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Take 5 — A quintet of British Open test-pieces ready for reprise

August 9, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks five works used at the British Open since 'Spectrum' in 1969 that deserve a possible well overdue contest reprise...


NYBBS 2019 — Scotland's best kept secret

August 8, 2019
Charlotte MacKay looks back at a memorable National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland annual residential course based in Perthshire.


Spectrum — One giant leap for brass band kind...

August 1, 2019
Half a century has now passed since Gilbert Vinter's 'Spectrum' changed the face of brass band repertoire forever. 4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at its impact...


Meeting your heroes — Brass for Africa and Wynton Marsalis...

July 26, 2019
Paul McLaughlin of the Lydbrook Band and Gloucestershire Music Services reflects on a memorable musical link with Brass for Africa and a certain Wynton Marsalis and friends, as part of the recent Cheltenham Music Festival.


To change or not to change? — A repeated question in need of an urgent answer...

July 21, 2019
Contesting has dominated the brass band genre for nearly 170 years, but has the time for a radical rethink finally arrived? Tim Mutum offers his personal viewpoint.


Requiem for brass — Verdi's masterpiece comes to Durham

July 17, 2019
David Whetstone talks to composer Steve Robson and chorus master Mike Summers about the landmark performance of Verdi's 'Requiem' at Durham Cathedral as part of Durham BRASS 2019.


Grimethorpe at the crossroads — An exciting future or a heyday that has passed forever?

July 10, 2019
Does the appointment of Dr David Thornton as Musical Director finally signal the realistic ambition of Grimethorpe Colliery Band to secure a relevant future for itself?


2019 BrassPass.tv Band of the Year — As it happened

June 22, 2019
All the action from the 2019 BrassPass.tv Band of the Year - as it happened.


2019 Whit Friday — The times they are a changin'

June 13, 2019
Malcolm Wood looks forward to what could be the start of a new era in the long history of the famous Whit Friday contests...


2019 British Open Spring Festival — As it happened

May 18, 2019
All the action from the 2019 British Open Spring Festival - as it happened.


2019 British Open Spring Festival — Previews & predictions

May 16, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks ahead but not down on the thrills and spills of the trio of Spring Festival qualification contests at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool this weekend.


Take 5 — A quintet of debating points from the 2019 European Championships

May 15, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks five points of interest that emerged from the recent European Championships in Montreux.


2019 European Championships — Championship Section - As it happened

April 27, 2019
All the action from the 2019 European Championships - Championship Section - as it happened.


2019 European Championships — Challenge Section - As it happened

April 27, 2019
All the action from the 2019 European Championships - Challenge Section - as it happened.


2019 European Championships — Youth Section - As it happened

April 28, 2019
All the action from the 2019 European Championships - Youth Section - as it happened.


2019 European Championships — Previews & Predictions

April 24, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox previews the five different competitions being held in Montreux - and goes all Cassandra with his prophetic predictions.


2019 European Championships — Introduction & Timetable

April 23, 2019
You don't have to make the trip to Montreux to enjoy the action... and there is plenty to look forward to.


2019 European Championships — Dear Cassandra - test piece review

April 23, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox takes a closer look inside Ludovic Neurohr's mind to try and work out his fear as well as his desire to change the future direction of brass band music...


2019 European Championships — Own choice selections

April 22, 2019
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the 12 pieces chosen by the 13 competing bands in the Championship Section in Montreux on the weekend.


Playing for Scotland — NYBBS youngsters enjoy Easter Course

April 20, 2019
Damien Martin reports from the recent National Youth Brass Band of Scotland's Easter Course, where new connections were put in place for an exciting musical future.


In a heartbeat — When beating time is all that matters...

April 18, 2019
When conductor Ian Holmes collapsed with a cardiac arrest during a rehearsal, three players knew that beating the right time would save his life...


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...




Foden's Band - Snape Maltings

Saturday 17 August • Snape Maltings, Suffolk IP17 1SP


Black Dyke Band - Macmillan Theatre, Bridgwater

Sunday 18 August • The McMillan Theatre, Bath Road, Bridgwater,Somerset TA6 4PZ


Regent Hall Concerts - Ensemble Sauterelle (french horns and male voices)

Friday 23 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


Sandhurst Silver Band - Music in the Memorial Park

Sunday 25 August • Sandhurst Memorial Park, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst GU47 9DP


Foden's Band - Sandbach

Monday 26 August • The Wheatsheaf, Sandbach, 1 Hightown, Sandbach CW11 1AG


Corby Silver Band

August 17 • We have vacancies for solo cornet, back row cornet and 1st horn. . We are a 3rd section band based in Northamptonshire in the East Midlands. . Rehearsals 8pm - 10pm Monday & Wednesday held in our own band club. We do not charge any subs.


Strata Brass

August 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET/TROMBONE/PERCUSSION in this Yorkshire Championship Band.. MD Jonathan Bates (Solo Horn - Fodens). Rehearsals currently MON/WED - bandroom 5 mins from J35/36 M1, lifts available from Manchester/Leeds/Sheffield/Huddersfield..


Stannington Brass Band

August 17 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb TUBA player to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests


Phil Lawrence

ARCM PGRNCM MFTCL ARCM B.Mus.
Composer and conductor


               

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