The European Brass Band Association (EBBA) has announced that the Geneva Group is to become a new main sponsor of the European Brass Band Championships (EBBC), with the agreement being implemented in time for this year’s event at Ostend, Belgium (27-30 April). Geneva’s support will be in addition to that which EBBA already receives from Besson, World of Brass, Yamaha and British Bandsman, and will see four leading-range instruments allocated to prize-winners (details to be confirmed). Participants in the European Youth Brass Band Contest will also benefit from Geneva’s support, with competing bands from EBBA member countries sharing €10,000 and one of the prize-winning bands receiving a weekend’s training under the leadership of a Geneva Artist. The company will also offer one of its young brass artists as teacher/soloist with European Youth Brass Band on an annual basis.
Speaking to British Bandsman, EBBA President Ulf Rosenberg commented: “We are extremely pleased to add Geneva to the group of sponsors of the European Brass Band Association and the European Brass Band Championships. The EBBC has developed a reputation as the most prestigious brass band contest in the world and it is of great value to the participants, organisers and players to have this supported by the most important instrument manufacturers in the market.”
Founder and CEO of the Geneva Group, Tim Oldroyd, added: “We are proud that Geneva has become an important part of the burgeoning European brass band movement. The European Championship is a pivotal event in the worldwide banding community as well as a platform for our expansion into the European market. We are looking forward to a long and mutually-beneficial relationship.”
After over a year of negotiations, Geneva Instruments have announced that they have become the new owners of the Czech Republic musical instrument company Amati-Denak.
A delighted Geneva founder Tim Oldroyd told 4BR: "We started buying parts from Amati-Denak around eight years ago and we developed an outstanding link together, which eventually saw them build and finish our Geneva Instruments. We were keen to make the link more permanent and have now done that with the purchase."
Tim added: "Amati has fantastic workers with wonderful skills allied to a great work ethic, determination and passion for the brands they produce. This is a world class company in Kraslice with talent that has been passed down through generations."
Tim revealed that Geneva will now add several new as well as several well respected brand names to its Geneva Group portfolio - including Geneva Instruments, Amati-Denak, VF Cerveny, Oldroyd Cardinal, Blow Monkey Saxophones, and Verbier Mouthpieces.
He concluded: "Over the next few months the Geneva Group will be developing new global distributors and retailers to introduce these world-class products to the market place."
Geneva Instruments has announced that they are delighted to be the proud sponsor of the North of England Regional Championships, which take place at the Gala Theatre in Durham this weekend.
"We are looking forward to a fantastic weekend of brass banding and hope everyone has a brilliant time at the Gala Theatre once again!"
We are delighted to announce that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will now play on Geneva Symphony Trumpets!
We have been working closely with the RPO’s Principal Trumpet, James Fountain over the last 12 months to develop a trumpet sound that encapsulated everything ‘British’. James and the trumpet team of the RPO claim we have achieved that objective.
It has been a great honour to work with one of the finest Orchestra’s in the World in creating the trumpet sound they were looking for.
Members of our Geneva team were invited to attend the brass sectional rehearsal in London recently to listen to the trumpet section in action. After putting the instruments through their paces, they regarded that overall, the Symphony Trumpet was the best instrument available for their needs, so much so, the whole section decided to start using the Geneva Symphony Trumpet.
We hope that this is a long and happy association with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and wish them continued success.
Freya plays first baritone with the RMT Fishburn Academy Band (or FAB) in County Durham and sent in her design for Our competition - calling it 'Santa Claus playing the Tuba'! A representative from Geneva presented Freya with a goody bag at the FAB Band's recent Christmas Concert at Fishburn Primary School.
They told 4BR: "We had a great response to the competition and the standard of artwork was incredibly inventive. Freya's summed up everything though - fun and full of music!"
Geneva will now send the card by e-mail and shared on social media.
Meanwhile, the RMT Fishburn Academy Band celebrated its first anniversary and already has over 25 players in its ranks - with a healthy mix of new and improving brass players, assisted by a few experienced musicians.
FAB provides instruments and lessons to anyone living in the area who wants to learn to play in a brass band. The main focus is on young players, starting from primary school age, but older students are also taken on, mainly for the larger instruments.
Now the plan for the second year is to secure the funding to allow the band to invest in new instruments and music, allowing growth in both numbers and musicality - and to wish everyone a Happy Christmas thanks to Freya's wonderful award winning card!
Ty Cerdd has announced that euphonium virtuoso, Glenn Van Looy will perform with the National Youth Brass Band of Wales during its summer concert series in 2016.
The remarkable Belgian will be featured as soloist in Peter Meechan's 'Requiem Paraphrases' as well as in a newly written work by 2016 NYBBW conductor, Tom Davoren.
With his increasingly busy international commitments Ty Cerdd is delighted that the Geneva Instruments Performance Artist is able to appear thanks to the generous support of the renowned instrument maker.
The National Youth Band of Waleswill meet for its summer residential course at Monmouth School for Girls in late July before appearing in concerts in Monmouth and at the Aberystwyth MusicFest.
The programme of repertoire to be featured will include a number of premieres as well as major works by prominent Welsh composers, including Alun Hoddinott and Gareth Glyn. Music by the late Mervyn Burtch, Ty Cerdd's Featured Composer for 2016, will also be performed.
