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2011 4BR Awards — Solo CD of the Year

Which solo performer tickled your fancy in 2011 with their latest release?

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4barsrest awardsIn terms of quantity 2011 wasn’t a year to remember, but in terms of quality it was pretty good.

Most of the significant releases came late in the year, and we have only nominated those which we have been able to include in the shopping area of the site.

These five releases really did give the opportunity for the performers to showcase their talents in full:


Red JacketThe Lure of the Red Jacket
Glyn Williams (Euphonium)
Foden’s Band
Conductor: Michael Fowles
Doyen DOY CD287
Total Playing Time: 73.42
 

http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=923

Glyn Williams celebrates close on two decades of being principal euphonium of Foden’s with a superb showcase of his abilities – including his singing too.


MastersDreaming of the Masters
Jens Lindemann
Foden’s Band
Conductor: James Gourlay
Doyen: DOYCD283
Total Playing Time: 64:05


http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=904

By heck this lad can play. Jens Lindemann stuns the senses like a slaughterman with a cattle prod.
 
A maverick, generous soloist who displays the rare knack of being able to step both in and out of the performance spotlight on this release.


Wlk AloneWhen I Walk Alone
Lito Fontana
Featuring: Fausto Quintaba (piano) & Hans Gansch
RCR: NR0981
Total Playing Time: Approx 70 mins
 

http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=885

It is hard to think of any superlatives that can do justice to this man's playing. 

His ability to play in any style with a flexibility of musicianship that borders on the staggering is something else.


HayesJim Hayes aka Jonny Midnight
Co-operative Funeralcare Band
Conductor: Mike Fowles
WOS Recording: WOS 029
Total Playing Time: 62.30
 

http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=900
A CD release to put a smile on the face – and not just because it showcased an intelligent performer delivering the musical goods.  

Everything about this release showed a great deal of thought and preparation - and a sly sense of clever wit.


FandangoFandango
Steven Mead
Featuring: Tomoko Sawano (piano)
Bocchino Recordings: BOCC117
Total Playing Time: 70 mins approx


http://www.4barsrest.com/shopping/cd_detail.asp?id=909

The Marco Polo of brass soloists once more discovers new exotic lands on his international musical travels.  

From Romanian gypsies and Argentinean tangos, to biblical mountains and dancing goblins - and much, much more.  

He continues to unearth more hidden treasures than Howard Carter and Lord Caernarvon combined.

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Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band - Eastbourne Bandstand - 1812 concert

Wednesday 31 July • Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3AD


Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band - Commercial Square Bonfire Society, The Jumping Jac

Saturday 3 August • The Paddock. Little Paddock Lane. Lewes BN7 1UU


Gresley Colliery Band - Byrkley Park Garden Centre

Saturday 10 August • Byrkley Drive, Rangemore St, Burton upon Trent . DE13 9RN


Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Gawsworth Hall, Macclesfield

Sunday 11 August • Gawsworth Hall, Church Lane, Gawsworth SK11 9RN


Foden's Band - Snape Maltings

Saturday 17 August • Snape Maltings, Suffolk IP17 1SP


The Corsham Band

July 24 • PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM - A rare opportunity has arisen for a Principal Euphonium to join our band. Are you an experienced Euphonium player looking for a new and different challenge or have you been sat on that second chair down waiting for this opening?


Chinnor Silver

July 23 • Following an exciting signing on Solo Cornet we require a Bb BASS to complete our line up.. We rehearse on a Wednesday (extra when required) in our own bandroom and they are well attended.. Good but realistic mix of concerts & contests including Butlins


Chadderton Brass Band

July 23 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band and welcome players of all ages and abilities on all sections + percussionist. MD and EUPH required. We are a friendly band and enjoy performing at various concerts throughout the year. Come along and have a go


Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator