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Thursday 18 June, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic may have brought live music making to a halt but brass music fans will soon be able to enjoy an engaging new recital series from the comfort and safety of home, thanks to

In line with easing government guidelines, BrassPass has started filming a new series of more than 20 concerts showcasing leading musicians, sponsored by major instrument manufacturers whose artists are represented and Arts Council England. Among those filmed during the recent recording session in Oldham Music Services’ Lyceum Building were Black Dyke members Brett Baker, principal trombone; Zoe Lovatt-Cooper, flugelhorn; Adam Neild, repiano. These three concerts are sponsored by the Geneva Group.

Martin Gernon, managing director of, commented: “While banding has understandably had to take a back seat during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no question that people are missing live music making and is delighted to be back filming for this exciting new series.

“The crew were happy to be back doing the job they love, even if extra measures had to be taken in order to allow the recording sessions to take place. More recordings are planned in the next few weeks and we all maintain the hope that it will not be too long before full bands and live concerts and festivals can resume doing what they love.”

The session saw minimal performers involved – a soloist and accompanist – and crew members adhered to strict precautions throughout. All the soloists were accompanied by Ruth Hollick, an accompanist at the Royal Northern College of Music who works for various choirs and ensembles and a member of the Rainford Band, where she plays baritone.

The new series is called In the Spotlight and the first programmes are due to be transmitted in early August.

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