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Anglian Brass Band Association Annual Brass Training Day

Wednesday 8 November, 2017

On Sunday 24 September the East
Anglian Brass Band Association held its
Annual Brass Training Day at the Hewett
Academy, Norwich. Delegates from age
nine upwards had enrolled for the course.
The section tutors, who were from Foden’s
Band, were Anna Hughes-Williams (2nd
and 3rd cornets), Melanie Whyle (flugels
and tenor horns), Shaun Farrington
(trombones), Gary Curtin (euphoniums)
and Stuart Baglin (basses). Mark
Wilkinson was course leader and soprano
and solo cornets tutor.
The music studied was All in the April
Evening (Hugh S. Roberton), Variations
on Laudate Dominum (Edward Gregson),
Prismatic Light (Alan Fernie) and The
Standard of St. George (Kenneth J. Alford).
The delegates accompanied Gary Curtin in
Grandfather’s Clock (G. Doughty).
Association Secretary, Christine Wade
said, “Delegates were really looking
forward to the day and it was hugely
successful. All the delegates found the day
enjoyable and beneficial. Delegates have
emailed about the excellent choice of
music. We had some young cornet players
attend the event for the first time. They
found it challenging but very enjoyable.”
The Association wishes to thank Mark,
Anna, Melanie, Gary, Stuart and Shaun
for an excellent day, and is grateful to
Town House Close Estate Charity for a
grant towards the cost of this event. The
2018 Brass Training Day will take place
on Sunday 30 September when the tutors
will be from Cory Band.