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There is plenty of great music form Ian Cottier at Manx Radio this Christmas.


There is plenty of great music to enjoy from Ian Cottier on Manx Radio this Christmas on his 'Time for Brass'.

Monday December 21st:

The programme that I most enjoy putting together each year is my Christmas Special.

It gives me a chance to pull together lots of different responses to the Christmas story and to go outside of my brass band remit and introduce choral pieces and the spoken word.

Monday 28th December:

The lifeblood of a programme like mine is the way the recording companies and private recordings make sure their newest productions reach the ears of potential purchasers.

Now, thanks to the wonders of the internet, my each year I put together a programme which I call “The Best of ....”.

1. Prelude on ‘Tallis’ — Peter Graham—Sunderland Monkwearmouth Band
2. Ballafesson March—John Kinley—Rushen Silver Band, Isle of Man
3. The Magic Flute overture—Mozart arr. Michael Kenyon—Enfield Citadel Band
4. Spectrum—Gilbert Vinter—Black Dyke; archive recording 1970
5. The Flower Duet—Delibes arr. David Childs—Cory—Soloists: Joanne Childs (Flugel) and Michelle Ibbotson (Soprano)
6. The Triumph of Peace—Eric Ball—The International Staff Band
7. Swinging Matilda—Philip Wilby—Black Dyke
8. Joshua Swings the Battle—arr Stephen Bulla—The Household Troops Band—Cornet soloist: Daniel Robson
9. Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana” — Mascagni arr. William Halliwell—Virtuosi GUS
10. I’ll Walk with God—Brodsky arr. Goff Richards—New York Staff Band
11. The Invincible Army—Erik Leidzen—Black Dyke

Monday 4th January:

Like many of my listeners I follow with fascinated interest the 4Barsrest rankings. Like many of my listeners, that fascinated interest is not untinged with a healthy scepticism.

Is Bob Childs’s Cory really 570 points better (or is it more successful?) a band than brother Nick’s Black Dyke as the rankings would have you believe?

Are we to take as gospel that Eikanger-Bjorsvik are in any true sense nine places lower down the competitive pecking order than Stavanger?

Impossible questions to answer, but one good thing to come out of the December rankings is that they have provided a peg on which to hang this week’s programme.

I have taken the top ten bands in the December list and offered a sample of their wares.

4th January 2010:

1. The Barber of Seville—Rossini arr. Howard Lorriman — Cory
2. Toccata—Widor arr. Philip Sparke—Fodens Richardson
3. The Lady is a Tramp—Rodgers and Hart arr. Sandy Smith—Black Dyke
4. Luck Be a Lady—Frank Loesser arr. Sandy Smith—Black Dyke
5. The Bonny Briar Bush—Trad. Arr Elgar Howarth—Grimethorpe
6. Little Fugue in G Minor—J.S. Bach arr. Sandy Smith—Grimethorpe
7. The Big Mancini—Henry Mancini arr. Darrol Barry—Brighouse and Rastrick
8. Arnhem—A.E. Kelly—Leyland
9. Pie Jesu—Faure arr. Bram Gay—Leyland—Flugel soloist: Lucy Murphy
10. Kongalela—Jan Magne Forde—Stavanger
11. Spring Waltz—Philip Wilby — Fairey
12. Westward Go! — Goff Richards—Desford


Foden's gain new lottery funding award

January 18 • Foden's proactive approach to organisational development sees them secure funding from Arts Council England's National Lottery funded Catalyst programme.

Yamaha Neo

Interview with Yamaha on the new Neo euphonium launch

January 16 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Jeremy Smith of Yamaha to find out more about the launch of the brand new Neo and Custom euphonium.

Flowers Cheer

Report & Results: 2018 Butlins Mineworkers Championships: Championship Section

January 14 • Flowers regain contest prestige and ambition with Butlins victory under David Childs.


Results: 2018 Butlins Mineworkers Youth Section & Junior Ensemble

January 14 • It's Butlins joy for 3BA Brass and Shirland as they take the Youth and Junior titles in Skegness

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Wind Soloists

Friday 19 January • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - EYMS Brass Band at Hull City Hall

Saturday 20 January • Hull City Hall. 67 Carr Lane,. Kingston upon Hull HU1 3RQ

Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 20 January • Morley Town Hall, Morley, Leeds LS27 8DX

Wantage Silver - Gary Curtin

Saturday 20 January • Reading Central Salvation Army RG1 7JR

The Hepworth Band - Soprano Sarah Ogden

Sunday 21 January • Christ Church, Sude Hill, New Mill, Holmfirth HD9 7BL

Shipston Town band

January 18 • We currently need a Kit percussionist, horn and Bb Bass as we prepare for the forthcoming Midlands Area at Bedworth in March. We are graded Section 4

The Corsham Band

January 18 • 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

Derwent Brass

January 17 • Derwent Brass | Championship | Midlands invites applications for PERCUSSION. At Derwent Brass percussion is an important and integral part of the band. We are looking for a talented percussionist, ideally with good tuned ability, to complete the section.

Derek Renshaw

ABBA Member
Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator.