In this month’s edition…
Cambridge Variations composer, Philip Sparke, on finding artistic freedom
James Gourlay examines the merits of contesting
Tom Davoren on why the top section Regional test for 2016 has entered the annals of contesting folklore
BBW collaborates with the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators to give an adjudicator’s perspective of the 2016 Regional tests for sections 1-4 through the eyes of David Hirst, Anne Crookston, Paul Holland and Roger Webster
Yamaha Artist, Russell Gray's, timeline to performance in his conducting master class, plus Jonathan Pippen enjoys a Q&A with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Bass Trombone - Simon Cowen!
Black Dyke’s Solo Baritone, Katrina Marzella, launches the inaugural version of Desert Island Discs with Austrian trumpet star, Thomas Gansch
Retrospectives of the French National, Brass at the Guild and Butlin’s Mineworkers Open National Brass Band Festival, plus the RNCM Festival platform for the highest quality brass band repertoire and performers
Japan Nexus imports British-style banding
Mark Good meets BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award semi-finalist and Scottish Solo Champion - Kyle Maccorquodwle
With guest wit, John Barber and cartoonist Nezzy
New CD releases from A4 Brass Quartet, The International Staff Band and Brett Baker; John Wallace CBE reviews Howard Snell’s book, ‘The Trumpet - Its Practice and Performance’, and finds it ‘a revelation’; the Cornish Youth Brass Band and Hendon Citadel Band, with guests Philip Cobb and David Childs, in concert; the ‘Come-back kid’ Peter Roberts gets his lip in on a Stomvi Soprano; and Willson’s new singing euphonium
Allan Withington’s Dutch Conductors’ School, the British transfer season, the President’s Own United States Marines Band premières Tom Davoren’s ‘Divinity of Hell’, Yamaha’s boost for Italian banding and Black Dyke to appear in New York!
With Gordon Simpson
Cory enters the New Year as the number one band
What's on around the world in February and March