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Renton spotlight for latest Besson Fridays at Home

February 26
Frank Renton is the special guest of the Besson Fridays at Home team this evening — so plenty of entertainment, views and opinions are guaranteed!


Bokaris and Thomas

Bokaris and Thomas make Eternal link

February 26 • Two of the leading young euphonium talents have collaborated on a new musical project — with the desire for more to come.


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30th anniversary celebrations for Brass Band World magazine

February 26 • The leading brass band publication celebrates a special milestone with its 301st issue.


Conductors

Upbeat ready for conducting competition

February 26 • The Brass Band Conductors' Association has announced details of its 2021 competition, which will be held online this year.


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SWBBA on-line closing date looms

February 25 • The on-line closing date for the South West Brass Band Association Solo & Quartet Contest is the 28th February.


Cross channel collaboration to lead to informed Covid-19 decisions

February 25 • The Music Industries Association is working in collaboration with the French Musical Instruments Manufacturing Association to lead Covid-19 research


Smith and Besson...

February 25 • The highly respected euphonium player Anthony Smith joins the Besson stable of international performance artists.


pBuzz around Riverside Rookies

February 25 • A new musical initiative has taken off with a buzz led by Mark and Laura Good at Riverside Youth Band.


Ford to make big band return

February 25 • Matt Ford will be leading the musical celebrations in honour of Len Phillips Big Band in a free live-streamed concert from the famous Abbey Road Studios next month.


Classic test-pieces revisited No 5: Connotations

Classic test-pieces revisited No 5: Connotations

July 16 • Prof Stephen Allen takes an in depth look at Edward Gregson's seminal 1977 National test piece.


Classic test-pieces revisited No 4: On Ratcliff Highway

Classic test-pieces revisited No 4: On Ratcliff Highway

July 1 • Prof Stephen Allen takes an in depth look at one of the classic works for the brass band medium - Ray Steadman Allen's 1978 work, 'Victorian Snapshots - On Ratcliff Highway


Interview with Ian Bousfield

Interview with Ian Bousfield

June 25 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks exclusively to one of the world's great brass players - trombonist Ian Bousfield.


5 minute masterclass with David Childs

5 minute masterclass with David Childs

June 20 • The Besson artist reveals some brilliant tips of how to learn and benefit from playing from memory...


4BR Hall of Fame:  No.15: Willie Lang

4BR Hall of Fame: No.15: Willie Lang

February 16 • Tim Mutum looks back at the remarkable life of the great cornet and trumpet player Willie Lang.


Score Exchange: Three unusual places to find great brass band scores

February 15 • How do you find high quality sheet music? Score Exchange may be just the right place to find out...


Take 5: A quintet of the best Journey into Freedom recordings

February 12 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks five of the best recordings of Eric Ball's classic test-piece to add to your collection.


It's coming home: Has Brass Bands England set out a new contesting future?

February 10 • The European Championships will return to Birmingham in 2022, but can it provide the right stimulus both EBBA and British contesting needs to proposer in the years to come?

CD review: Hustle

February 9 • Mark Glover (euphonium). Featuring: Dr Viktoriya Zaharieva (piano). ASIN: B07MCZJ1RJ


CD review: Origin of the Species - Revisited

February 8 • The Wallace Collection . Featuring: John Wallace, John Miller, Paul Gardham, Simon Gunton, Anthony George. TWC Recordings: TWC-FR2020-001


CD review: Flow

January 11 • Mauro Martins. Accompanists: Bernardo Pinhal & Daniel Bernardes. Featuring: Sergio Carolino (tuba) . CD Recording: CDMMF


# Band Points
1Cory2,339.80
2Black Dyke810.73
3Brighouse and Rastrick670.48
4Eikanger-Bjørsvik612.50
5Valaisia Brass Band542.45
6Foden's527.75
7Flowers461.22
8Tredegar389.93
9Paris Brass Band389.84
10Carlton Main Frickley Colliery365.35

Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH


Contest: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain

Saturday 2 October • Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP


Crewe Brass

February 26 • Following the Government announcement, Crewe Brass are looking to resume COVID compliant rehearsals in the summer. We are looking for a Tuned Percussionist. We have all the gear & instruments and need someone to play them !! They are here waiting for you.


Chadderton Band

February 25 • Chadderton Band is a very friendly non contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are looking for players of any age and ability on all sections of the band + EUPH Drums. Please come along to one of our rehearsals give us a try.


Crewe Brass

February 25 • Following the Government announcement, Crewe Brass are looking to resume COVID compliant rehearsals in the summer. We are looking for Eb and Bb Basses. We have instruments and need someone to blow them !! Crewe Brass have a new home at the Heritage Centre


Gary Davies


Conductor, Band Trainer, Adjudicator


               

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