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4BR Hall of Fame — No.9: Norman Ashcroft

May 31, 2020
The player's player principal cornet - a wonderful musician whose modesty and unassuming personality ensured he was revered by all who performed with him.


What price brass band democracy? — Can we afford post COVID change in the UK?

May 29, 2020
4BR Editor Iwan Fox wonders what price individuals would be willing to pay to secure a sustainable, democratically robust brass band movement in the UK...


Brass on the Mind — Mental Health in the Bandroom: Part 3

May 25, 2020
Tabby Kerwin looks at the importance of awareness and education on mental health issues within the brass band movement - this time with the emphasis on the adjudicator.


After COVID-19 — New norms in a very different reality

May 18, 2020
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks towards the light at the end of the long Coronavirus tunnel and wonders what the new destination will be like when we eventually get there...


4BR Hall of Fame — No.8: Eric Bravington OBE

May 9, 2020
A musician whose loyalty and talent made a significant mark in both the banding and orchestral worlds.


Take 5 — The most underrated European Championship set-works

May 4, 2020
We pick five of the most underrated test-pieces used at the European Championships since 1978 in the hope that they will be resurrected to be used once more...


Take 5 — The most significant own-choice performances at the European Championships

May 2, 2020
We chose five of the most significant own-choice performances given at the European Championships since the first event in 1978...


Regional restructuring — A template for debate...

April 29, 2020
4BR Editor Iwan Fox offers a template for discussion and debate to try and solve the problem of achieving a balanced regional structure in UK banding in the future...


4BR Hall of Fame — No.7: Violet Brand MBE

April 27, 2020
A remarkable woman who combined two hugely influential professional careers that made a significant impact.


It's the economy, stupid — How Bill Clinton will get us back contesting...

April 21, 2020
Forget the musical pipe-dreams and desires, it will be an understanding how the finances of brass banding really work that will eventually see the movement return with long term sustainability.


Heroism and Hollywood — Brass bands and the sinking of the Titanic

April 16, 2020
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at how the urban myths surrounding brass bands and the sinking of the Titanic have lasted for over 100 years.


The shape of things to come — The right time for a debate on a new National structure?

April 11, 2020
Does the current enforced break from contesting give banding in the UK the chance to look at the shape required for a healthy national banding structure...


Brass on the Mind — Mental Health in the Bandroom: Part 2

April 4, 2020
Tabby Kerwin looks at the importance of gaining awareness and education about mental health issues within the brass band movement - this time with an emphasis on the role of the conductor.


4BR Hall of Fame — No.6: Arthur Stender

March 31, 2020
The Australian cornet star who rivalled Harry Mortimer for virtuosity on the stage, but who was the most unassuming figure off it.


Learning from the results of history — From Edinburgh 1886 to the Midlands 2020...

March 25, 2020
Mistakes have always been made at brass band contests, but surely the time has come for a 21st century approach that works for everyone...


2020 Regional Championships — North of England - As it happened

March 15, 2020
All the action from the 2020 North of England Regional Championships - as it happened.


2020 Regional Championships — West of England - As it happened

March 15, 2020
All the action from the 2020 West of England Regional Championships - as it happened.


2020 Regional Championships — Yorkshire - As it happened

March 8, 2020
All the action from the 2020 Yorkshire Regional Championships - as it happened.


2020 Regional Championships — Scotland - As it happened

March 8, 2020
All the action from the 2020 Scottish Regional Championships - as it happened.


2020 Regional Championships — Midlands - As it happened

March 8, 2020
All the action from the 2020 Midlands Regional Championships - as it happened.


2020 Regional Championships — Wales - As it happened

March 1, 2020
All the action from the 2020 Welsh Regional Championships - as it happened.


2020 Regional Championships — North West - As it happened

February 23, 2020
All the action from the 2020 North West Regional Championships - as it happened.


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..




Regent Hall Concerts - International Trombone Ensemble

Friday 5 June • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. (Opposite RESERVED). London. W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ


Foden's Band - Parr Hall, Warrington

Thursday 11 June • Pyramid Parr Hall, Palmyra Square S, Warrington WA1 1BL


Black Dyke Band - Halifax Minster

Thursday 11 June • The Causeway, Halifax HX1 1QL


Black Dyke Band - Black Dyke Arts Festival

Sunday 21 June • The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD


Foden's Band - Prescot Festival

Friday 26 June • Prescot Church,, Church St, Prescot L34 3LA


Deepcar Brass Band

May 23 • Deepcar Band has a vacancy for a MUSICAL DIRECTOR. We are a 3rd section contesting band, rehearsing Monday & Friday nights.Our bandroom is equal distance to Sheffield, Barnsley & Huddersfield.


Chadderton Band

May 21 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections + EUPH and percussion. Come along to one of our rehearsals.


Forest of Dean Brass

May 21 • We are currently looking for a Euphonium and Front Row Cornet to join our friendly and ambitious 1st Section Band. We undertake a broad range of activities from supporting community events, charities and Contests, coming 3rd at the West of England Areas.


David Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL
Conductor, adjudicator and arranger


               

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