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Xmas divi from the Co-op

Test Valley Brass gain a great Co-op divi in time for Christmas.

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The young players from Test Valley Brass and their beginner band 'Frosty’s', are a step closer to raising the £10,000 needed for the purchase of new instruments — thanks to the Co-op.

Christmas Carol

The bands recently put on a brilliant performance to a sell-out audience in Andover of Charles Dickins 'Christmas Carol' — complete with Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas, Past, Present and Future and even old Scrooge himself.

The bands were joined by a talented young singer, Lucy Bourne who sang a rendition of 'The Fairytale of New York'.

During the evening, the band's received a donation of £350 from avid supporters Dorothy & Brian Page, after Dorothy had recently completed a sponsored walk.


The organisation also received £2,000 from the Co-operative Community Fund Grant scheme, which supports local community, voluntary or self-help groups.

Both sums will go a long way towards the fund raising target of £10,000 and the band are extremely grateful to everyone for their generosity!

The organisation also received £2,000 from the Co-operative Community Fund Grant scheme, which supports local community, voluntary or self-help groups4BR


MD Alec Grimsey, told 4BR: "We are extremely proud of all our players. Without the support of people like Dorothy and Brian and the Co-operative Community Fund, it would be impossible for us to provide them with continued support, a fantastic education scheme, but most importantly the opportunity to have fun and socialise in a group environment with children of all ages and abilities."

Brass in Concert

Results: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • The all conquering Norwegians of Eikanger become the Brass in Concert champions.


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

Chinnor Silver

November 20 • Despite winning the 2nd section at the GBBA contest we still need a Bb BASS to complete our line up. Good but realistic book of concerts and concerts planned.. We have well attended rehearsals on a Wednesday in our own bandroom.

Hucknall & Linby Brass

November 20 • Hucknall and Linby Band - 2nd section- Require a front row cornet player. We rehearse Thursdays 7.30 -9.30 in Hucknall, Nottingham. With great transport links to the city centre and the universities.

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.

Chris Wormald

B.Mus (Hons), LTCL, PGCE
Conductor, adjudicator, arranger