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Christmas is coming...

November 29
Soon it will be that time of the year again... and hopefully there will some festive cheer for brass bands across the globe.


Grimethorpe launches fund raising initiative

November 29 • One of the world's most famous bands spearheads Crowdfunder appeal to raise vital funds.


Helping others leads Mode for value

November 29 • Mode for...Publishing will be able to help others if you donate to get some great music on your festive stands.


Filton look for festive boost

November 29 • Filton Concert Brass launches its own festive shop to help raise funds.


Death of Peter Argyle

November 29 • The death has been announced of the former Yorkshire Imperial and Rothwell Temperance trombone player Peter Argyle.

Unified approach on new CD release

November 28 • World of Brass has released a new CD by The Household Troops Band of The Salvation Army & Amsterdam Staff Band.

Tune in to YouTube for Scottish youth festival broadcast

November 28 • You can tune in this weekend for some great music making on the new SBBA YouTube channel.

Artistic lead for Dr Robert Childs with National Youth Band

November 28 • The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain has appointed Dr Robert Childs as its first ever Director of Artistic Planning.

2021 European Championships cancelled

November 27 • The 2021 European Brass Band Championships due to be held in Malmo in Sweden have been cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

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...

A message for our time: Do it the safety way...

A message for our time: Do it the safety way...

November 19 • How a 1976 musical combination of the National Coal Board, Max Bygraves and Grimethorpe Colliery Band could well help bands return safely to rehearsals in the future.

4BR Hall of Fame: No.13: Percy Code

November 16 • Tim Mutum looks back on the life and career of an Australian musician whose influence should be remembered for much more than an iconic cornet solo.

The colossal gamble?: Grimethorpe's 1985 Granada Band of the Year victory

November 13 • 4BR looks back 35 years ago with Alan Morrison and Steve Sykes to Grimethorpe Colliery Band's victory at the Granada Band of the Year contest — one inspired by a very particular kind of musical genius.

Take 5: A quintet of great Fireworks displays

November 5 • Remember Remember the 5th of November — with five great recordings of Elgar Howarth's iconic pyrotechnic test-piece.

CD review: The Romantic Cornet - Music for Cornet and Piano

November 29 • Frank Anepool. Pianist: Vaughan Schlepp. Globe Records: CD 8711525527607

CD review: Ascension

November 20 • Alexis Demailly and Bastien Baumet. Brass Band Fribourg. Conductor: Maurice Donnet-Monay . Bacem Recording: BE004

CD review: The Golden Age of the 19th Century Brass Virtuoso Vol.1

November 17 • John Wallace (cornet); Anthony George (ophicleide). Piano accompanists: Aaron Shorr; Simon Wright. TWC Recordings: TWC-FR2020-003

# Band Points
2Black Dyke810.73
3Brighouse and Rastrick670.48
5Valaisia Brass Band542.45
9Paris Brass Band389.84
10Carlton Main Frickley Colliery365.35

The Marple Band - Marple Band Family Christmas Concert

Friday 18 December • Marple Conservative Club, church Lane, Marple, SK6 6AY

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

Chadderton Band

November 17 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections + EUPH and percussion. Most welcome to come along and have a blow give us a try.

Crewe Brass

November 12 • Crewe Brass require an Eb or Bb Bass to complete the "engine room" line up. We are also seeking a Tuned Percussionist to complete our section.

Kevin Wadsworth

Conductor, adjudicator, teacher (ABBA)


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