Geneva Instruments is proud to announce the recent appointment of Euphonium star Philippe Schwartz as the latest addition to a growing lineup of International Performing Artists choosing to make the move to Geneva Instruments.
Commenting on this newly acquired partnership, Founding Director of Geneva Instruments Tim Oldroyd informed 4BR:
“I have been an admirer of Philippe Schwartz’ Euphonium playing since first hearing him perform in the finals of the 2014 European Solo Championships.
Philippe is a highly respected Euphonium soloist and as the professor of Euphonium at the Luxembourg Conservatoire he brings to Geneva Instruments a wealth of experience as a Performing Artist.”
Geneva Instruments would like to congratulate their tuba artist Joe Cook on his double success at SIDDIS in Norway at the weekend. Joe performed with Manger Musikklag in the Elite Division and gained 2nd Place and also conducted Haukas Musikklag who became SIDDIS 2nd Division Champions. Joe also gave a beautiful performance of the Nat King Cole Classic, ‘Nature Boy’ as Manger Musikklag’s soloist.
Joe is now looking forward to coming back over to England next week where he will pick up the baton with the Fishburn Band in preparation for the Scottish Open on Saturday 28th November.
4BR has been informed that the highly respected Reg Vardy solo euphonium player Paul Robinson has decided to step down from his leading role with the North of England and Dr Martin champion.
Paul has held the position for 15 years, in which time he has become recognised by his peers as one of the most consistent performers at the elite level of banding.
However, he now feels that the time is right to support Andrew Hedley (together above) who swaps seats with him, so that he can also increase his teaching and mentoring at Durham University.
The Geneva Instruments Performance Artist has spent 32 years in the solo euphonium seat - first at the former British Steel Teesside Band and then with Reg Vardy, gaining numerous solo awards along the way.
Reg Vardy Band Manager Graeme Tindall told 4BR: "Paul's commitment and dedication to Reg Vardy has been fantastic and his decision to step down and assist such a fabulous young player as Andrew demonstrates this.
We are delighted that he will now continue to pass on his vast experience to a player who has one of the brightest futures in the movement."
Andrew himself added:
"It's an honour to take over from him but an even greater pleasure to be able to continue to play next to him."
21st September 2015
Geneva Instruments were proud sponsors of the National Finals at Cheltenham again this weekend and would like to thank all the bands who took part in what was an excellent weekend of music. We also take the opportunity to offer our congratulations to the winning bands…. Goodwick Brass (First Section), Ebbw Valley (Second Section), Houghton Brass (Third Section) and Usk (Fourth Section).
A special mention goes to our local North East Bands who did a fantastic job representing the area this weekend. Houghton Brass became Third Section National Champions and their Solo Euphonium, James Wright played superbly which resulted in him being awarded the Best Instrumentalist prize. Another local band who were also in the results were the Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band, conducted by Geneva’s Timothy Oldroyd, who were awarded 3rd place in the Fourth Section. Also competing in the Second Section were our Associate Partner, Lockwood Brass, who gave a solid performance from a difficult number one draw. Congratulations to all bands.
Geneva are now looking forward to sponsoring the National Finals of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall in October.
14th September 2015
Geneva Instruments would like to congratulate their Associate Partner Band, Reg Vardy on triumphantly retaining the Wainstones Cup on Sunday 13th September at the Dr Martin Trust Contest. The Competition was successfully held for the first time in the stunning,Princess Alexandra Auditorium at Yarm School, Stockton-on-Tees.
Reg Vardy, under the excellent direction of their Resident Musical Director, John Roberts performed Knight Templar, Concert Piece for Cornet (Soloist: Phillip Tait) and On the Shoulders of Giants and were awarded first place overall by the Adjudicator, John Doyle. The band are now looking forward to several prestigious concerts over the coming months and of course representing the North of England at the National Finals of Great Britain in October.
8th September 2015
Geneva Instruments would like to congratulate their Associate Partner Bands, Co-operative Funeralcare and Rothwell Temperance on two fine performances of ‘Reflections on Swan Lake’ (Stephen Roberts) at the British Open Contest on Saturday 5th September 2015. Both bands gave most creditable performances of the set work, including strong performances from all soloists.
The Co-operative Funeralcare Band were placed ninth and Rothwell Temperance Band were placed twelfth out of the eighteen top-class competing bands.
Geneva look forward to a long, prosperous, continuing association with both bands, Bravo!
7th September 2015
Geneva Instruments would like to congratulate their collaborative partner band, Brighouse & Rastrick, on their fine performance at the British Open last week. The British Open contest has been widely regarded as the most difficult contest in the world to win. However, the famous Brighouse & Rastrick brass band achieved second place at this most prestigious contest.
Contest successes at the British Open have long eluded Brighouse & Rastrick, their last two podium finishes being a third place back in 1998 and a win in 1978, this recent success sees them back amongst the world’s finest bands
Performing the set work ‘Reflections on Swan Lake’ under the renowned baton of Geneva’s International Advisory Consultant, Professor David King, the Band performed the most descriptive reading of the day against 17 other top class brass bands, including the current Yorkshire, British, and European Champion bands.
