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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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The Marple Band - The Marple Band presents Music from Musicals

Saturday 23 June • Stockport Grammar School. Buxton Road. Stockport SK2 7AF


Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Band

Saturday 23 June • Blackley Blackley Church Prospect View Elland HX5 0TD


Blidworth Welfare Band - Organist Keith Hearnshaw

Saturday 23 June • St Andrews Church, The Green, Swanwick, Derbys DE55 1AN


Besses o' th' Barn Band - Charity Celebration Concert

Saturday 23 June • St Thomas Church, Warrington Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield WN4 9PL


York Railway Institute Band - Dan Thomas - Euphonium

Saturday 23 June • Central Methodist Church. St Saviourgate. York. YO1 8NQ YO1 8NQ


Frampton on Severn Silver Band

June 22 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, particularly cornets, baritone and basses, but all are welcome. We play at many local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.


Crewe Brass

June 22 • Crewe Brass currently have vacancies for Eb and BBb Bass, Baritone, and Cornet. We are a friendly, social first section band with a good mix of concerts and contests, and rehearse on Monday and Friday evenings in Shavington, Crewe.


Lydbrook Band

June 22 • Lydbrook Band are recruiting a 2nd Trombone to our join our Championship section band . This is a great opportunity to be part of the premier band in the Royal Forest of Dean.


Sarah Groarke-Booth

BA (Hons) MA
Conductor, Adjudicator, Compere, Actor