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Arnfield Brass blow out the Birthday Candles

The Derbyshire Band celebrates its first year in existance.


The band, from Tintwistle in Derbyshire, was formed on the 30th December 2001 by a number of local players who wanted to branch out from existing organisations to establish their own presence and style within the local community and in the wider Brass Band world. The overriding Band philosophy was one of making music for both personal and community enjoyment and to this end they we were fortunate in having a number of very experienced players who could coach the less experienced to ensure they quickly felt they were able to actively participate. The band completed a number of varied bookings for 2002 — local school concerts, High Peak and Tameside music in the park days, the Glossop Victorian weekend and market days, various local pub and club concerts and took part in 9 of the venues in the Whit Friday march contests.

At the recent band Xmas Disco they were able to celebrate their formation and take the opportunity to thank people and organisations for their invaluable help from conception through to final realisation. Musical Director Adrian Loader took time to thank the players, parents and local village people for their support and encouragement throughout the year. This certainly helped with the purchase of a set of uniforms that helped establish a true identity for the band and further he noted the help they had received from many others including Tintwistle Conservative Club (for the use of their function room for Band rehearsals), Hollingworth Band (for the loan of instruments), Failsworth Band (for the loan instruments and music) and Mr. E. Loader for his significant financial support which ensured the Band started life on a secure footing.

The diary for 2003 is already taking shape with their first event being an important local concert for the Steve Bagshaw Trust that supports local organisations with small donations. Speaking to 4Barsrest, a happy secretary, Bren Wright endorsed the band’s plan to focus on regular concert work and to again take part in the Whit Friday event. Whilst consideration may be given to a wider contest involvement as the band develops, for now, they are enjoying the roller coaster ride of development and success.


Tighe takes the helm at Kippax

August 20 • The vastly experienced Stephen Tighe takes on the MD role at Kippax Band.


Radio: Sounds of Brass

August 20 • More great brass band music from Phillip Hunt

Childrens Band

The Brass Show: The National Childrens Band of Great Britain

August 19 • The Brass Show headed to Repton School to enjoy the music making from the National Childrens Band of Great Britain under Director of Music Prof Nicholas Childs

British Open

No change to minor test-piece cuts at British Open

August 19 • The small performance amendments to the British Open test-piece 'A Brussels Requiem' remain — with agreement of the composer.

Black Dyke Band - St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate

Saturday 1 September • Duchy Rd, Harrogate HG1 2EY

The Fairey Band - Pre-British Open concert

Sunday 2 September • Glossop Bandroom. Derby St, Glossop SK13 8LP SK13 8LP

Contest: 166th British Open

Saturday 8 September • Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA

Black Dyke Band - Brass on Sunday Gala Concert, Birmingham

Sunday 9 September • Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA

St Pinnock Brass Band - SCRYFA & Minack in "The Third Light"

Monday 10 September • The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance,. Cornwall TR19 6JU

Shirebrook Miners Welfare Band

August 20 • Shirebrook Band (1st section) under our new MD Jim Henson are currently seeking a Bb Bass and 2nd Baritone. Join the Shirebrook Team with our successful concerts and rewarding contest appearances.

Blidworth Welfare Band

August 20 • *PERCUSSIONIST* A great opportunity has arisen for a percussion player to join one of the UK's most upwardly mobile Championship section bands. The successful candidate will join the band at an exciting time in its development.

Blidworth Welfare Band

August 20 • *2nd/3rd CORNET* A great opportunity has arisen for a back row cornet player to join one of the UK's most upwardly mobile Championship section bands. The successful candidate will join the band at an exciting time in its development.

Sarah Groarke-Booth

BA (Hons) MA
Conductor, Adjudicator, Compere, Actor