Geneva’s founder, Tim Oldroyd said “As well as a top class band performance, the Geneva Artists gave exceptional solo performances, the quality of sound and individual technique was superb”. Speaking further, Tim personally mentioned Kyle Lawson, Principal Cornet, enjoying a brilliant performance in his UK contest debut since moving from New Zealand. Tim also included Lucy Cutt – Flugel Horn, Sheona White – Solo Horn, Ryan Watkins – Solo Trombone, and Glenn Van Looy – Principal Euphonium; all these fine players stood out as top class. “It was a band performance to be proud of”.
B&R will now look forward to a busy concert schedule for the remainder of the year, including the National Championships held at the Royal Albert Hall in October.
20th August 2015
Geneva trumpet and cornet artist James Fountain will be in concert on Tuesday 22nd September alongside trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti.
The concert will feature members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s percussion and brass sections, including its recently appointed Principal Trumpet James Fountain, who will be joined in concert by a true legend of the genre Allen Vizzutti.
This is Allen’s second appearance with the RPO in as many years, and in Top Brass 2015, he and the Orchestra will be performing two of his own compositions: Rising Sun, and a work composed especially for the occasion, called Quarks. In addition the concert will feature music by Watson, J.S. Bach, Tomasi, Bernstein, Daugherty and Gregson.
This is a musical extravaganza featuring one of the World’s most influential trumpet artists is not to be missed.
The concert starts at 7:30pm at the Cadogen Hall, Sloane Terrace, London and tickets range from £15-£40.
6th August 2015
The renowned professional brass musician Ben Godfrey is the latest international artist to choose to perform on Geneva Trumpets.
Ben has selected Geneva's 'Symphony' Bb trumpet and 'Joshol' Bb trumpet - a decision that compliments his playing on the leading manufacturer's 'Symphony' cornet.
The former Central Band of the RAF player enjoys an outstanding reputation in both brass banding and professional trumpet genres, and commented: "The Geneva 'Symphony' and 'Joshol' trumpets are providing me with new, exciting ranges in sound, colour and projection that I feel are taking me to new levels of performance. It's for this reason that I choose to play Geneva over other manufacturers."
He added: "The 'Symphony' trumpet is a fantastic instrument in a symphony orchestra, chamber or solo setting. It impresses with its breadth of sound and warm, lyrically timbre, whilst still being able to deliver large volumes of sound and projection which are required in symphony orchestra playing.
Equally impressive is the 'Joshol' trumpet' - designed to meet the demanding needs of the lead trumpet specialist. It delivers an incredibly focused sound with a scintillating high register that enhances the range of any player. It's the No.1 choice for me when I am called upon to play in such settings."
Duncan Cartledge of Geneva Instruments commented: "We're delighted that Ben has chosen Geneva to provide the perfect trumpet choices for him.
Ben performs such a diverse range of music styles and genres and the fact that he has chosen Geneva is a resounding endorsement for the versatility of instruments. We're honoured to have Ben as a Geneva Trumpet Artist and look forward to working with him in the future."
24th July 2015
The latest Royal Philharmonic Orchestra player profile features their Principal Trumpet player and Geneva trumpet/cornet artist James Fountain.
19th July 2015
The Yorkshire & Humberside Brass Band Association delighted that Geneva Instruments have agreed to sponsor annual 'Own-Choice Test Piece' contest later this year. which will take place at Holmfirth Civic Hall on Sunday 1st November.
Geneva Instruments will offer the services of one of their 'International Performance Artists' as a guest soloist at a concert for the overall winning band in Group A and Group B.
The Association has taken this step in an attempt to revive interest from bands in its local contest activities - with the event now the only choice contest in the area during the Autumn.
It is hoped that with support further events in 2016 will be planned in partnership with Geneva Instruments for masterclasses with their artistes as well as a conductor's workshop.
YHBBA President, Peggy Tomlinson, commented: "We are most grateful to Geneva Instruments for entering into this partnership with us.
It's important that we keep YHBBA alive and their support is most valuable to helping us to achieve this. Interest has waned over the past few years but we are doing our best to keep going.
This support is a boost to our moral and I would urge bands to support us in our efforts".
19th July 2015
Geneva collaborative partners Brighouse & Rastrick continue to pick up top playing talent from around the banding globe to fill leading roles as New Zealander Kyle Lawson becomes new principal cornet.
Kyle a Geneva cornet artist is the 2015 Australian and New Zealand 'Cornet Champion' - winning the latter award against thirteen top southern hemisphere rivals in Rotorua earlier this month.
He will take up the role with immediate effect and will make his debut contesting appearance at the British Open Championship in Birmingham in September alongside recently appointed solo euphonium Glenn Van Looy from Belgium.
B&R President Paul Beaumont commented: "It's an absolute pleasure to welcome Kyle - a young and enormously talented performer, to this key position with Brighouse & Rastrick Band. On behalf of the band I would also like to express our sincere thanks to Leon Renilson who stepped in as guest principal with us earlier in the year and has done an outstanding job."
3rd July 2015
Geneva Instruments are delighted to announce that Duchy Brass now hold the exclusive dealership for Geneva Instruments in the Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset areas.
Brass players can now try any of the full Geneva range (including trumpets) at their store in Hayle, Cornwall and have any questions regarding their needs answered by Duchy Brass owner, Jenny Thomas.
Duchy Brass will also be offering customers the option of band room visits, enabling players to trial instruments meticulously in a rehearsal setting.
Duchy Brass owner Jenny Thomas told us: "I'm thrilled to be the Geneva Instruments authorized dealer in the south west.
Geneva products fit well into the business principles of supplying customers with the very best products on the market for excellent value for money.
I look forward to working with the Geneva team supplying brass players in the south west with their state of the art range of instruments."
Duncan Cartledge of Geneva Instruments stated: "We're so pleased to have agreed the new dealership at Duchy Brass.
Jenny has developed a highly respected business over recent years and has built up a fine reputation for providing amazing value for money and the highest standards of service to her customers.
We look forward to making it possible for more brass players in the South West to try the Geneva range and discover for themselves, why more and more players are choosing our market leading instruments."
For contact information for Duchy Brass click here.
26th June 2015
Geneva artist Glenn Van Looy has been added to the Brighouse & Rastrick ranks for contest assaults at British Open and National Championships.
Following the recent departure of principal euphonium player David Thornton, Brighouse & Rastrick, have announced that Belgian euphonium star Glenn Van Looy will take over the role for the forthcoming British Open and National Championship of Great Britain.
Band President Paul Beaumont commented on the new acquisition: "We were extremely sorry to have to say goodbye to David Thornton, an extremely talented player, who we wish continued success in his career. We are however extremely pleased to welcome Glen Van Looy, a world-class musician and a highly acclaimed exponent of the instrument to our ranks as principal euphonium for the remainder of the 2015 contest season."
18th June 2015
Geneva Instruments tuba artist Joseph Cook will heading into the heart of Europe later this month to give a workshop and solo performance before he takes up long term residency in Norway.
The former Black Dyke tuba star will be a guest with Brass-Band du Conservatoire de musique de la Ville d'Esch-sur-Alzette and their conductor Guy Conter in Luxembourg, where he will undertake an eagerly anticipated workshop on Saturday 27th June, followed by a concert with the band the next day.
The concert will feature music written by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, Oystein Baadsvik and Sandy Smith, and will see Joseph link up with many old and new friends.
A new chapter in his musical life has also opened as Joe heads to Norway to live and play with Manger Musikklag Band.
17th June 2015
Geneva Instruments are proud to the sponsor of the upcoming 8th National Australia Brass Festival - NABFEST 2015, held at Wesley College, Melbourne from June 30th to July 4th.
The week-long event including rehearsals, workshops and master classes will culminate in a NABfest Gala concert, conducted by Professor David King, in St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne on the evening of Saturday 4th.
Geneva Instruments euphonium artist Glenn Van Looy will also be featured as international guest soloists and will be performing two major works for the brass band medium.
15th June 2015
Geneva Instruments are delighted to congratulate Associate Partner Band, Brass Band Rijnmond on their success at the recent Dutch Open Championships in Lawei Drachten.
In an extremely high class competition against two recent Dutch and Belgian national champions, the band showed their outstanding quality under conductor Erik van de Kolk to claim first place.
We are thrilled that the band continues to grow in musical stature and that Geneva Instruments is able to help them achieve their ambitions at the highest level.
We also offer our congratulations to Geneva Euphonium Artist Glenn Van Looy on a stunning performance with Brass Band Buizingen, which earned him the soloist prize alongside Harmen Vanhoorne.
25th May 2015
Congratulations to Geneva’s Collaborative Partners Virtuosi Gus Band, on their success at the 2015 All England Masters International on Sunday (24th May) at The Lighthoiuse Theatre, Kettering.
Gus and conductor Adam Cooke deservedly claimed the top prize performing Gilbert Vinter’s Salute to Youth with a performance that was full of quality from the whole ensemble with a stamp of resilient quality, hallmarked by precision and balance.
The GUS band beat competition from Milnrow (Mark Bentham), Northop Silver (Mareika Gray), Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths), placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively to finally get their name on the Masters trophy.
10th May 2015
Geneva Instruments would like to congratulate associate partners Rothwell Temperance Band and MD Dave Roberts on their first place success at the 2015 Grand Shield in Blackpool.
Their performance of Stephen Roberts’ Arabian Nights was described by the composer himself as ‘…a fantastic performance, scintillatingly shaped and virtuosically delivered’.
The band now head to the British Open at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham where they will tackle another Stephen Roberts’ compositions, Reflections on Swan Lake.
25th April 2015
Leading cornet player Ben Godfrey is the latest high profile player to join the Geneva Instruments artist team.
After completing an independent review of the new Geneva ‘Mentor’ Bb cornet, Ben was so impressed with its qualities that he expressed his interest in joining the Geneva stable of world renowned performers.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ben’s CV includes a successful spell at Yorkshire Building Society Band, four years with the Coldstream Guards Band and six years with the Central Band of the RAF.
Ben’s freelance work has seen him play with many of the leading professional ensembles, including the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as well as featuring in London’s West End shows such as ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.
You can also hear Ben’s on the trumpet theme to the Channel 4 News daily at 7.00pm.
Ben Godfrey commented: “I’m delighted to be joining the impressive list of Geneva Artists. After being so impressed with the new Geneva ‘Mentor’ cornet, I’m thrilled to be playing their exceptional professional trumpets and cornets. I'm looking forward to some exciting times ahead with Geneva Instruments.”
