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2017 Regional Championships — North West & Yorkshire Contest Previews

February 23, 2017
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to consecutive weekends of contest action that offers brass banding contesting at its brilliant best.


2017 North West & Yorkshire Regional Championships — Championship Preview & Prediction

February 23, 2017
One of the greatest works of the brass band repertoire still retains its immense almost mystical challenges despite its age, popularity and rather unique provenance.


2017 North West & Yorkshire Regional Championships — First Section Preview & Prediction

February 23, 2017
Wonderful music inspired by the majestic vistas of New Zealand will prove to be a stern test of aspirations for First Section contenders.


2017 North West & Yorkshire Regional Championships — Second Section Preview & Prediction

February 23, 2017
One of the finest works of its era will provide a stern test of the bands in the Third Sections in Blackpool and Huddersfield.


2017 North West & Yorkshire Regional Championships — Third Section Preview & Prediction

February 23, 2017
Music inspired by a mischievous imp, a high church and the Industrial Revolution will test the bands in the Third Section.


2017 North West & Yorkshire Regional Championships — Fourth Section Preview & Prediction

February 23, 2017
Despite the illusion of the title it will all be about musical substance for the contenders on Alan Fernie's splendid test-piece.


2017 French National Championships — As it happened

February 19, 2017
All the action from the 2017 French National Championships - as it happened.


2017 Action Medical Research Youth Championships — As it happened

February 12, 2017
All the action from the 2017 Action Medical Research Youth Championships - as it happened.


Pageantry Pointers: Part 2 — Areas of dispute?

February 11, 2017
In his second ‘Pageantry Pointers’ article for 4BR, Paul Cosh looks at what he believes are some disputed aspects of the famous Herbert Howells score.


2017 Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championships — Preview & Prediction

February 9, 2017
4BR looks forward to the Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championships of Great Britain in Blackpool this weekend.


2017 Norwegian National Championships — As it happened

February 4, 2017
All the action from the 2017 Norwegian National Championships - as it happened.


4BR Interview — Jonathan Bates

January 26, 2017
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to a composer who admits to having his musical mind opened by Edward Gregson.


4BR Interview — Peter Moore

January 22, 2017
Malcolm Wood catches up with the brilliant Yamaha Artist, co-Principal Trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra and Manchester City fan, Peter Moore.


4BR Interview — Lance Corporal Liam Grunsell

January 21, 2017
In the fourth of a new series meeting professional players in the Corps of Army Music, we find out more about Irish Guards euphonium player Lance Corporal Liam Grunsell


2017 Butlins Postcard — Retaining the simple formula of genius

January 19, 2017
Keeping things simple has been the genius behind the Butlins success story - so why the need to change?


2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championships — Gallery: Sunday

January 17, 2017
Images from Sunday on the Centre Stage at 2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championships (Pictures by Steve Jack)


2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championships — Gallery: Saturday

January 15, 2017
Images from across the sections on the Saturday at 2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championships (Pictures by Steve Jack)


2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championships — Championship Section: As it happened

January 15, 2017
All the action from the 2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championship Section - as it happened.


2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championships — Youth Sections: As it happened

January 15, 2017
All the action from the 2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championship Youth Sections - as it happened.


2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championships — Section 1: As it happened

January 14, 2017
All the action from the 2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championship Section 1 - as it happened.


2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championships — Section 2: As it happened

January 14, 2017
All the action from the 2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championship Section 2 - as it happened.


2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championships — Section 3: As it happened

January 14, 2017
All the action from the 2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championship Section 3 - as it happened.


2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championships — Section 4: As it happened

January 14, 2017
All the action from the 2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championship Section 4 - as it happened.


2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championships — Section previews & predictions

January 12, 2017
4BR takes a closer look at the action that will take place in the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Youth Sections at Skegness this weekend.


2017 Butlins Mineworkers Championships — Preview and Championship Section prediction

January 12, 2017
The 2017 contest season kicks off in Skegness this weekend - with bumper fields of 82 bands in pursuit of that warming feeling of a January cash bonanza.


What might have been? — The second 50 years of lost compositional opportunities

January 11, 2017
In the second of his articles, composer Gavin Higgins explores some of the iconic compositional opportunities that may have passed the brass band movement by since 'Labour and Love' in 1913 - this time from the 1960s to the 1990s.


4BR Interview — Lance Sergeant Neil Brocklehurst

January 8, 2017
In the third of a new series meeting professional players in the Corps of Army Music, we find out more about Scots Guards percussionist Lance Sergeant Neil Brocklehurst.


Pageantry pointers — A question of accent

January 8, 2017
The highly respected professional trumpet player, conductor, adjudicator and teacher Paul Cosh looks at the question of accent in Herbert Howells' classic 'Pageantry'.




Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 25 February • Town Hall Buildings, 68 Queen St, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 9DY


The Cobham Band -

Saturday 25 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall, 4 Embercourt Road, Thames Ditton KT70LQ


Elland Silver Band - Lofhouse 2000 and Tingley Bands & Oldsilkstone

Saturday 25 February • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland HX5 0NH


Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 26 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool. FY1 1HU


GUS Virtuosi Band - The Hawth Brass Series

Sunday 26 February • The Hawth theatre, Crawley RH10 6YZ


Amesbury Town Band

February 24 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed. We could do with more trombones, solo cornets and percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument


The Corsham Band

February 23 • The band are currently looking to recruit either second or third cornet players to further strengthen our friendly and enthusiastic team. Why not come along for a blow and an enjoyable evening at one of our rehearsals. .


Uppermill Band

February 22 • Following the Area Contest, due to work commitments, 2 of our Players will be relocating. As a result an ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CORNET and a further CORNET Player (position negotiable) will be required to complete our team. Rehearsals Mon & Wed 7:45-21-30


David W. Ashworth

RSCM. NABBC. ABBA Member
Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator