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Ultimate Big Band Toolkit launched

January 17
Louis Dowdeswell and Callum Au launch a fantastic new guide to help players understand and perform in the Big Band genre — with 10% off for 4BR readers too!


Reg Vardy

Reg Vardy provides musical cheer to support charity work

January 17 • The Reg Vardy Band has helped to raise nearly £1300 to assist the wonderful work of the local Pact House charity in providing essential help to families over the Christmas period.


Cyfarthfa

Multi million pound investment at home of famous Welsh band

January 17 • The home of one of the world's most famous brass bands is hoping to attract a £50 million investment to open its gates to 400,000 visitors a year.


Hepwroth Band

Hepworth starting to close in on fund raising target

January 17 • The Hepworth Band has been working hard to raise funds to help secure its musical future in the heart of its village.


fODE

Wilkinson expertly Parrys banding assumptions

January 17 • Foden's Band Manager Mark Wilkinson ensured there were no misconceptions about the plight of the banding world when he was recently interviewed on national radio.


Free and fit mind support for children from Mode for...

January 16 • Tabby Kerwin has provided a fantastic free resource to help families during these challenging educational times.


New trombone addition to St Dennis ranks

January 16 • The experienced Dylan Brewer takes the solo trombone seat at St Dennis Band to extend a family link stretching back a century.


New Year honours and anticipation for Lewis Merthyr

January 16 • Welsh band pays tribute to stalwart player as they look forward to exciting developments in 2021.


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

January 15 • Despite the restrictions and the weather there is still a little bit of fun to be had if you want to play together..


Classic test-pieces revisited No 5: Connotations

Classic test-pieces revisited No 5: Connotations

July 16 • Prof Stephen Allen takes an in depth look at Edward Gregson's seminal 1977 National test piece.


Classic test-pieces revisited No 4: On Ratcliff Highway

Classic test-pieces revisited No 4: On Ratcliff Highway

July 1 • Prof Stephen Allen takes an in depth look at one of the classic works for the brass band medium - Ray Steadman Allen's 1978 work, 'Victorian Snapshots - On Ratcliff Highway


Interview with Ian Bousfield

Interview with Ian Bousfield

June 25 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks exclusively to one of the world's great brass players - trombonist Ian Bousfield.


5 minute masterclass with David Childs

5 minute masterclass with David Childs

June 20 • The Besson artist reveals some brilliant tips of how to learn and benefit from playing from memory...


Getting the right message across: Have we finally convinced the media?

Getting the right message across: Have we finally convinced the media?

January 18 • Brass banding is starting to be portrayed in a more informed light in the national media — thanks to finally realising we can influence some control over the message to report on...


4BR Hall of Fame: No.14: George Thompson MBE

January 4 • Tim Mutum looks back on the life of one of the truly unique musical talents of the banding movement.


Take 5: A quintet of 2020 highs and lows

December 30 • Five highlights and five low points from the past 12 months in the banding world...


2020 4BR Awards: The Nominations

December 28 • The long list of 4BR annual award nominations that will be considered by our panel of judges has been released.

CD review: Flow

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


CD review: Unified

January 5 • Amsterdam Staff Band and Household Troops Band. Bandmasters: Olaf Ritman and Carl Saunders. Soloists: Michel Rosenquist; Steef Klepke; Anthony Smith . SP&S Recordings: SPS 435 CD


CD review: At Home: A Remote Lockdown Recording

January 4 • Ratby Co-operative Brass Band. Musical Director: David Purkiss. World of Sound Recordings: WOS158


# 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

Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Contest: 100thSpring Festival

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


Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 28 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3


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


Chadderton Band

January 17 • Chadderton Band is a very friendly non contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are looking for players of any age and ability on all sections of the band + EUPH Drums. Please come along to one of our rehearsals give us a try.


Foss Dyke Band

January 1 • Front Row Cornet vacancy still up for grabs. Come and join Foss and enjoy our newly refurbished band room with newly appointed MD David Dernley. Foss Dyke are a 1st Section Band with a moderate contest and concert schedule.


Martin Heartfield

GGSM, ARCM, PGCE
Conductor, Adjudicator, Educationalist


               

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