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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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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Recommended Listening – Wind Band

“From 2011 – 2019 I had the pleasure of conducting the Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra. During this time, the band and I covered a wide range of music that was chosen for concerts, festivals, competitions and workshops. Many of the pieces we chose were as the result of a considerable […]

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