Meanwhile, Duncan Cartledge of Geneva Instruments stated: “We’re delighted to have yet another artist of the highest calibre join the Geneva team.
Ben is a wonderfully versatile player with meticulous musical demands of the instruments he plays. We are so pleased he feels that the Geneva cornets and trumpets are the right choice for him to continue performing at the highest level.
Having artists such as Glenn Van Looy, James Fountain, Sheona White and Ben really speaks volumes about the success of the Geneva range of instruments. We’re so pleased performers of their calibre believe Geneva Instruments are the best choice for them.”
Geneva Instruments have announced the launch of the first addition to their new ‘Academy’ range of intermediate brass instruments.
The ‘Mentor’ Bb cornet has been specifically designed to incorporate the essential requirements crucial on an instrument for developing players keen to take their musical capabilities to the next level - helped by Geneva’s renowned standards of craftsmanship.
It has been designed and built to assist in bridging the gap between the pro-level product and the existing intermediate/higher-end student level brass instrument ranges.
The ‘Academy’ range is manufactured in the same factory, by the same instrument technicians and to the same traditional brass instrument methods and techniques as Geneva’s market leading professional level ‘Symphony’ series.
Those same uncompromising levels of craftsmanship are evident in the new ‘Academy’ series, with the cornet following the same lineage of Geneva instruments that produce a simply wonderful tonal quality and superb intonation characteristics.
Responsive, flexible and easy to blow in all registers, the ‘Mentor’ also gives players both young and old an exceptionally comfortable instrument on which to perform.
Geneva Instruments Founder and head instruments designer, Tim Oldroyd commented: “The ‘Academy’ series unquestionably meets the high level performance requirements of the advanced college or conservatoire-level brass player at a very attainable price point, as well as rivaling many existing pro-level ranges.”
Mentor Bb Cornet Specifications:
Bore Size: 0.464"
Bell Size: 4¾"
Bell Material: Yellow Brass
Lead-Pipe Configuration: Yellow Brass
Lead-Pipe Material: Yellow Brass
Valve Material: Stainless Steel
Inner-Slide Material: Nickel
Outer-Slide Material: Yellow Brass
Other Features: 1st & 3rd Valve Triggers (with quick release)
With the Australian Anzac Centenary National Brass Band Championships taking place in Sydney over the forthcoming Easter weekend it is a pleasure for Geneva Brass Australasia (GBA) to welcome Geneva Director, Craig Buchan, on his first visit to Australia from the UK.
Geneva is proud sponsors of the A Grade championship section which will be streamed on Friday April 3rd (Test Piece) and on Sunday 5th (Own Choice) by Tim Kelly of brassbanned.com
As part of this sponsored event the winning A Grade band will receive a new Geneva Symphony Cornet presented by Craig Buchan on behalf of Geneva Instruments.
Geneva is also sponsor of both the Junior and Senior Solo Championship events scheduled for Monday, April 6th – both these events will also be streamed.
Rosie King, Director of Geneva Brass Australasia (GBA) will be presenting the current range of brass instruments at the Geneva trade stand throughout the Easter weekend and is looking forward to supporting this exciting Anzac centenary event hosted by the NSW Band Association.
Australasian Geneva endorsees performing in the festival include Jamie Lawson, Dominic Longhurst, Kyle Lawson, Simon Sweeney, and Belgium’s international Geneva Euphonium Artist Glenn Van Looy.
Geneva Instruments were proud to be associate sponsor of the 2015 North of England Brass Band Championships. With a new Geneva Instruments Challenge Trophy being presented to the winning Championship Section band and the winning bands of the 4 other sections being presented with a Geneva Symphony cornet emphasizes Geneva’s commitment and support of banding at all levels.
It was a brand new location and venue for this year’s North of England areas, which was well attended and good audiences were witnessed over the contest weekend. Both audience and the competing bands were in agreement that the facilities and location of the new venue made Durham’s Gala theatre was a near perfect new home for the area championships.
However, there was no new name appearing on the new Geneva Instruments Challenge trophy as The Reg Vardy Band claimed their 35th Area title with a thrilling performance of 'The Torchbearer' by Peter Graham. The band also claimed four of the six individual awards for best bass section, best percussion section, best solo euphonium (Paul Robinson) and best principal cornet (Philip Tait) to round of a fantastic result for the North of England’s premier band.
There was great competition in all other 4 sections with adjudicators Paul Cosh and Mike Kilroy awarding Kirbymoorside, Lockwood Brass, Houghton Brass and Knaresborough Silver as eventual winners of their sections and who will now go on to represent the North of England in Cheltenham and London in October.
Geneva Instruments are delighted to announce our new collaborative partnership with the reigning German National Champion, Bayerische Brass Band Akademie (3BA).
3BA Band Chairman Jörg Seggelke said of the new partnership: “The collaboration between Geneva Instruments and 3BA means very much to us.
Our first contact with Geneva was established when we enquired about trialling their instruments. Since then we have amazed at the enormous enhancement these instruments have made to us as a band.
The sound, response and intonation were superb and suited us immediately, and we were instantly convinced by the instrument manufacturing. The Geneva instruments have changed the sound of 3BA in such a positive way.”
Jörg continued: “It soon became clear that we were dealing with absolute specialists who have such a passion for what they do, and only want to achieve one thing - the perfect brass band sound.
