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NCBF New Big Band Repertoire List Additions 2020/21 (Part 1)

Preparing for next seasons National Concert Band Festival, I wanted to draw your attention to Big Band charts that have been added to the 2020/21 Repertoire List. At the same time I would like to introduce you to some brilliant composers and arrangers, who you may, or may not have come across. YouTube clips feature […]

Recommended Listening – Big Bands

“I am delighted to have been asked to provide a selection of ten Youtube clips of big bands. I hope you find them as exciting and inspirational to listen to as I have (and continue to do). YouTube is without doubt one of the finest resources available to us today. Whether it be through live […]

Recommended Listening – Wind Band

“From 2011 – 2019 I had the pleasure of conducting the Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra. During this time, the band and I covered a wide range of music that was chosen for concerts, festivals, competitions and workshops. Many of the pieces we chose were as the result of a considerable amount of time sat at […]

NCBF Welcome New Sponsor | Trinity College London

We are pleased to announce Trinity College London as a new sponsor! Trinity College London, the international exam board for performing arts and communication offers a broad spectrum of assessments, which promote musicality and performance at their heart. Exciting repertoire, key skills, a diagnostic candidate focused mark-scheme and the opportunity to demonstrate your individuality as […]

Allianz Music Insurance Sponsor ncbf National Concert Band Festival

NCBF Welcome New Sponsor | Allianz Music Insurance

We are pleased to announce Allianz Music Insurance as a new NCBF sponsor! ‘Allianz Musical Insurance is the UK’s No.1 Musical Instrument Insurer, dedicated to protecting what matters to musicians since 1960. We cover your instruments and equipment against loss, theft and accidental damage in the UK or worldwide, with unattended vehicle cover and Public […]

Buffet Crampon Sponsor NCBF National Concert Band Festival

NCBF Welcome New Sponsor | Buffet Crampon

We are pleased to announce Buffet Crampon Wind Instruments as a new NCBF sponsor! ‘Buffet Crampon is firmly-fixed, through its history and its name, in the tradition of the manufacture of top of the range wind instruments. For nearly 200 years, musicians have continued to find artistic excellence and the passion of music with Buffet Crampon instruments.” […]

Tony Veal NCBF

Tony Veal (1938 – 2018)

Tony Veal (1938 – 2018) It is with great sadness that we record the death of Tony Veal who passed away on Thursday 13 September. Tony was the Chairman of NCBF until May this year, when he stepped down because of ill health to become Life President. Tony was by nature a quiet gentleman who […]