Better contact with the media and your audience

Networking and presentation event to be held on Wednesday 25th September. Brass bands and the wider leisure-time music community are no strangers to the difficulties of audience engagement but, in these times of increasing political uncertainty and reducing social infrastructure, it is important to stay as relevant and connected with audiences as possible. Therefore, on Wednesday 25th September, the Sheffield Brass Network has arranged another FREE networking event for any brass band, brass ensemble, or brass or percussion player resident or based in the Sheffield City Region: i.e. Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales, and Bassetlaw. The Sheffield Brass Network has put together a series of very experienced speakers for the evening to present information […]

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8 Hints and tips for photographing live music ensembles

As a lifelong player in Brass Bands, Joy Newbould, tenor horn player with Championship Section Thoresby Colliery Band as well as a professional Photographer, has put together a list of useful guidelines to follow when trying to capture live music ensembles with your camera. 1 Avoid being intrusive – Images of individuals in action within music groups will require a lens of 150mm minimum in order for you to stand back and zoom in. This will ensure the players are not put off by your presence, which will inevitably upset both them and their conductors! Remember why they are there – it isn’t to smile or look down your lens! 2 Look for expressions on the faces of the players […]

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