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Thursday 7 May, 2020

With bands far and wide sharing their virtual handiwork during the COVID-19 lockdown, Stavanger Brass Band and conductor Allan Withington have kicked off their own creative challenge.

The band, which is the reigning Norwegian national champion, has devised a corona music challenge, with Allan having created a melody which has been recorded by the band and shared on social media.

Bands are encouraged to offer their own replies to video, with a few simple stipulations. They need to retain the original melody but matters like tempo, harmony, key and instrumentation can be changed at will.

A spokesperson for Stavanger Brass Band said: “We, at Stavanger, have a deep-seated passion to reach out to our musical colleagues and include them in something that we hope will be… just good fun.”

The original video is available to view on the British Bandsman Facebook page and the two-part melody is available to download from Stavanger Band’s website.