Join in with our Christmas Countdown

Join in our festive countdown as we bring you some of our favourite seasonal tunes.

Our members have recorded performances of Christmas carols and music to entertain you. Watch our performances below:

Carols galore!

Despite the difficulties that Covid-19 brings, we have been spreading Christmas joy with carols.

In small, socially distanced groups, members of CBBB provided some festive cheer to the shoppers and passers-by in Birmingham City Centre, Hatton Adventure World, Morrisons supermarket, Grand Central Station and Hagley Road Retirement Village.

Thank you to all the venues and the public for their support during this time. We wish you all a very merry Christmas.

Comfort And Joy – Virtual Christmas Concert

The City of Birmingham Brass Band are pleased to be joining Bournville Parish Choirs, Bournville Vocal-Ease and Bournville Carillon in a virtual Christmas Concert on Saturday 12th December at 6:30pm. The concert is in aid of University Hospitals Birmingham Charity and you will have an opportunity to donate to this wonderful cause during the concert which will be presented live on Facebook and Youtube – just search for Bournville Parish Church. All are welcome to join us in this celebration of Christmas.

A Day of Remembrance

Our players have put together a Remembrance video to honour those who fought in the 2 World Wars, and to remember all others who have, and are currently, fighting wars the world over.

We have recorded 3 hymns virtually and our recording of Elgar’s Nimrod is taken from our concert in France last year where we were representing Birmingham in celebrating the Cities friendship with the town of Albert after becoming their War Godmother at the end of WWI.

Lockdown recording of Neverland by Christopher Bond

In these isolated times many bands have made ‘lockdown’ recordings, compiled from individual recordings made at home, but not many have recorded an entire test piece under these conditions. That is exactly what the City of Birmingham Brass Band undertook, with their lockdown recording of the recent Area Contest test piece Neverland by Christopher Bond. The composer graciously granted his approval to the project which was coordinated and edited by band member Nick Poole. Everyone involved had great fun making their recordings and are really proud of the result. Particular thanks to Nick for his indefatigable work in editing the sound recording, and to Alexander Cottrell for putting together the video which is now available to view on Youtube. Watch this space for further recordings!

CBBB responds to Covid-19 outbreak

In light of recent official Government and Public Health advice, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all our rehearsals and concerts for the foreseeable future.

It has not been easy but the health of our players and audiences is the priority and we have made this decision to protect the wider community.

We will be following Government guidance as the situation changes and hope that we will be able to return to rehearsals as soon as possible.

To keep us entertained in the meantime, we’ll be reminding you of some of the events the band has been involved with in the past, and introducing you to some of our band members…

Thank you for your continued support, we’ll be back in action as soon as we can.

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CBBB takes part in Commonwealth Day

It’s been a busy time for the band. Riding high on the results from the Midlands Area contest, the band took part in a Commonwealth Ceremony on Monday at the Council House, Birmingham.

Alongside Birmingham City Council Choir, Claire Noakes, and Eternal Taal the band performed to dignitaries, faith leaders and congregation in a celebration of friendship.

It was an honour to be part of this event to mark this special day in our home city.

Birmingham Brass secures a place at the Nationals

We’re over the moon to have taken second place in the 4th section at yesterday’s Midlands Area Brass Band Championships!

Whilst everyone else cheered on the announcement of their results we were a bit stunned to silence…

The result was well deserved as the band put in an excellent performance of ‘Neverland’ at Kenilworth. A huge thank you to all band members for putting in the hard work over the last few months which really paid off.

A thank you also goes our to our Musical Director Saphran Ali who guided us through, gave us the direction we needed and brought the band together to secure our place at the Nationals Competition later this year.

We’re off to Cheltenham in September!

Celebrating the Commonwealth

On the 9th March, with people from around the world, we’ll be taking part in the annual celebration for Commonwealth Day.

Birmingham is holding its own event at the Council House at which the City of Birmingham Brass Band will be entertaining visitors as they enter and leave the ceremony.  We’ll also be accompanying the congregation for hymns and the national anthem.

The ceremony will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham alongside other celebrated guests representing member countries. Birmingham City Council Choir, Eternal Taal, and Clare Noakes will be performing to commemorate the occasion.

There are more than 2.4 billion people within the Commonwealth and we’re delighted to be taking part in joining people together in our home city.

Less than a month until the Areas

It’s less that a month until the Midlands Regional Championships at Kenilworth.

The band are working hard together on the test piece ‘Neverland’ in preparation and we are looking forward to putting in a good performance.

We’re pleased to have some new faces in the rehearsal room who have brought a great sound to the band. We’re particularly looking for another percussionist for the contest but, whatever you play, if you’d like to join our friendly and busy band then do get in touch. We’ll soon be getting stuck in to our summer concert programme!