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2020 Regional test-pieces — Tales of heroes and human spirit

February 20, 2020
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the five works that will test the bands in their bid to qualify for the Cheltenham and London National Finals.


2020 Vision — What future direction for the Nationals?

February 19, 2020
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the potential for a change in the future direction of travel for the Regional and National Championships of Great Britain...


4BR Hall of Fame — No.5: Leonard Lamb

February 16, 2020
A conductor whose record stands proudly with the finest conductors of his generation, but is now somewhat largely forgotten...


2020 Norwegian National Championships — As it happened

February 9, 2020
All the action from the 2020 Norwegian National Championships - as it happened.


You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off! — Has sheer volume become boring?

February 11, 2020
Is the shock and awe approach to the top end of the the dynamic spectrum in danger of sucking all the vibrancy and warmth out of what was once brass banding's renowned and richly admired tonality?


A timely reminder of inclusivity and excellence — 2020 RNCM Festival

February 4, 2020
Under the artistic direction of Paul Hindmarsh the RNCM Brass Band Festival in Manchester once again led the way in the pursuit of an all inclusive approach to the art of brass band music making.


125th anniversary — SBBA set to celebrate landmark throughout 2020

January 29, 2020
The Scottish Brass Band Association reveals busy schedule of celebratory events and initiatives at its annual general meeting.


Brass on the Mind — Mental Health in the Bandroom

January 21, 2020
Following her presentation to the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators, Tabby Kerwin looks at the importance of gaining awareness and education about mental health issues within the brass band movement.


2020 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — As it happened

January 12, 2020
All the action from the 2020 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - as it happened.


4BR Hall of Fame — No 4: Bram Gay

January 9, 2020
One of the most influential musical polymaths of the banding movement and a pioneer who helped bring brass band entertainment to the television age.


Beyond the Score — Yamaha inspires through holistic star approach

January 8, 2020
Yamaha stars inspire over 150 brass band players as they look to provide performance foundations on which to build a life long enthusiasm and passion for brass banding.


2020 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Preview & Predictions

January 7, 2020
Like New Year resolutions, Butlins is an event that needs to be taken seriously by bands if they wish to really live up to their easily made self-promises..




Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 23 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HU


Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 23 February • The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 7Yz


Contest: scaba Own Choice Test & March

Sunday 23 February • The Hawth in Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ


Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Academy of Music Horn Ensemble

Friday 28 February • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


The GUS Band - Northampton International Academy

Saturday 29 February • Northampton International Academy. 55 Barrack Rd. Northampton NN1 1AA


Upper Rhondda Brass Band

February 20 • Upper Rhondda NEEDS YOU. To help consolidate the Band, and its position within the grading system at the next Welsh Area Championships, the Band urgently require the following players, Soprano, Solo Cornet, Solo Euphonium and a Percussionist..


Longridge Band

February 20 • Due to retirement the Longridge Band (1st Section North West) require a back row cornet player (position negotiable), Eb bass & percussionist . We have a good mixture of contests/ concerts and a tour to Belgium planned for later in the year.


Escafeld Brass Band Sheffield

February 20 • Escafeld Brass Band Sheffield has vacancies for all instruments. We are a friendly, non-contesting band who practice Friday evenings near Sheffield city centre. Our numbers have declined in recent years but we are very keen to grow again with our new MD.


Brett Baker

BSc (Hons), ARCM, PG Dip
Rath clinician, conductor, teacher, adjudicator, editor


               

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