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Mark of Remembrance

October 30
McQueen's of Manchester prepare a bugle to be performed on for the Remembrance Sunday services this year.


Besson Friday meets Misa Mead and Helen Harrelson

October 30 • Philip Harper, Steven Mead and Roger Webster find out more tonight about the careers of Helen Harrelson and Misa Mead — two players who have made their musical mark far from their homes.


Foden's get ready for contest broadcast

October 29 • There is a great evening of wonderful solo and ensemble playing to savour on Friday as you can sit back and enjoy the finalists taking part in the Foden's online Solo & Ensemble contest.


You can't keep a good band down...not in Canada anyway

October 29 • A 10 piece group from the professional Hannaford Street Silver Band has made sure you can't keep great brass band music making down for long despite the restrictions...

Andrew Snell

Arrivals and departures at Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass

October 29 • New Zealand A Grade contenders welcome the experienced Andrew Snell as their new Musical Director.

New look to be announced for Conductors Association

October 29 • Russell Gray will announce the new name and the new objectives of the revamped National Association of Brass Band Conductors on the next BBE webinar presentation.

Radio: Top Brass

October 29 • John Maines returns with plenty of great brass band music to enjoy over the airwaves.

Green light for 2021 Butlins Festival at later January date

October 28 • Butlins announce that its 2021 Brass Band Festival will now go ahead at a later date in January with comprehensive measures in place to reduce Covid-19 risks to visitors and competitors.

RNCM to host online conducting events

October 28 • Two free online events are being hosted by Mark Heron at the RNCM aimed at helping develop wide ranging conducting skills.

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 new dawn in Wales: Could Welsh banding be looking at a much sunnier future?

A new dawn in Wales: Could Welsh banding be looking at a much sunnier future?

October 27 • Does the establishment of a new national representative body for Welsh banding offer more than just another false dawn of optimism?

Take 5: A quintet of great Cloudcatcher Fells recordings

October 23 • Five of the best recordings of John McCabe's iconic work inspired by the majesty and natural beauty of the Lake District.

Envy backs no viable argument: Why Culture Recovery Fund awards should inspire others

October 18 • The last thing we need at this moment in time for the brass band movement is to start being envious of the success of others...

4BR Hall of Fame: No.12: Trevor Walmsley DFC

October 17 • Tim Mutum looks back on the life of an outstanding musical professional whose life encompassed two very different spheres of battle...

CD review: Firestorm

October 29 • The Music of Stephen Bulla. Brass of the Potomac. Conductor: Stephen Bulla. Guest Soloist: Joseph Alessi. de Haske Recordings: CD DHR 03 067-3

LP review: The English Heritage Series (Brass Band)

October 24 • Sir Edward Elgar (Vols.1 -3). Desford Colliery Dowty & Foden OTS Bands. Conductor: Howard Snell. Soloist: Robert Childs. Polyphonic Recordings: EHS001D; EHS002D; EHS003D

CD review: Sonatina

October 22 • Richard Marshall. Black Dyke Band. Conductor: Prof Nicholas Childs. Doyen Recordings: CD399

# 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 and Hawk Green Bands Concert Compstall

Saturday 7 November • St Pauls Church, Compstall Rd, Compstall, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 5HU

The Marple Band - Marple Band Family Christmas Concert

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

Contest: Butlins Mineworkers Festival

Saturday 30 January • Roman Bank, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1NJ

Contest: Butlins Mineworkers Festival

Sunday 31 January • Roman Bank, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1NJ

Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Amesbury Town Band

October 21 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument. After Covid!

Shipston Town Band

October 8 • We are currently looking to recruit a Bass Trombone BBb bass and EEb bass to bring the band up to strength ready for when things return to normal. We are graded section 3 in the Midlands taking part in a good range of concerts and contests,

Milton Keynes Brass

October 5 • Applications are invited for a baritone player for Milton Keynes Brass. We are a friendly 1st section band based in Milton Keynes and rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, 7:45pm-10:00pm, with additional rehearsals before contests.

David Frame

Bass/Tenor Trombone Player, Adjudicator (Member of AoBBA) Occasional Conductor


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