In addition, this collaboration gives us the opportunity to meet with their team of great musicians and conductors in the international brass band scene, which we believe will help us further improve and create even more interest in the growing brass band movement in Germany.”
Jörg revealed that 3BA will now start a new youth band to help develop the next generation of German brass band talent.
“With Geneva’s support we are now able to start a youth development programme. This will be the first of its kind in the country and offer an exciting new opportunity for young brass musicians.”
He concluded: “The collaboration has been a great success and it has been a pleasure working with Geneva.
We are also keen to further develop our relationship, starting immediately as we prepare to participate in the Championship Section of the European Brass Band Championships - a real first for a German brass band.”
The North of England Brass Band Championships, in partnership with Geneva Instruments is proud to announce Brighouse and Rastrick, NASUWT Riverside Band and The Reg Vardy Band, will provide the music for a special Gala Concert on Saturday 14th March 2015, in the Gala theatre, Durham.
Featured guest soloists for the Gala Concert will be James Fountain and Joe Cook.
The Concert, one of the highlights of the Contest weekend, will honour the late Bryan Tait, who sadly died in July last year. All profits from the Gala Concert will be presented to Cancer Research.
Tickets are on sale from the Gala theatre Box Office on Tel: 03000 266600 now, priced at £10 (£7concessions).The concert will start at 7-30pm after a full and busy day of music making from first and third section bands.
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New Zealand cornet star Kyle Lawson is the latest musician to become an endorsee and international Artist for Geneva Instruments.
From his formative years Kyle was mentored by the highly respected NZ cornet player Kevin Jarrett and is regarded as one of the most gifted young brass players of his generation.
A recipient of the Adrienne, Lady Stewart Performance Bursary in 2010, Kyle was appointed Principal Cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand in 2011 and Co-Principal Cornet of the National Australia Brass Youth Band in both 2013 & 2014.
Kyle Lawson won the NZ Junior Champion of Champions solo title in 2010, the NZ Amateur Cornet Championship in 2011 and the coveted title ‘NZ National Cornet Champion’ in 2013.
Kyle is currently the Principal Cornet of the Woolston Brass in Christchurch and as a member of the National Band of New Zealand toured China & Korea in 2014.
Since 2010 Kyle Lawson has been a member of the prestigious New Zealand Army Band performing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in London (2012), the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland (2012), the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (2013) and in Lucerne, Switzerland (2014).
Following his most recent success in being crowned the inaugural ‘New Zealand Young Brass Musician of the Year’ (2014), Kyle is proud to have been appointed an international Artist performing exclusively on Geneva Instruments.
Belgian euphonium star Glenn van Looy has become the latest leading instrumentalist to join the stable of international brass artists choosing to perform on a Geneva Symphony instrument.
The award winning soloist will endorse and perform on the Geneva Symphony euphonium, joining other Geneva artists including, David King, Sheona White, James Fountain, Stale Johansen and Joseph Cook.
“I was blown away by the Geneva Symphony euphonium. The ease of playing and the versatility are second to none. The Symphony’s tuning and intonation is so good that there is rarely the need to use the trigger fitted on the instrument at all!
The Geneva design concept is to produce instruments with a traditional warm 'brass band' sound, and the Symphony euphonium definitely delivers this!”
“At the moment I'm performing with the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders and the instrument blends really well within the brass section. I’m also looking forward to playing the Symphony euphonium at the upcoming Belgium National Championship this month and also on my new solo album which I’m recording in December.”
Michael Chapman has just received his Geneva Symphony cornet after his National win backing Black Dyke at the Albert Hall.
There was one very happy cornet player with the Tingley Band at rehearsal this week, as Michael Chapman received his Geneva Symphony cornet following his success in the recent 4BR National Finals competition sponsored by the leading instrument maker.
Michael, who only started playing in January at the age of 40, told 4BR: “I’ve always enjoyed listening to brass band music. However due to a busy career as a nurse I’ve not had the time for other interests.
Now having a young family, I felt it would be good to show them about learning new skills and hopefully inspire them a bit - so you can tell just how delighted I was to hear I had won this fantastic prize.”
Michael was invited to come along to Tingley by his cornet teacher and was immediately welcomed into the fold.
“I was quite nervous initially but the other members and conductor have been great,” he added. “I’ve played in a local contest with the band and in several enjoyable concerts this year, so far and have been bitten by the brass band bug.”
Now he has the perfect instrument to carry in developing as a player, after he correctly picked Black Dyke as his choice of winner before a note was blown at the Royal Albert Hall.
“I have to say, the cornet is beautiful. I couldn't believe how easily it blows straight out of the box and I can see this is really going to help my playing. It’s a top quality instrument and it made me sound so much better immediately!
I’m really looking forward to playing it a lot more and I'm sure my new Geneva Symphony cornet will give me a huge boost of playing confidence.
Many thanks again to all the people at Geneva instruments and 4BR for my wonderful prize.”
'I have to say, the cornet is beautiful. I couldn't believe how
easily it blows straight out of the box and I can see this is really going to help my playing'
A spokesperson from Geneva Instruments told 4BR: “It has been really good to be able to team up with 4BR to launch the competition, especially with our commitment and sponsorship of the National Championships.
