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4BR Christmas Quiz
Test your musical knowledge

We have a fantastic prize package on offer for the person who gets the right answers in our festive quiz — a Besson Prodige cornet plus a set of mutes and a pack of music worth...

Time to out your thinking caps on if you are going to be in with a chance to win a fantastic Christmas present thanks to our friends at Besson and Band Supplies.

Prodige cornet and goodies

There is a Besson ‘Prodige’ cornet, plus a set of four cornet mutes, a box of valve oil to keep your band’s instruments going during the weeks of rehearsal to come and some music ideal for a youth band to play if you get all the questions right.

It’s a prize package worth over £600 – so what better way to start the new year of 2022.

In an additional twist to help you though – the first letter of each right answer will make up a nice festive saying.

In an additional twist to help you though – the first letter of each right answer will make up a nice festive saying.

Answers: 
Answers to be sent to: quiz@4barsrest.com

Closing Date:
The closing date is 11.59pm on 31st December 2021!

REMEMBER: You need to get all the answers right to reveal the hidden festive message 


1. Famous musical inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, recently adapted for a new film version directed by Steven Spielberg?

2. Norwegian band from the Nordhordland region of the country – the most successful in the nation’s banding history. 

3. First name of American jazz/classical trumpet player who also has musician brothers called Branford, Jason and Delfeayo?

4. A type of Summer, as written about in a famous test-piece by composer Eric Ball?

5. The link between the fictional television sit-com prisoner Norman Stanley Fletcher (played by actor Ronnie Barker) and a 1970’s pop group with a lead singer called Noddy (below) with perhaps the best number 1 hit in Christmas history? 

6. Surname of legendary American rock guitarist who lived next door to composer George Frideric Handel in a house in Mayfair, London - although over 200 years apart in time?

7. Who Elgar waves a ‘Wand’  at, and Gilbert Vinter gives a ‘Salute’  to?

8. The monophonic electronic instrument invented in 1928 and featured in an own-choice test-piece played at the Swiss Championships in 2014 entitled, ‘***** - Concerto No 10 for Brass Band’  by Swiss composer Ludovic Neurohr?

9. City that hosts the Dutch National Championships (below) each year?

10. Italian musical term meaning ‘walking’ – moderately slowly between Adagio  and Allegro?

11. Nickname of Chopin’s ‘Waltz in Db’  for piano op.64 – so called because of the time it can be played in? 

12. Military march by Julius Fucik that found lasting fame and popularity after being published as a circus ‘screamer’ called ‘Thunder and Blazes’  to introduce clowns to the ring to entertain audiences?

13.  Surname of the composer of the ‘Pines’ and ‘Fountains of Rome’?

14.  The link between Prof David King’s prize-winning solo CD and Mahler’s ‘Symphony No 2 in C minor’

15. Popular work written in 1946 by Benjamin Britten subtitled, ‘Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Henry Purcell’?

16. The number 1 ranked band in the world?

17. Surname of the composer of the soundtrack to the film ‘Psycho’?

18. Thomas Keighley wrote a ‘Northern’  one; Eric Ball a ‘Sunset’  one; Granville Bantock an ‘Oriental’  one, and Dean Goffin one ‘in Brass’?   

19. The Italian musical term meaning ‘Pressing on’, ‘chasing’ ie. increasing the tempo?

20. The religious link between Dennis, Keverne, Stythian, Pinnock, Breward and Austell in Cornish banding?   

21. A two-pronged device of tempered steel invented in 1711 by John Shore, Handel’s trumpeter, to produce a fixed pitch?  

22. Surname of famous Australian soprano opera singer (1861-1931) perhaps best known now for desserts named after her created by chef Georges Auguste Escoffier - one featuring peaches, raspberry sauce and ice cream (below), the other double toasted bread?

23.  The only band with a name starting with the letter ‘A’ to win the British Open Championship?

24. Opera famous for its ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’?

25. European Championship set-work written by Swiss composer Oliver Waespi whose title translates from the Latin as ‘I heard, at midnight…’?   

26. Surname of English composer (below) who wrote an opera called ‘The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat’  and scores for the films ‘The Draughtsman’s Contract’  and ‘The Piano’

27. The name of the band that won the first ever National Championship of Great Britain title at Crystal Palace in 1900?

28. The link between a football team that play its home games at ‘The Hawthorns’ and a test-piece by composer Jan van der Roost used at the National Championships of Great Britain in 2001?

29. The name given to a pair of cymbals mounted on a stand, with a pedal by which the upper cymbal may be made to clash against the lower one?  Usually found on a drum kit.

30. 2022 Regional test-piece that shares its name with a UK retail shop that stores all its products out of sight?

31. The North Wales holiday resort town that was home to the Finals of the Pontins National Brass Band Championships from 1974 – 2010? 

32. The name of the mythical Greek character (below) who was condemned to have his liver pecked out each day for eternity by an eagle – and who inspired a 1930's brass band test-piece written by Granville Bantock? 

33. The third colour in Gilbert Vinter’s ‘Spectrum’?

34. Surname of the conductor who led Besses o’ th’ Barn to their last British Open success? 

35.  Test piece named after a Biblical garden?

36. Temperance band that did the ‘Double/Double’ of National Championship and British Open in 1905 and 1906?

37.  Edouard Lalo’s imaginary city ruled by a King who tries to marry his daughter off to his enemy. It ends with her throwing herself to her death into the sea as the city sinks below the waves.  Arranged as a famous National Final test-piece in 1959 by Frank Wright with a legendary euphonium solo feature at its heart?

38. Name given to a set of orchestral variations (op.36) by Edward Elgar, dedicated ‘to my friends pictured within’?

39. The adjective used to describe Cesar Franck’s ‘Huntsman’  in the test-piece used at the 1973 British Open Championship?

40. What is the link between an early Victorian submarine built in 1878 (a replica of which is to be found in Birkenhead) and a famous Eric Ball test piece whose name comes from the Latin for ‘I Shall Rise Again’?


Answers: 
Answers to be sent to: quiz@4barsrest.com

Closing Date:
The closing date is 11.59pm on 31st December 2021!

REMEMBER: You need to get all the answers right to reveal the hidden festive message 

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