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2011 4BR Awards — CD/DVD of the Year

Which recordings made you want to replace Adele on your ipod with a brass band recording during 2011?

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4barsrest awardsVery much like last season, 2011 was not a vintage year of brass band recordings – with many releases lacking inspiration and originality.

There were plenty of worthy productions, but at £15.00 a shot or more, you do get the feeling that CD and DVD prices for brass band recordings are now getting very high for what in many cases is by no means a premium product.

One DVD nomination once again showed the limitations of brass bands as a means of visual entertainment unless backed by other strands of general interest.  

Still, there were a few real gems - and these were our pick to consider.


SpainUnder the Spell of Spain
Superbrass
Superbrass Recordings: SBCD1
Total Playing Time: 71.02 mins


http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=920

'Under the Spell of Spain' is the first recording of the 'Superbrass' group, gathered together by trombonist Roger Argente.This was premium playing by premium players.


PLCOnly for You – The Music of Paul Lovatt-Cooper Vol - 2
Black Dyke
Conductor: Dr. Nicholas Childs
Doyen Recordings: DOYCD284
Total Playing Time: Approx 70 mins
 

http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=912

PLC does it again.

The second raft of completely infectious compositions that plug into the zeitgeist of the modern brass banding generation.


LegacyLegacy
The International Staff Band
Various conductors
SP&S Ltd: SPS 280 CD
Total playing time: 66.16


http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=896

Legacy presents a collection of recordings made by the International Staff Band from 1904 to the present day 

A fitting reminder of the huge contribution made by the ISB to brass band music making in the last 120 years.


CrusaderCrusader – The Music of Dean Goffin
Reg Vardy Band
Conductor: John Ward
MCP Recordings: CDMCPS001
Total Playing Time: Approx 70 mins


http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=911

Recorded in aid of the Clarence Adoo Trust, Reg Vardy play their part in an affectionate tribute to the music of Dean Goffin with a varied and fascinating programme. 

It provides the clear evidence of Goffin’s creative and technical mastery.


Patrons 4Patron’s Choice – Volume 4
Foden's Band
Conductor: Michael Fowles
Doyen Recordings: CD267
Total Playing Time: Approx 70 mins
 

http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=892

The fourth in the series sees Foden’s in relaxed but impressive form under the baton of Michael Fowles.

Slick, polished and as good an example of how to produce an east listening, sell by numbers CD recording.


dvdDVD: European Brass Band Championships
Highlights of the 2011 European Championships recorded in Montreux Switzerland


http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/dvds_detail.asp?id=1483

All the highlights of the 2011 Championship – from the great performances of some great and varied music, to the people who made it tick. All backed up with plenty of stunning backdrops. 

All that was missing was the whiff of money...

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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


Clifton International Festival of Music - Let Trumpets Sound - Crispian Steele-Perkins

Saturday 1 June • Clifton Cathedral, Clifton Park, Bristol BS8 3BX BS8 3BX


Bollington Brass Band

May 25 • Bollington Brass Band require a Kit and a tutti cornet player to complete our line up. We will be playing at the 2nd section National Finals this September before promotion to the North West 1st section..


Dobcross Silver Band

May 25 • Dobcross Silver Band are looking for a B FLAT BASS player for Whit Friday.. Come and join a Saddleworth band, playing the Saddleworth circuit, including our very own Dobcross contest.. . A great chance to come and enjoy an unforgettable experience!


Stannington Brass Band

May 25 • 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.


Andrew White

MA(Ed Man), B Ed (Hons), BBCM, ADNCB, PGCE, Cert Ed
Conductor, Arranger, Adjudicator & Educationist