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Brass Band World magazine: February edition out now

The February edition of Brass Band World is out now — packed with news, views, opinions and reviews that make for essential reading...

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  The Force of Nature that is Peter Moore is featured this month in BBW magazine

The latest edition of the world's leading brass band magazine is now out, packed with plenty of musical interest and debate to enjoy.

The latest for brass bands and instrumentalists is available in print and digital format for smart 'phones, tablets and desktops.

EDITOR'S VIEW

David Childs surveys the feast of brass band entertainment that kicked off 2019. He also looks forward to the UK's Regional Championships, as well as welcoming the inclusion of the increasing number of female role models leading the way in banding.

NEWS

Brass Bands England's Chairman responds to moves to form new forum for elite bands.

ACE IN THE HAND

Nicola Bland questions Darren Henley — Arts Council England's Chief Executive — him about what he thinks Britain's brass bands have to offer the cultural landscape and how good an investment bet he thinks they are.

YOUNG VOICES — SWISS PRODIGY

Swiss cornet sensation, Cedric Ritler, has been racking up the prizes and has his sights set on making his mark on the UK banding scene. Mark Good chats to the Swiss teenage prodigy.

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

In a fascinating account, Tim Mutum looks at just how close the great British composer, Sir William Walton, came to writing a major original work for the brass band medium.

TIPS FROM THE TOP FOR FIVE UK 'REGIONAL' TESTS

Conductors and players won't want to miss this detailed, technical guide to the tests for Section 1 — 4 bands in the UK's forthcoming Regional Championships by two of the judges, Anne Crookston and Sarah Groarke-Booth, along with Paul McGhee's synopsis of the stormy waters ahead in for top section bands navigating the challenges of Seascapes.

FORCE OF NATURE

Peter Moore chats to Christopher Thomas about
 his prodigious talent and career, which has seen him win the 2008 Young Musician title aged 12 
and secure the London Symphony Orchestra's 
co-principal trombone chair at the age of only 18!

SNARING TONE AND TECHNIQUE

Sean Hooper offers his experience as a former London Symphony Orchestra timpanist and lecturer for leading education institutions on snare drum technique and tone.

FESTIVAL HOMAGE TO HEATON

The unique RNCM Brass Band Festival showcased the arguably understated significance of the late composer, Wilfred Heaton, in the 100th year since his birth. Thomas Dunne brings the Friday evening and Saturday Festival programme, whilst Christopher Thomas surveyed and savoured Sunday's events.

CENTRE BAND: GERMAN EFFICIENCY

Brass Band BlechKLANG at the forefront of the development of Germany's brass band culture.

'A DARN GOOD PARTY'

Butlin's blew away the winter solstice doldrums and a new Champion emerged — enjoy Christopher Thomas's postcard from Skegness.

In a fascinating account, Tim Mutum looks at just how close the great British composer, Sir William Walton, came to writing a major original work for the brass band mediumBBW

NO RULES FOR NEW GROUP

Sam Hairsine talks to Matt Green, of the Royal Marines Band Service, about his exciting new project — Philharmonic Brass, due to debut in Exeter at the end of March.

TRIPLE SLAM

Thomas Dunne reports from Unibrass — the UK's annual brass band 'university challenge'.

PRO PLATFORM

Thomas Dunne chats to former bandsman Ben Thompson, principal tuba of the Royal Opera House, about his career.

PRO PRACTICE

Dr. Robert Childs introduces a new series offering about conducting, beginning with the transition from player to conductor.

CASTAWAY

Eminent international composer, Edward Gregson, selects his desert island listening, book and luxury item.

REVIEWS: CD OF THE MONTH

Derick Kane's My Journey, plus: reviews of Brighouse and Rastrick's CD of the music of Bliss and Howells; Lode Violet and Kevin Giel release Rise with Willebroek Band, and a Q&A with the two soloists; BBW interviewee, Peter Moore's Life Force recording and the Highlights from Brass in Concert 2019 DVD.

REVIEWS — BOOKS

Composer, Edward Gregson, pronounces the new Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Brass Instruments, edited by Trevor Herbert, Arnold Myers and John Wallace CBE, as 'the real deal' and a 'must read'!

REVIEWS — CONCERTS

Saxhorn Fest draws delegates from the USA; Gloucester Youth Band resurrected; De Wâldsang and Lois Lane impress in Belgium; and Roger Webster stars with Symphonic Brass Tokyo.

BRASS BUSINESS

SP&S sheet music goes digital and Warwick Music Group's new pTrumpet hyTech lands top NAMM 2019 Award.

RANKINGS AND RADIO

The month's broadcasting schedule, plus which London band has broken the Rankings top-20 for the first time?

DIARY DATES

What's on around the World in February and March.

… AND ANOTHER THING

Resident wit and cartoonist, Rob Nesbitt, recalls an era when players were always on time and harmony was sublime.

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Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer