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BEM for John Cowking

40 years of musical service has been recognised in the New Year Honours List for John Cowking.

British Empire Medal

 

The brass band movement in the UK did in fact gain recognition in the 2015 New Year Honours List, with the well hidden announcement of a thoroughly deserved British Empire Medal to John Cowking for services to music in the Hodder Valley in Lancashire.

40 years of service

John has been the Musical Director of Slaidburn Silver Band for over 40 years, as well as being the highly respected organist at the Slaidburn Parish Church. The band, which is now a non-contesting ensemble from near Clitheroe, was formed in 1898, but has become an integral part of the local community since John took over the baton.

I’m thrilled and delighted to be recognised in this way — especially as it covers both music making with Slaidburn Band and through my local Parish ChurchJohn Cowking BEM

Thrilled

John told 4BR: “I’m thrilled and delighted to be recognised in this way — especially as it covers both music making with Slaidburn Band and through my local Parish Church.”



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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


Martin Heartfield

GGSM, ARCM, PGCE
Conductor, Adjudicator, Educationalist