Issue 6122 digital January 6, 2022 - Page 3

page 3 british bandsman
The leading international brass band magazine Established 1887
Editor Mark Good
Regular Contributors and Consultants Liv Appleton Brett Baker Christopher Bond Julian Bright Adam Cooke Anne Crookston Gerry Duggan Owen Farr Martin Gernon Sophie Hart Chris Helme Paul Hindmarsh Tabby Kerwin Dr Liz Lane John Maines Tim Mutum Jared McCunnie Les Neish Alex Parker Martyn Ramsay Matthew Rowe John Stirzaker ARPS Andy Straiton Rob Tompkins Glenn Van Looy Nick Walkley Richard Ward Ryan Watkins Dr Keith Wilkinson Allan Withington Malcolm Wood Carl Woodman
Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of British Bandsman of 2022 . We would all love to be looking ahead to a year minus the pandemic ; alas , COVID-19 remains at large , and the brass band world continues to feel the effects . In the UK , the 2021 British Open Championship has been postponed for a second time - it will now be September before audiences can savour the British premiere of Edward Gregson ' s The World Rejoicing .
Meanwhile , the Regional Championships are only a matter of weeks away . Organisers must be facing some very difficult decisions at present as they seek to do everything they can to make their events happen safely and successfully . A reader ' s letter in this week ' s issue shows that bandspeople have valid concerns - read on for more . I also ponder the weeks and months ahead later in this issue .
One event that is proceeding at present is the Butlin ' s Open Brass Band Festival . The Skegness resort is preparing to welcome bands , supporters , officials and audiences alike - good luck to everyone planning to make the journey .
From a fascinating feature exploring the links between brass bands and the railways to the latest on UniBrass , a review of the latest album from the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and the latest news and views , I hope you enjoy the latest British Bandsman .
Have a good week .
Mark Good , Editor .
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