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2020 Brass Training day cancelled

We are disappointed to announce that due to the current situation concerning Covid-19 the 2020 Brass Training Day, due to have taken place on Sunday 25th October in Norwich, has been cancelled. 

The tutors were to have been from the Leyland Band and we are delighted that they have agreed to take the 2022 event.

Details of events taking place next year to celebrate the Association's 90th Anniversary will be published shortly. 

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2020 Solo & Quartet contest and Leyland concert cancelled

Due to the ongoing situation regarding the Coronavirus the 2020 Solo & Quartet contest and the evening concert by the Leyland Band due to take place on Sunday 31st May, have been cancelled. Reimbursements for tickets purchased for the Leyland concert will be sent out in the next few days.

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Free Tickets for Brass Musicians aged sixteen and under

The Association is pleased to announce that they are again able to offer brass musicians aged sixteen years and under a free ticket to attend their 2020 Spring Concert on 31st May at St Andrew's Hall Norwich. This year's concert is being given by the Leyland Band and commences at 6.30pm. Contact the Box Office on 07934169721 or email administration@eabba.org.uk for details.

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Brassbands during the pandemic

As you know brassbands, amateur choirs and windbands are unable to meet and rehearse or perform concerts under the current government guidelines. Making Music have a video on their website about the current position entitled Bring Back My Choir Bring Back My Band. The website address of Making Music is  

 

https://www.makingmusic.org.uk/

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Brass For Youth Project 2020

The East Anglian Brass Band Association is delighted to announce its Brass For Youth Project 2020.

 

Association Secretary, Christine Wade, said “On 31st May we are welcoming the Leyland Band to St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich to present our 82nd Gala Concert commencing at 6.30pm. Thanks to support from the Norwich Freemen’s Charity, we are able to offer up to 200 young brass musicians aged 16 or under from Norfolk and Suffolk a free ticket to the concert.

 

Tickets are on sale to the general public priced at £13.00 and £15.00 if purchased before 31st March and £15.00 and £17.00 respectively if purchased after that date. To purchase tickets email administration@eabba.org or telephone 07934169721.

 

The concert is preceded by a Solo & Quartet contest in Blackfriars Hall Norwich. This will consist of junior and senior slow melodies, air varies and quartets.

 

Anyone wishing to apply for free tickets or requiring more information regarding the Solo & Quartet contest should email administration@eabba.org

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2020 Solo & Quartet contest

On Sunday 31st May 2020 the Association is holding its Annual Solo and Quartet contest at Blackfriars' Hall, Norwich.

There will be junior and senior slow melodies, air varies and quartets.

Contact: Christine Wade 01449 672600, 07934169721 or email administration@eabba.org.uk for further information. The closing date for entries is 31st March 2020.

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Report on 2019 Brass Training Day

On Sunday 20th October the East Anglian Brass Band Association held its Annual Brass Training Day at the Hewett Academy, Norwich. Delegates from age 10 upwards had enrolled for the course. This year the tutors were from the Foden’s Band. The change in the format of the course which started in 2018 with an Andante Band for less experienced players and an Allegro Band for more experienced players was continued. Altogether there were over 70 delegates enrolled to participate in the two bands.

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EABBA 81st Annual Spring Gala Concert

On Sunday 2nd June 2019 the 2018 National Champions, the Foden’s Band, made a return visit to St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich to perform the East Anglian Brass Band Association’s 81st Annual Gala Concert.

The Association launched its ‘Brass For Youth Project 2019’ to give young people who are learning to play a brass instrument the opportunity to be able to listen to a live performance by one of the world’s best brass bands. With support from the Norwich Freemen’s Charity and the Geoffrey Whatling Charity together with donations in memory of Dianne Hastings the Association was able to offer free tickets to young brass musicians in Norfolk and Suffolk. Young brass people from approximately twenty schools, bands and music centres attended the concert. For many this was the first time they had attended such a concert and what a fantastic concert it was.