The response to the competition was fantastic and it was so pleasing to find out that the Geneva Symphony cornet has inspired yet another player.
Geneva Musical Instruments has announced that the latest high profile performer to join their international artist team is tenor horn star Sheona White.
Geneva’s Managing Director Craig Buchan told 4BR:
"Sheona brings to Geneva a wealth of experience linked with instrument development and her uncompromising standards as a performer. Her advice and input over recent months has hugely assisted Geneva’s research and development work linked to the new Geneva tenor horn range."
"The new Symphony model provides a wonderfully focused and extremely rich sound quality throughout the full range, and I particularly love this instruments projection in all dynamics"
"I’m proud to proactively endorse the Geneva tenor horn. The new Symphony model provides a wonderfully focused and extremely rich sound quality throughout the full range, and I particularly love this instruments projection in all dynamics.
The quality European craftsmanship and innovative design achieved by Geneva is fantastic."
The Virtuosi GUS band recently took delivery of their new Geneva Symphony Cornets.
Nigel Love, Chairman of the Virtuosi GUS band told 4barsrest; “The band were delighted to be able to associate themselves with the Geneva Cornets.”
Nigel went on to say; “As two of the bands players, principal cornet James Fountain and Flugel horn player James Fountain are both Geneva Instrument Artists it has been ideal to be able to allow the rest f the cornet section to benefit from playing the Symphony cornets. The feedback from the players on the instrument’s sound and feel has been extremely positive and the section has enjoyed getting used to their new instruments.”
Nigel concluded; “We’re delighted to have the whole cornet section on playing the Geneva Symphony cornets and the band look forward to playing them out for the first time at the forthcoming Championships.”
The growing demand for the full range of Geneva Instruments throughout Europe has seen the respected Henk van Loon become a familiar visitor to band rooms in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg since his appointment in February this year.
Henk, who currently plays with Dutch National champion Brass Band Schoonhoven and was formerly a member of the Amsterdam Staff Band of the Salvation Army, has a long sales management background, which he has certainly been able to use to great effect when promoting the world beating Geneva brand.
When Henk found out that there was no current Geneva Instruments distributor or main retailer in the Netherlands, he seized upon the opportunity and made an eye opening visit to Geneva’s headquarters in the UK.
And after reaching an agreement to head a BeNeLux region sales division, since February Henk has been introducing eager European brass players, bands and orchestras to the Geneva range of instruments.
Henk told us: "During my visit I was so impressed with the professional set up of the company, the passion, the instrument designs and their vision for the future. Having the opportunity to join the Geneva Instruments team and manage the development of the products in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg has been amazing. The reception I’ve received from players and bands alike has been positive - everyone is so impressed by the build quality, feel and tone of the instruments. We have experienced some great results over the past few months in Europe and importantly, we have also made some musicians very happy!"
Reg Vardy, the reigning North of England Regional champion, has become one of the first elite top flight bands to purchase the new ‘Oldroyd Cardinal’ range from Geneva Instruments.
The state of the art, custom instruments, are designed and built to the highest possible standards, with careful appreciation of the input from each customer.
The ‘Oldroyd Cardinal’ features a new bell and leadpipe configuration, along with other new design features to give the range a brand new feel, tone and response.
Key to each instrument’s unique specification is the consultation with Geneva Instruments founder and head of instrument design, Tim Oldroyd, which sees immense attention given to the specific requirements, instrument performance, feel and the final aesthetics that make each individual instrument unique to each player.
Reg Vardy’s solo euphonium player Paul Robinson has been impressed: "Having played the superb Geneva ‘Symphony’ euphonium for the past few years and being so happy with the instrument I wasn’t initially convinced there was a need for an additional model. However, when I received the new ‘Cardinal’ my first impression was how good the instrument looked and how solid and robust it felt. It produces such a big and rich sound throughout the whole range and it is effortless to play." Paul added: "This new design really does set a new standard. In the short time that the horn and euphonium sections have also had the ‘Oldroyd Cardinal’ instruments the entire band has been impressed with sound and performance of the new instruments."
Newly crowned Victorian champion cornet player, Jamie Lawson, has been invited to become Geneva Instruments first Australian brass performance artist.
A 2013 recipient of the Adrienne, Lady Stewart Performance Bursary, Jamie is currently principal cornet of the leading Footscray Yarraville Band and a member of National Australia Brass since its inception in 2008.
In addition the talented musician is also a cornet tutor of the National Australia Brass Youth Band and a highly respected brass tutor contributing to the Academy Mentor Programme linked with the educational work of the National Australia Brass Academy.
Jamie told 4BR: "To receive an email from the Director of Geneva Instruments, Tim Oldroyd, inviting me to join the Geneva Instruments Performance Artist team is a great honour of which I am extremely proud.
The craftsmanship and design of the brass range of Geneva’s instruments is exceptional and I have never been more fulfilled in my playing than I am with the new Geneva Symphony cornet."
He added: "I am also excited to be promoting and supporting the work of Geneva Brass Australasia both as an artist and endorsee of Geneva Instruments."
Geneva Instruments is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Rod Franks following a serious car accident in Nottinghamshire on Sunday 20 July 2014.
Rod had celebrated 25 years' service with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) in 2013, 23 years of which he served as Principal Trumpet.
