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Santa Andovers the prezzies

Santa has certainly called at Test Valley Brass this year.

New instruments


It will be a very happy Christmas for Test Valley Brass, as the Andover based band will be celebrating Santa bringing two new shiny baritones to the band thanks to a Community Fund grant for £1,000 by Test Valley Borough Council.

Lucky players

The lucky players Hannah Corner and Sophia Peszkowski were recently presented with the instruments that came from John Packer Ltd by local deputy mayor Cllr Janet Whitely.

Meanwhile another supporter, Dorothy Page recently completed a marathon sponsored walk to help local charities. Raising over £2,000 she very generously donated this to local charities, including the Test Valley Youth Band.


Band Chairman, Peter Heslop told 4BR: "Dorothy is a wonderful, charming and very generous lady. Over the years she has been a very loyal and encouraging supporter of Test Valley Brass and has raised many hundreds and thousands of pounds for us."

New direction

Finally, the New Year will bring a new change in musical direction for the senior Test Valley Brass, with the news that after a decade or more at the helm, Chris Sharpe has decided to return to playing commitments with the band.

Reverend Keith Thomasson will be taking over the conducting duties from January and brings with him a musical background that includes a BA Hons in Music from Oxford University.

The lucky players Hannah Corner and Sophia Peszkowski were recently presented with the instruments that came from John Packer Ltd by local deputy mayor Cllr Janet Whitely4BR

Sterling job

Chairman Peter Heslop added: "Chris had done a sterling job guiding and leading the band over the years and while his leadership and direction would be missed, he is going to be a great asset within the band and he has no doubt will ease the transition period to Keith."

Elkhart flugel

4barsest.shop: Special offer item

January 19 • Band Supplies has a fantastic special offer on at the moment through the 4barsrest.shop with the the student Elkhart flugel horn.


Tredegar to close major Brass Festival in Linz

January 19 • Tredegar will head to the Brucknerhaus concert hall in Austria in November to perform at the Gala Concert of the prestigious Brass Festival Linz series.

Brass Toff

Brass Toff makes brass connection in Africa

January 19 • A wonderful musical mission by the Brass Toff instrument repair company has been a great success.

Philip Harper

Harper on his bike at Cory

January 19 • Philip Harper will be back in the saddle to lead the Cory peloton challenge to raise funds to help the Welsh Champions head to Utrecht.

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

Frampton on Severn Silver Band

January 19 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, in particular cornets, baritone and basses. We play at many local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.

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

Andrew White

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