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2018 4BR Band of the Year

A host of outstanding bands this year — but one stood out from the rest according to our panel.

Band of the Year
  Valaisia Brass Band has become the 2018 4BR Band of the Year.

Winner: Valaisia Brass Band

2. Cory
3. Foden's


And finally — which brilliant brass band made the greatest impression on our panel of experts during 2018?

An incredible line-up to choose from, and eight of our long-list nominations got at least one mention as a podium candidate.

In the end though it was the outstanding 2018 European and Swiss National Champion, Valaisia Brass Band that claimed the accolade — gaining no less than 6 first choice preference votes and 3 podium votes in recognition of their remarkable talents.

Band to beat

The 2018 British Open, Brass in Concert, Welsh Area and Band Cymru Champion Cory had to be content with the runner-up spot this year, but still gained 3 first choice preferences and 7 podium votes to underline the fact that they remain the standard bearer of excellence that all others need to beat.

Great deal

And in that company it says a great deal for Foden's that they came third — with 1 first preference and 7 podium votes in a year in which they provided ample evidence of their artistic as well competitive desire to be one of the very finest bands in the world.

In the end though it was the outstanding 2018 European and Swiss National Champion, Valaisia Brass Band that claimed the accolade — gaining no less than 6 first choice preference votes and 3 podium votes in recognition of their remarkable talents4BR

Past Winners:

2017: Eikanger Bjorsvik
2016: Cory
2015: Cory
2014: Black Dyke
2013: Cory
2012: Foden's
2011: Brighouse & Rastrick
2010: Tredegar
2009: Cory
2008: Cory
2007: Grimethorpe Colliery Band
2006: Grimethorpe Colliery (UK Coal) Band
2005: Black Dyke
2004: Yorkshire Building Society
2003: Yorkshire Building Society
2002: Foden's Richardson
2001: Yorkshire Building Society

Panel:

The Awards Panel consisted of : Iwan Fox (Editor 4BR); Malcolm Wood (Chief Contributor); Steven Mead (euphonium soloist); Gordon Simpson (statistician Brass Band World magazine); Chris Thomas (Chief Contributor Brass Band World magazine); Kenny Crookston (CEO, Brass Bands England); Frode Rydland (EBBA Music Commission/soprano cornet Bjorsvik Brass); Alexander Zwann (Chief contributor CU Brass); Tom Davoren (conductor/composer); Tim Mutum (writer/brass band recording and history specialist).

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Whit Friday reflect

Results: 2019 Whit Friday (Saddleworth & Oldham)

June 15 • The results from the Whit Friday contests in Saddleworth & Oldham on 14th June.


Whit Friday

Results: 2019 Whit Friday (Tameside)

June 15 • Results from the Tameside Whit Friday contests held on 14th June


Harper

Harper to take the lead in Yorkshire

June 13 • Cory MD Phiip Harper will spearhead Brass Band England's latest Artistic Development workshop in Barnsley later this month.


Whit Friday

Art exhibition to shed dusk light on Whit Friday in Saddleworth

June 11 • A major arts exhibition will be on show over the Whit Friday weekend — adding a different dimension to the competitive music making.


Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 14 June • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3


Black Dyke Band - Halifax Minster

Saturday 15 June • Causeway, Halifax HX1 1QL


Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band - Concentus - sings

Saturday 15 June • Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road, Seaford BN25 2EE


Sherborne Town Band - Sherborne Youth Band

Sunday 16 June • Digby Road DT9 3NB


Black Dyke Band - Whitley Bay Playhouse

Sunday 16 June • Marine Ave, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ


Shirley Band

June 15 • Shirley Band require a Tenor Trombone and Bass Trombone to join our friendly and hardworking 1st section band. We rehearse Wednesday and Friday evenings in Hockley Heath, 5 minutes from Junction 4 of the M42, with easy access from across the Midlands.


Prospect Brass - Skelmanthorpe

June 15 • Prospect Brass require a trombone (position negotiable) to join our team. We have a sensible yet exciting schedule of contests & concerts for the year ahead. We rehearse in our very own purpose built bandroom mon/fri 8-9.30pm


Prospect Brass - Skelmanthorpe

June 15 • Prospect Brass have a rare opportunity for a SOLO HORN player to join our team. We have a sensible yet exciting schedule of contests & concerts for the year ahead. We rehearse in our very own purpose built bandroom mon/fri 8-9.30pm.


Martin Heartfield

GGSM, ARCM, PGCE
Conductor, Adjudicator, Educationalist