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4BR Spotlight Interview — 5 minutes or so with Kirsty Abbotts

December 23, 2018
The Carlton Main Frickley Colliery principal cornet star is one of the most requested performers on the USA based 'All Brass Radio' broadcast show - so little wonder presenter Dr Jim Fox wanted to find out more about the secret to her success...


4BR Interview — Lance Sergeant David Lockwood

February 21, 2018
4BR Editor Iwan Fox catches up with Lance Sergeant David Lockwood, bass trombonist of The Band of the Irish Guards to find out more about a musical life that has always been linked by family to the Corps of Army Music.


4BR Spotlight interview — Matt Ford

February 14, 2018
Malcolm Wood talks to the renowned Big Band singer Matt Ford whose inventive musical collaboration with Foden's Band has created more than just ‘Memories of Christmas’.


4BR Spotlight interview — Rob Westacott

January 3, 2018
Malcolm Wood talks to Brighouse & Rastrick Band Chairman Rob Westacott, to find out more about his new role with the 2017 National Champion and what 2018 has in store for him following his decision to finish competitive playing.




Contest: Welsh Open

Saturday 16 February • The Grand Pavilion, The Esplanade, Porthcawl, CF36 3YW


Newstead Brass - Contest Countdown

Sunday 17 February • Festival Hall, Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 7DJ


Foden's Band - Annual Patrons Concert

Tuesday 19 February • Sandbach School, Crewe Road, Sandbach CW11 3NS


Black Dyke Band - Doncaster Minster

Saturday 23 February • 9 Church St, Doncaster DN1 1RD


The Cobham Band - Best of Brass Concert

Saturday 23 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall. 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton Surrey KT7 0LQ


Chinnor Silver

February 16 • We are looking for our own laurel and hardy as we need a Bb CORNET AND Bb BASS to help us continue our progress in the 2nd section.. rehearsals are on wednesdays in our own bandroom with good attendances. good but realistic book of concerts and contests


Blidworth Welfare Band

February 16 • *Percussionists* A great opportunity for has arisen for a player to join our friendly and progressive band. Blidworth Welfare Band is a Championship section band in Notts 15mins from J27 M1. We have a sensible diary of concerts and contests.


Blidworth Welfare Band

February 16 • *Solo Cornet* a great opportunity has arrived for a player to join our friendly and progressive band. Blidworth Welfare Band is a Championshop section band in Notts 15mins from J27 M1. We have sensible diary of concerts and contests


Simon Gresswell


Conductor, adjudicator, tutor, tuba specialist