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The opening up of Europe — An argument for keeping things closed

April 12, 2019
Cory MD Philip Harper responds to 4BR's recent article on open adjudication in the own-choice element of the European Championships...


The Usual Suspects — Time to end the own-choice pretence at the Europeans?

April 5, 2019
It doesn't take Hercule Poirot to work who is playing what as an own-choice selection ahead of the European Championships in Montreux - so why not just let the judges make their decision in an open court?


Take 5 — A quintet of talking points from the National Youth Championships of Great Britain

April 2, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks five points of debate and interest that arose from the 2019 National Youth Championships of Great Britain at Warwick School.


Arthur Kenney — The diminutive Major with a touch of genius

March 29, 2019
Tim Mutum explores the life of the inimitable Major Arthur Kenney, who was born 100 years ago.


Take 5 — A quintet of debating points from the Regional Championships

March 27, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks 5 points of debate and opinion that have arisen from the 2019 series of Regional Championship contests...


2019 National Youth Championships of Great Britain — A new era begins in Warwick

March 26, 2019
Brass Bands England brings a new focus to its flagship youth event - one that it hopes will support the realistic ambitions and long term development of the future generations of brass band playing talent.


2019 Welsh Regional Championships — As it happened

March 17, 2019
All the action from the 2019 Welsh Regional Championships - As it happened.


2019 London & Southern Counties Regional Championships — As it happened

March 17, 2019
All the action from the 2019 London & Southern Counties Regional Championships - As it happened.


2019 North of England Regional Championships — As it happened

March 17, 2019
All the action from the 2019 North of England Regional Championships - As it happened.


2019 Welsh Regional Championships — Previews & Predictions

March 15, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the qualification action for London and Cheltenham as Welsh banding heads north to Wrexham.


2019 London & Southern Counties Regional Championships — Previews & Predictions

March 14, 2019
4BR's Rob Tompkins looks forward to the Cheltenham and London qualification action at Stevenage this weekend.


2019 North of England Regional Championships — Previews & Predictions

March 14, 2019
4BR's Steve Jack looks forward to the qualification battles for London and Cheltenham at Durham's Gala Theatre this weekend.


2019 Scottish Championships — As it happened

March 10, 2019
All the action from the 2019 Scottish Championships - As it happened.


2019 West of England Regional Championships — As it happened

March 10, 2019
All the action from the 2019 West of England Regional Championships - As it happened.


2019 Midlands Regional Championships — As it happened

March 10, 2019
All the action from the 2019 Midlands Regional Championships - As it happened.


2019 Scottish Championships — Previews & Predictions

March 8, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the battle for Scottish Championship titles in Perth on the weekend.


2019 West of England Regional Championships — Previews & Predictions

March 6, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the qualification action in Torquay this weekend.


2019 Midlands Regional Championships — Previews & Predictions

March 6, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the qualification action in Bedworth and Kenilworth on the weekend.


2019 Yorkshire Regional Championships — As it happened

March 3, 2019
All the action from the 2019 Yorkshire Regional Championships - As it happened.


2019 Yorkshire Regional Championships — Previews & Predictions

February 28, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to a febrile competitive atmosphere at a warm and welcoming Huddersfield Town Hall on the weekend.


2019 North West Regional Championships — As it happened

February 24, 2019
All the action from the 2019 North West Regional Championships - As it happened.


2019 Norwegian National Championships — As it happened

February 10, 2019
All the action from the 2019 Norwegian National Championships - As it happened.


2019 North West Regional Championships — Previews & Predictions

February 22, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the first steps on the qualification road to London and Cheltenham - starting off at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Sunday.


The joy of sax — 2019 Saxhorn Fest makes a worldwide impression...

February 6, 2019
Almost half a million people know a bit more about the musical joys of the tenor horn and baritone thanks to the success of the Saxhorn Fest led by Katrina Marzella-Wheeler and Helen Varley.


Trepanning for excellence — Light bulb open mindedness at the RNCM Festival of Brass

January 24, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the most vital showcase for brass banding excellence in the UK at the RNCM Brass Band Festival in Manchester this weekend.


2019 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — As it happened

January 13, 2019
All the action from the 2019 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - As it happened.


2019 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Preview & Predictions

January 10, 2019
The overture to the 2019 contesting year is provided at Skegness this weekend when 70 bands battle for the Butlins accolades and hefty cash prizes...


Walking in the Air — How to build a magical brass band Snowman

January 9, 2019
Inspiration, hard work and plenty of vision has helped East London Brass bring an iconic Christmas tale to magical brass band life in the heart of their community.


4BR Spotlight interview — 5 minutes or so with Rex Richardson

January 8, 2019
We spend five minutes or so in the company of the great American trumpet star and brass band lover Rex Richardson - with another five minutes or more to come...


2019 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — From Benvenuto Cellini to Saddleworth Moor...

January 6, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the very particular tests of musical ambition that will face the bands in Skegness.


Better than winning the National — One player's incredible SwabforSykes donation experience

January 5, 2019
Foden's cornet player Adrian Beresford signed up for the #SwabforSykes campaign in March 2017 - resulting in an incredible personal experience that has seen him potentially save the life of a woman across the Atlantic Ocean...




Grimethorpe Colliery Band -

Saturday 20 April • Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull HU2 8LB HU2 8LB


Gresley Colliery Band - A George's Day Concert

Saturday 20 April • The Gresley Old Hall, Church Gresley DE11 9QW


Regent Hall Concerts - Regent Hall Band & Regent Brass

Saturday 20 April • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) . 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London . W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ


Contest: European Brass Band Championships

Friday 26 April • 2m2c Montreux Music & Convention Centre,Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland  . 1820


Regent Hall Concerts - Celebrity Recital - Brett Baker (trombone) Elliot

Friday 26 April • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London . W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ


The Corsham Band

April 18 • Due to work commitments, a vacancy has arisen for a Tenor Trombone player. First or Second position available. We are a newly promoted Second Section band with a friendly and enthusiastic team.


Hitchin Band

April 17 • HORN VACANCY - Hitchin Band are looking for a 1st/2nd horn to join our Championship section band. We are a sociable band with a busy calendar of concerts and events. The position is negotiable. We rehearse Monday and Thursdays evenings.


Moulton 77 Brass Band

April 17 • Following a busy 2018 & our strong placing at areas; Moulton 77 are keen to welcome new members, particularly cornets and trombones. We are a friendly, lively group, aspiring to progress to the third section. We need more players to swell our numbers.


Phillip Littlemore

GGSM, AoBBA Member
Conductor, Band Trainer, Adjudicator, Arranger, Teacher and Publisher