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Friday 26 November, 2021

Despite the weather, three tutors and 22 course members braved a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours to attend Higham Hall’s recent brass band weekend course in the heart of the Lake District.

As with all successful brass band courses the first item on the itinerary was the opening of the bar, followed by a three-course dinner.

The first evening session was a band rehearsal, performing familiar and lesser-known repertoire directed by coaches Owen Farr, Andy Kershaw and Martyn Grisdale. The tutors’ welcoming and relaxed approach quickly put course members at ease resulting in some wonderful and rewarding music-making from the off.

The weekend continued with band and sectional rehearsals, a masterclass led by Owen and Andy, relaxing in the residents’ bar and some whisky tasting. It culminated in an informal playthrough of the repertoire covered over the three days.

A spokesperson for the course commented that delegates and tutors had a wonderful time in what is arguably one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.

The next course is due to take place from February 18-20, 2022 with guest tutor, international euphonium virtuoso and Besson artist, Steven Mead, and a few spaces remain, with potential delegates welcome to get involved.

Anyone interested in attending should contact course leader Martyn Grisdale at before enrolling to ascertain level, instrument(s) and suitability. February’s weekend course is £242 or £172 (non-residential). 

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