Change of soloist at the RNCM Brass Band FestivalTuesday 15 January 2019In a change to Cory Band's advertised programme for Sunday 27 January, Steve Stewart, the band's legendary soprano cornet soloist will now not be performing Daniel Price’s Concerto for soprano cornet. His place will be taken by principal trombone Chris Thomas, who will play Ray Steadman-Allen’s concerto-like suite Immortal Theme,...Read moreHAPPY 100TH ANNIVERSARY WILFREDFriday 30 November 2018In 1947 Wilfred Heaton enrolled at the Sheffield Educational Settlement for a course in the history of European art under the auspices of the Workers' Educaiton Association. The course was run by the Settlement's warden Arnold Freeman, who ran the itaccording to the principles espoused by the Austrian philospher Rudolf Steiner....Read moreWILFRED HEATON'S MUSICAL APPRENTICESHIPFriday 30 November 2018John Wilfred Heaton was born in 2 December 1918, one hundred years ago this coming Sunday. He is now acknowledged as one of the musical adventurers of the brass band world for the work he created from his teens through to his early 30s. For over half his life he composed...Read moreWILFRED HEATON CENTENARY TO BE CELEBRATED AT THE RNCM BRASS BAND FESTIVALFriday 2 November 2018The cast list for the 2019 Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band Festival (25 - 27 January) reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of the best that the brass band world has to offer. Two world class soloists, Ian Bousfield (trombone) and David Childs (euphonium), lead the way performing two major...Read moreBesses celebrates 200 years in styleMonday 29 October 2018Besses o 'th' Barn Band 0f 2018 was joined by 1970s to celebrate 200 years of making one of the most famous names in the brass band world.
For those who do not know where Besses o 'th' Barn is, it's a tiny area just north of the M60 on the Bury...Read moreBESSES AT 200Thursday 4 October 2018One of the most historic names in the annals of brass band history - Besses o' th' Barn Brass Band from Whitefield in Bury - celebrates 200 years of music making in the town and beyond on Saturday 27 October with a gala reunion concert. The current band will be...Read moreBRITTEN’S KING ARTHUR Thursday 2 August 2018On Sunday 16th September 2018 music by one of the 20th century's greatest composers, Benjamin Britten, will be a major brass band competition for the first time. A suite arranged from music for a 1937 BBC radio drama the challenge First Section finalists at the National Brass Band Championships of...Read moreFourth John Golland Award at 2019 Brass Band FestivalWednesday 1 August 2018Composers aged 18 - 30 are invited to submit new or previously unperformed works for brass band for performance at the RNCM Brass Band Festival for the fourth John Golland Award. Submisisons should be no longer than eight mintes in duration. Up to four will be selected depending on length and...Read moreWILFRED HEATON ON WIND ORCHESTRAThursday 19 April 2018PHM Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of wind band arrangements of two popular brass band items in march style by the esteemed composer, conductor and teacher Wilfred Heaton (1918 - 2000). The Golden Pen and Le Tricot Rouge probably date from the 1940s, but were not published in the...Read moreBRITTEN ON BRASS AT THE NATIONAL BRASS BAND CHAMPIONSHIPSFriday 6 April 2018For the first time in the history of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, a work by Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) has been selected as a set test piece. On 16 September 2018 the finalists in the First Section of the National Championships of Great Britain will perform...Read moreMAJOR BRASS WORK BY ARTHUR BLISS ARRANGED FOR BAND Friday 6 April 2018PHM Publishing is delighted to announce the release of a brass band arrangement of Greetings to a City, the most substantial fanfare composed by Sir Arthur Bliss during his years as Master of the Queen's Musick. In 1960 Bliss was commissioned by the American Wind Symphony to write a work for...Read moreWar Memorials CD receives great reviewsTuesday 15 November 2016War Memorials is the title of Robin Holloway's two brass band pieces, Men Marching and From Hills and Valleys. This provided the title and inspiration for this project, which I'm delighted to say has received some outstanding reviews in The Sunday Times, The Observer and BBC Music Magazine (pod casts) as...Read more