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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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Boarshurst Silver Band - Saddleworth Musical Society

Sunday 15 May • New Saddleworth School. Huddersfield Road. Diggle. Saddleworth OL3 5NU


Perth Festival of the Arts - The Brewin Dolphin Gala Opening Concert

Thursday 19 May • Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ


Perth Festival of the Arts - Reverie: The Life and Loves of Claude Debussy

Friday 20 May • Perth Theatre, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ


Perth Festival of the Arts - Perthshire Brass at Perth Festival of the Arts

Saturday 21 May • St Paul's Church Plaza, St Paul's Square PH1 5PA


Black Dyke Band - 2nd Rossendale Scouts, Rossendale Male Voice Choir

Saturday 21 May • The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, M2 3WS


Syston Band

May 15 • We are looking for Bb and Eb basses to join our enthusiastic 4th section Brass Band, conducted by Colin Jones. The Band meet on Mondays 7.30 to 9.15pm at Syston Conservative Club.


Syston Band

May 15 • We are looking for Front Row Cornets to join our enthusiastic 4th section Brass Band, conducted by Colin Jones. The Band meet on Mondays 7.30 to 9.15pm at Syston Conservative Club.


Corby Silver Band

May 14 • Corby Silver Band have vacancies for Solo cornet or Soprano cornet and a Bass player (Eb or Bb) to complete the band. Rehearsals, under the leadership of our new MD, Andy Mayell on Monday and Wednesday at 8pm at our own band club in Corby.


David W. Ashworth

RSCM, ABBA Exec Member, NABBC PRO.
Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator


               

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