Monthly Archives: March 2014

Where Do I Begin? The Voice of Shirley Bassey – Review

See below an excerpt of a review on Where do I Begin? The Voice of Shirley Bassey with the Footscray-Yarraville City Band led by Phillipa Edwards.

The Las Vegas showroom was dark. The band was ready. Then Shirley Bassey walked onstage, greeted the crowd like old friends, and a night of musical magic commenced. In truth, it wasn’t actually Vegas, and it wasn’t actually Shirley Bassey, but it sure felt like it was.

By: Margaret Wieringa, theatrepress.com.au

To read the full review click here.

To hear an excerpt from the show click here.

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Bendigo Eisteddfod – New Venue for 2014

The VBL is excited to announce on behalf of the Bendigo Competitions Society that the 2014 Eisteddfod will be held at the Bendigo South East College Theatre in Ellis Street, Bendigo. Continue reading

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Executive Council Nominations Open

The VBL is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2014/15 term on the Executive Council are now open. Continue reading

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Major Work Selection – 2014 State Band Championships

The VBL is pleased to announce the major work selections for the 2014 State Band Championships are as follows.

Major Works for Junior Brass Bands and all Concert Bands shall be Own Choice.  The test pieces for Open Brass Bands are listed below.

A Grade

    • Diversions on a Bass Theme – George Lloyd

B Grade

    • Firestorm – Steven Bulla

C Grade

    • Sinfonietta – Gordon Langford

D Grade

    • Renaissance Suite – Franco Cesarini

As per the VBL rules, bands may not play any winning piece for a period of thirteen (13) months unless subsequently chosen as a test piece. As the test pieces have been announced prior to the Bendigo Eisteddfod, any band who chooses to play the relevant test piece for their grade at the Bendigo Eisteddfod and subsequently wins will be ineligible to compete at the State Championships.

The official schedule will be released and entries will open on May 19th 2014.

The VBL wishes all bands the very best in their preparations for the State Championships.

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