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RNCM Festival set to showcase artistic talents

January 23
The RNCM Brass Band Festival — packed with world class talent, music and discussions will take place this weekend.


North of England judges announced

January 23 • The panel of judges who will make the all important National Final qualification decisions in Durham has been announced.


4BR Shop: Rosetti Series 5 Eb alto trombone

January 23 • A great little instrument ideal for the early leaner or a more experienced performer with a niche to fill...


The Price is right at Tewkesbury

January 23 • Andrea Price becomes the new Musical Director at Tewkesbury Town Band.


Bands ready for high Wire challenges

January 23 • There is a strong field of bands putting final preparations in place for their appearances at the Brass in the Wire contests this weekend.

Van Looy signs for Swansea

January 22 • The Geneva Group euphonium star will head to Swansea later this year to showcase his talents at the International Brass Band Summer School.

New trio adds to to sense of qualifying excitement for Northop

January 22 • Northop Silver look to claim a Royal Albert Hall qualification spot for the second successive year with new signings boost.

4BR Shop: John Packer JP072S tenor horn

January 22 • The great John Packer tenor horn is the perfect instrument for student level players

National Youth Bands of Scotland looks for 2020 players

January 22 • Young players can now apply to join the National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland

Interview with Bram Gay

Interview with Bram Gay

December 15 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talking to Bram Gay at the 2016 British Open Championships in Birmingham.

Interview with Arsene Duc of Valaisia Brass Band

Interview with Arsene Duc of Valaisia Brass Band

November 26 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Valaisia Brass Band after he led them to a fifth consecutive National title.

Interview with Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents

Interview with Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents

November 26 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents Band after they won the First Division Swiss National title in Montreux

2019 Brass in Concert

2019 Brass in Concert

November 22 • You can still enjoy the action from the 2019 Brass in Concert Championships from World of Brass - so don't miss a note...

Brass on the Mind: Mental Health in the Bandroom

Brass on the Mind: Mental Health in the Bandroom

January 21 • Following her presentation to the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators, Tabby Kerwin looks at the importance of gaining awareness and education about mental health issues within the brass band movement.

2020 Butlins Mineworkers Championship: As it happened

January 12 • All the action from the 2020 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — as it happened.

4BR Hall of Fame: No 4: Bram Gay

January 9 • One of the most influential musical polymaths of the banding movement and a pioneer who helped bring brass band entertainment to the television age.

Beyond the Score: Yamaha inspires through holistic star approach

January 8 • Yamaha stars inspire over 150 brass band players as they look to provide performance foundations on which to build a life long enthusiasm and passion for brass banding.

Concert: Onyx Brass and Guards Brass

January 22 • Guards Chapel . London. Friday 10th January

CD review: Music for Trumpet and Wind Band

January 22 • Philippe Schartz (trumpet). Orchestre d'Harmonie du Conservatoire de la Ville d'Esch-sur-Alzette. Conductor: Marc Treinen. Apez Recordings: CD 001

CD review: Step Out

January 21 • Glenn Van Looy. Tredegar Town Band. Conductor: Ian Porthouse. Doyen Recordings: CD397

# Band Points
2Black Dyke916.80
3Brighouse and Rastrick783.19
5Valaisia Brass Band649.02
7Paris Brass Band462.57
10Carlton Main Frickley Colliery402.60

Markham and district band - Charity Concert for Hospice of the Valleys

Friday 24 January • The Met Theatre, Mitre Street, Abertillery. NP131AL

Foden's Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Friday 24 January • RNCM, 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester. M13 9RD

Foden's Band - Aberystwyth

Saturday 25 January • Old College, King Street, Aberystwyth SY23 2AY

Black Dyke Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Saturday 25 January • 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9 RD

Tredegar Town Band - RNCM Festival of Brass

Sunday 26 January • Royal Northern College of Music. 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

London Central Fellowship Band

January 23 • Vacancies for CORNET (solo / 1st / 2nd), TROMBONE, Bb BASS and PERCUSSION. An enthusiastic band affiliated to the Salvation Army with a full and varied diary of local and national concerts. We are looking for committed enthusiastic players


January 22 • Are you looking for a change for 2020 or a new challenge with a friendly/sociable band. We have vacancies for Soprano, back row cornet, Bb Bass and percussion. Rehearsal is on Thursdays at the Band Hall, Dunraven Street, CF40 1AL

Corby Silver Band

January 22 • Corby Silver Band, 3rd section - Midlands Area, are looking to recruit a back row cornet and/or 1st horn player for the regional Contest and beyond. We rehearse in our own band room in Corby, North Northamptonshire on Monday and Wednesday at 8pm.

Martin Heartfield

Conductor, Adjudicator, Educationalist


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