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Night at The Movies

Night at The Movies

Join the Co-op Funeralcare Brass Band for Night at the Movies - a celebration of the finest film music. The 2016 Scottish champions, led by conductor Nigel Boddice MBE, will offer a thoroughly entertaining programme once again at the Larbert East Church,...

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James Morrison and Co-op Funeralcare in Concert

Australian jazz musician James Morrison will be with us very soon! Make sure you get your tickets to hear the "Wonder from Down Under" - you will literally be blown away when you hear him play. Ray Brown called him "The Genius and Dizzy Gillespie called him "One of The...

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Fond Farewell to Co Trio

Following on from regaining the Scottish title last month the Co-operative Funeralcare Band has to announce the departure of three friends.Paul Kiernan has been an integral member of the band for more years than he’d care to mention. His playing and leadership on the Solo Trombone chair...

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Rhapsody in Blue

 Join the Co-operative Funeralcare Band, Scotland’s most successful competing brass band, for an evening of blue. From Mozart to Bruebeck, from the march to the waltz, the current Scottish champions will offer an entertaining evening of music exploring various...

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Co-op to celebrate Music of the Movies

 Join the Co-operative Funeralcare Band for Night at the Movies, a celebration of the finest film music. The newly crowned Scottish champions, led by conductor Allan Ramsay, will offer a thoroughly entertaining programme at St. John's Episcopal Church, Greenock, at 7.30pm on Saturday 23rd...

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Co-op to perform in Larbert

 The Co-operative Funeralcare Band, Scotland’s most successful brass band of all time, will be coming to Larbert’s East Parish Church on April 9th to treat the locals to an evening of fine music-making. The band is one of Scotland’s oldest, formed originally in 1918...

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Scottish Champions 2016

 The Co-operative Funeralcare Band have been crowned Scottish Champions for 2016. Directed by Allan Ramsay the band produced a fantastic performance of 'Cambridge Variations' by Philip Sparke to win by two clear points from our nearest rivals Whitburn Band. The band also collected individual...

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James Morrison to perform with Co-op

 Jazz legend James Morrison is coming to Scotland for the first time in 20 years. In what is anticipated to be one of the musical highlights of the year for all music lovers in the North, James will be performing at the Perth Concert Hall on Sunday November 20th, supported by...

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Co-operative Funeralcare to lead test piece workshop

With the Scottish Championships fast approaching, the Co-operative Funeralcare Band announces a test piece workshop to give competing bands the opportunity to perform to an interested audience of fellow bandspeople. In addition to getting some practice in front of a live audience, the bands will be...

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Team Co-op Leads the Way at Besson Contest

Players from the Co-operative Funeralcare Band enjoyed much success at the recent Scottish Solo and Ensemble Championships sponsored by Besson.The band’s exciting new principal euphonium Chris Flynnwon in the intermediate solo category for the second timeafter wowing judges David Childs and...

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New CD for Jim Hayes

Jim Hayes, aka Johnny Midnight, is at it again. Hot on the heels of two very successful CD releases, the principal cornet of the Co-operative Funeralcare Band is preparing for his third recording session with Scotland's most successful band. But what is it that drives him? What's the thinking behind...

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A Scottish Celebration

In anticipation of Burns Night, the Co-operative Funeralcare Band, Scotland’s most successful band presents A Scottish Celebration. An evening of Scottish music conducted by Nigel Boddice MBE on Saturday January 23rd at 7:30pm. In the band’s first...

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The Co-operative Funeralcare Band announce personnel changes

Following the departure of Scott Kerr, Chris Flynn has been appointed principal euphonium. Chris is one of the UK's finest young talents at the age of 16. He has already made a name for himself in Scotland as an outstanding soloist, winning various awards and playing principal...

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Scottish Open 2015

 The Co-operative Funeralcare Band gained a credible 2nd place at this years Scottish Open Championships in Perth. Playing from the dreaded number one draw the band produced an excellent account of the set-work 'Gallery' by Howard Snell. It was an honour to give the premiere of this fantastic...

