INSPIRING FROM AFAR - Les Neish unveils online band project

Issue 6077

FLYING HIGH - Brett Baker on developing the upper register

COVID CANCELLATION - Saddleworth and Oldham Whit Friday off again


Tributes to Harry Kelly

Monday 25 January, 2021 The death has been announced of Lourdes Brass Band president, Harry Kelly, days after his 79th birthday. He passed away on January 17 in Drogheda, Ireland, following complications relating to COVID-19. Read full article

Death of James Scott

Sunday 24 January, 2021 The death has been reported of brass band performer, conductor and adjudicator, James Scott. He passed away recently at the age of 95. Read full article

Neish inspiring online with new Fernie work

Saturday 23 January, 2021 As someone who is no stranger to globetrotting, tuba soloist Les Neish may be forgiven for resting on his laurels until normal service resumes. Any such notion is far from the truth, however, and the renowned performer has spearheaded an innovative new project offering musicians the opportunity to continue indulging in their passion from the comfort and safety of home. Read full article

RNCM set for brass festival online tribute

Friday 22 January, 2021 The onset of the new year would usually bring one of the most significant non-competitive dates in the UK banding calendar, the Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band Festival. The COVID-19 pandemic means that the festival cannot take place in 2021 but an online event is to take place instead, reflecting on highlights from the festival in recent years. Read full article

Obituary: Jimmy Macrae

Monday 18 January, 2021 British Bandsman recently reported on the death of Newtongrange Silver Band stalwart, Jimmy Macrae. The band has compiled a brief obituary paying tribute to its loyal player and administrator. Read full article

'Record' numbers attend AoBBA AGM

Monday 18 January, 2021 Interest in the world of judging and critiquing seems alive and well after the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators reported record numbers of delegates attending its annual general meeting. Read full article


BB Brass Masterclass: Tom Hutchinson

Saturday 16 January, 2021 In the first of a series of masterclasses produced by leading soloists in 2021, Cory Band’s principal cornet player Tom Hutchinson writes exclusively for British Bandsman readers about simple routines to help blow away the cobwebs and get back into shape. Read full article

Brass for Africa celebrates success

Sunday 10 January, 2021 The year 2021 has started very well for Brass for Africa, with the charity’s founder and executive director, Jim Trott, recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s New Year honours list. Read full article