facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label support us

*
banner

Farr and Neish make impact in Germany

Besson stars Owen Farr and Les Neish have just returned home after leading an inspirational masterclass event in Jena in Germany.

Owen Farr
  Owen Farr passes on essential tips to one of the delegates in Jena

Besson artists Les Neish and Owen Farr have just returned from the city of Jena in Germany where they led a series of masterclasses as part of the annual Jenaer Blechbläserseminare, organised and hosted for a third time by Brass Band BlechKLANG.

Formed in 1971 Brass Band BlechKLANG has participated at the German National Championships on several occasions — winning the Second Section in 2018 and performs various concerts in Jena and throughout the Thuringia area each year.

Important contribution

Around 20 delegate musicians on tuba, tenor horn, euphonium, baritone and trombone participated in the event which closed with a concert featuring the participants and stars.

"Whether as an active player or as a passive listener, all the delegates were able to enjoy the experience which I'm sure made such an important contribution to the further development of their own abilities," Alexander Richter, conductor of BlechKLANG told 4BR.

"The event was an absolute highlight and it was so rewarding to see Owen and Les working with the musicians. I would like to thank Besson for making it possible, and I'm convinced that the Jenaer Blechbläserseminare masterclass series continues to have a huge impact on the development of the German brass band movement."

It's great that the German brass band scene is developing so rapidly and we were delighted to be part of it this yearLes Neish

Concert finale

The event ended with a concert in the Jena City Church of St. Michael in front of enthusiastic music lovers, with the band providing a colourful programme and Owen and Les sprinkling their stardust qualities on top.

Les told 4BR: "Our thanks go to Alexander Richter and his co-conductor Patricio Cosentino for the invitation to this unique event.

Despite different levels of performance and age groups, there was an intense working atmosphere and all the delegates were highly motivated and very eager to learn.

It's great that the German brass band scene is developing so rapidly and we were delighted to be part of it this year."

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    



mARCHING

Newtown looking for open air attractions

February 16 • The entry list is now open for bands wishing to visit the Newtown March & Open Air contest in mid -Wales later this year.


Spotlight

Cory spotlight Festival help

February 16 • The world's number 1 ranked band has provided a great spotlight on the final movement of the this year's Fourth Section Area set-work.


mOON

A4 Quartet seek one small step...?

February 16 • If you are a composer inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, Queen Victoria, Mahatma Gandi or the even the moon landings then you need to get writing for the A4 Brass Quartet...


Vos

Vos makes Prestige move to Besson

February 16 • The Dutch euphonium star Robbert Vos makes the move from Sterling to Besson to join the maker's high profile line-up of Prestige stars.


Contest: Welsh Open

Saturday 16 February • The Grand Pavilion, The Esplanade, Porthcawl, CF36 3YW


Newstead Brass - Contest Countdown

Sunday 17 February • Festival Hall, Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 7DJ


Foden's Band - Annual Patrons Concert

Tuesday 19 February • Sandbach School, Crewe Road, Sandbach CW11 3NS


Black Dyke Band - Doncaster Minster

Saturday 23 February • 9 Church St, Doncaster DN1 1RD


The Cobham Band - Best of Brass Concert

Saturday 23 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall. 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton Surrey KT7 0LQ


Freckleton Band

February 15 • We have a vacancy for a 2nd trombone player, although the solo trombone position would be available to the right person. The band has recently been promoted to the Championship section and have a balanced concert and contest programme.


Freckleton Band

February 15 • Freckleton Band have a vacancy for a 2nd baritone player. The band has recently been promoted to the Championship section and have a balanced concert and contest programme. Rehearsal nights are Mondays and Thursdays.


City of Bristol Brass Band

February 15 • City of Bristol Brass Band need an Eb Bass player to complete our team. With a busy year of contest and concert performances lined up, under the baton of Ian Holmes are you the one for us?


Stan Lippeatt

BA, LRSM
Conductor, adjudicator, tutor