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Why Mindfulness Matters for Brass Musicians...

May 13
The latest BBE Webinar this evening will explore the benefits for everyone of mindfulness...


4BR Thursday Quiz: Bird brains needed...

May 13 • Find the avian link and there is a nice little prize bundle to win...

Dennis Chalk

New trust fund set up to support young Wiltshire brass musicians

May 13 • A trust fund in memory of Dennis Chalk BEM will help young brass players for years to come in South Wiltshire.

Alan Fernie

Fernie reflects on sense of banding optimism in Scotland

May 12 • Composer Alan Fernie has written five small ensemble works to enable bands to enjoy their forthcoming return to rehearsals...


Chetham's invite for Brass Ensemble Academy

May 12 • Young players can enjoy the opportunity of developing their playing with the help of a day long course at Chetham's School of Music

4BR Wednesday interview with Prof Nicholas Childs

May 12 • 4BR talks to the Black Dyke Director of Music as his Queensbury Band looks forward to a return to the concert and contest platforms — both indoors and out..

Childs and Dobson inspire Virtual European victories

May 12 • Performances by Black Dyke and Valaisia Brass Band claimed the favourite voter accolades in the recent wobplay virtual European Brass Band Festival.

Festival replacement for postponed Band of the Year contest

May 12 • A new 'Best of Brass Festival' replaces the BrassPass.tv 'Band of the Year' contest in July as it moves to October reserve date.

4BR Tuesday Interview with Margie Antrobus

May 11 • 4BR talks to the educator, performer and conductor with a passion for teaching and helping develop musicians — both young and a bit older...

4BR Tuesday Interview with Margie Antrobus

4BR Tuesday Interview with Margie Antrobus

May 11 • 4BR catches up with the Yamaha artist to find out more about her work at the Manger Folkshogskole inspiring the next generation of musicians, as well as the new avenues she is exploring as a conductor in Norway.

Vulpes Vulpes inspires Saggers to victory...

Vulpes Vulpes inspires Saggers to victory...

May 10 • Composer Paul Saggers talks about his new work for string orchestra and percussion inspired by the Red Fox which has won the worldwide O/Mordent Composer competition.

4BR Monday Interview with Simon Dobson

4BR Monday Interview with Simon Dobson

May 10 • 4BR talks to the Ivors Award winning composer following the announcement that his work, 'The Turing Test' performed by Valaisia Brass Band has been voted the 'Favourite Own Choice Performance' at the European Championships since 2003.

4BR Friday Interview with Mike Lovatt

4BR Friday Interview with Mike Lovatt

May 7 • 4BR catches up with the trumpet star to talk Phantom and Music education cuts, his teaching links to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, his new recording studio, the creation of his own Mike Lovatt Brass Pack Band and its exciting new recording project - and even a bit about his new found baking skills...

Take 5: May the Force be with you...

Take 5: May the Force be with you...

April 29 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks a quintet of memorable brass band recordings of the great Verdi overture La Forza Del Destino to add to your collection.

Prestige performances: Why on-line magic must be rooted in reality

April 28 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox argues that despite the success, brass bands must maintain the prestige of on-line contesting reality rather than relying on aural illusion to keep everyone entertained.

4BR Hall of Fame: No.16: James Scott

April 25 • Tim Mutum looks back on the life and musical career of one of the most respected figures of the banding movement.

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...

Music: The Harmonious Blacksmith (Handel arr. Kenneth Downie)

May 8 • Quartet for 2 cornets, horn and euphonium. Publisher: Brookwright Music . PDF download. Price: $24.99

Product Review: Champion Disinfectant Mouthpiece Spray

May 7 • Champion Instrument & Mouthpiece & Synthetic Reed Disinfectant . Price: £5.50 approx per 60ml bottle

Music: Pachelbel for Brass (Canon in D)

April 29 • Johann Pachelbel arr. William Himes. Available for brass band and brass choir.

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

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

Contest: Youth Brass in Concert

Saturday 20 November • St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR

Essex Police Band

May 11 • Percussionist required. Preferably with experience playing in Brass Band, Wind Band or Orchestra. We do not contest but play to a good standard and play a variety of contempory and historical music.

Essex Police Band

May 11 • Musical Director required. We are a friendly band, based in Chelmsford Essex with a core of competent players and perform at a variety of events across Essex and in surrounding areas. We rehearse every Wednesday evening at Police HQ Chelmsford

St Dennis Band

May 10 • The St Dennis Band - Cornwall (Championship Section/Grand Shield) invites expressions of interest for the position of PRINCIPAL CORNET. Based in Mid Cornwall and just 5 minutes off the A30, the band rehearses every Monday and Thursday at 19:45.

Andrew White

MA(Ed Man), B Ed (Hons), BBCM, ADNCB, PGCE, Cert Ed
Conductor, Arranger, Adjudicator & Educationist


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