Colin Touchin 1953-2022

We are saddened to learn of the death of Colin Touchin who lost his fight with cancer on 30th September 2022. Colin was always so supportive of NCBF and its activities and will be remembered for his inspirational adjudications, full of enthusiastic constructive advice, delivered in the most thoughtful manner. […]

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New Big Band Repertoire 2022-23

NEW BIG BAND REPERTOIRE 2022-23 The Big Band repertoire list for 2022-23 contains pieces by some exciting young UK big band composers. ‘Heatwave’ is a great funk chart at 2.5 level composed by trumpeter/guitarist Nick Dewhurst used for keeping things going with Walsall Music Hub during lockdown. Check it out […]

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New Wind Band Repertoire 2022-23

NEW WIND BAND REPERTOIRE 2022-23 The summer holidays are a great time to review new music for groups prior to the new season/academic year. Although new publications for wind bands are starting to emerge, following COVID lockdowns, the field is rather limited compared to pre-lockdown times. I’m sure that this […]

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Trinity College London Celebrating Performance with the NCBF

Thank you to Trinity College London for their support of The National Concert Band Festival and their wonderful article about the recent Nationals! “Find out how we’re celebrating and championing progression through performance via our continued support for the National Concert Band Festival. Our latest blog delves into the partnership […]

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NCBF Play Days 2021

What a fantastic weekend of playing! The ncbf Play Days ‘Blow Away the Cobwebs’ and ‘Back In The Groove’ were two full days, aiming to bring musicians together and make music again. On Saturday, wind band players participated under the direction of Duncan Stubbs OBE to explore British wind band […]

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FLEXIBLE ENSEMBLES ARE GO!!

In my last article I promised a separate Flexible Ensembles list, with recommendations for both wind and big bands. However on reflection I have decided to set out my suggestions in a different format. As bands start to come together again, ‘live’ ,to rehearse and prepare for performances to ‘live’ […]

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