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2014 4BR Awards — CD/DVD of the Year

It is becoming ever more difficult for brass bands to come up with recordings that justify their high price. However a few did just that and more in 2014.

AbaddonThe nominations from the 4BR team for consideration are...

Abaddon
Noord-Limburgse Brass Band
Conductor: Ivan Meylemans
Soloists: David Thornton, Peter Houben, Lode Smeets
Sterling CD Recording: LME2014
Total Playing Time: Approx 76 mins

Described by the 4BR Editor as a release that confirms Noord-Limburgse and their MD as a musical partnership of significant heavyweight musical substance and enjoyment.

Bold, darkly engrossing and played with a delicious sense of musicality from all involved.


Gaia

Gaia Symphony
Eikanger Bjorsvik Musikklag
Conductor: Andreas Hanson
BIS Recordings: BIS: BIS2061
Total Playing Time: 81.09

It’s already picked up major CD awards from British Bandsman and Brass Band World magazine, and richly deserved they are to.  

The playing is exceptional, but it is the breadth and scope of the interpretations from Andreas Hanson that puts it in a different sphere of accomplishment to other ensemble releases this year.


Manger

Mangernetisk! - The Music of Martin Winter
Manger Musikklag
Conductor: Martin Winter
Soloists: Rinat Arzumov, Anne Britt Hermansen, Randi Holm, Birgitte Bjornsdatter Bruget
Doyen CD Recording: DOYCD 322
Total Playing Time: 74.22

It may be something completely different, but ‘Mangernetisk!’ is also one of the most enjoyable brass band CDs you will get to hear for quite some time.

In equal parts endlessly clever and creative - the music making is infused with an added pinch of acerbic wit that comes from a musician who has the visionary mindset of a Terry Gilliam in his most inspired Baron von Munchhausen directional mode.


Triumph of Time

The Triumph of Time 
Black DykeConductor: Prof Nicholas Childs
Soloists: Zoe Hancock, Katrina Marzella
Doyen CD Recording: DOYCD337
Total Playing Time: Approx 66 mins

Something of a musical anthology that can be traced back to Peter Graham’s first European set work, ‘Essence of Time’ in Falkirk 25 years ago - leading to his latest ‘The Triumph of Time’ in Perth this year.

The quality of the performances (both ensemble and solo) is undeniable, whilst the MD shapes the music with such tasteful malleability - balancing melodic lyricism with razor sharp bravura technique.


CoryTransmogrifying Brass
Cory
Conductor: Philip Harper
Soloist: Steve Stewart
Doyen CD Recording: DOYCD337
Total Playing Time: Approx 70 mins

An outstanding release that sums up the musical ambition and mind set of Philip Harper and Cory.

It’s bravura playing from start to finish - technically stunning and always musically interesting - even if it does raise a few eyebrows at times. That’s a good thing though as it gives you something else to think about whilst catching your breath.  



Markham and district band - Charity Concert for Hospice of the Valleys

Friday 24 January • The Met Theatre, Mitre Street, Abertillery. NP131AL


Foden's Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Friday 24 January • RNCM, 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester. M13 9RD


Foden's Band - Aberystwyth

Saturday 25 January • Old College, King Street, Aberystwyth SY23 2AY


Black Dyke Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Saturday 25 January • 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9 RD


Tredegar Town Band - RNCM Festival of Brass

Sunday 26 January • Royal Northern College of Music. 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD


Mid-Rhondda

January 22 • Are you looking for a change for 2020 or a new challenge with a friendly/sociable band. We have vacancies for Soprano, back row cornet, Bb Bass and percussion. Rehearsal is on Thursdays at the Band Hall, Dunraven Street, CF40 1AL


Corby Silver Band

January 22 • Corby Silver Band, 3rd section - Midlands Area, are looking to recruit a back row cornet and/or 1st horn player for the regional Contest and beyond. We rehearse in our own band room in Corby, North Northamptonshire on Monday and Wednesday at 8pm.


Upper Rhondda Brass Band

January 22 • Upper Rhondda NEEDS YOU. To help consolidate the Band, and its position within the grading system at the next Welsh Area Championships, the Band urgently require the following players, Soprano, Solo Cornet, Solo Euphonium and a Percussionist.


David Frame


Bass/Tenor Trombone Player, Adjudicator (Member of AoBBA) Occasional Conductor


               

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