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1985 was a golden year for Black Dyke Mills, winning a clean sweep of contests including the Yorkshire Areas, Europeans, the Open and the Nationals. It is the final victory, on John McCabe’s masterpiece Cloudcatcher Fells, that Sandy Smith joins Martyn to discuss on this week’s Time Capsule. (Note: apologies for Martyn’s sound in the opening 2 minu…
 
Dave and Martyn discuss the cancellation of The Open and Brass in Concert which has cast more uncertainty on the shape of banding in the future. They also examine the effect that social distancing and public confidence will have on the economic structure of events, and how they will ultimately affect bands.…
 
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 sti…
 
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 per…
 
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.…
 
Technological innovation is being driven by one of our most important underlying assets – data. We are seeing an explosion of data collection and use in the mining industry from a multitude of sources. But are we using it to the best of our ability? How is it helping increase productivity and minimise costs across the mining value-chain? acQuire’s …
 
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, …
 
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 Fr…
 
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 t…
 
In this first episode of a new decade, and just for you, Frank is going through the flames, he drops in on a certain lady called Ruby, on the bright side we can all enjoy one of the loveliest trombone sounds you’ll ever hear. There’s a bit of tradition of course, like starting the new year off in Scotland plus Frank features 4 of the current crop o…
 
We’re off to the races, to the Deep South and heading north of the border down the Highland way. Frank recalls the long lamented Royal Doulton Band and Paul Muff plays a little gem of a solo with Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern. Our next Episode is an hour of brilliant brass music to boil the sprouts to, take with you wherever you’re heading or simpl…
 
Whether you’re doing some last-minute wrapping, preparing the sprouts or jetting off on a festive holiday this hour of brilliant brass music is just the thing to have with you. Frank recalls conducting Sleigh Bells and Brass, a Brass Band of Battle Creek CD which has the band at the top of its game. We have two classic arrangements from The Interna…
 
Top C’s and Tiara’s There is a great tradition of the brass band playing arrangements of music from the opera house, and many a music lover, including people like Frank himself, got their first experience of the music from playing it in a band. Of course, not all opera works in arrangements for band especially some of the more contemporary works bu…
 
Brass in Concert is one of the blue ribband events in the UK brass calendar. Some of the best bands in the country are regularly joined by some brilliant visitors from both Europe and the USA. It takes place in the opulent surrounding of the Sage Gateshead now having moved from its sports hall original home. Frank has been intimately involved throu…
 
Siddis is one of the great entertainment events in the band world. With competitions in several sections over the weekend it’s a real test of a bands programme building ingenuity and technical skill. Frank features some winning performances and recalls some highlights of his times there. He also dips into the latest recording by Black Dyke and guid…
 
Rhapsody in Brass by Dean Goffin was written for the British Open Brass Band Championships 70 years ago and it’s the first piece in Frank’s new feature celebrating significant band pieces which have really impressed and moved him over the years. Equally underplayed these days but heard here is A Country scene by Goff Richards and the Dawn of Freedo…
 
Frank thinks that Wilfred Heaton is one of the most innovative and exciting writers for brass band of the last century, and can’t think why his brilliance was not recognised and nurtured at the time. He even signed one of his masterpieces in the name of Paul Krask; it was never performed. Hear how Howard Snell brought Heaton’s wonderful Partita for…
 
Frank celebrates the talents of Richard Scott, one of our most respected and popular recording engineers who sadly died a few weeks ago. Let’s enjoy these wonderful recordings which demonstrate how, with his peerless skill, sensitivity and musicality, Richard encouraged and captured some of the very best music making of his generation.…
 
Frank has the final episode in his summer series highlighting the various places that the brass band gets much of its repertoire from. This one is all about arrangements of, for want of a better term, classical music. There’s everything from music originally for solo flute to several parts of a Wagner opera woven together by Howard Snell creating o…
 
The second of 3 special episodes delving into the world of Brass Band crossover music sees Frank venture into the tricky territory of brass bands and jazz with some great crossover tracks and some stunning arrangements. Is it brass band jazz if you just put a great soloists in front of the traditional lineup? Is it more satisfying to have a jazz ar…
 
