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Take Pride in brass

August 18
Half a century of a pioneering battle for equal rights will be celebrated with a special brass band concert in Boarshurst next month.


4BR Sunday Quiz: The French Connection

August 18 • All you have to do is identify the link and three great CDs with a Gallic musical flavour could be yours to enjoy...


The making of Battle of the Brass Bands

August 16 • An exclusive look behind the scenes at how the forthcoming Sky Arts documentary series Battle of the Brass Bands made it to our screens...

Brass Band World

Brass Band World magazine: August edition out now...

August 16 • The August edition of Brass Band World is out now — packed with news, views, opinions and reviews that make for essential reading...


Former National champion looking forward to return

August 16 • Newbridge Celynen Brass is hoping to make a long awaited return to the contest stage after a decade of being away.

Coalburn pride at youngster's NYBBS experience

August 16 • The Coalburn Band organisation has spoken of the pride it has in its young stars that were part of this year's National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland summer course.

Bowie bandstand saved for the nation

August 16 • Never mind the brass band history — its the rock star link that you need to save a bandstand for the nation...

Sky Arts: Battle of the Brass Bands

August 15 • The Sky Arts series on brass bands is coming...

Worldwide interactive attractions for Bolsover Festival of Brass

August 15 • Performers as well as viewers around the world will be able to play their part in the forthcoming Bolsover Festival of Brass contests.

Behind the scenes at Battle of the Brass Bands

Behind the scenes at Battle of the Brass Bands

August 16 • 4BR was given exclusive access to find out how the forthcoming Sky Arts documentary series was put together by the production team at Twofour...

Sky Arts: Battle of the Brass Bands

Sky Arts: Battle of the Brass Bands

August 15 • Sky Arts trailer for the forthcoming four part documentary series produced by Two Four...

Interview with Fiona Hyslop MSP

Interview with Fiona Hyslop MSP

June 19 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Scotland's Minister for Culture at the MEPG Celebration Day event at Glasgow's Concert Hall.

Interview with Youth Brass 2000

Interview with Youth Brass 2000

March 30 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to conductor Chris Jeans of the 2019 National Youth Champions of Great Britain, Youth Brass 2000.

Take 5: A quintet of British Open test-pieces ready for reprise

Take 5: A quintet of British Open test-pieces ready for reprise

August 9 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks five works used at the British Open since 'Spectrum' in 1969 that deserve a possible well overdue contest reprise...

NYBBS 2019: Scotland's best kept secret

August 8 • Charlotte MacKay looks back at a memorable National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland annual residential course based in Perthshire.

Spectrum: One giant leap for brass band kind...

August 1 • Half a century has now passed since Gilbert Vinter's 'Spectrum' changed the face of brass band repertoire forever. 4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at its impact...

Meeting your heroes: Brass for Africa and Wynton Marsalis...

July 26 • Paul McLaughlin of the Lydbrook Band and Gloucestershire Music Services reflects on a memorable musical link with Brass for Africa and a certain Wynton Marsalis and friends, as part of the recent Cheltenham Music Festival.

CD review: Peter Graham: Metropolis 1927

August 18 • Black Dyke Band. Conductors: Prof Nicholas Childs & Stephen Cobb. Soloists: Philip Cobb, Peter Moore. Narrator: Dale Gerrard. Keyboard: Richard Phillips. Naxos Recordings: 8.573968

CD & DVD review: Highlights from the European Brass Band Championships 2019

August 16 • Featuring: Various bands and artists. CD: DOY CD394. DVD: WOB 203 DVD

Instrument review: Geneva Oldroyd Cardinal Baritone

August 10 • We put the new baritone from Geneva Instruments through its paces. Does it have the substance to go with the looks?

# Band Points
2Valaisia Brass Band871.25
4Brighouse and Rastrick764.23
5Paris Brass Band664.04
6Black Dyke577.50
9Brass Band Willebroek333.25
10Carlton Main Frickley Colliery280.39

Black Dyke Band - Macmillan Theatre, Bridgwater

Sunday 18 August • The McMillan Theatre, Bath Road, Bridgwater,Somerset TA6 4PZ

Regent Hall Concerts - Ensemble Sauterelle (french horns and male voices)

Friday 23 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

Sandhurst Silver Band - Music in the Memorial Park

Sunday 25 August • Sandhurst Memorial Park, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst GU47 9DP

Foden's Band - Sandbach

Monday 26 August • The Wheatsheaf, Sandbach, 1 Hightown, Sandbach CW11 1AG

Black Dyke Band - Scarborough Spa

Saturday 31 August • South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD

Band of the Gloucestershire Constabulary

August 18 • We require Front Row CORNETS including PRINCIPAL for a friendly, welcoming, non-contesting band with a sensible diary of public engagements including prestigious performances at venues such as Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey.

Stannington Brass Band

August 18 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb TUBA player to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests

Corby Silver Band

August 17 • We have vacancies for solo cornet, back row cornet and 1st horn. . We are a 3rd section band based in Northamptonshire in the East Midlands. . Rehearsals 8pm - 10pm Monday & Wednesday held in our own band club. We do not charge any subs.

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