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Pride returns with Tredegar

July 23
A special 10th anniversary live music screening of the multi-award winning film will be held in Wales later this year.


Cutt's Irish cream lapped up in Enniskillen

July 23 • Prof Garry Cutt and his team of tutors inspired the music making on the recent Fermanagh/Tyrone Brass Band Summer School.

Simon Langston

New MD at Simon Langton Brass

July 23 • Keith Demetriou Twyman returns to the conducting podium to spearhead exciting new future.


BrookWright Music: Horizon: The Promise of the Lord (Andrew Wainwright)

July 23 • A new concert/contest work inspired by a classic Welsh hymn tune is sure to being enjoyment to performers and audiences alike.


Dyer takes to the long road to help fund raising ambitions

July 23 • Nathaniel Dyer is walking from John O'Groats to Land's End to help raise even more funds of Macmillan Cancer Care.

Black Dyke helps critical restoration of Bliss reputation

July 21 • The National Champion's forthcoming CD release of the music of Arthur Bliss has already gained critical acclaim.

Past, present and future celebrated by Comber Brass

July 21 • The 75th anniversary of Comber Brass has been marked by a celebration of their proud history, successful present and exciting future.

Young composer opportunity in Wales

July 21 • Young composers living in the heart of the Rhondda will have the chance to enjoy a free composer workshop later this year with an exciting performance outcome.

Diary entries ready for National Youth Bands

July 20 • The National Youth Bands of Great Britain, Scotland and Wales will be in concert action over the next few weeks — so make sure you book a ticket to enjoy the next brass band generation in action.

Interview with Dr David Thornton

Interview with Dr David Thornton

February 4 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to RNCM International Brass Band Festival Artistic Director Dr David Thornton at the end of the 2024 event in Manchester.

Interview with James Gourlay and Emily Nicolas

Interview with James Gourlay and Emily Nicolas

February 3 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to conductor James Gourlay and presenter Emily Nicolas after the performance of the RNCM Brass Band at the recent RNCM International Brass Band Festival

Interview with Ian Porthouse and Matthias Hofs

Interview with Ian Porthouse and Matthias Hofs

January 31 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Tredegar MD Ian Porthouse and soloist Matthias Hofs at the RNCM International Brass Band Festival

Interview with Simone Rebello

Interview with Simone Rebello

January 31 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Simone Rebello about this weekend's RNCM Day of Percussion

Positives and negatives: The need to make foundation connections in Wales

Positives and negatives: The need to make foundation connections in Wales

July 15 • In the latest of our opinion series, Alun F Williams argues that there is a bright future for grass roots banding in Wales if proactive action is taken.

Nordic links: Manger Musikklag enjoy a mini Euro tour

July 16 • Manger Musikklag recently enjoyed a short tour to France, Netherlands and Belgium to link up with new musical friends.

Images of Champion inspiration: 2024 Black Dyke Band Festival

June 22 • Photographer John Stirzaker was on hand at the recent Black Dyke Brass Band Festival to capture plenty of images of a great day of inclusive music making.

Taking Pride: Why banding needs to both talk about as well as show solidarity

June 23 • In the latest in our opinion series, player Emily Peart argues that the banding movement must talk as well as show solidarity with Pride Month

CD review: Called to Serve

July 18 • An imaginative mix of the on-trend and the traditional from Dr Stephen Cobb and the ISB.

LP review: Black Diamonds

July 17 • Grimethorpe Colliery Band in 1967 — and a recording snapshot on the cusp of lasting greatness.

CD review: Farbenspiel - A Colourplay through Time and Genres

July 16 • Soloist Anabel Voigt brings a sense of versatile confidence to her ambitious musical explorations for the tenor horn.

# Band Points
3Black Dyke933.60
6Brighouse and Rastrick644.75
7Valaisia Brass Band481.71
8Brass Band Treize Etoiles457.15
10Grimethorpe Colliery216.84

Boarshurst Silver Band - Sunday Brass Concert - Phoenix Brass

Sunday 28 July • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane OL3 7EW

Dobcross Silver Band - Milnrow Band

Sunday 28 July • Dobcross Band Club. Platt Lane. Dobcross. Saddleworth. Oldham OL3 8AD

Regent Brass - 'Brass on the Grass' at Westminster Abbey

Wednesday 14 August • Great Peter House, Abbey Gardens, 2 Great College St, London SW1P 3SE


Sunday 1 September • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane OL3 7EW

Contest: 170th British Open

Saturday 7 September • Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA

Chinnor Silver

July 23 • Require a Bass player (Bb or Eb), Bass trombone, Soprano cornet and Percussionist. We are a friendly, ambitious 2nd section band that will start 2025 at the top of their Regional league table. We are located in South Oxfordshire and have our own bandroom in Chinnor

Linthwaite Band

July 23 • We are a 4th section contesting Band, based on the outskirts of Huddersfield, and we currently have a vacancy for a tenor trombone, to complete our friendly team.

Thoresby Colliery Band

July 22 • Thoresby Colliery Band are inviting applications for a Baritone player.. We are at the top of tables for the 1st section Midlands Area, with a sensible calendar of concerts and contests.

Kevin Wadsworth

Conductor, adjudicator, teacher (ABBA)


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