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2014 4BR Awards — Band of the Year

Who do you think should be awarded the accolade of 2014 Band of the Year?

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

Black Dyke

There is little doubt that 2014 has been the year of contesting renaissance for the Queensbury band.

The seventh ‘Double’ in their 160 year history was one heck of an achievement, but it was the way in which they completely dominated their opposition at the British Open and National Finals (not forgetting their own choice performance at the Europeans)   with displays of unbridled self-confidence that left the lasting impression.

Their place in Pondasher history has been secured - and could well signal the start of something even more special.


Luzern

Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern

They may not have been quite able to retain their domestic Swiss National title in November and were beaten at the Swiss Open, but you cannot deny the significance of their European title success in Scotland.

At their best, as was shown in Perth, and with their own choice performance at the Nationals in Montreux, when they almost took the roof off the Stravinsky Auditorium, they are a band capable of reaching the very pinnacle of contesting excellence.

They certainly sent a shiver down your spine at times in 2014, and their appearance at the British Open in September will be eagerly anticipated - although perhaps not by rival UK bands...


Eikanger

Eikanger Bjorsvik Musikklag

The standard bearers of Norwegian musical excellence were close to their very best yet again in 2014, despite finishing the year with just the one major title to their name.

They were commanding in winning the National title for a fourth consecutive time in Bergen under Prof David King, and were just a short neck away from regaining what is proving to be an elusive European title for the first time since 1990 in Perth.

All that and they continue to break new boundaries with their artistic projects and CD recordings - achievements already acknowledged by the financial support they receive from the Norwegian Arts Council.


Flowers

Flowers

There was a real - we do mean real - threat of Flowers winning every contest they entered in 2014.

Big money wins at Butlins and Yeovil were quickly followed by commanding West of England and Grand Shield victories.

They then silenced any doubters who harboured question marks about their major title winning credentials with a podium finish at the British Open and top six finishes at London and The Sage.

How they can improve on that in2015 remains to be seen - but if they can repeat this type of form, then they won’t half come close yet again.


Stavanger

Stavanger

Confirmation came in 2014 that Stavanger is back to being close to its best once again.

Their third place finish at a very high class Norwegian National was encouraging enough, but it was their superb performance in winning the North American National Championship and then in retaining their Siddis Entertainment title (all under the baton of Allan Withington) that really made a lasting mark.

Always inventive, innovative and at times truly inspired, you suspect 2015 can’t come soon enough...



Black Dyke Band - Gladstone Theatre

Sunday 26 January • Gladstone Theatre, Greendale Road,Birkenhead,. Wirral CH62 4XB


Contest: Brass in the Wire

Sunday 26 January • Pyramid and Parr Hall, Palmyra Square, Warrington WA1 1BL


Tredegar Town Band - RNCM Festival of Brass

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


Regent Hall Concerts - Guards Virtuosi

Friday 31 January • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


Regent Hall Concerts - Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra

Friday 31 January • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street . (Opposite RESERVED). London. W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ


Shipston Town Band

January 29 • We are looking for a Bb Bass and Eb Bass as we prepare for the Midlands Area Section 3 in March and the ODBBA Winter Contest in February. After qualifying for the finals at Cheltenham last September we are looking to make an impression in our new section


Haverhill Silver Band

January 29 • Haverhill Silver Band require first class players for the following positions: . 1st Horn, . Bass Trom. . To start following the area contest (22nd March)


Worsbrough Brass

January 28 • Worsbrough Brass needs YOU!. Our friendly 2nd Section band are looking for new players (Instrument and Positions negotiable).. We have our own band room 2 miles from M1 Jcn36 and practice Thu 7.30pm-9.30pm & Sun 6.30pm-8.30pm. All Welcome!


Howard J Evans

MA (Dist), Mus.B (hons), ARCM (hons), LRAM, LTCL, PGCE
Conductor, composer, arranger, tutor and pianist


               

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