A Yorkshireman, Rod was born in Shipley in 1956 and began playing the cornet at the age of six, playing for three of the country's finest brass bands – Hammonds, Brighouse and Rastrick and Black Dyke. He studied trumpet with Philip Jones, Maurice Murphy and John Dickenson at the Royal Northern College of Music and at the age of 21 was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He spent seven successful years in Norway before returning home in 1984 to join the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble as Principal Trumpet. He was also a founder member of the English Brass Ensemble and London Brass.
He joined the LSO in 1988 and from 1990 shared the Principal Trumpet chair with his former trumpet tutor and great friend Maurice Murphy, before Maurice retired from the Orchestra in 2007.
Rod was passionate about the education of future musicians holding a number of teaching posts; professor of trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Academy of Music.
Geneva Instruments wishes to express its deepest sympathy to Rod's family at this time.
Brighouse & Rastrick principal trombonist Ryan Watkins is the latest high profile player to join the ranks of Geneva Instruments performing artists.
Currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tuition of Rob Holiday and Simon Cowen, Ryan has been a member of the Yorkshire champions for two years, having previously played with Shepherds Group, Yorkshire Imperial DUT, Carlton Main Frickley, Hepworth and Fairey.
In addition to his busy schedule with Brighouse, Ryan also performs with Austonley Brass, a new ten piece brass ensemble featuring some of the best brass players in the North West, and the highly successful oompah band Jäger maestros.
In 2012, Ryan was presented with the British Trombone Society ‘Young Trombonist of the Year’ award and earlier this year progressed to the brass final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.
Speaking about his new partnership with Geneva Instruments Ryan told 4BR: "Despite only having got my hands on the Geneva models a few weeks, I've instantly come to love the sound that's produced, in particular the new Symphony model."
He added: "The trombone feels really easy to play at all ranges, and is particularly exceptional in producing the large, symphonic sound that trombone players desire and aspire to.
I would strongly recommend and encourage trombone players to try the Geneva Symphony trombone models for themselves."
Geneva Instruments are pleased to welcome Tuba soloist Joe Cook to their growing team of artists.
Joe spent 14 years with the Black Dyke Band, joining at the age of 18, with whom he was Principal Tuba and featured as a soloist throughout their UK concerts and overseas tours. During this time Joe won 11 major competitions with the band as well as winning the Stanley Wainwright Memorial Trophy for the Best Soloist at The British Open Championships at Symphony Hall in 2006.
Joe was a 2 time semi-finalist at the BBC Young Musician of the Year and Shell London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship Competition and has since served on the judging panel for BBC Young Musician of the Year. He is tuba tutor at the International Brass Band Summer School and has also tutored at Yorkshire Youth Brass Band, National Childrens Brass Band, National Youth Brass Band of Wales.
Geneva Instruments are delighted to obtain the services of Joe and to have him join their impressive team of instrument artists. Joe will play a key role in promoting the Geneva Symphony tubas and other Geneva Instruments as well as advising the Geneva Instruments technicians with tuba designs and instrument developments.
Anne Oelers, principal cornet of Brass Band Rijnmond becomes the latest artist to choose Geneva Instruments and will play the Geneva Symphony cornet from june 2014.
Anne graduated with honours from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in January 2013 completing her Masters in Classical trumpet. Anne has also won several music awards, including the renowned Princess Christina Competition and Young Music ian, Netherlands.
Anne is regularly in demand as a soloist throughout the Netherlands and as well as her position as principal cornet at Brass Band Rijnmond Anne also holds positions with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland.
"The beautiful tone, clarity and playability convinced me to choose the Geneva Symphony Bb cornet. The cornet’s response is good which makes it play very easy. The sound is round but clear, in both pianissimo and fortissimo-passages. All in all a fantastic cornet. " Anne Oelers
Geneva Instruments has appointed Professor David King as its International Advisory Consultant, the move is designed to help the company develop their professional and student ranges of brass band instruments around the world. The Instrument ranges will be developed between Professor David King and Geneva's Founder, and Instrument Designer, Tim Oldroyd.
A further exciting coup for Geneva, is the announcement of their collaborative partnership with the Brighouse & Rastrick Band. Led by Professor David King, Geneva’s International Advisory Consultant, the band have achieved National Champions status twice in recent years, and are current Yorkshire Area Champions. Brighouse & Rastrick will play a key role in the triumvirate partnership with Geneva and David King, in the development of Geneva's Brass Band Instrument ranges.
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Geneva Instruments are proud to be supporting Trevada Music’s
30th anniversary celebrations later this month.
Geneva Symphony Bb cornet artist James Fountain will be featured as guest soloist in a concert with Cambourne Town Band at The Bell Theatre, St Austell, Cornwall on Sunday 22nd June 2014. The concert is part of Trevada Music’s 30th anniversary concerts being held this year.
James will also be presenting a masterclass and workshop on the morning of the concert at 10am. This is a great opportunity to listen to and share with one of the brass band movements young stars.
To reserve a ticket for the masterclass, workshop or concert or to find out about other concerts celebrating Trevada Music’s 30th anniversary please follow the link below or call the Trevada Music store on 01209 71435301209 714353.
Check out The Guardian's review of the exciting new album, Monocled Man, by Geneva Trumpet artist Rory Simmons