Articles & features: 2013 / International
Malcolm Wood looks forward to the greatest free show on earth this weekend - the Whit Friday contests in Saddleworth and Tameside.
Chris Thomas continues his in depth conversation with composer Stephen Roberts - the man behind this year's British Open test piece.
Jeremy Dibb provides 4BR with his personal experience of how partnerships between local community bands can work well.
Chris Thomas looks back on a contest that certainly lived up to its unpredictable nature as Milnrow claimed an emotional victory.
Malcolm Wood looks back on a contest that was won in considerable style by a Woodfalls Band that certainly mastered the key problems of a tricky test piece.
John James looks back on a contest won by Newtongrane - a band that has been on a high and low journey of its own of late.
David Ashworth and Kevin Holgate set out their 'Manifesto for the Future' as they seek election to Brass Bands England.
There were plenty of winning smiles and promotion grins on display at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool this year...
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at a possible defining victory for Cory at the European Championships in Olso.
Malcolm Wood sets the scene on a weekend of hard graft, hard drinking and hard luck - with only two bands making a getaway from it all on the Golden Mile...
The hardest brass band contest in the world to win will come down to who knows most about the musical habits of a ginger cleric...
A touch of Italian carnival splendour stands in the way of the bands hoping to claim their place in the Grand Shield.
A classic piece of mature Eric Ball will test the bands as they hope to take the first step on ther own journey to the British Open.
All the action from the 2013 European Brass Band Championships in Olso - as it happened.
Ian Clowes captures the celebrations as the awards were presented
Ian Clowes captures the bands in action during the own choice contest
Ian Clowes captures the conductors in action during the set work contest
Ian Clowes captures moments from 2013 EBBC
Ian Clowes captures moments from the European Conductors Competition
Ian Clowes captures moments from the European Youth Brass Band playing in Oslo 2013
Ian Clowes and the 4BR team have been out and about capturing images of Oslo scene for the Championships.
Has the plan for never ending European banding expansionism finally come to an end in Oslo?
Could home advantage be the deciding factor this year in Oslo?
11 of the very best bands will lock horns to see who can be crowned the 2013 Champion Band of Europe.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox takes a closer look at an intriguing take on Norwegian pond life from the pen of Stig Nordhagen.
4BR's Malcolm Wood meets the Norwegian trumpet star who has just about everything in life planned out to perfection.
In the first of a new series Gavin Pritchard gives helpful advice on how to be prepared for the expected and the unexpected on the contest stage.
Chris Thomas puts forward the case for a timely reappraisal of a forgotten European test piece.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at contest events in Cincinnati, where musical style and American substance was certainly on show.
Malcolm Wood looks back on the National Youth Championships - where a gold medal was fully deserved for Brass Bands England as well as well as for the very best competitors.
Steve Jack was out and about at the RNCM in Manchester capturing the action in the Championship and Intermediate Sections at the National Youth Championships.
Steve Jack was out and about at the RNCM in Manchester capturing the action in the Beginners and Junior Sections at the National Youth Championships.
Gallery images of the Prizewinners at this year's Championships in Cincinnati .
4BR Editor has been out and about capturing images of the action at the Cincinnati Mason Centre this weekend.
4BR's Malcolm Wood looks forward to a wonderful day of competition at the RNCM in Manchester on the weekend.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back on the 2013 Yamaha Australian National Championships in Perth - and a result that revealed its bikini lines more than most.
Images of the prize winners at this year's Australian National Championships in Perth.
Selection of images from the A Grade and B Grade events.
Selection of images from the A Grade and B Grade events
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to his trip to the Australian National Championships in Perth this weekend.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at the top section action at Swansea.
4BR's Malcolm Wood looks back at the top section action at Darlington.
4BR's Peter Bale looks back at the top section action at Stevenage.
4BR's Chris Thomas looks back at the top section action at Bedworth.
4BR's Malcolm Wood looks back at the top section action at Blackpool.
4BR looks back at the action in the top section at Perth.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back on the action in the top section at Torquay.
Images of the prize winners from the Welsh Regional Championship in Swansea's Brangwyn Hall this year.
Linda Cairns was in Perth last weekend to capture the happy smiles of bands and players heading to Cheltenham and London later in the year.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the battle of the Welsh bands in Swansea on the weekend.
4BR's Malcolm Wood looks forward to what promises to be an enjoyable weekend of contesting in Darlington.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the competitive action at Stevenage this weekend.
Images of the two days of drama and excitement in Torquay taken by 4BR editor Iwan Fox
Steve Jack and John James were recording the images of the action at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on the weekend.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the action at one of the most closely contested regional championships in the country.
4BR's Malcolm Wood looks forward to the unique atmosphere of the banding action at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Mother's Day.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the action unfolding in Perth this weekend as the countdown to the 2014 European Championships begin...
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the battles for supremacy in Torquay this weekend.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back on the drama, theatre and ethereal music making that gave Carlton Main their first Yorkshire title since 1999 in Bradford on the weekend.
Iwan Fox and Malcolm Wood look back on the action in the First, Second, Third and Fourth Sections at Bradford on the weekend.
Images of the people and bands that took the prizes at Bradford this year.
Images of the two days of drama and excitement at St George's Hall in Bradford taken by 4BR editor Iwan Fox
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the action at St George's Hall - and makes his predictions on who he think's may end up in London and Cheltenham.
