Night to Sing which gained 30% of the votes. Third place went to Masquerade with 17%.

Other worthy mentions must go to Lyonesse by Simon Dobson; St. Magnus; Montage; Pageantry; Variations for Brass Band; Divertimento; A Gallimaufrey Suite; Extreme Make Over; Harmony Music; Ginnungagap and many others of the over 70 titles that appeared on the voting sheets.


Contest Performance of the Year:

And the 2005 winner is…

Black Dyke—Journey to the Centre of the Earth
European Brass Band Championships

For those who heard the performance live and those who subsequently heard it recorded on CD and DVD, this was a stunner. And Championship bands will have the opportunity to try and emulate it in 2006 at the Regional Championships as well. They could find that hard.

The Groningen performance topped the poll with 27% of the votes, a good neck ahead of Grimethorpe Colliery on The Night to Sing at the British Open which polled 23%, and with BAYV at the Royal Albert Hall on Eden which came in a close third with 20%.

There were worthy nominations too (although not all in strict numerical order) for Leyland, Grimethorpe and YBS at London; Black Dyke, BAYV and Hepworth at the Open; Burry Port at Blackpool; BAYV at Swansea; Eikanger at Bergen; Eikanger and Stavanger at SIDDIS; Grimethorpe at Brass in Concert; Jersey Premier and Wire Brass at Harrogate; Ransome, Smithils, Marsden, Grange Moor…the list was well over 100 bands.

Band Supplies

Band Supplies focuses on youth

April 21 • Make sure you get along and see the brilliant deals that can be bagged on student and intermediate instruments at the National Youth Championships of Great Britain.

Penine Music

Brass Band Music Shop heads to Youth Championships

April 21 • There will be plenty of great music and fantastic products to browse through at the Brass Band Music Shop and Pennine Music trade stand at the National Youth Championships. — so make sure you visit them!


Davoren's proclamation heard across Atlantic

April 21 • Composer Tom Davoren's latest work, 'Proclamation' has been given its American premiere in a concert featuring the New York and Amsterdam Staff Bands of the Salvation Army.

Logan Hartley

Logan's run to Black Dyke

April 21 • The Yorkshire champion adds a new signing to their percussion ranks as Logan Hartley heads to Queensbury.

Black Dyke Band - Conthey - Switzerland

Saturday 21 April • tbc tbc

Gresley Colliery Band - Gresley Colliery Youth and Senior Brass Bands

Saturday 21 April • Gresley Old Hall,. Gresley Wood Road . Swadlincote DE11 9QW

Fishburn band - Memorial concert

Saturday 21 April • Saint Hilda's, Rectory walk, Headland, Hartlepool TS24 0PW

Godalming Band - A Night at the Movies - Spring Concert

Saturday 21 April • Bramley Village Hall, Hall Road, Bramley, Surrey GU5 0AX

The Hepworth Band - Wakefield Grammar School Foundation Chorus

Sunday 22 April • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS). Northgate. Wakefield WF1 3QX

Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

April 21 • A friendly non-contesting community band within easy reach of Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading, we are developing rapidly under our new MD, Steve Block, and urgently need cornet players, front and back row, as well as baritone and BBb bass.

Chinnor Silver

April 21 • we require a Bb BASS player to replace one of our award winning section who is moving away.. Good book of concerts and contests planned. We would also like to hear from back row cornets as we would like to strengthen this area

Blidworth Welfare Band

April 20 • Assistant Principal Cornet and Percussionist. Having recently secured 5th place at the Midlands Area Championship Section and a new Principal cornet we are looking for applications for the above positions. The band operate a sensible diary of engagements.

Duncan A. Beckley

Conductor, adjudicator, band trainer and teacher