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BBE ‘delighted’ with Midlands Artistic Development seminar

Thursday 6 December, 2018

Brass Bands England (BBE) held its second seminar on the subject of Artistic Development last Saturday (1st) at Loughborough School, with over 20 musical directors and other banding enthusiasts taking part in the day-long session with Philip Harper.

Speaking to BB about the event, BBE’s Chief Executive Officer Kenny Crookston commented: “We were yet again delighted with both the turnout and level of engagement at Philip Harper’s seminar, which focuses on a subject right at the heart of everything that brass bands do whenever they embark on any performance. Philip not only brings terrific enthusiasm and a friendly, relaxed approach to these events, but the content is presented in such a way that musicians at any level will find plenty to enhance their bands’ future performances, as well as their ability to engage with their own public.”

Kenny Crookston continued: “The feedback from our first seminar in September in Thornbury was outstanding and we are pleased to report that the same is true from the Midlands event. We would also like to thank the members of Hathern Band, with whom Philip worked during the afternoon. Our next session will be at The Hawth, Crawley on Sunday 20 January 2019, followed by one at Ushaw College in Durham on Saturday 23 March. Further details of these are available on the BBE website at, but don’t worry if you can’t make them as we will shortly be announcing details of similar events later in 2019 in the North West and Yorkshire.”

Saturday’s Loughborough event saw Sophie Anderson make her last appearance in her role as BBE’s Education and Development Manager, prior to embarking on a new career path. Kenny Crookston concluded: “We would like to thank Sophie for her outstanding work for BBE during 2018 and wish her every success in her new career. The process for appointing her successor and a new role of Membership Support Officer is still open and applications will be accepted until Friday 14 December.”

Full details of both positions currently open at BBE are available at