New Resources from Trinity College London

Trinity College London is proud to support the work of the NCBF and share in its belief of the power of performance. Learn more in our video about how Trinity’s approach to graded music qualifications provides candidates with the opportunity to personalise their performance, play to their strengths and demonstrate […]

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Celebrating Birthdays

After one year in lockdown, most of you will be hoping that we can all start performing again… soon. We’ll start looking for content for our concerts and festivals that we hope to be able to take part in come the Autumn. So, when my copy of BBC Music magazine […]

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Back To The Band Room – Part 4

As promised in Part 3 of this short series, here are some suggestions for what Sir Thomas Beecham called “lollipops” – pieces that fit very well at the end of your programme, some are entertainment style, others are more reflective. The value of these titles is that they are in […]

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Back to the Band Room – Part 3

Now that the prospects of rehearsing again are looking more positive, let’s consider some substantial concert band pieces – why? We can all find shorter pieces of quality that convey a theme, programmatic idea, mood, however in the right setting in the concert hall it is valuable to have a […]

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Back To The Band Room – Part 2

Following on from last month’s thoughts on those first rehearsals following such a long gap in ensemble playing, here are some suggestions which I hope lead your band into confident playing again. Once again, I stress the value of time being taken in ‘warm-ups’ and unison playing at the commencement […]

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Back To The Band Room – Part 1 

Whilst we are all waiting for the ‘green light’ to be able to hold those first rehearsals, here are some approaches I have used (but do not claim to be original) for whenever! • Your excitement at returning to directing the band will be matched by the player’s anticipation and […]

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Letter to NCBF Band Directors 10/06/20

Greeting to all Band Directors. We at ncbf (National Concert Band Festival) are committed to providing performance opportunities for wind bands and big bands, even at this unique time of COVID-19 infections in the UK and worldwide. We sincerely hope you are all keeping safe and well, no doubt waiting […]

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