Brass Bands and Christmas go together like a horse and carriage. So as Frank wishes us all a very happy Christmas from BrassPass.TV, enjoy this unique collection of wonderful Christmas and seasonal music.
Frank Renton has the names of our BrassPass.tv Young Brass Award Semi Finalists who will trying to impress judges Katy Jones, Principal Trombone of the Halle Orchestra and conductor and cornet virtuoso Russell Gray on January 13th in Manchester’s Stoller Hall. Dear to his heart is Grimethorpe and they are his feature band. Foden’s have teamed up with star trumpet player Mike Lovatt and Frank has possibly the only solo recording from Euphonium legend Harry Mather
The first track from a new recording by trumpet superstar Mick Lovatt with Foden’s. From download to CD comes the brilliant Tom Hutchinson, an archive classic from Kenneth Dennison plus Virtuoso GUS in some of its many guises is the featured band .
Frank launches the new BrassPass.tv Young Brass Award and a complete series of exclusive concerts Best of Brass, all taking place in the fabulous RIBA winning Stoller Hall in Manchester. Plus, of course, the 2nd in his series of soloist features including a tenor horn player who has simply re-written all the rules, some classic tuba playing and a quartet of soloists that simply ‘blow the roof off’
The spotlight finds some wonderful soloists and the varied music they’ve chosen to record. Expect the exciting from Ian Williams, the captivating bass trombone of Ingvild Rosenberg, the legendary sound of John Clough and the passion of a current superstar, Glenn Van Looy.
With the 166th British Open Brass Band Championships on the horizon Frank considers some of the runners and riders and assesses how they might do. There’s music from Black Dyke, Eikhangar, Foden’s and Grimethorpe but be sure to visit the playlist for the complete details.
On Holiday with some time to spare Frank’s thoughts turn to a subject that has fascinated him since he first played in a brass band, and that is the enormous value that musicians who haven’t spent the whole of their lives steeped in the brass band tradition bring to the movement. A look at the full playlist reveals the names of Edward Elgar, Colin Davis, Malcolm Arnold, Howard Snell, and Elgar Howarth amongst these unique talents