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Lydmet Lydney have been busy

It seems Lydney have been rushed off their feet.


This year has been extremely busy year for the Band, which has made an average of two public appearances per month during the year. This is good publicity for our sponsors, Federal Mogul Camshafts Ltd. New venues visited this year included the beautiful park setting at Malvern, and the crowded streets of Newent for the 'Onion Fayre'.

Both events produced a really enthusiastic reception from listeners. Like most bands in the Forest of Dean, playing numbers have been up and down this year, and we have had to ask players around the Forest to help us out on occasions. This traffic travels both ways however, and many of our players have in turn been helping other bands. Players are currently required to fill a number of positions. (Any interested musicians out there please see our website for vacancy details). To try and generate some enthusiasm into our own playing, and to stimulate interest in other players in the Forest and beyond, we recently ran an OPEN REHEARSAL.

This is a new venture for us, inviting a professional conductor to take an open rehearsal where all players across the area interested in improving their playing or just playing some different music can get together for a ‘good blow’. We were delighted with the turn out on November 30th, seeing some old faces from the band's history (still good players I might add!), and some new faces to welcome. Thanks to them all for coming along for the afternoon and joining in with fellow enthusiasts. Andrew White MA, BEd(Hons), ADNCB, BBCM, PGCE, took the augmented band through its paces in rehearsal, and entertained us with his enthusiastic style of teaching.

The Band intends to repeat this type of event, and welcomes anyone to come along, either to listen, or play. Watch out for the advertisements next Spring. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters during 2003, and to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. — Kevin Ford, Chairman.

Heritage High School

Bolsover announces 2018 draws

June 17 • The draws for the 2018 Bolsover Festival of Brass have been announced.


Radio: Sounds of Brass

June 17 • More great brass band music from Phillip Hunt down in Cornwall.


Report & Results: 2018 West of England Bandsmans Contest

June 17 • The Bugle call of victory is sounded for a 31st time for St Dennis as they take the honours at Molinnis Park, as Bodmin, Camborne Junior, Bugle, Okehampton, St Austell Youth and Soundhouse Brass Juniors claim section awards.

Ray Farr

Ray Farr to give free conducting lessons...

June 17 • Ray Farr is making his acclaimed 'Introduction to Conducting' book available free on his website.

Sherborne Town Youth Band - Sherborne Town Band

Sunday 17 June • Pageant Gardens, Sherborne, DORSET, DT9 3NW DT9 3NW

Roberts Bakery Band - Brass on the Grass

Sunday 17 June • Congleton Park. Park Road. Congleton. Cheshire. CW12 1JG

Trinity Girls Brass Band -

Sunday 17 June • Jubilee Park, Wigan Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield WN4 9BH

Leicestershire Co-op Band - Leicestershire Co-op Snibston Brass Band take cent

Sunday 17 June • Century Theatre. Ashby Road. Coalville . Leicestershire. LE67 3LN LE67 3LN

The Fairey Band -

Sunday 17 June • Playhouse Theatre. Marine Ave. Whitley Bay. NE26 1LZ. United Kingdom NE261LZ

Ripon City band

June 17 • Ripon City Band require EEb Bass, Bb Cornet and Percussion (Kit and/or tuned). We are a welcoming First Section band with a varied programme of engagements and contests. We rehearse in Ripon on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7.40.

Glossop Old Band

June 16 • Glossop Old Band is looking to appoint a new Musical Director. We are a friendly first section band with some contesting and a good mix of concerts. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings 8.00-10.00pm at our Band Club at Derby Street, Glossop, SK13 8LP

Bradwell Silver band

June 15 • Bradwell Silver Band invites applicants for a seat in our Solo Cornet section.. Currently L&SC 4th Section Regional Champions and are promoted to 3rd section in 2019, we are a friendly, contesting band with a sensible list of engagements.

Phil Lawrence

Composer and conductor