Articles & features: 2013 / UK
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Vacancies have arisen for a 2nd Trombone and Front Row / Repiano Cornet player with this friendly and enthusiastic 2nd Sectio...
Friezland Whit Friday Contest
Venue: Friezland Parish Hall, Oaklands Road, Greenfield,Oldham. OL3 7LQ