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4BR Tuesday Interview with Michael Bach

April 20
4BR talks to the well known conductor about the first steps back to post Covid-19 musical normality in his country and his hopes that Swiss banding can hopefully 'Rejoice' at the National Championships later in the year.


sbba

SBBA launches newsletter

April 20 • The Scottish Brass Band Association has launched a newsletter to get its message direct to bands.


Bradofrd

Brass returns to the playgrounds in Bradford

April 20 • The sound of brass has been heard in the Bradford area once more as Covid-19 relaxations brings back face to face peripatetic teaching.


Fodens

Foden's add publishing arm to musical portfolio

April 20 • Foden's Band Publishing will see the North West Area champion promote and develop their own stable of in-house composers.


Bromley

4BR Monday Interview with Mark Bromley

April 19 • 4BR talks to Mark Bromley, the CEO of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain to chat about the past year as well as the exciting future in prospect for the organisation.


Go exploring with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

April 18 • 4BR talks to Ben Jennings of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as they prepare to host a workshop day exploring the musical secrets of the ensemble in partnership with the University of the West of England and Bristol University.


Scotland sees easing of Covid-19 restrictions

April 18 • There is some good news for Scottish banding in the latest announcement from their First Minister — but it all depends on the data for the future.


Extended deadline for National Eisteddfod of Wales

April 18 • A relaxation of regulations means bands have extra time to provide their online entries for the National Eisteddfod of Wales brass band competitions.


Bolsover makes song and dance of new addition

April 18 • There is an exciting new addition to the tutor team for the forthcoming Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School.


Go exploring with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Go exploring with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

April 18 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Ben Jennings to find out more about an exciting new partnership link that will unlock some symphonic secrets.


The real Phantom Menace?

The real Phantom Menace?

April 17 • 4BR talks to professional percussionist Matthew Dickinson after it was announced that the return of Phantom of the Opera to the West End will be accompanied by a vastly reduced line-up of musicians in its renowned pit orchestra.


4BR Friday Interview with Paul Fisher

4BR Friday Interview with Paul Fisher

April 16 • 4BR catches up with BBE Youth Development Brass Specialist Paul Fisher to find out more about the success of the organisation's recent Fun Foundation Day and the work he and his colleagues have done in recruiting the next generation of brass band players.


4BR Thursday Interview with Ralph Riddiogh

4BR Thursday Interview with Ralph Riddiogh

April 15 • With all the main political parties in Scotland now saying they will provide free musical tuition to pupils in schools, we speak to the man who who spearheaded a campaign to force them to change their minds.


Bums on seats:  Understanding the new entertainment normality

Bums on seats: Understanding the new entertainment normality

March 5 • When brass bands return to live performance how do they prise the bums of an audience from the sofas in front of smart television screens to hear them play — or can they also offer another button to press...


4BR Hall of Fame: No.15: Willie Lang

February 16 • Tim Mutum looks back at the remarkable life of the great cornet and trumpet player Willie Lang.


Score Exchange: Three unusual places to find great brass band scores

February 15 • How do you find high quality sheet music? Score Exchange may be just the right place to find out...


Take 5: A quintet of the best Journey into Freedom recordings

February 12 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks five of the best recordings of Eric Ball's classic test-piece to add to your collection.

CD review: Hustle

February 9 • Mark Glover (euphonium). Featuring: Dr Viktoriya Zaharieva (piano). ASIN: B07MCZJ1RJ


CD review: Origin of the Species - Revisited

February 8 • The Wallace Collection . Featuring: John Wallace, John Miller, Paul Gardham, Simon Gunton, Anthony George. TWC Recordings: TWC-FR2020-001


CD review: Flow

January 11 • Mauro Martins. Accompanists: Bernardo Pinhal & Daniel Bernardes. Featuring: Sergio Carolino (tuba) . CD Recording: CDMMF


# Band Points
1Cory2,339.80
2Black Dyke810.73
3Brighouse and Rastrick670.48
4Eikanger-Bjørsvik612.50
5Valaisia Brass Band542.45
6Foden's527.75
7Flowers461.22
8Tredegar389.93
9Paris Brass Band389.84
10Carlton Main Frickley Colliery365.35

Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH


Contest: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain

Saturday 2 October • Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP


Chinnor Silver

April 19 • With rehearsals starting soon in line with government guidelines we are looking to strengthen BACKROW CORNETS &PERCUSSION TEAM concerts and contests planned.we rehearse on wednesdays in our own bandroom check out our lockdown performances and come join us


Chadderton Band

April 17 • Chadderton Band is a friendly non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections of the band particularly on Euph Drums and Horn. Come along for a blow most welcome.


Oxford Cherwell Brass

April 14 • Returning to the band room in May we have vacancies for second and third cornets. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 8-10pm at Edward Feild School, Kidlington. The band has engagements and contests lined up from late summer onwards.


Chris Wormald

B.Mus (Hons), LTCL, PGCE
Conductor, adjudicator, arranger


               

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