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Adrian Hirst

Black Dyke delight at Hirst Christmas present

December 17
The return of bass trombonist Adrian Hirst has given Black Dyke the best banding Christmas present anyone could have hoped for.


SBBA looks to march towards NYBBS anniversary

December 17 • The Scottish Brass Band Association is looking for a new march to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the National Youth Band of Scotland.


Researchers look to record brass banding coalfield past

December 16 • A doctoral study into the history of the British Coalfields is looking to record interviews with players who can recall the organisation of brass banding in the mining areas of Scotland, the Midlands and the North East.

Boobs and Brass

£250,000 target pushes Boobs & Brass towards last chord

December 16 • The remarkable Boobs & Brass will look to meet one final target before their last charity fund raising note is played later this year.

Band Cymru

12 bands set to battle for Band Cymru title

December 15 • A dozen wind, brass and jazz ensembles will battle it out to try and claim a place in the 2018 Band Cymru Final — and the chance to win the £10,000 first prize.

Looking for Christmas Concert inspiration — why not try The Pogues?

December 15 • A classic festive song from The Pogues leads the PRS Charts as the most popular played on the radio in the last five years. So why not try a brass band version...?

Scottish youth to benefit from star tuition

December 15 • The talented young players of the Scottish Youth Brass Band will gain inspirational tuition in 2018 from some of the finest brass band stars such as Les Neish.

Dallas trip rounds off musical year for Childs

December 15 • A Christmas trip to Texas proved to be a great way to round off a busy year for the euphonium virtuoso David Childs.

Get your contest listed FREE for 2018

December 15 • With the banding year almost at end you can find out if your event is listed for the 2018 contest season on 4BR?

2017 Review:: Are the banding elite increasing the class divide?

2017 Review:: Are the banding elite increasing the class divide?

December 12 • In the first of a series of articles looking back at the year, 4BR Editor Iwan Fox wonders if 2017 has seen an elite echelon of bands create an unbridgeable gap between themselves and the rest of the contesting masses?

2017 Brass In Concert: Contest gallery

November 27 • Selection of images from this year's 2017 Brass In Concert Festival

2017 Brass in Concert Championships: Preview & Prediction

November 18 • The best showbiz bands in the world are back in Gateshead to showcase their brands of free of artistic restriction entertainment.

2017 National Championships of Great Britain: Contest gallery

October 18 • Selection of images from the contest, as it happened,at this year's 2017 National Championships of Great Britain

Concert: The Household Division

December 8 • Scarlet & Gold. Conductors: Lt Col K Roberts, Maj M Smith, Maj D Hammond, Maj S Haw, Maj I Johnson. Compere: Alasdair Hutton . Cadogan Hall, London . Thursday 7th December

Concert: Fountain City

December 8 • Conductor: Dr Joseph Parisi. St Leonard's Church. Perth. Friday 24th November

Concert: Central Band of the Royal Air Force

December 7 • American Legends. Conductor: Wing Commander Piers Morrell. Featuring: Sarah Francis and Cpl Matt Walker. Cliffs Pavilion. Friday 1st December

# Band Points
2Brighouse and Rastrick1,192.19
4Valaisia Brass Band858.07
6Black Dyke663.09
9Grimethorpe Colliery534.01
10Brass Band Willebroek389.92
Interview with Arsene Duc

Interview with Arsene Duc

November 26 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Valaisia Brass Band MD, Arsene Duc following their victory at the Swiss National Championship.

Interview with Lito Fontana

Interview with Lito Fontana

November 11 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Lito Fontana, the inspirational figure behind the success of the Italian National Championships.

Interview with Peter Steiner

Interview with Peter Steiner

November 11 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Italian trombonist Peter Steiner

Interview with Italian Brass Band

Interview with Italian Brass Band

November 14 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to the new 2017 Italian National Champions Italian Brass Band

Black Dyke Band - Huddersfield Town Hall

Sunday 17 December • Corporation Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Ilkley Kings Hall

Sunday 17 December • Kings Hall Ilkley. 4 Station Road. Ilkley LS29 4HB

Foss Dyke Band - Foss Dykes Annual Chirstmas Concert

Sunday 17 December • The Hammond Hall & Sports Centre, Lincoln Road, Bassingham, LN5 9HQ

Glossop Old Band - Bandroom Christmas Concert

Sunday 17 December • Glossop Old Band, The Bandroom, Derby Street, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8LP SK13 8LP

Concert - Grimethorpe Colliery: Sage Gateshead

Sunday 17 December • St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

December 16 • Just need a couple of Cornet’s to complete the line up for the 1st section area in Huddersfield. A friendly band with a sensible programme of events awaits the successful applucants


December 14 • To start the new year we have a vacancy for a Solo Euphonium. Excellent attendance at rehearsals on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Band Hall, Dunraven Street, Tonypandy.. A very friendly band awaits you.

Harrogate Band

December 14 • Join our team in 2018! We are looking for committed front and back row cornet players who are looking for a new challenge to join our thriving, dynamic, fun and exciting 1st Section band. Our cornet section are a friendly bunch!

Alan Fernie

Arranger, composer, adjudicator, conductor