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Brass in the Park


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Whilst students enjoy several months holiday over the summer, a well deserved break from studying, many miss the student lifestyle, friends and of course their university brass band! With that in mind the UniBrass Foundation is keen to keep people playing over the long summer months and, as such, are delighted to announce it’s first summer festival, Brass in the Park!

Taking place on Saturday 1st September on Oxford’s Merton Field, Brass in the Park is a great way to end the holidays and an ideal chance for student brass bander’s to come together for a day’s brass banding and socialising. Not a student? No problem, everyone from the brass band community is welcome, come along and enjoy a great day out with friends and family, all completely free! As well as the first ever UniBrass scratch band the Foundation will also be putting on food and refreshments to turn this park job into a great day out. With a brass band, BBQ and hopefully some sun, what more could you want!

Players of all ages and standard are invited to join members of the UniBrass Foundation, and current contest organising committee to play. Either sign up in advance at: unib.co.uk/summer-signup or just bring your instrument along on the day.

The music will start at 11AM and carry on all day, with food and drink available throughout.

Owen Farr to host Test Piece Workshop


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We are delighted to announce that the brilliant Owen Farr will be hosting our free workshop again this year! The workshop will be running from 10.30am-2.30pm on the day of the UniBrass contest - 17th February 2018 - at the University of York campus. The workshop will culminate in a short lunchtime performance in the main auditorium of the Barbican, a short walk from the University.

The workshop is open to brass and percussion players of all ages, with a playing ability of approximately grade 3 and up. It will focus on improving your skills through examining the test piece ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’. This is a fantastic opportunity to receive free tuition from one of the top players in the UK, and to perform in front of an excited and supportive audience of brass band fans. Workshop participants will receive free entry to the rest of the UniBrass contest, and an opportunity to receive discounted ticket prices to our evening Gala Concert!

To reserve your place in the 2018 workshops visit: unib.co.uk/workshops

Tickets for the UniBrass contest are still available at unib.co.uk/tickets

Photo: 2017 UniBrass Workshops, John Stirzaker

UniBrass 2018 Adjudication Team

With UniBrass 2018 just around the corner, the organising committee are excited to announce the adjudicators for the Trophy and Shield sections in this year’s contest. Sandy Smith, the Conductor of Tubular Brass and Resident Musical Director of Grimethorpe Colliery Band, will be overseeing the UniBrass Trophy section alongside talented flugel player Alex Kenyon. This section will see ten bands competing, with last year’s newcomers RNCM defending their impressive performance that led them to victory in 2017.

Eleven bands will compete in the UniBrass Shield section. Established in 2017, this section is aimed at the less-established student bands for a fairer contest that allows more bands a chance to win awards. Its first year was an extremely close-run contest in which Durham University came out on top. This section will be adjudicated by Whitburn’s Principal Cornet Chris Bradley and Grimethorpe’s Solo Horn Helen Varley. All four adjudicators will also be playing with the fabulous Tubular Brass in our Gala Concert, that follows the main contest.
Tickets for the Contest and Gala Concert are still available from £12 at unib.co.uk/tickets. There is also a discount available for combined Contest and Gala tickets.

Free tickets for UniBrass 2018 for non-competing universities

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Image Credit: John Stirzaker

UniBrass 2018 is fast approaching, and with 21 universities competing across the Trophy and Shield sections, the biggest UniBrass yet promises to provide a fantastic day of entertainment. Still, the UniBrass Foundation is not resting. Keen to involve students from even more universities in the UniBrass community, the Foundation is offering FREE contest tickets to non-competing university brass bands and ensembles, or student brass players from universities that don’t have a brass group so they can come and see what the event is all about.
To be eligible you should be a brass/percussion player and a student at a university that is not competing at this year’s contest. Simply fill out the form at unib.co.uk/giveaway for each person who would like a ticket. There are a limited number of tickets available, so fill it in as soon as possible!
Foundation Chair, Alex Parker, commented “Whilst we are thrilled that 21 bands are competing in this year’s contest, we would like to see even more attend in future. We would love to see members of ensembles that are hoping to grow, bands that haven’t been able to compete this year, or people who are looking to start their own brass group so they can get a taste of the UniBrass experience and feel part of the university brass banding community.”
Further to the complimentary contest tickets, anybody who is a part of this scheme will be welcome to stay in our performers accommodation on the Saturday evening at the University of York.
UniBrass 2018 takes place at the York Barbican on the 17th February. Tickets for the contest and the Gala Concert, featuring the incredible Tubular Brass, are available from unib.co.uk/tickets

UniBrass 2018 Draw

The UniBrass 2018 draw took place on Monday 20th November. The order of play on 17th February is shown in the following graphic. Don't forget to get your ticket at unib.co.uk/tickets for what should be a brilliant day of banding! We look forward to seeing you all at the Barbican in York on 17th February 2018!