The Sun Life Stanshawe Band — originally called The
Stanshawe (Bristol) Band — was formed in 1968 and
progressed to become one of the finest bands in the U.K.
Foursome For Brass — Quartette playing is a popular
feature of the Brass Band movement and many
combinations of instruments are used. The
combination presented here—two cornets, tenor horn
and euphonium—is the classic one and is the brass
band equivalent of the string quartet. Our 'Foursome
for Brass' is composed of players of great experience
and it is interesting to note that three of the
instrumentalists—Derek Garside, Haydn Harris and
Lyndon Baglin—were members of the C.W.S.
(Manchester) Band quartette party which won the title
of Champion Quartette of Great Britain 1961 under the
conductorship of Alex Mortimer.
Best Of Brass — Formed in 1982, the Group comprises
nine brass instrumentalists and one percussionist
drawn from South Wales and the West of England. The
group’s aim is to take brass playing to audiences which
would perhaps not normally listen to a brass band and
at the same time offer the traditional brass band
audience something to supplement brass bands.
Fine Arts Brass of England has an international
reputation as one of the world's leading brass
ensembles. Since its formation in 1980 the group was
acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its musical
artistry and entertainment. The original release of this
album coincided with the Group's 10th anniversary.
During that time it had given over 1000 concerts in
Britain, toured in over 35 countries spanning four
continents and broadcast over 100 times for the BBC