BBE announces new dates for Artistic and Player Development workshops

A series of new dates have been announced for the acclaimed courses run by Philip Harper, Roger Webster and Paul Cosh — so make sure you book up quick to gain the benefits...

  The series is run by Brass Bands England and supported by Arts Council England

Brass Bands England has confirmed further dates for its acclaimed Artistic and Player Development training workshops.

Led by Philip Harper, Roger Webster and Paul Cosh, they offer an essential opportunity to learn from leading figures in initiatives supported by Arts Council England.

Artistic Development

The Artistic Development seminar is led by the Cory MD and is a full day in which Philip guides attendees through topics such as concert planning, collaboration, the role of the conductor, band marketing and the philosophy of art itself.

BBE's Education & Development Co-ordinator Sarah Baumann told 4BR: "These sessions have been a real highlight of 2019. Philip's approach has really changed attitudes and approaches.

Feedback from conductors shows us that real changes have been made to the way they rehearse and plan for concerts."

Player Development

The Player Development workshops are led by Paul Cosh and Dr. Roger Webster and looks to help improve the overall quality of player performance.

Sarah added: "Paul focuses on the essentials of brass playing, looking at practical exercises to improve individual playing standards and thus contributing to overall improvements in bands' performances, whilst Roger concentrates on the mental and physiological aspects of efficient practice and performance methods."

Led by Philip Harper, Roger Webster and Paul Cosh, they offer an essential opportunity to learn from leading figures in initiatives supported by Arts Council England4BR


Artistic Development: Saturday 18th January — Essex
Artistic Development: Saturday 1st February — Worksop
Artistic Development: Sunday 22nd March — Lancaster

Player Development: Saturday 8th February — Croydon
Player Development: Sunday 17th May — Leeds
Player Development: Saturday 14th June — Cornwall
Player Development: Sunday 6th September — West Midlands (Venue TBC)
Player Development: Sunday 22nd November — East Midlands (Venue TBC)

Further Artistic Development dates will be confirmed in the coming months.


4BR was informed that further events are in the pipeline for later in 2020, in particular a workshop session focusing on Copyright to go alongside a series of governance workshops for bands currently in development.

All events can be booked through the BBE website — www.bbe.org.uk/events

Any questions about development events can be directed to BBE's Education and Development Co-ordinator Sarah Baumann at sarah@bbe.org.uk

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