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New players at Co-op

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band announce the addition of two new players to complete their line-up in advance of the forthcoming Scottish Open Brass Band Championships.Duncan McLuskie has joined the band on Eb Bass from The Dalmellington Band. Duncan spent his formative years at Dalmellington...

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Nationals 2015

 The band finished 9th at this years National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Conducted by Allan Ramsey the band produced an excellent account of the set work 'Spiriti' by Thomas Doss. The band now look forward to its forthcoming concert commitments...

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New recruits for Co-op

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band announce the addition of two new players and the welcome return of one very familiar face in advance of the forthcoming National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.Alison Bonnar has re-joined the band on 2nd Euphonium after her time away due to work...

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Another Top 10 finish at The British Open

 The Co-operative Funeralcare Band posted its third top ten finish in the past four years at this years British Open Brass Band Championships held at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham.Performing 'Reflections on Swan Lake' by Stephen Roberts the band finished in a credible 9th place. Widely regarded...

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New faces at The Co

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band has announced a trio of new signings ahead of the British Open and the National Finals this autumn.  The percussion ranks are expanded with the addition of Liam Mackay. Liam has just completed his first year of the BMus Timpani & Percussion course at...

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European Brass Band Championships 2015

The band is now into an intensive rehearsal schedule as we prepare for the 2015 European Brass Band Championships in Freiburg next weekend.Unfortunately a late change in Musical Director for the contest has been required. Allan Ramsay has been asked to step in with no notice and only a week to go,...

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Scottish Brass Band Champions 2014

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band are Scottish Brass Band Champions 2014. Conducted by Dr Nicholas J Childs the band produced an immense performance of Kenneth Downie's 'St Magnus' to regain the 'Scottish Champions' title previously won in 2012. This is the 32nd time the band has won the title, of...

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Glenn Van Looy - Player and Solo CD of the Year 2013

The band would like to offer huge congratulations to our Principal Euphonium Player Glenn Van Looy for his success in the 4barsrest 2013 Awards.These annual awards are voted on by 4barsrest readers and feature nominations for top player from around the world.Glenn was voted Player of the Year...

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Scottish Band of the Year 2013

The band has again been awarded the title 'Band of the Year' by the Scottish Brass Band Association. The SBBA Band of the Year awards are designed to reflect the respective performances of bands in all Scottish contests and also in major National and International contests throughout the...

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Christmas Concerts ... Ho..Ho..Ho!

Great concert in Paisley Town Hall last Sunday evening - special thanks to the Paisley Philharmonic Choir for inviting us once again as their guests. And what an appreciative audience ... Wow ... Tremendous reception! Especially for Eric Ball's majestic and uplifting "The Kingdom...

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Clarence Adoo Trust - CD pre-order

 'Melodies from the Great Composers', the new release in aid of the Clarence Adoo Trust featuring the recently crowned Scottish Open Champion Band, Co-operative Funeralcare, plus guest soloists Steve Stewart, Dávur Juul Magnussen and Owen Farr, is available to pre-order...

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Scottish Open Champions 2013

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band are Scottish Open Champions 2013. Conducted by Gary Cutt, the band delivered an excellent performance of Wilfred Heaton's 'Contest Music' to retain the 'Champions' title won in 2012, making this the fifth win in the eleven year history of the contest.The band would...

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Scottish Open Preparation

The band is currently working hard on Wilfred Heaton's deceptively easy looking but fiendishly difficult test piece, Contest Music, in preparation for the Scottish Open. Gary Cutt will be leading the band in defence of their 2012 Champions title and early rehearsals on the test piece...

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World Rankings Update September 2013

The Co-operative Funeralcare progress six places up the table following their excellent result in British Open in Birmingham. Land 'O' Burns and thier most recent victory winning the Dr Martin Wainstones Cup. These results take us back into the worlds top ten bands again.Top 10 bands in the World1....

