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2017 European Championships — Introduction to the 40th Championships

April 25, 2017
Despite the fraying at the European edges, EBBA's flagship event still remains an Article 50, WTO rules free zone for now...


2017 European Championships — Championship Section preview & prediction

April 25, 2017
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to what should be a memorable battle for the European title in Oostende.


2017 European Championships — Test Piece Review: Where Angels Fly

April 25, 2017
4BR Editor Iwan Fox finds out more about the Championship Section set-work 'Where Angels Fly' - written by composer Kevin Houben and inspired by the father of Belgian wind music Paul Gilson.


2017 European Championships — Championship Own Choice selections

April 25, 2017
4BR Editor Iwan Fox finds out a little more about each of the top flight own-choice selections being played at this year's event in Oostende.


2017 European Championships — Challenge Section & European Youth Championship

April 25, 2017
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the action in the Challenge Section and European Youth Championships in Oostende.


2017 Australian National Championships — As it happened

April 16, 2017
All the action from the 2017 Australian National Championships - as it happened.


4BR Talking Point — Future tests of character

April 6, 2017
Sandy Smith puts forward his opinion that this year's test-piece selections have highlighted a serious erosion in playing abilities at all levels - and comes up with some musical choices that he believes may benefit us all.


2017 National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain — As it happened

April 2, 2017
All the action from the 2017 National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain - as it happened.


2017 National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain — Salford Preview

March 31, 2017
Brass Bands England's flagship contest is a great event - so why can't it be shouted about from the rooftops. 4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the contest and asks a few questions why?


The record breaker — 31 Championship Section Area titles and counting...

March 24, 2017
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Prof Nicholas Childs of Black Dyke as he looks back on becoming the most successful Championship Section winning conductor in Regional Championship history.


Heritage innovation — How brass bands can make their history come to life

March 21, 2017
4BR talks to Carole Hirst about her work in helping bands access Heritage Lottery Funding to preserve and celebrate their history for future generations to enjoy.


2017 London & Southern Counties Regional Championships — As it happened

March 19, 2017
All the action from the 2017 London & Southern Counties Regional Championships - as it happened.


2017 Welsh Regional Championships — As it happened

March 19, 2017
All the action from the 2017 Welsh Regional Championships - as it happened.


2017 Wales and London & Southern Counties Regional Championships — Contest previews

March 15, 2017
4BR looks forward to the last weekend of Regional Championship action in Swansea and Stevenage


2017 Wales and London & Southern Counties Regional Championships — Championship Sections

March 15, 2017
4BR looks forward to the Championship Section battles on 'Pageantry' in Swansea and Stevenage this weekend.


2017 Wales and London & Southern Counties Regional Championships — First Section previews

March 15, 2017
4BR looks forward to the antipodean inspired battles for Cheltenham qualification places in Swansea and Stevenage on Philip Sparke's fine test-piece.


2017 Wales and London & Southern Counties Regional Championships — Second Section previews

March 15, 2017
4BR looks forward to a friendly renewal of banding hostilities of Dean Goffin's timeless 'Rhapsody in Brass'.


2017 Wales and London & Southern Counties Regional Championships — Third Section previews

March 16, 2017
4BR takes a closer look at the bands hoping to catch the ears of the men in the box on Dan Price's clever musical portrait of urban history.


2017 Wales and London & Southern Counties Regional Championships — Fourth Section previews

March 16, 2017
4BR takes a close look at the contenders for Fourth Section qualification in Swansea and Stevenage via Alan Fernie's great Scottish musical export work.


2017 Scottish Championships — As it happened

March 12, 2017
All the action from the 2017 Scottish Championships - as it happened.


2017 West of England Regional Championships — As it happened

March 12, 2017
All the action from the 2017 West of England Regional Championships - as it happened.


2017 North of England Regional Championships — As it happened

March 12, 2017
All the action from the 2017 North of England Regional Championships - as it happened.


2017 Midlands Regional Championships — As it happened

March 12, 2017
All the action from the 2017 Midlands Regional Championships - as it happened.


