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Fowles leads all things purple in Cornwall

Michael Fowles recently led the young players of the Cornish Youth Band in a world premiere of a new Andy Scott work.



The 67 young musicians of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band recently left behind their Christmas festivities to spend four days making music on their residential course at Truro High School for Girls.

World premiere

Under the direction of guest conductor Michael Fowles, the days were spent in intensive rehearsals working on a range of challenging music, including the world premiere of the brass band version of ‘Ruby and all Things Purple’ by composer Andy Scott.

The Foden’s Band recently commissioned the work, but generously allowed the Cornwall Youth Brass Band to work on it with Michael and give the first performance.

the days were spent in intensive rehearsals working on a range of challenging music, including the world premiere of the brass band version of ‘Ruby and all Things Purple’ by composer Andy Scott4BR


Another Andy Scott work, ‘Film’, which featured the CYBB’s baritone player, Rachael Sloggett, was also the first performance in a new revised version.

Black Dyke principal cornet Richard Marshall was the guest soloist this year and as well as demonstrating his outstanding talent as a soloist, spent a great deal of time giving advice to the young players by sitting next to them in rehearsals.

Course concert

The course culminated in a Gala Concert at St Michael’s Church in Newquay, when a packed audience of parents and supporters enjoyed the results of all the hard work and commitment put in by the young musicians.

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

Kevin Wadsworth

Conductor, adjudicator, teacher (ABBA)