Brass on the Grass, Bredfield 14th July 2018 7.00pm

Held in the lovely gardens of the Old Rectory in Bredfield, Brass on the Grass is an evening of varied music presented by the East of England Co-Op Band supported the Riverside 100 Musical Theatre Choir. The gates open at 6.30pm and all are welcome to bring a picnic whilst they enjoy being entertained by music of all genres – there is ample parking available adjacent to the gardens. Proceeds support The Samaritans as well as St Andrews Church in Bredfield. Tickets can be reserved in advance by phoning Paul Cannard (01473 737707) or emailing

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Band placed 3rd in Regional Championships

The band came a creditable 3rd place out of 16 bands in the London and Southern Counties Regional Championships, first section.  Despite being drawn to play first the bands hard work and preparation paid off.

Congratulations to the players and the MD Nigel Cooper.

Contest Secretary Trevor Laird collected the 3rd place trophy on behalf of the band


Full Results:-

First Section:

Test Piece: Brass Metamorphosis (James Curnow)
Adjudicators: Ian Brownbill & Sandy Smith

1. Sandhurst Silver (David Johnson)
2. Amersham (Paul Fisher)
3. East of England Co-op (Nigel Cooper)
4. Staines Brass (Shane O’Neill)
5. Fulham (John Ward)
6. Bedford Town (Steve Phillips)
7. Regent Brass (Paul Archibald)
8. Cawston (Leigh Sharpe)
9. Hitchin (Graham Chambers)
10.Colchester (David Maddocks)
11. Ware Brass (Craig Patterson)
12. City of Cambridge (Peter Bassano)
13. Ware Brass (Craig Patterson)
14. Chiltern Hills Brass (Gordon Davies)
15. Grimesdyke Brass (Sharon Broughall)
16. Alder Valley Brass (Lee Woodward)

Cameron Scott – Finalist, BBC Young Brass Award

Congratulations to Cameron Scott, one of our fine Euphonium Players, for reaching the final of the BBC Young Brass Player Award.


Photo courtesy of the BBC.

We are immensely proud of our young Euphonium star!

The Final will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 from the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester on Friday 20 April. The judges will be conductor Nicholas Childs, Helen Vollam Principal Trombone BBC Symphony Orchestra and international trumpet soloist Andrew Crowley.


Great evening in Norwich

If you were not at tonight’s Last Night Of The Proms event in Norwich you missed at treat.  Some phenomenal Euphonium playing by guest soloist David Taylor and some gorgeous songs by Bethany Grimshaw.  David played Auld Langsyne, Brilliante, Varied Mood and Seal Lullaby.  Bethany sang a selection of songs from the shows including Les Mis, The Addams Family, Jekyll & Hyde and Smash.

In addition to all of the proms favourites the band played Gaelforce, Barbarian Horde (from the film Gladiator), Hymn For Diana, Calon Lan, Prelude for an Occasion, MacArthur Park, and Its All Right With Me all finished off with the Radetzky March.

The evening was in support of the YMCA and well over £2000 was raised for a brilliant cause.


Aldeburgh Beach Concert

A really great afternoon on the bandstand in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.  Part of the world renowned Aldeburgh Festival at Snape, a temporary bandstand is erected right on the beach to offer concerts by diverse artists in all styles.  Todays concert was received very well by the crowd.  The set included classics like Abu Hassan and Pavane, modern original brass music such as Gaelforce and Sosban Fach with a bit of a Thriller from Michael Jackson thrown in for good measure.  A few of the crowd were looking a bit pink in the 30 degree heat.