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Great 12 months for Windcorp

The Windcorp Brass Band might just be over 12 months old, but it's already making great strides and looking forward to a healthy future.


Henrik Glanneskog the secretary of the Swedish Brass Band, Windcorp has spoken to 4BR of the bands delight at the progress the band has made in just over twelve months.

Henrik told 4BR:

'Whilst formed as late as 2005, at the beginning of 2006 the band still found itself questioning its existence. Would it survive? Was it possible to have so few rehearsals and still keep a high quality? Well, the answers would come as the season evolved.

The spring engagement was an appearance at the Swedish Wind Music Festival in Jönköping combined with an own concert in Linköping the day after. Both performances went very well and we were happy to present the audience with brass band music that hadn’t been played in Sweden ever before—one of the key missions for the band.

Real test

The autumn season brought the real tester for the band with the Swedish Brass Band Championships in November. The preparation for the SBBC 2006 was minimal with only seven (!) days of rehearsals and one concert. During these rehearsals Windcorp Brass Band prepared not only the set (“Renaissance”) and own choice (“Tristan Encounters”) pieces, but also a complete concert programme inncluding Hillcrest, Keighley Moor, Songs in the Heart, Hymn for Diana and The Irish Blessing. By these premises it was very satisfying reaching the runners-up spot for the second consecutive year'.

President's view

The band’s president Andreas Kratz expressed his views on the SBBC 2006 and the season in general like this:

'To be honest, before starting the season we had serious doubts if these highly demanding pieces actually could be prepared within such a short time. Our Musical Director Alexander Hanson, however, was completely remarkable in his attitude towards the task. Not once, he showed any annoyance or stress. On the contrary, he was completely focused on the music, only wanting the composers’ intentions to be realised as close as possible.

All band members have also shown a very professional attitude with thorough preparations in advance of the band’s rehearsals. It should be emphasized that the atmosphere in the band has been nothing but positive and very relaxed, on stage as well as off stage. If 2005 was a trial period to see if it was possible to create this band, it is a common sense that 2006 was the year when all us band members definitely grew together to feel that we are the band'.


It is with great enthusiasm Windcorp Brass Band will meet 2007. With the invitation to give a gala concert at the Scandinavian Trombone Festival in May 2007 together with soloists Chris Houlding, Michel Becquet and Stefan Schulz the band hopes to pave the way to the international arena, and it might not take long before the audience overseas get to hear Windcorp Brass Band play!


Norwegian youngsters enjoy latest UK banding trip

April 22 • The talented young musicians of the Manger Folkehogskule Band from Norway have been enjoying their latest trip to the UK.


All eyes on Warwick as National Youth contenders seek titles

April 22 • The National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain take place today at Warwick Arts Centre — so why not take a trip along and enjoy the action. (Make sure you bring plenty of pop and crisps though)

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!

Foden's Band - Sandbach Transport Festival

Sunday 22 April • Sandbach Town Centre CW11 1AE

Contest: National Youth Championships

Sunday 22 April • Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Rd, Coventry CV4 7AL

The Hepworth Band - Wakefield Grammar School Foundation Chorus

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

Lofthouse Brass Band - Mayor's Annual Charity Concert

Monday 23 April • Ossett Town Hall, Market Place, Ossett WF5 8BE WF5 8BE

Regent Hall Concerts - Clarendon Brass Ensemble

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

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.

Jack Capstaff

Bmus (Hons)
Conductor | Composer