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King Kong

King Kong is coming...

November 28
We speak with Philip Harper as Cory prepare to tackle King Kong in the heart of Birmingham this weekend.

sbba youth

Youth led infusion creates positivity in Scotland

November 29 • The future generations of Scottish youth certainly took the lead in making the recent Scottish Festival of Brass a huge success.


Fancy studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire?

November 28 • If you are a brass or percussion player looking to find out more about your future playing and studying options then find out more about the RBC at their forthcoming Open Day.


Sign in to make sure no one misses out at Christmas

November 27 • The Royal National Institute for Deaf People has launched a new festive fun game to ensure no one misses out on hearing your worst festive cracker...


Results: 2023 Scottish Youth Championships

November 27 • Over 500 young performers took to the stage in Perth to showcase the award winning talents of the next generation of Scottish brass and percussion players

Fair appearance for Abertillery

November 27 • Abertillery Town Band will perform at the Royal Welsh Showground as part of the attractions at one of Wales' biggest agricultural events.

Results: 2023 BBNI Festival of Brass

November 27 • Laganvale (Metal Technology) strike entertainment gold to claim the BBNI Festival of Brass title as CWA Brass and Wellington Memorial also claim section victories.

Rothwell stars inspire Houghton Youth

November 27 • Players from Rothwell Temperance Band recently headed north to link up with the talented youngsters of Houghton Area Youth Band.

Off to work we go...

November 27 • Brass Bands England launches new partnership with ARC workwear

Interview with Martyn Brabbins

Interview with Martyn Brabbins

May 7 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Martyn Brabbins.

Tom Hutchinson talks ABC...

Tom Hutchinson talks ABC...

June 22 • The Cory talks about the new Adjustable Bottom Caps which he now endorses and outs his name to.

4BR Brass Things Review...

4BR Brass Things Review...

June 19 • Jonathan Pippen takes closer look at some of the new bass trombone mouthpieces from Mercer & Barker

Checking the quality...

Checking the quality...

November 26 • Steven Mead and Roger Webster have been in Germany to check the latest batch of Besson euphoniums and cornets...

Dropping the rules: 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival

Dropping the rules: 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival

November 15 • There is a world class line up of performers, soloists, commissions, classic works and more as Artistic Director Dr David Thornton leads a new era for the global brass band showcase event.

Placards, protests and persuasion: Elite band forums and judges

November 7 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the potential for the resolution of issues that continue to vex the banding movement, but hold little interest to the wider musical world.

2023 National Championship of Great Britain: Take 5 talking points from the Albert Hall

October 25 • There was plenty to discuss and debate after an intriguing National Championship Final in the heart of London.

2023 National Championship of Great Britain: Top 4 adjudications

October 24 • This is what Dr Robert Childs, Prof Roger Webster and Dr Stephen Cobb thought of the bands that claimed the pre-qualification top four places at the Royal Albert Hall.

CD review: Banding with Ball

November 23 • The Music of Eric Ball. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band. Conductor: Robert Oughton. Soloist: Kevin Bolton. Audiocord Recordings: ACD 210

CD review: Triquetra

November 22 • Black Dyke Band. Conductor: Prof Nicholas J. Childs. Soloists: Stephanie Binns, Gavin Saynor, Brett Baker. Organ: Philip Wilby. Piano: Darius Battiwalla. Narrator: Matthew Routley. Doyen Recordings: DOY CD425

CD review: Loudmouthed Beauty

November 21 • Concert Pieces for Brass Trombone. Clare Farr. Featuring: Inger-Lise Ulsrud (organ); Sverre Riise (tenor trombone); Sidsel Walstad (harp); Petter Winroth (trombone); Sigstein Folgero (piano); Norwegian Trombone Ensemble. LAWO Recordings: CD LWC1242

# Band Points
3Black Dyke1,222.93
5Brighouse and Rastrick765.04
6Valaisia Brass Band640.79
7Brass Band Treize Etoiles572.65
10Grimethorpe Colliery256.05

Northop Silver Band - Christmas Concert with Kirsty Abbotts

Sunday 3 December • St Eurgain & St Peter, Church Road, Northop CH7 6BQ

Boarshurst Silver Band - Littleborough Band

Sunday 3 December • Boarshurst Band Club. Greenbridge Lane. Greenfield. Oldham OL3 7EW

Longridge Band - Christmas Concert

Saturday 9 December • Longridge Civic Hall, Calder Avenue, Longridge, Ribble Valley, Lancashire. PR3 3WD

The Hepworth Band - Championship Brass & Voices for Christmas

Saturday 9 December • Thornhill Parish Church, Dewsbury WF12 0JZ


Saturday 9 December • St Andrew's Methodist Church . The Stow. Harlow CM20 3AF

The Marple Band

November 30 • Are you looking for a change of scene. The Marple Band are a 2nd Section friendly group of musicians who are looking for Front and Back Row Cornets, 2nd Baritone, Bb Bass and Tuned Percussion players to join our successful band.

Stretford Band

November 29 • Seeking a MUSICAL DIRECTOR. We are a friendly, non-contesting Band with a varied concert programme at local events throughout the year. We are looking for someone to take the Band forward.

Thurcroft Welfare Band

November 28 • The band are seeking to appoint the following:. Flugal Horn,. Solo Trombone,. Percussion - Tuned or Kit.. . The band recently finished in 2nd place at the Yorks Regional Championships. . Thurcroft is a very welcoming and friendly band, with high aspirations

Dr Brett Baker

BSc (Hons), ARCM, PG Dip
Marketing Lead, Denis Wick & Alliance Products; Artist at Michael Rath Instruments


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