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Epic Shortlist for DB & McGhee

2012 was a bumper year for Derwent Brass, celebrating our 20th anniversary, the band performed at a large number of events, concerts and contests throughout the year, including hosting workshops for budding musicians whilst also raising considerable sums for charity.

However, the main highlight of our milestone year was the pioneering work with EBBA Composer’s Champion Paul McGhee in the specially commissioned contemporary new work (made available by funds from the PRS for Music Foundation) entitled ‘Episodes, Occurrences and Interludes’ inspired by member’s tales depicting highlights within the band’s history. Paul had proven recent success mainly on the Scandinavian brass band scene where contemporary music is heralded, but Derwent Brass felt this should be bought with impact into the UK and we should be the people to do this.

"Despite all the great events we were involved in, the highlight was the new commission project from Paul. Bringing brass bands to the fore especially where new and contemporary music is involved is important for the whole of the banding movement’s continued improvement and momentum. Not only was the music fantastic, but the opportunities it bought to the band were very well received indeed. It is so encouraging it has now received national recognition within the amateur arts sphere, in the form of the Epic Award short listing." Chris Leonard, E-Marketing Manager

Derwent Brass has an ever increasing reputation for entertainment, mainly on a local basis despite having played further afield in the UK and abroad. The band were consequently delighted not only with the acclaim received following the world premiere and other productions of the new work, but more so at being awarded Entertainment Champions at the national and prestigious competition – the Wychavon Festival of Brass.  2013 promises to be another fantastic year for Derwent Brass with an ever building concert and contest schedule and we hope to see you at an event in the near future.

To help Derwent Brass become the People’s Choice in the 2013 Epic Awards, follow this link and place your vote: http://epicawards.co.uk/shortlist/

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