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Cheltenham Postcard — Cold War tensions amid the success

September 21, 2021
The success of the National Championship weekend in Cheltenham has also highlighted the need to get the main banding empire builders to at least start talking to each other.


2021 National Championships of Great Britain — Cheltenham preview

September 14, 2021
Banding returns to the National stage this weekend - diminished in numbers but hopefully not in stature. The future may be a different matter though...


Scotland's Cheltenham challenge — We will drive 500 miles...

September 12, 2021
Kingdom Brass, Annan Town and Langholm Silver will each make round trips of over 500 miles to try and return home with National titles.


Take 5 — A quintet of Connotations

September 7, 2021
With the First Section National Finals on the horizon, 4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks five performances of Edward Gregson's 1977 seminal work to add to your listening pleasure.


4BR Hall of Fame — No.19: Rowland Jones

September 1, 2021
Tim Mutum looks back on the life and career of a musician who made his mark as a world class performer in both the brass band and operatic worlds.


If the shoes fit — Combining performance excellence, explanation and Nike trainers...

August 15, 2021
The recent Aurora Orchestra Proms concert caught both the eyes and the ears of the audience at the Albert Hall - and its something the brass band movement could learn from.


The 1980s — The last Golden Age of UK banding?

August 4, 2021
Was the era of Mrs Thatcher, the Miners' Strike, 'loads of money' yuppies and football hooliganism also the last golden age of the brass band movement in the UK?


Take 5 — A quintet of Contest Music classics

August 1, 2021
4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks five performances of Wilfred Heaton's masterpiece to add to your recording library.


4BR Hall of Fame — No.18: Teddy Gray

July 27, 2021
Tim Mutum looks back on the life and career of a principal cornet who defined his own spotlight of excellence.


4BR Talking Point — A change of musical prescription

July 25, 2021
Sandy Smith argues that a re-evaluation of the importance of classical music arrangements could have a lasting benefit to a post Covid brass band movement.


Brass Bands England — An open reply to Brighouse & Rastrick Band

July 8, 2021
Brass Bands England provide a robust defence of their work, responsibilities and ambitions as they reply to the questions posed by Brighouse & Rastrick Band.


Best of Brass Festival — A Risk Assessment needed to connect to wider audience relevance

July 6, 2021
Much to admire on the day at Halifax, but persistence, tenacity and sheer bloody-mindedness are not the characteristics banding needs in abundance if it is to make a lasting mark with the wider public on its post Covid return.


Denis Wick at 90 — The musician with the golden touch

June 26, 2021
One of the greatest influences on the sound of the modern brass player and the modern brass band has just celebrated his 90th birthday.


Take 5 — A quintet of iconic middle movements

June 21, 2021
4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks a quintet of iconic test-piece middle movements that bands as well as conductors with musical aspirations of greatness should understand and master.


4BR Hall of Fame — No.17: Jack Mackintosh

June 9, 2021
Tim Mutum looks back on the life and career of one of the greatest cornet players of any era - and a man always full of comparisons.


4BR Interview — Mathilde Roh - an unconventional cornet star

June 8, 2021
4BR meets Mathilde Roh - the remarkable young Treize Etoiles cornet player who recently claimed the Swiss National Solo Championship title for the third year in a row.


The cherry on the top — National Youth Band returns for Easter

June 5, 2021
The National Youth Band of Great Britain makes a three day return to live action after the challenges of Covid19.


Are we there yet? — After the Covid journey, have we reached the destination we hoped for?

May 22, 2021
As we approach our return to banding, are we about to reach a destination that offers future hope for prosperity or have we simply failed to grasp the opportunity for change.


Take 5 — May the Force be with you...

April 29, 2021
4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks a quintet of memorable brass band recordings of the great Verdi overture La Forza Del Destino to add to your collection.


Prestige performances — Why on-line magic must be rooted in reality

April 28, 2021
4BR Editor Iwan Fox argues that despite the success, brass bands must maintain the prestige of on-line contesting reality rather than relying on aural illusion to keep everyone entertained.


4BR Hall of Fame — No.16: James Scott

April 25, 2021
Tim Mutum looks back on the life and musical career of one of the most respected figures of the banding movement.


Bums on seats — Understanding the new entertainment normality

March 5, 2021
When brass bands return to live performance how do they prise the bums of an audience from the sofas in front of smart television screens to hear them play - or can they also offer another button to press...


4BR Hall of Fame — No.15: Willie Lang

February 16, 2021
Tim Mutum looks back at the remarkable life of the great cornet and trumpet player Willie Lang.


Score Exchange — Three unusual places to find great brass band scores

February 15, 2021
How do you find high quality sheet music? Score Exchange may be just the right place to find out...


Take 5 — A quintet of the best Journey into Freedom recordings

February 12, 2021
4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks five of the best recordings of Eric Ball's classic test-piece to add to your collection.


It's coming home — Has Brass Bands England set out a new contesting future?

February 10, 2021
The European Championships will return to Birmingham in 2022, but can it provide the right stimulus both EBBA and British contesting needs to proposer in the years to come?


Getting the right message across — Have we finally convinced the media?

January 18, 2021
Brass banding is starting to be portrayed in a more informed light in the national media - thanks to finally realising we can influence some control over the message to report on...


4BR Hall of Fame — No.14: George Thompson MBE

January 4, 2021
Tim Mutum looks back on the life of one of the truly unique musical talents of the banding movement.




Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH


Bodmin Town Band - Bodmin Town Band in concert

Friday 24 September • St Petroc's Church, Priory Road, Bodmin PL31 2DT


Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Central Band Brass Ensemble & Seraphim Consort

Thursday 30 September • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Regent Hall Concerts - Fulham Band

Friday 1 October • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Regent Hall Concerts - Bone-afide Trombone Quartet

Friday 1 October • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Lindley Band

September 21 • SOLO HORN required in our friendly First Section band which enjoys a balanced mix of concerts and contests. We are located just 1 mile from M62 Jcn 24. Post Code HD3 3JE Rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday evenings 8.00 to 10.00pm.


Greenfield Brass Band

September 21 • We are looking for an MD to take the band forward into 2022 and beyond. We have a varied selection of concerts and contests in the diary including a trip to play at the Menin Gate in August 2022.. We currently rehearse Monday & Thursday (8pm-10pm)


Kippax Band

September 21 • Kippax Band have a vacancy for front row cornet players and percussionist. Fresh from the national finals and newly promoted to the 2nd section in the Yorkshire area. The band are keen to push on next year after the enforced layoff.


Sandy Smith


Conductor, teacher, adjudicator and arranger


               

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