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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

Brass in Concert

Result: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • Full results from Sage Gateshead where the 41st Brass in Concert Championship has taken place.


Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

November 19 • Clackmannan claims the Scottish Challenge Shield honours with a triumphant performance in Perth.


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH

Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd

Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE

Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.

Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance

John Maines

BA (Hons)
Presenter, compere and conductor