The SWBBA hold two workshops annually, one for all brass players and the other focusing on a specific instrument.
Yet again we can report a highly successful weekend of superb tutoring at this year's Mid-Winter Workshop!
Eighty musicians, ranging in standard from learners to second section, enjoyed the top notch tutoring from David Childs, Brett Baker and Leonard Adams.
During the weekend, 12 items of music, kindly donated by Studio Music, Wright & Round, Pennine Music, R Smith & Co, Kirklees Music and De Haske Muziekultgave BV, were studied, pulled apart and sweated over, culminating in a short free concert attended by over 40 people. David Childs and Brett Baker also wowed the audience and workshop players by performing unaccompanied recitals.
Goff Richards Memorial prizes were won by Matthew Opie (soprano cornet, Camborne Youth Band) and Neve Lawrence (Eb Bass, Shirley and Foden Youth Bands) - a massive 'well done' to them both.
Thanks go to Gwen Kingdon and her team of ladies for keeping everybody fed and watered, co-sponsors Taw & Torridge Coaches and Westocott & Son Co-op Funeralcare, and members of the Executive Committee who organised the event.
Finally, on an unhappier note, SWBBA Chairman, Ray Kingdon was rushed to hospital with severe chest pains on the Sunday morning, but is now resting at home. We wish him well and hope to see him, and all of you, at the WEBBA Championships in Torquay in March.