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Great line-up for RNCM Festival

Further details have been announced for the forthcoming RNCM Festival in January with a weekend of fabulous music and masterclasses on offer.


Building on the success of past RNCM Festivals of Brass—described by one reviewer as ‘the most important festival of brass band music ever mounted in Great Britain’ — the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester has put in place an even more ambitious and far-reaching festival for January 2006. The RNCM Festival of Brass from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th January 2006.

Dr. Nicholas Childs and the Black Dyke Band bring the Festival to what promises to be a thrilling close, in a programme which pays hommage to their Yorkshire roots and their distinguished musical heritage.

the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester has put in place an even more ambitious and far-reaching festival for January 2006Philip Biggs

Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000) was the resident musical director of the band for a short while in 1970. Both he and Philip Wilby, the band's present composer-in-residence are proud Yorkshiremen whose careers in Music education have focussed in the county — Heaton in and around the Dales, Wilby in the south and the University of Leeds.

There is a stong autobiographical element in Heaton's final work, the 30 minute Variations. It is the only wholly original work to come from his last years. He gave up composing "officially" in the 1950s. The scoring of Variations was realised after his death by Howard Snell.

Two works of Wilby feature — the extrovert Euphonium Concerto, with David Thornton as soloist, and his latest "test-piece" Music for the Moving Image, which is a suite of three sonatas for brass, ending with an energetic fugue, which was also heard in another guise at last year's festival as the finale to the Variations on a theme of Tippett.

Gustave Holst's masterly evocation of the North York Moors, A Moorside Suite, is also included and the concert begins with another musical picture, that of the Border Bridge at Berwick- on- Tweed and the steam trains which used to travel over it, — courtesy of Skipton-based composer, and friend and colleague of Wilfred Heaton's for many years, Arthur Butterworth.

The 2006 RNCM Festival of Brass diary of events is as follows:

Friday 27, 7.45pm — Grimethorpe Colliery (UK Coal) Band, conductor Allan Withington, soloist Håkan Hardenberger

Saturday 28, 10am Composers’ Concert RNCM Brass Band, conductor Philippe Bach and Master class, with Håkan Hardenberger

Saturday 28, 12noon — RNCM Brass Ensemble, conductors James Gourlay and Mike Hall, soloist James Gourlay

Saturday 28, 3.00pm — Buy As You View Band, conductor DrRobert Childs, soloist David Childs

Saturday 28, 7.30pm — Fodens Richardson Band, conductor Garry Cutt, soloist Ian Bousfield

Sunday 29, 10am—Master class with Ian Bousfield

Sunday 29, 12 noon — Brighouse & Rastrick Band, conductor James Gourlay

Sunday 29, 3.00pm — YBS Band, conductor Professor David King

Sunday 29, 7.30pm — Black Dyke Band, conductor Dr Nicholas Childs, soloist David Thornton

Tickets are now on sale from the RNCM Box Office, tel 0161 907 5555. Full Festival and Day tickets (includes entry to all concerts, talks, masterclasses) cost £45/£24 and individual concert tickets £9.50. Concessions are also available.

For further information please contact Philip Biggs, tel 01223 234090 or email


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Andy Wareham

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Friday 27 April • Workington CA14 3AW

Regent Hall Concerts - Clarendon Brass Ensemble

Friday 27 April • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

Wotton and District Silver Band - Tom Hutchinson

Saturday 28 April • St Mary's Church, Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire GL12 7LS

Black Dyke Band - Lincoln Cathedral

Saturday 28 April • Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX

The Fairey Band - Pre-European Championships concert

Sunday 29 April • Glossop Old Bandroom. Derby Street, Glossop SK13 8LP SK13 8LP

The Hepworth Band

April 26 • The Hepworth Band has a vacancy for solo horn. We rehearse Tuesdays and Thursdays 8pm and are based in Hepworth, near Holmfirth, Huddersfield

Kippax Band

April 26 • Kippax Band. Require a Musical Director. Due to the work and family commitments of our current MD, Kippax Band are looking for a new Musical Director to take us forward.. We rehearse Monday and Thursday at our own bandroom in Kippax 8.00-10.00pm.

The Corsham Band

April 26 • Due to work commitments, a vacancy has arisen for a Tenor Trombone player. First or Second position available. We are a newly promoted Second Section band with a friendly and enthusiastic team.

Stan Lippeatt

Conductor, adjudicator, tutor