PRESS RELEASE

 

The 17th SWBBA Mid-Winter Brass Workshop takes place over the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 February at the West Buckland School, near Barnstable,

when over 100 brass musicians will enjoy not only the excellent facilities provided at the School, but a wide range of new music under the expert tuition of

Paul Cosh, Dr Chris Davis and Chris Jeans

On the Sunday afternoon, the Executive Committee extends an open invitation to meet the Executive, Tutors and participants over a cup of tea/coffee before joining

 the Band at the End of Workshop Concert.  Come and enjoy an afternoon in glorious North Devon.


The Workshop is supported by Arts Council England, Taw & Torridge Coaches and Westacott & Son Co-operative Funeralcare.

 

Brian Elliott

Secretary SWBBA


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Press Release

 

A busy 2015 looms ahead for the management team (Executive Committee) of the South West Brass Band Association. 

The year commences with the 17th Brass Workshop over the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 February with tuition in the experienced hands of Paul Cosh, Dr Chris Davis and Chris Jeans.  The 100-plus participants of all ages and grades will enjoy rehearsing new concert music by Dave Collins, Alan Fernie, Philip Harper, Leigh Baker, Paul Lovatt-Cooper, Jonathan Bates and Christopher Bond, with sincere thanks to the Publishers including Kirklees Music, Wright & Round and Obrasso. The Workshop is supported by Arts Council England, Taw & Torridge Coaches and Westacott & Son Co-operative Funeral Care.  The Workshop, being held at the West Buckland School, near Barnstaple, extends an Open Invitation on the Sunday afternoon to meet the Executive, Tutors and participants over “a cup of tea” before joining the audience at the End of Workshop Concert at 4pm.    Players intending to attend the Workshop are reminded that application must be made to the Secretary by 31 January.

The busy year follows with the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 29 March at the Okehampton Conservative Club commencing at 10.30am. 

The Weston-super-Mare Own Choice Contest is on Sunday 17 May at the Winter Gardens Pavilion, with John Woods as contest administrator 01934 750700 / wsmcontest@gmail.com .  The year continues with the Exmouth Brass Band Festival on Saturday 5 September; the 69th Annual Championships in the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay, on Saturday 7 November (with adjudicators from Europe); and concluding on Saturday 21 November with a Trombone Workshop with Chris Jeans.

Details of all events from the Secretary, Brian Elliott, on 01752 892056 / brian@swbba.fsnet.co.uk or www.southwestbrassbandassociation.co.uk .

Brian Elliott

Secretary, SWBBA

 

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Statement from John Woods (Administrator) for

Weston-super-Mare Own Choice Contest 2015

Forward Planning required!

Band Secretaries are encouraged to add Sunday 17th May 2015 to their diaries for Weston Super Mare Own Choice Contest at the Winter Gardens promoted by the South West Brass Band Association.

 

2015 will see the event celebrate its 47th year, although Vice Chairman John Woods stresses that the future of the event is now very much in the hands of the banding community.

 

After detailed negotiations with the operators of The Winter Gardens we have now agreed a commercial rent that has been endorsed by the SWBBA Executive Committee - however the calculations are finely balanced, therefore to ensure future visibility we do need the support of bands and their supporters in entering and buying tickets and programmes.  It's a great day out by the sea for families and we are grateful to bands that make the journey from as far afield as Leicestershire, Oxford, Bedfordshire and Wales.  In a critical attack on local bands, John goes on to say that their support too is vital - the reality of the situation is that without an entry field of 30 bands the contest is no longer viable and will have to cease.

 

Records show that in the last 4 years over 60 different bands have entered the event.  This is an opportunity for conductors to select a piece that gives an important mix of being a challenge for players but also to play to their strengths.  The variety of test pieces chosen makes for an interesting and entertaining day.

 

John is determined that the event should reach its 50th anniversary and with the support of Weston Brass, who support us on the day with stewarding and are now helping to engage with the local business community, we remain optimistic.

 

Schedules and entry details will be available towards the end of the year from John Woods and the SWWBBA web site.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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                                       Looking forward to 2015, the year will commence as always with the ever popular Mid-Winter Workshop.
                                 The date is Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th February, again at West Buckland School nr Barnstable Devon.     
                           

                                         The tutors will be Paul Cosh, Chris Davis and Chris Jeans.  The schedule will be available later this year.

 

                                         Further details on all SWBBA activities available from the Secretary, Brian Elliott, on 01752 892056 or 
                                                      brian@swbba.fsnet.co.uk or by visiting www.southwestbrassbandassociation.co.uk  

                                                                                                        Brian Elliott

                                                                                                          Secretary

                                                                                    South West Brass Band Association

 


   
   
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