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Thursday 4 February, 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 29, 2011 | Issue 5650

Bid to retrieve Pontin’s prizes

Bands that have not received their prize money from the Pontin’s Brass Band Championships, which took place last October just prior to the company entering administration, were thrown a lifeline this week with the announcement that the British Federation of Brass Bands (BFBB) is to assist with a co-ordinated effort to retrieve the outstanding payments, thought to total in excess of £30,000.


National champion to feature David King as guest soloist

The current national champion band of Great Britain, Brighouse and Rastrick, is to feature its professional conductor, Professor David King, as guest cornet soloist in a concert at Brighouse Central Methodist Church on February 26.


Changes at Besses o' th' Barn

Besses o’ th’ Barn Band has announced two new appointments to its musical team. Joining this famous old band to work alongside resident musical director, James Holt, are musical advisor, Dr Roy Newsome, and associate musical director, Geoff Bradley.


Twenty-five years ago:

British Bandsman | January 27, 1996 | Issue 4867

Bergen pulls in BDM

Just one week after announcing it would not defend its title in the 1996 European Championship, Black Dyke Mills Band has reversed its decision and will now fly to Bergen Norway to compete.


New melody discovered

The catchy signature tune of Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, the BBC's latest weekly detective series which pulls in 13 million viewers on Wednesday evenings, is quickly catching on due in no small measure to Phillip McCann and his distinctive, sweet cornet sound.


Adjudicators' forum awarded top marks

The first ever recorded Adjudicators’ Forum, held this month at University College Salford in Manchester, attracted 26 of the country’s top brass band adjudicators and was hailed as a huge success by its architect, the British Federation of Brass Bands.


Fifty years ago:

British Bandsman | January 30, 1971 | Issue 3594

Scots Guards at Dunstable

Playing to a full House of 800 persons at the impressive Queensway Hall, Dunstable, the Band of the Scots Guards displayed fine tone and good technique.


Challenging Brass win for Ransomes

On Saturday, January 23 the BBC Radio competition Challenging Brass brought Ransome Hoffman and Pollard into musical challenge with the Hanwell Band.


British Open champion plus

The Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band, current British Open champion, will be joined by 35 past and present members of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain in Huddersfield Town Hall on February 28 for a concert.