*
banner

Band of the Year contest cancelled

Organisers state that a combination of factors has led to the cancellation of the 2021 BrassPass.tv Band of the Year contest

Brasspass
  The contest will now take place in June 2022

IBB Media Ltd has confirmed that the 2021 'BrassPass.tv Band of the Year' contest has been cancelled.

It stated that "a combination of factors" had led to the decision being made "in light of the continued uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic".

The event made a popular impact in 2019 but was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19. The original date for 2021 originally scheduled for July 3rd was also affected and replaced by the 'Best of Brass Festival' held in Halifax.

2022 date

The contest was subsequently moved to its reserve date at the Albert Halls, Bolton, of October 30th, but this in turn has now been cancelled, with a new date confirmed at the same venue on June 4th, 2022.

4BR understands that bands from England, Scotland and Wales have been faced with acute problems with rehearsals due to Covid-19, as well as changes to proposed finance raising concert and project itineraries on their playing returns.

A number of leading bands had already indicated that they would not be taking up their invitation to the contest in July or the new reserve date, and informed the organisers accordingly, whilst the situation was further complicated with the postponement of the British Open to a new date in January 2022.

Known and unknown

As one band spokesperson told 4BR: "Known and unknown circumstances have worked against the contest, and communication to the bands hasn't been good.

The mid-point date in the calendar in June works well for everyone though and the first event in 2019 showed this.

I'm sure that when things do get back to regular contesting normality there is a secure future for the contest — it has a great deal to offer."

Heavy heart

IBB Media Ltd have stated that they hoped the return in June 2022 will once again see it, "welcome a line-up of leading bands, performing in front of a live audience, with the event live-streamed around the world by BrassPass.tv."

In the press release, IBB Media Managing Director stated: "It's with a heavy heart that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year's BrassPass.tv Band of the Year contest.

Circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic have combined, leaving us with little choice but to cancel the event this year."

He added: "However, with bands now taking tentative steps back to music making, they will be raring to go and ready for a spectacular return to action when the prestigious competition returns to the stage in Bolton in 2022.

I would like to thank bands and audiences for their continued support and I look forward to welcoming everyone in 2022 for what promises to be a packed day of action."

I would like to thank bands and audiences for their continued support and I look forward to welcoming everyone in 2022 for what promises to be a packed day of actionMartin Gernon

Refunds

4BR was informed that anyone who purchased tickets for the 2021 BrassPass.tv Band of the Year contest should be contacted by ticket agency Quaytickets regarding a refund.

Details regarding ticket sales for the 2022 BrassPass.tv Band of the Year contest will be made available in due course.

More information is available at: www.ibbmedia.org

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    


Tayor

Taylor made for the Albert Hall

September 28 • The Fairey Band stalwart star will be heading to the Royal Albert Hall once again — backed by a raft of new collegues.


Foden's

Social distancing option for Heroes

September 28 • Foden's Regent Hall pre-National concert will have the option of audience social distancing.


Champs

National Youth Championship entries open

September 28 • Youth bands at all levels are being invited to compete at the 2022 National Youth Band Championships.


Musicwear

Shipp ready to set sales again

September 28 • The leading brass band uniform and casual wear manufacturer is thrilled to be making a long awaited return.


Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Central Band Brass Ensemble & Seraphim Consort

Thursday 30 September • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Regent Hall Concerts - Fulham Band

Friday 1 October • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Regent Hall Concerts - Bone-afide Trombone Quartet

Friday 1 October • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Regent Hall Concerts - Foden's Band

Friday 1 October • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Regent Hall Concerts - Guards Brass

Saturday 2 October • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Chinnor Silver

September 28 • Due to relocation we require a 2ND TROMBONE AND A TUTTI CORNET.. Rehearsals held on a Wednesday in our newly refurbished bandroom.. Concerts and contests planned.. .


Epping Forest Band

September 28 • Epping Forest (L&SC 2nd Section) have vacancies for Trombone, Tenor Horn and Euphonium players. We rehearse on Monday evenings in our own band room 8-10pm. The band aim for a sensible mix of contest and concert performances under MD Keith Schroeter.


Otterbourne Brass

September 27 • Otterbourne Brass, West of England 2nd Section, have immediate vacancies for trombones and basses. Rehearsals every Thurs, 7.30 in the Village Hall complex 2 min off junction 12 M3. Modern repertoire in preparation for several concerts to year end.


Phil Lawrence

ARCM PGRNCM MFTCL ARCM B.Mus.
Composer and conductor


               

 © 2021 4barsrest.com Ltd