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2011 4BR Awards — Solo CD of the Year

Which solo performer tickled your fancy in 2011 with their latest release?

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4barsrest awardsIn terms of quantity 2011 wasn’t a year to remember, but in terms of quality it was pretty good.

Most of the significant releases came late in the year, and we have only nominated those which we have been able to include in the shopping area of the site.

These five releases really did give the opportunity for the performers to showcase their talents in full:


Red JacketThe Lure of the Red Jacket
Glyn Williams (Euphonium)
Foden’s Band
Conductor: Michael Fowles
Doyen DOY CD287
Total Playing Time: 73.42
 

http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=923

Glyn Williams celebrates close on two decades of being principal euphonium of Foden’s with a superb showcase of his abilities – including his singing too.


MastersDreaming of the Masters
Jens Lindemann
Foden’s Band
Conductor: James Gourlay
Doyen: DOYCD283
Total Playing Time: 64:05


http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=904

By heck this lad can play. Jens Lindemann stuns the senses like a slaughterman with a cattle prod.
 
A maverick, generous soloist who displays the rare knack of being able to step both in and out of the performance spotlight on this release.


Wlk AloneWhen I Walk Alone
Lito Fontana
Featuring: Fausto Quintaba (piano) & Hans Gansch
RCR: NR0981
Total Playing Time: Approx 70 mins
 

http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=885

It is hard to think of any superlatives that can do justice to this man's playing. 

His ability to play in any style with a flexibility of musicianship that borders on the staggering is something else.


HayesJim Hayes aka Jonny Midnight
Co-operative Funeralcare Band
Conductor: Mike Fowles
WOS Recording: WOS 029
Total Playing Time: 62.30
 

http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=900
A CD release to put a smile on the face – and not just because it showcased an intelligent performer delivering the musical goods.  

Everything about this release showed a great deal of thought and preparation - and a sly sense of clever wit.


FandangoFandango
Steven Mead
Featuring: Tomoko Sawano (piano)
Bocchino Recordings: BOCC117
Total Playing Time: 70 mins approx


http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=909

The Marco Polo of brass soloists once more discovers new exotic lands on his international musical travels.  

From Romanian gypsies and Argentinean tangos, to biblical mountains and dancing goblins - and much, much more.  

He continues to unearth more hidden treasures than Howard Carter and Lord Caernarvon combined.

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Foden's Band - St Michaels & All Angels Church

Saturday 25 May • Egerton Road, Ashton on Ribble, Preston PR2 1AJ


St Pinnock Brass Band - Rock Choir Cornwall

Sunday 26 May • Sterts Theatre, . Sterts, . Liskeard, . PL14 5AZ PL14 5AZ


Contest: All England International Masters

Sunday 26 May • The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive NN15 6PB


Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band - Eastbourne Bandstand - 1812 concert

Wednesday 29 May • Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3AD


Black Dyke Band - George Lawton Hall, Mossley

Thursday 30 May • George Lawton Hall, Stamford St, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne OL5 0HR


Stannington Brass Band

May 23 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb TUBA PLAYER to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests.


Horbury Victoria Band

May 22 • Horbury Victoria Band.. Preparing in good time for section one next year require Solo Euphonium and Front Row Cornet.. A not too busy, friendly and happy band. Rehearsal Wednesday 8pm


Hathersage Band

May 22 • BBb Bass to join in our music making under MD Andy Furmidge. Hathersage Brass Band is a non-contesting band whose friendly members enjoy performing at Village Galas and Fetes as well as several Christmas concerts.


Sandy Smith


Conductor, teacher, adjudicator and arranger