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2009 RNCM Festival of Brass

Organisers announce details of 2009 event — with a focus on the great Gilbert Vinter at its musical core.



The RNCM Festival of Brass has announced that the 2009 event, which takes place from the 30th January to 1st February next year will lead with an anniversary tribute to composer Gilbert Vinter, whose innovative works for brass bands in the 1960s changed the course of brass banding.

Birthday celebrations

The Festival will also celebrate Philip Wilby and John McCabe turning 60 and 70 respecitively.

Six of the UK’s top brass bands will play including Black Dyke, Leyland, Foden, Fairey, Desford Colliery and Brighouse & Rastrick.

The Festival will also celebrate Philip Wilby and John McCabe turning 60 and 70 respecitively4BR


Thier programmes will include eight première performances, including a trumpet concerto by Peter Meechan with Rex Richardson, a euphonium concerto by Peter Graham with David Thornton, and a concerto commissioned for baritone from Martin Ellerby performed by Katrina Marzella.


In addition, there are talks, recitals by David Thornton and Richard Marshall, a masterclass with Rex Richardson and a chance to check out the UK’s leading brass retailers and instrument makers.

Full programme details are available at http:/­/­www.rncm.ac.uk/­component/­option,com_events/­task,festival_view/­id,16/­Itemid,95/


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David King

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


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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.

Craig Roberts

BA (Hons), MA
Conductor / Adjudicator