Issue 6142 digital June 2, 2022 - Page 4

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British Bandsman to close

The owners of British Bandsman magazine have taken the reluctant decision to close the publication on June 9 .
IBB Media managing director , Martin Gernon , explained : “ A drop-off in our readership during COVID and a general , but understandable , unwillingness to commit to advertising spend by commercial advertisers has reduced revenues .
“ As a company , we have huge commercial projects confirmed and underway now , and the time and capital investment needed to continue this magazine for a negligible return does not make any commercial sense anymore .
British Bandsman has brought the latest news , views and interviews to readers since 1887 .
“ It has been an honour to carry the baton of the world ’ s longest running music magazine but all things eventually run their course . We are looking at ways to get the hugely

Brass in Concert tickets to launch

invaluable archive made into a public resource as it charts the history of UK and world banding since 1887 . We shall , of course , refund any partial subscriptions on a pro rata basis . Subscribers who require a refund should contact : info @ britishbandsman . com ”
Tickets for the 2022 Brass in Concert Championship will soon go on sale – and audiences are being advised to get in early . Sales will open at 10am on Tuesday , June 28 via the Sage Gateshead website and box office ( 0191 443 4661 / boxoffice @ sagegateshead . com ).
Paul Beere , chairman of Brass in Concert , said : “ We ’ re a little later than usual launching ticket sales this year and I know that a lot of our loyal audience are wanting to start planning their Brass in Concert experience . So , we ’ re releasing as much information as possible now to enable people to plan ahead .”
Brass in Concert is widely recognised as a North East success story and from a ‘ one-off ’ occasion to celebrate HM The Queen ’ s Silver Jubilee in 1977 , it has grown to become the leading event of its kind in the world . Paul continued : “ It really is a special atmosphere in Sage One and well worth experiencing in person . With last year ’ s event being very close to selling out , I ’ d encourage everyone to save the ticket launch date and make sure to book early .”
This year will mark the 45th edition of the championship and will feature 12 top-class bands from England , Norway and Wales , with
Philip Harper has enjoyed considerable success at Brass in Concert with The Cory Band .
the contest being compèred by Frank Renton , his 28th season . A list of competing bands can be found on the Brass in Concert Facebook page .
The day will run from 11am-9pm with a 45 minute break scheduled for 3.15pm to allow audience members to grab some refreshments and to catch up with banding friends and acquaintances .
After the final band has left the stage , the closing awards ceremony will offer a range of prizes in areas such as new compositions and arrangements , quality of performance to best sections . The winning band will receive a cash prize that it can use to support their work and continue delighting audiences with brass band performances . Paul added : “ We can ’ t wait to catch up with everyone for this year ’ s championship – and this year we ’ ve squeezed in a couple of extra bands , offering even more value for money .”
Tickets for the event will be on sale from £ 27 plus booking fee , from June 28 .
The Brass in Concert Championship 2022 is sponsored by Yamaha and Banks Group , and delivered in partnership with World of Brass . Support for the event is being provided by Brass Bands England .