Nordic links — Manger Musikklag enjoy a mini Euro tour

July 16, 2024
Manger Musikklag recently enjoyed a short tour to France, Netherlands and Belgium to link up with new musical friends.

Positives and negatives — The need to make foundation connections in Wales

July 15, 2024
In the latest of our opinion series, Alun F Williams argues that there is a bright future for grass roots banding in Wales if proactive action is taken.

Taking Pride — Why banding needs to both talk about as well as show solidarity

June 23, 2024
In the latest in our opinion series, player Emily Peart argues that the banding movement must talk as well as show solidarity with Pride Month

Images of Champion inspiration — 2024 Black Dyke Band Festival

June 22, 2024
Photographer John Stirzaker was on hand at the recent Black Dyke Brass Band Festival to capture plenty of images of a great day of inclusive music making.

History lessons — Learning from the past to meet future challenges

June 21, 2024
Brass band historian Tim Mutum asks whether banding in the UK can survive another elemental challenge if we are not prepared to change.

2024 Whit Friday — Images from Delph

May 28, 2024
Photographer Aaron Haynes was out and about at Delph on Whit Friday to record the action and entertainment.

In the spirit of a Grand Day out? — Personal thoughts for debate

May 24, 2024
Paul Gomersall wonders if we are only really interested in paying lip service to the true spirit of contest banding...

2024 Whit Friday — Celebrating a unique tradition

May 21, 2024
The popular and lucrative Whit Friday contests will hopefully bring the very best out of bands, participants and visitors this year.

Generator AMPS — Katrina Marzella-Wheeler leads inclusive support for conductors

May 16, 2024
Katrina Marzella-Wheeler recently spearheaded a conducting workshop aimed at getting everyone playing together under a baton.

2024 European Brass Band Championships — Test piece review: A Road Less Travelled By

May 1, 2024
Philip Sparke takes on the role of a musical anatomist with his latest major test piece work.

2024 European Brass Band Championships — Own choice works

April 30, 2024
New as well as familiar blockbusters will be on show in both the Championship and Challenge Sections in Palanga.

2024 European Brass Band Championships — A road worth travelling

April 29, 2024
It has been a journey full of frustrations to finally get to Palanga, but it is sure to well worth it now that the destination has finally been reached.

2024 ConsTest Birmingham Open — Live coverage

April 6, 2024
4BR is at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to bring you coverage of the second edition of the popular own-choice competition.

2024 NABBA Championships — America decides

April 5, 2024
Tony Granados of the NABBA Board in the Adjudication, Music and Contest committees explains how the judging system will work at the US National Championships in Alabama this weekend.

Picture postcards — Images from the 2024 National Youth Champs

March 28, 2024
There were some great pictures that caught a flavour of a brilliant day of musical making at the National Youth Championships of Great Britain in Cheltenham.

Take 5 — Opinion points from the Regional Championships

March 27, 2024
Five things open to discussion from the recent series of competitive events around the country.

4BR Hall of Fame — No. 29: Major George H Willcocks MBE, MVO

February 29, 2024
Tim Mutum looks back at the remarkable life and brass band career of a musician who still evokes immediate admiration and respect 60 years and more after his death.

Empowering Futures — Grimethorpe's education outreach ambition

February 23, 2024
One of UK's most famous bands is investing in the education of future generations of players to help rejuvenate community brass band music making.

Take 5 — Highlights from the 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival

February 8, 2024
Five things that caught the imagination and gained deserved acclaim at the recent RNCM International Brass Band Festival in Manchester.

Right or wrong? — That thorny topic of trust

February 6, 2024
Brass band writer Christopher Thomas adds his thoughts on adjudication trust and integrity and how he believes we all have a part to play in its reform and modernisation.

4BR Interview — Air Specialist (Class 1) Alan Thomas

February 4, 2024
Former City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet Alan Thomas tells 4BR why swapping a civilian musical life for one in the RAF was one of the best decisions he has made.

Grading true excellence — What banding can learn from rugby league

January 24, 2024
Can brass banding learn from the radical approach of rugby league to evaluate the right levels of competitive success on and off the field of play.

Take 5 — Five early season events not to miss

January 22, 2024
Lots to look forward to in the early part of 2024, but these five events should top your 'not to miss' list .

Pause for thought — Time to trust our judges

January 17, 2024
In the first of a new series 4BR Editor Iwan Fox argues that it is time to pay the price of simply trusting the expertise of our judges.

4BR Hall of Fame — No. 28: Frank Wright MBE

January 10, 2024
Tim Mutum looks back on the life of the Australian musician who became one of the most important figures in the post war banding world in the UK.

From darkness to light — 4BR talks to Eliot Darwin

January 6, 2024
Conductor Eliot Darwin made the most important decision of all when circumstances beyond his control took a horrific turn in the wrong direction. Now though he is looking forward to the start of an exciting new chapter in his musical life.


Sunday 14 July • Pemberton Old Wigan Brass Bands. Enfield Street,. Pemberton,. Wigan WN5 8DZ


Friday 19 July • Pemberton Old Wigan Band . Enfield Street,. Pemberton,. Wigan. WN5 8DZ

Barnsley Brass - Stephen Sykes, Principal Trombone of The Cory Band

Saturday 20 July • St Mary's Church, Kippax, Leeds LS25 7HF

Boarshurst Silver Band - Sunday Brass Concert - Skelmanthorpe Band

Sunday 21 July • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane OL3 7EW

Boarshurst Silver Band - Sunday Brass Concert - Phoenix Brass

Sunday 28 July • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane OL3 7EW

Dobcross Silver Band

July 15 • 2 x Cornet Players required. Positions are negotiable, excluding Principal as players are willing to move around. Experience preferred but all ages considered if ability can be demonstrated. Enjoyable rehearsals/great socials!

Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

July 13 • Our welcoming non-contesting band, based near Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading, seeks: . Solo Euphonium . 1st Horn . Percussion, kit and tuned: we have a lovely pair of timps! . Solo Cornet to complete the front-row line-up. 2nd Cornet

Newtown Silver Band

July 12 • Musical Director. Following the retirement of our current Musical Director after 40 years of loyal service the band is seeking a new Musical Director to take the band forward. We are a 3rd section band with a busy programme and enthusiastic members. .

Lt Col David Barringer MBE

BMus (Hons)
Conductor and adjudicator


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