Education & Seminars

NABBC National Convention 2015

The wonderful reception we received at the Bolholt Hotel in 2013 is one which we all remember. It is for this reason that we return in 2015. All events will take place in the Summerfield Suite which remains ideal for presentations and band performances.

Saturday 18th April 2015

One of the most enjoyed sessions in our 2014 Convention was the support Russell Gray offered to the City of Cardiff Band in their rendition of their Grand Shield performance. Consequently, after the annual AGM, the morning of the 2015 Convention will be dedicated to an open rehearsal of Wingates Brass Band's (Championship Section) rendition of 'Arabian Nights' by Stephen Roberts. Delivered by experienced MD Paul Andrews and overseen by the highly respected conductor Mr Russell Gray this will be an excellent opportunity for all.

This session will conclude with a few new concert items showing off the band at its best and offering members new ideas for programmes and interpretation.

After lunch Dr Jon Hall will consider the psychological responses to conductor's body movement. We often take this for granted but it's vital that we all know how directives are often interpreted by instrumentalists.

'Travelling by Tuba' follows this presentation. This duet must be the most popular in the UK. The professionalism, interaction with children and, musical education provided in their performances is of the very highest standard and we can all learn so much from what this duet do. Their programme often provides the initial aspirations for new, young brass instrumentalists and this in itself will support all conductors and teachers in musical education.

To conclude the day we welcome the University of Salford Brass Band under the direction of Dr Howard J Evans. As Director of Classical Performance, Howard will help us to appreciate the education our brass band students receive at Salford and how they are encouraged to develop their conducting skills. They too will conclude with a few new items which I'm sure we will all fully appreciate and which will bring about an excellent conclusion to the Conference. The University of Salford Band's performance will be overseen by the charismatic Richard Evans.

NABBC Convention 2015 - Programme

10:00 - 10:15 Tea, Coffee  
10:15 - 11:00 AGM  
11:00 - 12:30 Work in Progress
Wingates Brass Band share their rendition of their Grand Shield performance of Arabian Nights by Stephen Roberts, delivered by experienced MD Paul Andrews and overseen by the highly respected conductor Mr Russell Gray. They will conclude with 30 minutes of popular concert items.
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch  
1:30 - 2:20 Dr. Jon Hall Presentation
A psychology review of conductor's body movements and how this is often interpreted by instrumentalists.
2:20 - 3:20 Travelling by Tuba Musically inspiring music duet
3:20-3:30 Break  
3:30 - 4:45 Nurturing Conducting Talent University of Salford Brass band, directed by Dr Howard J Evans and overseen by the charismatic Richard Evans.
4:50 - 5:00 Concluding Remarks & Vote of Thanks  

Attending the NABBC National Convention

Delegates intending to stay overnight at the Bolholt Hotel will be expected to make their own hotel room and evening meal reservations.

The Hotel offer an excellent 'a la carte' menu and will provide a long table for delegates to sit together. Agreed hotel rates including breakfast is £69 for a double room or £49 for a single room on Friday or Saturday.

Please will all persons attending confirm arrangements with the National Secretary Cath Anderton to ensure suitable refreshments are provided throughout the day.

Convention Fees will be £30 for Members and £45 for Non-Members (or free if you become a member on the day).

This event is always a wonderful way to improve networking and to reflect on our own skills. It's also an excellent opportunity to appreciate good music-making with both new and old friends.