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Down Memory Lane: Issue 6077

Wednesday 27 January, 2021

We take a look in the British Bandsman archives at the stories hitting the headlines in years gone by...

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Ten years ago: British Bandsman | January 22, 2011 |

Issue 5649

Pete Postlethwaite tribute at RNCM Festival of Brass

In a change to the advertised programme, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and guest conductor, Howard Evans, are to pay a musical tribute to the late, great actor Pete Postlethwaite in their Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) Festival of Brass concert (January 30, 7.30pm).


Solo and ensemble extravaganza in Scotland

Scotland’s brass band community is gearing up for its first big event of the year, which will take place at Livingston’s Howden Park Centre on February 5 and 6 - the Besson Scottish Solo and Ensemble Championships, offering a great test of individual and collective musicianship right across the age range.


The Cornish Brass Band Festival, first held in 1912 and popularly known as the Bugle Contest, has announced the test-pieces for this year’s event, which will be held on Saturday, June 18. One of the few contests still held in the open air, the day begins with the competing bands marching through the village of Bugle to Molinnis Park, where the competition is held on a specially built bandstand.




Twenty-five years ago: British Bandsman | January 20, 1996 |

Issue 4866

No show by Euro defenders

Black Dyke Mills Band will not defend its title in the 1996 Boosey and Hawkes European Brass Band Championships in Bergen in May. It is the first time in the 19-year history of the European Championships a band has opted not to do so. Black Dyke claims it has taken the unprecedented decision on purely financial grounds. It estimates that return flights to Bergen, plus overnight accommodation costs for the requisite five nights, would taught up to around £20,000, an expense it says it cannot justify for a single contest appearance.


Reshuffle as Sellers looks up

Chair changes at Sellers Engineering band in the past month include the signing of Peter Roberts, formerly of Stocksbridge, as soprano cornet and Simon Kingsley in lieu of Rupert Trippett on principal trombone. Chris Matthews has also joined on second trombone but rumours that principal euphonium Richard Gosney had quit are unfounded. Work commitments prevented Richard undertaking any pre-Christmas engagements with Sellers but he is now back in harness with the band full time.


National Youth Brass Band Championships promise thrills

Youth bands from every corner of the nation will descend on Manchester over the weekend of February 17 and 18 to battle it out for the top four youth brass band titles.




Fifty years ago: British Bandsman | January 23, 1971 |

Issue 3593

Work commissioned

The London borough of Redbridge is to be congratulated for its enterprise in fostering instrumental tuition and music generally on a very generous scale.


North Western Area Brass Band Association Annual Championships

The executive committee of the Association is pleased to announce that Watney Mann North Ltd (formerly Wilsons Brewery Ltd) is once again sponsoring this important event in the North West which will be held in the Pembroke Halls, Worsley, on Sunday, February 21.


Plans for Bugle Contest

At its meeting on Friday, January 15 the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival committee finally approved the following details for the 1971 festival to be held on Saturday, June 19 at Molinnis Park, Bugle, Cornwall.