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Dr Martin Contest Victory

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band continued on its vein of rich and rewarding contesting form on the weekend by taking the Wainstone’s Cup back across the border thanks to a trio of high class performances under the baton of MD Allan Ramsay. As the last band of an enjoyable contesting day, a...

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Best British Open Success since 2004

 The Co-operative funeralcare band, gained a fantastic 3rd place finish at the most prestigious contest on the banding calendar.The band took to the stage hoping to equal or better last years excellent 7th place. The composer Stephen Roberts commented " On another day this would have won...

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Two in a row at Troon

 The Band succesfully defend there Land 'O' Burns title on 24th August 2013. Also winning the best Bass Section.The Band conducted by MD Allan Ramsay produced a stuning performance to clinch the title for the second year running. We now concentrate on the British Open. 

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The Assembly Rooms

Brassed OnAR Fringe and Fairpley are offering a special 2 For 1 discount for AR Fringe's first music show on the Fringe: Brassed On. To take advantage of this offer, please redeem/quote the code TRUMPET01 via our box office online or on the telephone. www.arfringe.com /  Tel: 0844 693...

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Two new albums released

 The Co-operative funeralcare band is pleased to announce the release of two new albums available as digital downloads from both iTunes and Amazon. The first album entitled 'Vintage Co' has been remastered by Broadnib Music and released as a tribute to the late Bram...

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New Band Chairman

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band is pleased to announce the appointment of  Robert McCorkell as Band Chairman.Robert, who succeeds Paul Kiernan, has been involved with the band for 14 years in various roles including committee member, band librarian and, more recently, band manager, a post he...

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Open Rehearsal

The Co-operative funeralcare band are delighted to be hosting an open rehearsal with The Johnstone Band in advance of this years Scottish Brass Band Championships.This event will take place in Springburn Salvation Army Hall on Friday 8th March at 7.30pm. Johnstone band conducted by Paul Kiernan will...

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New CD recording from Jim Hayes

The second solo album from our Principal cornet player Jim Hayes is now available. Entitled 'A Second From Midnight' this excellent CD showcases Jim aka Jonny Midnight at his very best ably accompanied by the band conducted by Mike Fowles. Among the 16 tracks are works by Paul Lovatt-Cooper,...

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New player signings for 2013

Reigning Scottish champion Co-operative Funeralcare has announced a quintet of high profile signings ahead of its title defence in Perth in March.Former Tredegar solo horn player Chris Davies takes on the same role with immediate effect, whilst Belgian star Glen Van Looy will return to play solo...

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Geneva & Co-operative Funeralcare band announce partnership

Scottish champions Co-operative Funeralcare band has announced a new collaboration with Geneva Musical Instruments.Geneva will provide the  Band with a full cornet section of superb Geneva Symphony Cornets, whilst the other sections will also benefit from new Geneva Symphony Instruments - from...

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Scottish Open Champions 2012

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band are the new Scottish Open Champions for 2012. Conducted by Dr Nicholas Childs the band delivered an excellent performance of  'Electra' by Martin Ellerby to win the title for the fourth time since the contest began in 2003This victory rounds of a highly...

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National Finals 2012

 The band finished in 6th place at this years National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Allan Ramsay conducted the band on the set work 'Daphnis and Chloe' by Ravel and arranged for band by Howard Snell and put in a high class performance to gain one of the top six...

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Open Rehearsal for Nationals Challenge

The co-operative funeralcare band will be holding an open rehearsal prior to  this years National Championships at the Royal Albert Hall, London.The 31 time crowned Scottish Champions will be holding a free open rehearsal at the Springburn Salvation Army Citadel, 192 Fernbank Street, Glasgow,...

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Band now on iTunes

The co-operative funeralcare band are pleased to announce that eight albums from the bands back catalogue are now available on iTunes.Conductors include Howard Snell, Joseph Horovitz, Geoffrey Brand and Nick Childs with some notable releases such as:Flower of Scotland: Conducted by Howard Snell and...

