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Book review: Brass Roots

September 25, 2020
A Hundred Years of Brass Bands and their Music (1836-1936)
Roy Newsome
Routledge Revivals
Price: £90.00 (hardback); £27.99 (paperback); eBook (£25.19)


Product: LP review: The Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain — Vol IX

September 2, 2020
Conductor: Stanley Boddington
Soloists: Gordon Higginbottom; Colin Aspinall
Virtuosi Recordings: VR 7609 Stereo


Concert: Eikanger Bjorsvik & Manger Musikklag

August 29, 2020
Conductors: Reid Gilje & Martin Winter
Soloists: Jonas Puntervoll (tuba); Vidar Nordli (trombone)
Knarvik Kyrkje
Bergen
Saturday 29th August


Product: CD review: Experimental Brass

August 26, 2020
The Amsterdam Brass Quintet
Thomas Piet, Thomas Geerts, Misha Sporck, Rolf Hoogenberg, John William Banther
Featuring: David Thornton, Ilja Reijngoud
CD: ABQ:001


Product: CD review: Reflection

August 24, 2020
Lions Youth Brass
Conductors: Nigel Birch; Tom Hancock; Jamie Sharp
WOS Recordings: WOS 157


Product: Instrument review: Yamaha YCR-4330GSII Cornet

August 16, 2020
Yamaha continues the high quality evolutionary process with its upgraded Intermediate cornet model.


Product: LP review: Spectrum

August 9, 2020
The Rise to Fame of the Stanshawe (Bristol) Band
Conductor: Walter Hargreaves
SAYDISC Recordings: SDLB 262


Product: Product review: Brand plastic mouthpieces

August 3, 2020
A combination of Swiss engineering precision and allergy free plastic looks to make an impression on being the name on lips of a growing niche market.


Product: CD review: The Origin of the Species

August 2, 2020
Virtuoso Victorian Brass Music
The Wallace Collection
Conductor: Simon Wright
Soloist: John Wallace
Nimbus Recordings: NI 5470


Product: LP review: British Music for Brass Band

July 26, 2020
Black Dyke Mills Band
Conductors: Major Peter Parkes & Roy Newsome
RCA Red Seal 25078


Product: CD review: Foursome for Brass

July 21, 2020
Music for Brass Quartette
Derek Garside; William David Thomas; Haydn Harris; Lyndon Baglin
SAYDISC Records: CDSDL 254


Product: Instrument review: pBugle

July 13, 2020
The latest addition to the Warwick Music Group stable of plastic instruments seems something of an anomaly, but it could also kick start another education revolution...


Product: CD review: Music for Isolation

July 12, 2020
Rie Takeuchi & Gideon Juckes
Digital Album
Gururiyoza Records


Product: LP review: Festival of Championship Brass

July 7, 2020
Featuring: Black Dyke; Brighouse & Rastrick; City of Coventry; Cory; CWS (Manchester); Fairey; Grimethorpe; GUS (Footwear); Hampshire Youth; Ransome, Hoffman & Pollard; Rochdale; Stanshawe; Tredegar Junior; Yorkshire Imperial
Decca Recordings: STBC 7-9


Product: Instrument review: Besson BE120 Prodige cornet

June 29, 2020
The student model market place is highly competitive, so has Besson struck the right balance on cost and quality with its revamped and upgraded 'Prodige' cornet?


Book review: James Ord Hume

June 28, 2020
The March King
Dr Timothy Thirst
Price: £15.95 (paperback) (UK)


Product: LP review: Golden Melodies

June 27, 2020
The National Brass Band
Conductor: Geoffrey Brand
Soloists: Jim Shepherd, Gordon Higginbottom, Derek Southcott, Ray Farr, Brian Evans
K-tel Records: ONE 1075


Product: CD review: Nigel Clarke — Mysteries of the Horizon

June 20, 2020
Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Conductors: Nigel Clarke, David Thornton, Sandy Smith
Soloist: Harmen Vanhoorne
Naxos Recordings: 8.574097


Product: Product review: Denis Wick mute corks

June 14, 2020
Mute corks for cornet to tuba
Denis Wick London
Prices: Vary


Product: LP review: Carnaval

June 11, 2020
Wynton Marsalis
Eastman Wind Ensemble
Conductor: Donald Hunsberger
CBS Records Masterworks
CB 331




Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH


Contest: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain

Saturday 2 October • Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP


Chinnor Silver

April 19 • With rehearsals starting soon in line with government guidelines we are looking to strengthen BACKROW CORNETS &PERCUSSION TEAM concerts and contests planned.we rehearse on wednesdays in our own bandroom check out our lockdown performances and come join us


Chadderton Band

April 17 • Chadderton Band is a friendly non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections of the band particularly on Euph Drums and Horn. Come along for a blow most welcome.


Oxford Cherwell Brass

April 14 • Returning to the band room in May we have vacancies for second and third cornets. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 8-10pm at Edward Feild School, Kidlington. The band has engagements and contests lined up from late summer onwards.


Michael Bennett

BSc, RNCM (Perf)
Performer, Composer, Arranger, Teacher


               

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