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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."

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

Friary Guildford

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

Friday 23 March • Bramhall High School. Seal Road. Stockport SK72JT

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Brass Band

Friday 23 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Boobs & Brass at Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 24 March • Huddersfield Town Hall. Corporation St,. Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Amesbury Town Band

March 20 • Players of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. We don't contest, so feel free to drop in, even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument.

Elland Silver Band

March 20 • We have a vacancy within our Championship Section senior band for a 2nd Trombone player. This is a great opportunity for an experienced or young player looking to join one of Yorkshire's progressive bands, conducted by Daniel Brooks.

Crofton Silver Band

March 20 • Yorkshire 2nd Section Champions are looking for the following players:. . FRONT ROW/ SOPRANO CORNET. BASS. . The band are heading back to the National Finals in September to try and repeat their success from 2016.

Andrew White

MA(Ed Man), B Ed (Hons), BBCM, ADNCB, PGCE, Cert Ed
Conductor, Arranger, Adjudicator & Educationist