Malcolm Wood catches up with the talented Belgian quartet Exit Brass!
In the first of two interviews, Chris Thomas talks to Stephen Roberts - a musician of who has made such a significent mark in both the orchestral and banding worlds.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the action that will unfold over the coming weeks - thanks to a touch of unintended musical irony....
4BR Editor Iwan Fox meets a remarkable businessman who was able to use his success to benefit the great passions of his life.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox captures images of the action and prizes at the recent Welsh Open Entertainment Championship in Porthcawl.
4BR's Malcolm Wood looks back at a great day of entertainment at Blackpool, where Youth Brass 2000 were pushed all the way to produce their contest winning Glenn Miller magic...
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back on how an unbreakable desire to remain the champion gave Eikanger their 14th National title in Bergen.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox wonders if the first signs of contesting cynicism are creeping ino the Norwegian banding culture, despite another wonderful event at the Grieghallen in Bergen.
Images of the Elite bands in action in the set work and own choices sections of the National Championships in Bergen this year...
Images of the 2013 championships through the lens of 4BR Editor Iwan Fox....
Images of the prizewinners in each of the sections at the Norwegian National Championships in Bergen this year.
Daniel Wilmott looks back at a commanding victory for Flowers at an entertainment contest short on numbers but not on quaity at Yeovil.
Malcolm Wood looks forward to the brass band entertainment that is guarenteed to make everyone feel better in Blackpool on the weekend.
All roads lead to the Grieghallen in Bergen this weekend - so don't miss the action even if you have to sit in front of your computer for two days...
4BR will be in Bergen to witness brass band contesting in the elemental raw.....
10 brilliant bands will battle it out for glory in Bergen on the weekend.
4BR casts its eye over the 11 bands hoping to make the step up and join the Elite bands in Norway this weekend.
Another cracking contest in store in the Second Division with 13 well matched bands all hoping to gain another step up the Norwegian promotion ladder.
There is plenty to look forward to in the Third Division - especially as it may be so difficult to separate the bands out.
As the Fourth Division enters its second decade of competition, the signs are that the Norwegians have got the contest formula right - thanks to plenty of musical ambition.
Norway continues to build on its latest contesting foundation stone with strength in numbers and musical ambition.
Who has won what and when since the Norwegian Nationals started in 1979.
The presentation of the awards in the Guild Hall, Preston
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the entertainment on offer in Yeovil on the weekend.
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back on a contest which saw Virtuosi GUS start a new contesting winning chapter in their proud history book.
Photographer Phil Symonds was out and about enjoying the action from the Championship Section of the Skegness weekend...
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to taking a small step or two towards Skegness this weekend...
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to seeing who will be smiling like a robber the cops can't catch on Sunday night.
The winners here may well have to wait for the SS Carpathia to pick them up to take them to the bar for a celebratory drink after this deep sea marathon...
Which band will welcome coming to grief in the Second Section - as 18 contenders tackle a bit of Victorian deathly celebration.
There may only be a small field in the Third Section but quality always beats quantity...
Who will get to grips best with the Pennine/Australian mix and match of Goff Richards colourful Saddleworth musical homage?
Butlins commitment to encouraging the next generation of young brass playes is starting to pay real dividends.
The Norwegian composer tells 4BR who he would have around his gaff to enjoy debating banding over whale meat and mashed peas washed down by a delicate Riesling wine...
The votes have been counted and the 2012 winners can be revealed...
The Headmaster has finished writing his 2012 end of year reports on the 20 top ranked pupils in the 4BR sixth form school.
4BR's Malcolm Wood spends a few New Year minutes with Andrew Stevenson, Foden's Youth Band's new Composer in Residence.
There were a lot of brass band contests in 2012. 4BR provides the definitive list of the bands that took away the victors laurels all over the world.
A little later this year, but it gives you a full year to look back on before you vote in the categories to see who you think has been the best of the best in 2012.
Who do you think should be awarded the accolade of 2012 Band of the Year, after a season in which the major prizes found themselves fairly evenly spread out once again?
Which conductor made the biggest impression on the collective consciousness in 2012? There were hundreds of them plying their trade for certain.
Which individual performer showed us their brilliance to best effect in 2012?
Which recordings made you want to replace anything by X Factor wannabe Rylan on your ipod with a brass band recording during 2012?
Which solo performer tickled your fancy in 2012 with their latest release?
So many bands had a 2012 to remember - so which one deserves the accolade as Lower Section/Youth Band of the Year?
There was plenty of new talent on show in 2012 from players, conductors and bands, to composers, instruments and even new ways of presenting brass band contests.
Lots and lots of test pieces were performed in 2012 - some better than others it must be said. So which one was the best of the bunch though?
Perhaps the most difficult of all the categories to choose the best from? Which contest performance stood out for you in 2012 - and it may not have been a winner.
In 2012 the 4BR Special Award goes to one of the greatest musicians ever to grace the brass band movement.
Carlton Brass Nottingham 1st section require the following players to complete its line up . . Tenor Trombone . . Bass Trombo...
Scouthead & Austerlands Whit Friday Contest
Venue: Dawsonâ€™s Field, off A62 Huddersfield Road, Scouthead, Saddleworth, Oldham OL4 4AS
South London Fellowship Band
Venue: Mini Tour (4th June to 7th June 2013).. See 'Concert details'.. Further information to follow.
MA Dist. (Performance Health), ARCM, Dip RAM
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