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Results of 2019 Solo & Quartet Contest

Under 18 Slow Melody

Position Performer Band
1 Jessica McInnes Castleton Brass
2 Alex Gray Castleton Brass
3 Dexter Speed East Coast Brass

13 and under highest placed competitor

Dexter Speed - East Coast Brass

Senior Slow Melody

Position Performer Band
1 Tim Pannell Haverhill Silver
2 Peter Ryan Castleton Brass
3 Penny Gilbert Great Yarmouth Brass

Air Varie

Position Performer Band
1 Tim Pannell Haverhill Silver
2 Peter Ryan Castleton Brass
3 Gordon Evans Great Yarmouth Brass

Quartets

Position Band
1 Cawston
2 Fakenham Town
3 Great Yarmouth Brass 'B'

 

Thank you to the adjudicator, Michael Fowles, and the official accompanist,Lisa Cheadle, for accompanying over 20 solos during the day.

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Dianne Hastings

It is with much sadness that the East Anglian Brass Band Association reports the passing of Dianne Hastings on Thursday 8th November. At her time of death Dianne was Life Vice–President of the East Anglian Brass Band Association. Dianne had been Secretary of the Association for over 42 years until her retirement in 2015 following a stroke. Dianne and her late husband Brian worked tirelessly for brass bands and their members in East Anglia. In recognition of their work in 2002 Dianne and Brian were honoured to be invited to the Royal Garden Party at Sandringham as part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

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Report on 2018 Brass Training Day

On Sunday 14th October the East Anglian Brass Band Association held its Annual Brass Training Day at the Hewett Academy, Norwich. Delegates from age 10 upwards had enrolled for the course. The tutors were from the World Number One Brass Band – Cory Band. This year saw a change to the format of the course in that there were two bands. The Andante Band was for less experienced players. The Allegro Band was for more experienced players. Altogether there were 80 delegates attending.

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Results of 2018 Solo & Quartet Contest

Results from contest held on Sunday 13th May at Blackfriar's Hall, Norwich

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Review of 2017 Gala concert

On Sunday 7th May 2017 England’s number 1 brass band, the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, made a welcome return visit to St Andrew’s Hall at Norwich to perform the East Anglian Brass Band Association’s 79th Annual Gala Concert. This concert was performed in memory of Donald Palmer, a long standing Trustee of the Association who had given over 40 years service.

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Appointment as Life Vice President - Recognising over 42 years of service by the Association Secretary Dianne Hastings

Just over one year ago the Association’s Secretary Dianne Hastings suffered a severe stroke. Recognising Dianne’s commitment and dedication, at their latest meeting the Executive Committee appointed Dianne Life Vice President of the Association and will be making a presentation and playing carols to her at her nursing home on Saturday 10th December.

If you would like to play email the Association Chairman on administration@eabba.org.uk.

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Annual Brass Training Day 2016

On Sunday 16th October the East Anglian Brass Band Association held its Annual Brass Training Day at the Hewett Academy, Norwich. Sixty delegates from age 8 upwards had enrolled for the course.

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Remembering Donald Palmer

Yesterday on the 4 August we said our final goodbyes to Donald Palmer.

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Sad passing of Donald Palmer

It is with much sadness that the East Anglian Brass Band Association announces that Donald Palmer passed away on Tuesday 12th July.

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Results of Solo & Quartet Contest Sunday 8th May

Here are the results of the solo and quartet concert held on Sunday 8 May 16.

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Report on 2016 Gala Concert by Grimethorpe Colliery Band

On Sunday 8th May 2016 the Grimethorpe Colliery Band made a welcome return visit to St Andrew’s Hall at Norwich to perform the East Anglian Brass Band Association’s 78th Annual Gala Concert.

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Congratulations

The Association would like to congratulate the Cawston Band (Second Section) and Castleton Brass (Fourth Section) for winning their respective sections at the London & Southern Regional Contest of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain held at Stevenage on the 19th and 20th March. Both bands have received an invitation to compete in the National Finals at Cheltenham in September.

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