With the Lockdown due to continue for the foreseeable future Dave and Martyn discuss the reality of the continuing disruption to the contesting season. They also look at the points raised in 4BR's round table debate on sectional restructure.
Martyn brings you the first "Time Capsule" where he aims to transport us back to the memorable events of our banding past.
Steve Stewart of The Cory Band, recollects his part in another dominant ensemble of its time, Desford Colliery Band.
A National win from a No3 draw was their fourth Albert Hall victory in a row, and one of the banding feats still talked about to this day.
In this, the penultimate episode of these podcasts, Frank revisits just about his favourite album ever, celebrates a piece he considers to be a brass band classic and wonders just what Michael Nymann would have written had anyone been brave enough to commission a set test piece from him as he offered, something like his film music Chasing Sheep perhaps?
The return of the Brass Band Podcast sees Martyn Ramsay join Dave Kinross to discuss the unprecedented times we find ourselves in. The rapid onset of the Covid 19 Pandemic in the UK, brought about disruption to the Area Contest series. Dave and Martyn examine the outcome of this and discuss the contesting outlook for the rest of the year.
In these ‘lock down’ days Frank has 45 minutes of pure enjoyment including one of the shortest and most popular marches, some amazing solo playing and film and dance music to soothe the soul. Sit back and, unless you’re driving, close your eyes and get taken into the heart of some wonderful band music.
An episode full of original music for brass band some of it bringing together the best contemporary talents such as Lucy Pankhurst’s Concerto written for Owen Farr alongside music by the brass band’s most popular living composer Philip Sparke written for and played by Brett Baker. Frank reflects upon a piece from 1922 by film composer Hubert Bath, his Freedom Symphony No.1 written for the National Championships and follows that with the all to rarely heard Fantasy for Brass Band by another composer known, amongst other music, for his film scores Malcolm Arnold , also written for the National Championships. Great music all.
With the recent passing of Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas at the amazing age of 103 we’ve come to the end of that bit of movie history. Frank thought we’d have our own trip down memory lane now with some of the great songs from the golden age of the Hollywood Musical played in some very special arrangements. We hear the truly great playing of Rod Franks, a double tracked tuba and the current Young Brass Award Winner Siobhan Bates. And so it’s time to get on your trolley, take tea for two and start facing the music and dancing to name but 3 of these brilliant featured arrangements.
Frank has 2 tracks from our new double cd made up of music recorded at our first band of the year competition last year and including great performances by Cory, Black Dyke, Fodens, Brighouse to name but three, O and of course, music from the winning programme by Cory. Frank also considers how the brass band has travelled the world and gives us a timely reminder of how it used to be here in the original banding home with the massed bands of Men O’Brass.
Frank indulges in some cornet nostalgia from 1958 with star player James Scott with Munn & Felton’s (Footwear) Band, he remembers a great recording session with the Fairey Band and Philip Lawrence and ends with classic Edward Gregson in this special year for one of our most illustrious composers.