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British Open 2012

The continued it's good run of form this year by claiming 7th place at this years British Open Championhips. Performing the set-work 'Electra' by Martin Ellerby the band delivered a high quality performance under the baton of Allan Ramsay  that many commentators had higher up the prize list....

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New recruits for Co-op

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band is pleased to announce two additions to the band. The band is delighted to have secured the signing of Steven Walsh ahead of the British Open. The former principal Tuba with Brighouse and Rastrick brass band. Steve is also a highly regarded Euphonium and Tuba...

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Troon Success!

The band continued to assert its domestic dominance at this years Land O'Burns contest in Troon. Conducted by Allan Ramsay the band put on an excellent show to claim the £3,000 first prize ahead of rivals Kingdom Brass and Whitburn. Congratulations to trombonist Paul Kiernan and our bass...

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Co-op appoint Ramsay

 The Co-operative Funeralcare Band has announced the appointment of one of Scotland’s most experienced conductors, Allan Ramsay, as their new Associate Musical Director.A former principal cornet of the band, Allan commented: "I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being back at Co-op in a...

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West Lothian Festival of Brass Champions!

 The band retained our title at the recent West Lothian Festvial of Brass in Livingston. Under the baton of Paul Lovatt-Cooper the band produced a fine perfromance to secure the title for the 5th time. Please see www.4barsrest.com for a detailed report.  

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Positive result at the European Championships

 The Co-operative Funeralcare band acheived 6th place overall at this years European Brass Band Championships in Rotterdam, Holland.After drawing first in the set-work part of the contest the band gave an excellent performance of 'Vitae Aeterna Varitions' by Alexander Comitas which featured...

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Scottish Government offer European Support

Ms Fiona Hyslop who is the Scottish Governments secretary for cultural and external affairs has recently contacted the band to offer her support in advance of the forthcoming European Championships:"It is a pleasure to offer my support to everyone in the Co-operative Funeralcare Brass...

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Allan Withington to lead European charge

 The Co-operative Funeralcare Band is pleased to announce a major conducting appointment for the forthcoming European Championships.Looking forward to the European Championships in Rotterdam the band is delighted to have secured the services of Allan Withington. Allan commented “I have...

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Co-operative Funeralcare Band - Vacancy

 The Co-operative Funeralcare Band has a vacancy for a first class percussionist. We have a very busy contesting and concert diary and require a fully committed player who must be competent across the full range of the percussion section. Band Manager Martin Stack “We are the busiest band...

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On your marks.......ready.....

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band after picking up silverware as the newly crowned Scottish Regional Champions 2012 are now going for gold after being selected as one of the five bands to start the ‘Brass The Baton’ Olympic relay.Terry Luddington BFBB National Liaison Officer commented...

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Scottish Champions 2012

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band are the new Scottish Champion Band for 2012. Conducted by Dr Nicholas Childs the band delivered a truly memorable performance of Derek Bourgeois 'The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' to win the title for the third time in the last four years.Our percussion team won the...

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Death of Bram Thompson

 The Co-operative Funeralcare Band regretfully announce the sad passing of Bram Thompson a former solo horn player, secretary and a lifetime supporter of the band. Bram joined the band in 1949 on solo horn, a position he held until 1963. After this time Bram spent his time tirelessly supporting...

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Scottish Championships Open Rehearsal

For the second successive year, Co-operative Funeralcare Band will host an open rehearsal in the run-up to the Scottish Championships. The band will give a pre-contest performance of Derek Bourgeois ‘The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' in a free open rehearsal.Under the baton of Dr Nicholas...

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Besson Scottish Solo and Ensemble Championship

On Saturday 4th Februaury the band performed at the Besson Scottish Solo and Ensemble Championships Gala Concert in the Howden Park Centre, Livingston. Under the baton of John Logan, the newly appointed Head of Wind and Brass at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the band performed a varied...

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