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Product: CD review: On The Town

April 12, 2024
Redbridge takes the listener on a enjoyable night out around the highways and byways of some musical London haunts.


Concert: National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain

April 12, 2024
Proud displays of optimism and ambition propel a new generation of players to meet stern challenges in Cardiff.


Concert: Brighouse & Rastrick and Hepworth Bands

April 11, 2024
A night of deserved pride and celebration to enjoy for the West Riding Band as their bi-annual concert series once more brings in the crowds.


Product: CD review: Turris Fortissima

February 29, 2024
Diverse detours bring freshness to expressions of faith on an engaging release from Birmingham Citadel Band


Concert: Love, Spit and Valve Oil

February 23, 2024
The hard reality of Martin Green's homage to community punches you in the guts but still lifts the spirit...


Concert: Brighouse & Rastrick Band

February 4, 2024
An inspired James Gourlay reminds us all of what we have missed about him and his music making...


Concert: Cory Band

February 3, 2024
Cory offer a timely reminder of their substantial powers under Philip Harper...


Concert: RNCM Brass Band

February 2, 2024
Student led musical radicalism continues to make a lasting impression at RNCM Festival.


Concert: Black Dyke Band

February 1, 2024
Portraits drawn from English time, place, character and allegory sat alongside one of tumultuous Polish virtuosic romanticism as the National Champion rounded off Saturday at the RNCM Festival.


Concert: Tredegar Band

January 31, 2024
Absorbing counterbalances of purity and angst highlighted the heavyweight talents of Matthias Hofs and the Welsh champion on Saturday afternoon at the RNCM.


Concert: Brass Band Treize Etoiles

January 30, 2024
Swiss excellence turns respect and expectation to acclaim and admiration on festival debut.


Concert: Foden's Band

January 29, 2024
British Open Champion, Michael Fowles and Sheona White bring an absorbing infusion of musical flavours to the opening concert of the RNCM Festival.


Concert: Brighouse & Rastrick and Brass Band Treize Etoiles

January 28, 2024
Intimate Dobcross stage provides the tastiest of RNCM previews as well as expectation for battles ahead...


Product: CD review: Festive Gold

December 13, 2023
Sovereign Brass
Conductor: Alan Gifford
Soloists: Rebekah Lock, Karl Slater, Ian Brailsford
WOS Recordings: WOS173


Book review: Front Row Seat — Brass bands and British culture in uncertain times

December 8, 2023
Author: Peter Hardy
FRC Publications
273 pages
ISBN: 978-1-3999-6085-4


Product: CD review: Carols From Before The Trenches

December 7, 2023
Soloist: Micah Dominic Parsons
CD: Remembering Henry


Product: CD review: Violet — Volume 1

December 6, 2023
Brass Band Willebroek
Conductor: Frans Violet
Soloists: Kevin Van Giel, Robby Boone, Simon Binon, Lode Violet
Doyen Recordings: CD427


Product: CD review: Peter Graham — Force of Nature

December 5, 2023
Black Dyke Band
Conductor: Prof Nicholas Childs
Soloists: Rex Richardson; David Childs
Naxos Recordings: CD 8.574563


Product: CD review: Banding with Ball

November 23, 2023
The Music of Eric Ball
Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band
Conductor: Robert Oughton
Soloist: Kevin Bolton
Audiocord Recordings: ACD 210


Product: CD review: Triquetra

November 22, 2023
Black Dyke Band
Conductor: Prof Nicholas J. Childs
Soloists: Stephanie Binns, Gavin Saynor, Brett Baker
Organ: Philip Wilby
Piano: Darius Battiwalla
Narrator: Matthew Routley
Doyen Recordings: DOY CD425




Hathersage Band - Hathersage Village Spring Concert

Saturday 13 April • Hathersage Methodist Church, Main Road, Hathersage S32 1BB


Newstead Brass - Raising for the Roof

Saturday 13 April • Hill Methodist Church, The Hill, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottingham NG17 8JS


Harlow Brass Band - HARLOW BRASS BAND - SPRING CONCERT

Saturday 13 April • St Andrew's Methodist Church. The Stow. Harlow CM20 3AF


Dobcross Silver Band - Middleton Band

Sunday 14 April • Dobcross Band Club. Platt Lane. Dobcross OL3 5AD


The Hepworth Band - Brass & Cream Tea

Sunday 14 April • St David's Church Holmbridge. Woodhead Road, Holmbridge, Holmfirth HD9 2NQ


Mereside Brass

April 12 • Mereside Brass (Rudheath, Northwich) are looking for a FRONT ROW CORNET and a EUPHONIUM player. We are a friendly 4th Section band restarting contesting this year and with a sensible calendar of jobs and band social events. Come and give us a try!


Chelmsford Silver Band

April 12 • Bb Bass and solo horn players. We are a friendly, active and non-competition band established 75 years performing regularly in Chelmsford and Essex. Rehearsals averaging 28 players are on Wednesday evenings at The Broomfield Methodist Church Chelmsford.


Long Melford Silver Band

April 11 • Long Melford Silver Band currently has vacancies for Bb and Eb Basses. We are a friendly non-contesting band in south Suffolk under the baton of Musical Director Frankie Ayers.


David Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL
Conductor, adjudicator and arranger


               

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