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No imminent return to rehearsals or performance for English brass bands

July 10
The latest official Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) guidance limits the playing of brass instruments in groups, or in front of an audience to professionals only.


June

Brass Band World magazine: Latest edition out now...

July 10 • The April edition of Brass Band World magazine is now out and once again its packed with articles, features, reviews and things of interest on every page...


Peter Moore

A little classy touch of humour at this time of stress...

July 10 • This will put a smile on your face this morning for all the right brass playing reasons...


Bates

Bates to inspire ideas for new Liz Lane work for Big Brass Day

July 10 • The Black Dyke tenor horn star will link up with Brit-award winning winning saxophonist Jess Gillam to inspire ideas for a new work by composer Liz Lane.


rICHARD mARSHALL

Marshall to host free masterclass over the Burry Port airwaves

July 10 • Richard Marshall will be paying a virtual visit to Burry Port this weekend to host a free masterclass — and its open to anyone in the world!


National Youth offer virtual invite to popular Open Day

July 9 • The National Youth and National Children's Bands of Great Britain will hold a Virtual Open Day for young brass and percussion players later this month.


2020 National Finals cancelled

July 9 • As widely anticipated, the National Championship Finals at the Centaur, Cheltenham and the Royal Albert Hall in London have been cancelled.


Ellis Island revisited for Belgian duo

July 9 • Composer Stan Nieuwenhuis and cornet star Harmen Vanhoorne will talk about their musical inspirations in a special 'Music Masters' on-line talk.


World premiere work adds to BBSS attractions

July 9 • Delegates to the virtual Brass Band Summer School course in August will be able to take part in a world premiere performance of a new work by Jonathan Bates as part of the extensive attractions.


Classic test-pieces revisited No 4: On Ratcliff Highway

Classic test-pieces revisited No 4: On Ratcliff Highway

July 1 • Prof Stephen Allen takes an in depth look at one of the classic works for the brass band medium - Ray Steadman Allen's 1978 work, 'Victorian Snapshots - On Ratcliff Highway


Interview with Ian Bousfield

Interview with Ian Bousfield

June 25 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks exclusively to one of the world's great brass players - trombonist Ian Bousfield.


5 minute masterclass with David Childs

5 minute masterclass with David Childs

June 20 • The Besson artist reveals some brilliant tips of how to learn and benefit from playing from memory...


Classic test-pieces revisited No 3: A Moorside Suite

Classic test-pieces revisited No 3: A Moorside Suite

June 17 • Prof Stephen Allen takes an in depth look at one of the classic works for the brass band medium - 'A Moorside Suite' by Gustav Holst


4BR Hall of Fame:  No.10: Albert Chappell

4BR Hall of Fame: No.10: Albert Chappell

July 9 • A mainstay figure of the banding movement — whose influence in helping bands and players fulfil their potential was based on his insightful musicality and disciplined work ethic.


Follow the science: How brass bands can return to pandemic safety

July 3 • Beware the claims of quack doctors, pseudo-science, divine interventionists, oddballs, confidence tricksters and criminals and trust in proper research — its the only answer to get us back playing safely...


Take 5: A quintet of composers to persuade to write for brass bands

July 2 • With a need to reach out to a wider audience in the post Coronavirus era, can the brass band movement persuade any of these high profile composers and arrangers to write for us?


The Pharaoh's Curse?: The tale of Tutankhamun's trumpets...

June 21 • When Howard Carter found 'wonderful things' in the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun in 1922, they included two trumpets that seemingly had a curse of their own...

LP review: Festival of Championship Brass

July 7 • Featuring: Black Dyke; Brighouse & Rastrick; City of Coventry; Cory; CWS (Manchester); Fairey; Grimethorpe; GUS (Footwear); Hampshire Youth; Ransome, Hoffman & Pollard; Rochdale; Stanshawe; Tredegar Junior; Yorkshire Imperial. Decca Recordings: STBC 7-9


Instrument review: Besson BE120 Prodige cornet

June 29 • The student model market place is highly competitive, so has Besson struck the right balance on cost and quality with its revamped and upgraded 'Prodige' cornet?


Book review: James Ord Hume

June 28 • The March King. Dr Timothy Thirst. Price: £15.95 (paperback) (UK)


# Band Points
1Cory2,339.80
2Black Dyke810.73
3Brighouse and Rastrick670.48
4Eikanger-Bjørsvik612.50
5Valaisia Brass Band542.45
6Foden's527.75
7Flowers461.22
8Tredegar389.93
9Paris Brass Band389.84
10Carlton Main Frickley Colliery365.35

Black Dyke Band - Cory - Brass on Sunday Gala Concert

Sunday 13 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, B12EA


Black Dyke Band - Swiss Nationals Gala Concert

Saturday 19 September • KKL, Europaplatz 1, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland 6000


Contest: scaba Own Choice Test & Hymn tune

Sunday 27 September • The Hawth in Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ


Contest: Swiss National Championships

Saturday 28 November • Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland 1820


Contest: Swiss National Championships

Sunday 29 November • Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland 1820


Cheltenham Silver Band

July 9 • Cheltenham Silver Band is a 3rd section band looking for a new Musical Director.. We would like an enthusiastic conductor who will work closely with the band, committee and the training band MD to foster an enjoyable, supportive and creative atmosphere.


Newbridge Band

July 5 • Newbridge Celynen Brass Band are a 4th section band based in South Wales who have vacancies for the following seats:. . Front Row Cornets, Horns. Baritone, Euphonium. Bb Bass, Eb Bass. Tuned Percussion


Chadderton Band

July 3 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections EUPH and percussion. Come along to one of our rehearsals most welcome.


Ian Porthouse


Cornet soloist, clinician, conductor and adjudicator


               

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