The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA) has confirmed the details of their forthcoming annual 'Test-Piece Workshop'.
The event on Sunday 20th January will cover the Area test-pieces for the Second, Third and Fourth Sections with in-depth analysis, tips for performance preparation and valuable insights into the adjudicator's thoughts on each work at Boarshurst Band Room, Greenbridge Lane, Oldham (OL3 7EW).
Percussion and conducting workshops
The Association is offering both a Percussion Workshop and Conducting Workshop for any interested musicians wishing to improve their skills.
Spokesperson Sarah Groarke-Booth told 4BR: "The Percussion Workshop will be led by Simone Rebello and will focus on the Area test-piece requirements as well as exploring the range of techniques needed to traverse the percussion parts found in modern brass band repertoire.
Meanwhile, the Conducting Workshop with Unite the Union Band under MD John Roberts is open to conductors wishing to improve on baton technique and explore rehearsal strategies.
It is also ideal for those who want to take up the baton for the first time — in particular, members of the banding community who are rather under-represented in the conducting field such as female conductors."
This workshop will be run by Sarah Groarke-Booth. Although open to all, places will be limited to allow participants to try out their skills in a full rehearsal situation.
Interested parties should contact Sarah at
The event is free of charge to all participants and should prove to be a productive and stimulating day.
Further details will be published over the coming weeks — including venue, presenters and exact timetabling.
The event is free of charge to all participants and should prove to be a productive and stimulating dayAoBBA
The timetable for the event is as follows:
Fourth Section: 10.30am — 11.30am
Third Section: 11.45am — 12.45pm
Percussion Workshop: 12.45pm — 1.45pm
Conducting Workshop: 1.45pm — 3.00pm
Second Section: 3.15pm — 4.15pm