Climb every mountain...

Join Russell Gray not for a bit of Julie Andrews, but to find out how to tackle the challenges of preparing test-pieces for the contest stage...

  Russell Gray will lead the latest session — so get your crampons ready...

This week's instalment of Brass Bands England's (BBE) Development Programme Online (Thursday 28th May at 7.00 pm BST), will see Russell Gray present his step by step guide to contest preparation.

Preparation tips

The major title winning MD will be sharing his preparation timeline and tips on how to tackle the 'mountain' of a contest test-piece, and how to successfully reach its summit by giving a satisfying performance.

To sign up to the zoom webinar go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5215882779610/WN_VuB5dArfRXebpLO_LJlzTw?fbclid=IwAR2iiM0RQCHxYMOxmuEFvhX9a-dYLXd09khXE2zo9moMSSVohRjfnlUU8W8

Thee are only 100 spaces available.

This is one of a popular series of BBE webinars held during the Covid-19 crisis, which seeks to delve into elements of the BBE Development programmes. The webinars have so far had over 45,000 viewers.

Join in

Russell's session will take place on a Zoom webinar for those who want to get involved and ask questions directly, as well as being available as a Facebook live video on the BBE Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/brassbandsengland.

The webinar will take place on Thursday 28th May, starting at 7.00pm (BST).

All the workshops are free, but BBE is asking participants to consider supporting the Brass Bands Emergency Fund with what they think sessions are worth.

The fund will use 100% of donated funds to support bands struggling during the crisis with ongoing freelance costs and other financial commitments.

To support the emergency fund, go to https://www.chuffed.org/project/brassbandemergencyfund

The major title winning MD will be sharing his preparation timeline and tips on how to tackle the 'mountain' of a contest test-piece, and how to successfully reach its summit by giving a satisfying performanceBBE

Down the pub

During the session, attendees will be able to ask questions sent in via the registration form. The workshop will begin with a short presentation on how to use the Zoom platform effectively to get the most out of the workshop while participants get used to the set up before starting at about 7.10pm.

After the presentation you can also join plenty of others down at the 'BBE Pub' to discuss the session and other things happening in the banding world. It's proved to be a great way to make links, socialise and chat!

The BBE Development Programme Online has lined up experts from across the brass band world every Thursday for at least the next few months to lead webinars straight to your living rooms on subjects covering almost every conceivable element of banding.

Sign up

The session will also be available on Facebook live on the BBE facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/brassbandsengland

BBE facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrassBandsEngland/ for which users can sign up to for free.

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