2017 Regional Championships — Torquay, Perth, Bedworth and Durham contest previews

March 8, 2017
4BR looks forward to the second round of regional championship events in the West of England, Midlands, Scotland and North of England this weekend.


2017 Regional Championships — Championship Section previews & predictions

March 8, 2017
4BR takes a closer look at the 'Pageantry' battles to come at Perth, Torquay, Bedworth and Durham this weekend


2017 Regional Championships — First Section previews & predictions

March 8, 2017
4BR takes a closer look at the battles for qualification places on Philip Sparke's New Zealand inspired test-piece in the northern hemisphere outposts of Perth, Torquay, Bedworth and Durham this weekend.


2017 Regional Championships — Second Section previews & predictions

March 9, 2017
4BR looks forward to the Rhapsodic action in the Second Section at Perth, Torquay, Bedworth and Durham on a piece that is posing real demands on bands about understanding its true identity.


2017 Regional Championships — Third Section previews & predictions

March 9, 2017
4BR looks a little more closely at the runners and riders in Perth, Torquay, Bedworth and Durham hoping to make a triptych historical portrait of a suburb of Manchester come to qualifying life.


2017 Regional Championships — Fourth Section previews & predictions

March 9, 2017
4BR takes a closer look and the runners and riders hoping to pick and mix the right match of musical liquorice all-sorts by Alan Fernie to claim their place at Cheltenham.


Take 5 — Five things of note from the 2017 Yorkshire Regional Championships

March 7, 2017
4BR recalls a quintet of notable memories from the recent Yorkshire Regional Championships in Huddersfield.


2017 Yorkshire Regional Championships — As it happened

March 5, 2017
All the action from the 2017 Yorkshire Regional Championships - as it happened.


Take 5 — A quintet of things to note from the 2017 UniBrass Championships.

March 3, 2017
Steve Jack looks back at the 2017 UniBrass Championships in Harrogate and finds plenty of things that brought a smile to the face.


Brass for Africa Blog: No 1 — Music Education Musings: First impressions and instincts

March 2, 2017
In the first of a new series of blogs in her Brass Development Fellowship role with the Brass for Africa Charity, Dr. Taylor Hughey talks about her first impressions and instincts on taking up her post in Kampala in Uganda.


2017 North West Regional Championships — As it happened

February 26, 2017
All the action from the 2017 North West Regional Championships - as it happened.


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'.




Contest: European Brass Band Championships

Friday 28 April • Kursall Concert Hall, Kursaal-Westhelling 12, 8400 Ostende, Belgium 84000


The Fairey Band - Dave Haslam (Hacienda DJ)

Friday 28 April • Harris Museum & Gallery. Market Square. Preston PR12PP


Jackfield Band -

Friday 28 April • Memorial Hall, Near Shrewsbury,. Lyth Hill Rd, . Bayston Hill, . Shrewsbury SY3 0DR


Cory Band - European Championships Gala Concert

Saturday 29 April • Kursaal, Ostende, Belgium Westhelling z/n 8400 Oostende, Belgium 8400


Contest: European Brass Band Championships

Saturday 29 April • Kursaal-Westhelling 12, 8400 Oostende, Belgium 84000


Chelmsford Silver Band

April 28 • Chelmsford Silver Band requires a new bandmaster to lead us into the next phase of our development. A non-contesting band, established for over 50 years and enjoy a good reputation performing at local and regional events plus organizing our own concerts.


Haydock Band

April 27 • Haydock Band. North West Second Section are looking to recruit a B flat Bass due to work commitments. We have a very sensible diary of concerts and some exciting projects through the rest of the year. This is the only empty seat we have left


Stannington Brass Band

April 27 • Stannington Brass Band, Sheffield. 2nd Section National Champions, now 1st section. Ambitious, sociable band. MD Derek Renshaw. Due to current player leaving for music college we require a Solo EEb bass player we also require a 3rd percussion player


Brett Baker

BSc (Hons), ARCM, PG Dip
Rath clinician, conductor, teacher, adjudicator, editor