Radio: Top Brass

John Maines has a great selection of brass band music to enjoy over the airwaves.

  John Maines brings us plenty of great brass band music

John Maines invites you to join him for 'Top Brass' on Fridays at 7.00pm (BST) each week.

An hour long programme on Brass Band Radio, it's packed with the finest bands and soloists from around the world. You can also catch up on 'Listen Again'.


Friday 20th November 2020

Soldiers of Christ
George Marshall
International Staff Band
Conductor: Dr. Stephen Cobb

Jubilee Overture
Philip Sparke
Conductor: Mark Peacock

Peter Meechan
Conductor: Dr. Robert Childs
Soloist: David Childs

A God to Glorify
Steven Ponsford
Household Troops
Conductor: Carl Saunders

Arthur Bliss
Conductor: Allan Withington

Rusalka's Song to the Moon
Antonin Dvorak
Black Dyke Mills
Conductor: Maor. Peter Parkes
Soloist: Phillip McCann

Fancy's Knell
Gilbert Vinter
Eminence Brass

Symphony of Marches — Brioso
Gilbert Vinter
Conductor: Philip Harper

Sally in Our Alley
arr. Gordon Langford
Black Dyke Mills
Major Peter Parkes
Soloist: Peter Christian

Dansa Brasiliera
Mozart Camargo Guarnieri
arr. Snell
Conductor: Michael Fowles

Friday 27th November 2020

Padstow Lifeboat
Malcolm Arnold
Conductor: Michael Fowles

Overture to Sicilian Vespers
Guiseppe Verdi
Black Dyke
Conductor: Prof. Nicholas Childs

Les Zephyrs
William Rimmer
Conductor: Elgar Howarth
Soloist: Mark Wilkinson

Beethoven arr Snell
Eikanger Bjorsvik
Conductor: Howard Snell

Honey Pie
Lennon &McCartney
Conductor: Mark Peacock

Glory! Glory!
Wilfred Heaton
International Staff Band
Conductor: Dr. Stephen Cobb

Meditation from Thais
Jules Massenet
Conductor: Philip Harper
Soloist: Owen Farr

Dance of the Buffoons
Peter Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Russell Gray

Rule Britannia
John Hartmann
Conductor: Prof. David King
Soloist: Morgan Griffiths

War March of the Priests
Felix Mendelssohn
Enfield Citadel
Conductor: Jonathan Corry

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