Working with the best craftsmen, the latest technology and the most highly regarded musicians, Besson always strives to do better. From the raw materials, the skilled techniques of master craftsmen, to the build and finish, each instrument is played and tested by the greatest brass players you will ever hear. We do this to provide you with the best instruments money can buy, a quality that endures and retains its value, making it a ‘sound’ investment to help you on your journey as a musician.
UniBrass are very thankful to Besson for being the Education Sponsors of UniBrass 2016.
You can find out all about the instruments Besson have to offer at www.besson.com.
“I believe that UniBrass is an incredibly unique event that encourages music making at all levels. It engages ensembles run by professionals as well as peer-led ensembles. I highly value the work that UniBrass has undertaken to promote creativity in this area. It is my opinion that all musical skills should be celebrated with one of the skills being composition.” – Dave Collins
The Cory Band hails from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales and is recognised as one the principality’s finest and most innovative music ensembles. Their numerous CD recordings and live concert performances have received worldwide acclaim. Cory are currently the World’s number one ranked brass band for the seventh consecutive year. The Cory Academy is the youth outreach arm of the Cory Band who are working very closely with UniBrass.
For more information, to purchase any recordings, or to join the Cory Band Fan Club please visit www.coryband.com or check out our latest news at www.facebook.com/coryband.
Brass Bands England
Brass Bands England (BBE) is the leading charitable organisation in England devoted to promoting and encouraging participation in brass band music making across the country.
BBE has helped the UniBrass contest by providing funding for the adjudicators of the event, and giving invaluable advice and support throughout.
For more information, please visit their website.
Leeds Building Society
Leeds Building Society is the UK’s 5th biggest building society with over 140 years of experience. Whilst its head office is still in Leeds city centre it now has over 60 branches across the UK, including a branch in Gibraltar. For more information, please visit their website.
Creative Brass is the sole publisher and distributor of music by North East composer Lee Morris. Lee is the composer and arranger in residence with Westoe Brass Band and also publishes music on behalf of a number of other composers and arrangers. Creative Brass stock an exciting range of instruments and gifts; see what they have to offer on their website.
The Brit Trust
The Brit Trust was established in 1989 and entirely funded by the music industry. The Trusts’ mission is to give young people a chance to express their musical creativity regardless of race, class, sex or ability. UniBrass are very grateful for the sponsorship of the Brit Trust. For more information, please visit their website.
UniBrass is affiliated with the following organisations:
Brass for Africa
Brass for Africa is a charity that greatly improves the lives of many impoverished children around Africa through the medium of music. By learning a brass instrument, the children have the opportunity to perform with others and experience professional tuition for free. They have recently expanded from Kampala to Liberia and the enthusiasm of the leaders is growing and growing. As well as lessons and workshops, the charity also supports a refuge for young vulnerable girls living in slums.
Let us know if you have any instruments you could donate to Brass for Africa through the “Contact” page, or visit www.brassforafrica.com.
Tewit Youth Band
Tewit Youth Band is a Brass Band which was formed by the late Leighton Rich MBE, who hailed from the Rhondda Valleys, in March 1978, Over the years the band has developed in quality and size with now over 90 members in the four band groups: Training, Junior, Intermediate and Senior with ages ranging from 6 up to 18. They play a large repertoire from traditional brass band music through to classics and popular music in the many concerts they perform each year at Local, National and International venues. These include the Royal Symphony Hall Birmingham, Royal Festival Hall London, Harrogate International Centre and Royal Hall etc.. They were honoured by being invited to perform for Prince Charles at the official reopening of the Royal Hall in 2008. They have traveled extensively throughout Europe to Germany, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary Switzerland and Austria. The band compete at the National Youth Brass Band Championships and have achieved a Gold Award twice in the last three years. They regularly enter the famous Whit Friday Marches in the Saddleworth area, again winning playing and deportment prizes and were overall Youth Band Champions there one year.
Their Musical Director in Martin Hall.
University of York
UniBrass would like to acknowledge the help and support in putting on the contest from our current host university, the University of York.
For more information about the university please see www.york.ac.uk.