FORMIDABLE FODEN'S - Full coverage from the 2021 National Brass Band Championships

Issue 6112

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Higham Hall set for bustling brass weekend

Saturday 28 August, 2021

A busy period of brass band music making is shaping up in the Lake District, which is to welcome the 2021 Higham Hall Brass Band Weekend.

The event has been rescheduled for October 29-31 and offers the opportunity a serious, yet relaxed weekend for brass band players to rehearse and perform popular, and some lesser-known, items of the brass band repertoire.

There will be full band and sectional rehearsals under the guidance of tenor horn star Owen Farr and professional musicians Andy Kershaw (tuba) and Martyn Grisdale (cornet). All prospective players must contact course leader Martyn before enrolling to ascertain level, instrument(s) and suitability.

Meanwhile, the next course is scheduled for February 18-20, 2022, and the guest will be euphonium virtuoso and Besson artist, Steven Mead. Again, potential attendees should contact Martyn before enrolling to discuss their suitability.

Higham Hall was originally built in 1828 by railway pioneer Thomas Hoskins, so he could have sight of the railway which used to run along the route now followed by the A66. It saw service as a youth hostel and a girls’ boarding school, before becoming an education centre for Cumbria in 1975. In 2008 Higham Hall was sold to a trust to be run independently as a centre of learning for adults of all ages.

Places are limited so early booking is strongly encouraged. Bursaries and assisted places are available. Contact Martyn:

More information is at the Higham Hall website.