As we hopefully enjoy some long hot summer days Frank gives us the first of 2 episodes delving into the world of Brass Band crossover music. Bands have always played arrangements of ‘the music of the day’ which means for the last 30 years or so a great deal of ‘rock and pop’. Not all bands are totally happy with the style which is when they rely on…
 
Here we have some truly great Euphonium playing from Glen Van Looy. One of the pioneering soprano cornet players Brian Evans is joined by another legend Peter Roberts in musical combat and is there any trombone playing sweeter than that of the Danish star Jesper Juul? Well judge for yourself as all the above combine with new recordings from Black D…
 
As we contemplate that delicious period of relative quiet and holidays before we plunge headlong into the autumn season of competition, here are some great tunes plus all the usual and unique Frank Renton insights into the music and the players. We hear a track from the first brasspass.tv cd release featuring recordings made at our own In Concert S…
 
Brass Band Blechklang take us on a Perilous Nordic Journey and it’s high time we heard a movement from the Symphonic Suite for Brass by Eric Ball, a piece which Frank thinks is one of the best ever written for band . Featured also is a new track from a favourite band, we get a chance to revisit the story of a band that was on our UK TV screens for …
 
A mix of new and classic recordings as Frank plays something oh so English from Welsh legends Cory. Baritone horn star Katrina Marzella is at the forefront of creating new repertoire for her instrument and her latest solo CD which includes this brand-new Concerto. Whit Friday is previewed with a rare performance of the Rimmer Arabian March played b…
 
David Thornton is rapidly becoming one of the most influential figures in the development of the brass band and its young musicians. Frank got him on the business side of a Brasspass.tv microphone between their rehearsal and concert in Stoller Hall as they were preparing for that afternoon’s performance of a favourite piece of both soloist and cond…
 
Frank Renton celebrates the first anniversary of his show with highlights from the many national and international competitions and unique events that BrassPass.tv have streamed over the last 12 months, and we’ve been to some great places together. So, enjoy again the winning performance of our Young Brass Award winner Siobhan Bates, expect the une…
 
It’s time for a little stargazing. On board for the journey are Cory, Black Dyke, Manger Mussikklag and the ever-brilliant Philip Cobb as we swirl around a spiral galaxy, do a spot of planet hoping and come to rest by the light of the moon. Composer Carl Davies arrived in the UK in 1961 and just forgot to go home giving us his view of the Galaxies …
 
Warren Carvey from acQuire is joined by guest speakers from Goldcorp - Robin Fell, Director of Strategic Technology Solutions and Sian Marsden, Specialist Mining Applications.Recorded from the Trade Show floor at PDAC 2019, one of the world’s premier mineral exploration conventions, they discuss new technologies seen at PDAC this year, the mining i…
 
A Musical Americana Brass Band Columbus formed in 1984 by Paul Droste are considered by many to be the fathers of the brass band culture in America. They feature in a classic Sousa March, in this, a programme of music from, or about, the USA. The Brass Band of Central Florida were always hot favourites for the US Open title with their bright and in…
 
The skill of the arranger is being able to adapt to any circumstance. With music by composers such as William Walton, Ravel or Zoltan Kodaly, the problem is to fit everything they wrote onto a 25-piece brass band. When working from original music for piano, the arranger has to much more inventive. In this episode we celebrate some of the most succe…
 
How about music from 3 geniuses starting in 1786, moving on to one of the most innovative brass band voices of the last century, and ending with just about the most famous composer in American musical theatre. Frank also has some personal memories of a master musician whose death in 2007 robbed the band world of one of its most inspirational leader…
 
8 have become 4 in this hour long special revealing and featuring the Finalists for the first BrassPass.tv Young Brass Award. They were selected at the Semi-Final held on January 13th in the Carole Nash Hall in Manchester. Plus, there’s music from one of our greatest arrangers, a well loved hymn tune gets deconstructed and Frank goes and ‘Tells it …
 
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