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2014 4BR Awards — Player of the Year

Which individual performer showed us their brilliance to best effect in 2014?

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

Vincent and dad

Vincent Bearpark

Swiss banding is producing  numerous outstanding players at present - and none come better than this fantastic cornetist.

Once again this year he showed his class; purity of tone, frightening technique and a sense of musicianship that took the breath away.  He won the ‘Best Principal Cornet’ prize at the Swiss National Championship for a second successive year playing with Valaisia Brass Band with a display 24 carat gold plated class. His dad Angelo (left) ain't a bad player too...


David Childs

David Childs

Hard to know what to write.  His performances throughout 2014 have been nothing short of sensational - from Butlins to Brass in Concert, Torquay to Tokyo.

The added dimension is that he can stand shoulder to shoulder with any world class orchestral concerto artist - as shown by the exceptional playing on the CD ‘The Symphonic Euphonium’ with Bramwell Tovey and the National Orchestra of Wales.



Gary Curtin

Gary Curtin

The Black Dyke star has long made the solo euphonium seat at Queensbury his own - but in 2014 he welded his musical personality to it.

He was outstanding on the contest stage - especially at the majors, whilst his solo spot performance at the pre-results concert at the Royal Albert Hall was a showcase of sheer delightful self confidence.


Zoe Hancock

Zoe Hancock

The exceptional young Cornish flugel player was Black Dyke’s undoubted star performer in 2014 - and that took some doing given the form the band was in.

Winning the ‘Best Soloist’ awards at both the British Open and National Finals was some achievement, but it was the way in which she played (not just on the contest stage) with such musicality that left an indelible mark on everyone who heard her perform.


Pippa Scourse

Pippa Scourse

What a talent we have here.  The 16 year old Seindorf Beuamaris Youth Band principal cornet is already a very accomplished player, but she also has the untapped potential to become much, much more.

We have heard her perform as a student in a masterclass, as a stand up soloist and principal cornet with her home band and the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, and each time she has left us (as well as audiences) open mouthed in admiration.



Regent Hall Concerts - Ensemble Sauterelle (french horns and male voices)

Friday 23 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


Sandhurst Silver Band - Music in the Memorial Park

Sunday 25 August • Sandhurst Memorial Park, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst GU47 9DP


Foden's Band - Sandbach

Monday 26 August • The Wheatsheaf, Sandbach, 1 Hightown, Sandbach CW11 1AG


Black Dyke Band - Scarborough Spa

Saturday 31 August • South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD


Woodfalls Band - Proms in the Park Concert - FREE

Sunday 1 September • Redlynch Social Club. The Ridge,, SP52LN Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 2LN


Stannington Brass Band

August 24 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb TUBA player to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests


Nailsworth Silver band

August 24 • National finals qualifiers seeking new MD from September. We are currently 2nd in the 4th section and looking for a conductor to inspire and lead us into the 3rd section. We have a varied programme throughout the year of concert, contests and bandstands.


Nailsworth Silver band

August 24 • Due to other commitments a vacancy has arisen for a kit player. We are a contesting band at the top of the 4th section with a varied programme of concerts bandstands etc throughout the year.National finals qualifiers this year.


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