facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label


BEM honour for outstanding musician

Dianne Pannell has also been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in her Birthday Honours with the British Empire Medal.

  Dianne Pannell has been honoured with the British Empire Medal

4BR has been informed that there was not one but two reasons for the brass band movement in the UK to celebrate The Queen's Birthday Honours List this year, with the euphonium legend Lyndon Baglin joined by Diane Pannell in becoming a recipient of the British Empire Medal (BEM).

Outstanding service

A band spokesperson told 4BR: "The award is in recognition of her many years of outstanding service to music in the local community.

As a player, teacher and conductor, Di has inspired musicians of all ages. Since the early 1980s she has taught dozens of young people to play and conducted the successful Haverhill and then Soham Youth and smaller youth brass groups."


They added: "Returning to Haverhill Youth and Community Band in 2002, she energised it into one that brought together around 30 musicians aged from 5 to 70 years of age, and which now regularly performs concerts on its own and alongside local bands.

Di also finds the time to conduct Hadstock Silver Band, taking them this year to their highest ever placing at the Area contest."

The award also recognises the thousands of extra hours Diane has put into both performing arts and PE activities within local schools.

As a player, teacher and conductor, Di has inspired musicians of all ages. Since the early 1980s she has taught dozens of young people to play and conducted the successful Haverhill and then Soham Youth and smaller youth brass groupsHaverhill Band

Enhanced lives

Haverhill Silver Band President, Len Jacobs added: "We're delighted that Di's dedication and commitment over such a long period has been recognised in this way.

Alongside her husband Richard, their efforts have enhanced the lives of many local musicians, both young and old."


Stavanger hosts brass band and symphony orchestra world premiere

September 21 • A new work celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Norwegian Music Federation will be given its world premiere this evening in Stavanger — featuring the combined forces of its leading symphony orchestra and brass band.


Scottish Parliament hears impassioned plea for free instrumental music services

September 21 • Scottish MSPs get to hear the arguments made for changing the law to enable children in state schools in Scotland to receive free music instrument teaching.

Band Supplies

Best Area test piece and Christmas music deals at Band Supplies

September 21 • If its the 2019 Regional test-pieces or the best music to play with your fund raising efforts this Christmas then Band Supplies has the best deals for you... so ring, ring, ring...


Bands look to showcase their Bolsover entertainment brand to the world

September 20 • Over 50 bands will be broadcasting their unique brand of entertainment to all corners of the globe at the forthcoming Bolsover Festival of Brass.

Rhondda Fach Youth Band - Residential Brass Band Course

Friday 21 September • The course will take place at Manor Adventure – Abernant Lake Hotel from Friday 21st September 2018 concluding with a mini concert for family member Ld5 4rr

The Fairey Band - Celebrating 150 years of Lytham Methodist Church

Saturday 22 September • Lytham Methodist Church. Park Street. Lytham Saint Annes . FY8 5LU FY8 5LU

Medway Band - Barbershop & Brass concert

Saturday 22 September • Langley Park School for Boys. South Eden Park Rd . Beckenham . Bromley. BR3 3BP

Roberts Bakery Band - St Luke's Hospice Gala Concert

Saturday 22 September • St Mary's Church, Church Ln, Nantwich CW5 5RQ

Black Dyke Band - Lucerne Switzerland

Saturday 22 September • KKL, Europaplatz 1, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland 6002

The Corsham Band

September 21 • Due to work commitments, a vacancy has arisen for a Tenor Trombone player. First or Second position available. We are a newly promoted Second Section band with a friendly and enthusiastic team.

Carlton Brass

September 20 • A fantastic opportunity has arisen for the position of Assistant Principle Cornet (a posh bumper-upper), plus one other cornet player (front or back row). Our Nottingham-based band rehearse in our own band room in Netherfield each Monday & Thursday 8-10

Newstead Brass

September 18 • Settled in at Nottingham, Trent or Derby university and looking for a band? . . Newstead Brass and MD Jim Davies are always keen to welcome and support young players looking to develop their brass or percussion skills.

Brett Baker

BSc (Hons), ARCM, PG Dip
Rath clinician, conductor, teacher, adjudicator, editor