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Forest of talent

There is a forest full of young brass talent in the Forest of Dean, led by a star trombonist...



The future of brass playing in the Forest of Dean is in safe hands it appeas, thanks to a talented group of young players from the Forest of Dean Area Youth Brass Band, taught by brass teacher and conductor Kristyann Symonds.

Superb results

Under his direction a number of pupils have really made a mark with superb results in competitions, exams and national auditions.

Trumpet and cornet player Sam Calway, aged 12, has won a coveted place in the National Children’s Wind Sinfonia of Great Britain 2011, whilst star trombonist Rhiannon Symonds has been accepted into the 2011 National Youth Brass Band of Wales.

Last year Rhiannon became the youngest brass player ever in the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales at just 12.

Under his (Kristyann Symonds) direction a number of pupils have really made a mark with superb results in competitions, exams and national auditions4BR


Meanwhile, Lori Warsop (euphonium) and Francis Ruck (trombone) achieved their Associate of Trinity College of London Recital Diplomas (ATCL) becoming the first ever brass players from the Forest of Dean to complete such a performance diploma before entering university.


Euphonium player Otis Williams, 16, from Coleford recently passed his Grade 8 with Distinction—a day before passing his Grade 8 Jazz Saxophone also with Distinction and brothers Ben and Sam Horton, 16 and 14, were runners-up respectively in the annual Forest of Dean Senior & Junior Young Musician of the Year competitions.

Local bands

In addition to playing for the Forest of Dean Area Youth Brass Band the youngsters are also very busy in the community playing with local bands, with Rhiannon playing with Lydbrook, Lori with Bristol East & Kingswood, Francis with Forest of Dean Brass, Otis with Lydbrook Training and Ben and Sam Horton with Bream Silver.

New Zealand

New Zealand youth reaches 60th birthday with a treat in store

July 21 • The latest generation of National Youth Band of New Zealand players will head to Australia for a 60th anniversary birthday tour in 2019... with a bit of extra help...


Welsh youth ready to rise again in Neath, Newtown and Cardiff

July 21 • The National Youth Brass Band of Wales will meet this weekend under Philip Harper to prepare for a trio of major concerts featuring evocative repertoire from Tom Davoren to Eric Ball and an incredible young guest soloist.


British Open line-up announced

July 20 • 19 world class bands will battle it out for the honour of being crowned 2018 British Open champion at Symphony Hall in September.


Your Logo Here stands up to be counted

July 20 • The team from Your Logo Here meet the very specific stand banner demands of a hard working brass band in Hampshire.

Roberts Bakery Band - Bluedot Festival

Saturday 21 July • Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. . The University of Manchester. . Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL

Medway Band - Higham Church Annual Prom

Saturday 21 July • St. Marys Church. 1 Abbey Farm Cottages . Church Street. Higham. Rochester . ME3 7LS

Lofthouse Brass Band - Oxenhope Railway Station

Sunday 22 July • Oxenhope Railway Station, The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth BD22 8NJ BD22 8NJ

Tendring Brass - Opening Night Concert of the Frinton Mission 2018

Saturday 28 July • Greensward,. Frinton on Sea,. Essex CO13 9DN

Lofthouse Brass Band - Filey Bandstand

Sunday 29 July • Filey Bandstand, The Crescent, Filey YO14 9JS YO14 9JS

Horwich RMI Band

July 21 • Horwich RMI Band request the services of a confident PRINCIPAL CORNET and a Bb BASS player.. This is an enthusiastic, progressive 2nd Section Band of a high standard.. . Enjoyable Monday and Thursday rehearsals and a balanced mix of engagements.

Blidworth Welfare Band

July 20 • *PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM* A great opportunity has arisen for a first class Euphonium player to join one of the UK's most upwardly mobile Championship section bands. The successful candidate will be a regular solo feature at concerts, contests and recordings.

Arrow Valley Brass

July 20 • The Band seeks cornet players, front and back row to add to a band steadily improving under Andy Culshaw.. The band is friendly and welcoming and has a good mix of concerts and competitions. . Main rehearsal is on Sunday morning in Inkberrow, Worcs.

Andrew White

MA(Ed Man), B Ed (Hons), BBCM, ADNCB, PGCE, Cert Ed
Conductor, Arranger, Adjudicator & Educationist