FUNDING BOOST - Cory celebrates £35k award

Issue 6056

BREATH OF FRESH AIR - Optimism as BBE research released

FAIR OR FOUL? - Tim Mutum on Alex Owen and Besses' historic result shock



Obituary: Frank Fidler

Friday 7 August, 2020 Members of the brass band community have paid their respects to instrument repairer Frank Fidler, who passed away recently at the age of 84. Read full article

Curtain to rise on NYBBS online showcase

Friday 7 August, 2020 The release of a video trailer signals the countdown has started to an online ‘grand finale’ performance by more than 150 young Scottish brass musicians, replacing a live concert which had to be called off due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Read full article

Brass Bands England hosts equality, diversity and inclusion roundtable

Thursday 6 August, 2020 Invited guests from organisations including Pride Brass, the Bandspeople’s Alliance to Negate Discrimination (BAND), the Kinetika Bloco performance group, Leicester’s Drum and Brass, and other individuals representing a diverse cross-section of those less well-represented in banding met recently at a virtual roundtable. Read full article

Cory in £35k COVID funding boost

Wednesday 5 August, 2020 The Cory Band has been handed a major funding boost to the tune of £35,000, enabling the world’s number one ranked band to continue interacting with its audiences in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read full article

Halifax teen honoured for lighting up lockdown

Wednesday 29 July, 2020 From taking to his doorstep to serenade people with his playing to hosting online concerts to thousands, teenage horn player Andrew Naylor has played a huge role in keeping up morale during the lockdown period. Now the 13-year-old has been honoured by BrassFestUK for his inspiring work after being revealed as its Bandsperson of Lockdown. Read full article

Coalburn keeping the music playing

Monday 27 July, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic may have prevented members of the Coalburn band family from meeting for weekly rehearsals but the South Lanarkshire organisation has found new ways of engaging to ensure that the music continues. Read full article

Colston statue's demise inspires NYBBW commission

Sunday 26 July, 2020 The tearing down of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol proved to be one of the enduring scenes of lockdown, a symbol of the anger at the way the merchant, philanthropist and politician – who was heavily involved in the slave trade – had been held up on high. Now plans are underway for the National Youth Brass Band of Wales (NYBBW) to premiere a new work inspired by the events which unfolded during the summer of 2020. Read full article