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New lead for Adjudicators

January 21
Sheona Wade has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators.


Live broadcast coverage of UniBrass Championships announced

January 21 • Both the UniBrass Trophy and Shield competitions can be enjoyed with a live broadcast from the event this year.


New Euphonium competition looks to attract European talent

January 21 • The Fontys AMPA Euphonium Competition has been launched to attract the very best student euphonium players across Europe.

Winter Garden

Confidence boost to North West banding with Area numbers

January 20 • 74 bands have entered the 2022 North West Regional Championships that will take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on 27th February.

New Zealand

New Zealand Youth prepare for live worldwide broadcast

January 20 • The National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand is preparing for a worldwide live broadcast this weekend to end its annual course.

Thursday interview with Alex Parker of BBE

January 20 • We talk to BBE's Alex Parker about the attractions to enjoy at the forthcoming National Youth Championships of Great Britain after the draws were announced.

Wednesday interview with Paul Hindmarsh

January 19 • We catch up with Paul Hindmarsh, the Artistic Director of the RNCM Brass Festival, ahead of the showcase event at the end of the month in Manchester.

Cutt passes on Argos experience at Dobcross

January 19 • Garry Cutt has paid a welcome visit to Dobcross Silver Band to help with their preparations for the forthcoming North West Regional Championships.

Death of Ian Brown

January 19 • The death has been announced of the respected euphonium player Ian Brown

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...

Get ready to be entertained...

Get ready to be entertained...

November 19 • The Brass in Concert Championships take place on Saturday so make sure you don't miss a note of any of it...

Enjoy the best of the best at Brass in Concert

Enjoy the best of the best at Brass in Concert

November 9 • The very best youth and elite level bands will be providing the entertainment at Brass in Concert this year.

The best of the best at Brass in Concert

The best of the best at Brass in Concert

November 4 • There will be a host of brilliant brass band entertainers on show at Brass on Concert later this month - so why not enjoy the action at Gateshead or at home

The Coal Connection: 75 years of brass bands and the NCB

The Coal Connection: 75 years of brass bands and the NCB

January 5 • The National Coal Board came into existence 75 years ago this month — and with it a connection to brass bands that remains to this day.

2021 4BR Band of the Year: The conductors and players

December 31 • These are the conductors and players we've picked to perform in our 2021 Band of the Year line-up — if we were ever lucky enough to get them together for a one off performance.

National Youth Brass Band at 70: Challenges met and opportunities to come

December 29 • Mark Bromley, CEO of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain talks to 4BR about the organisation's response to the challenges posed in 2021, and how it is now looking forward to its 70th anniversary year in 2022.

Mediterranean attractions: How a brass band is core to attracting students to Antibes

December 27 • Antibes Conservatoire of Music & Drama has a new state of the art concert hall — but it is a brass band that is being promoted as a star attraction for students.

Concert: Black Dyke Band

January 19 • Conductor: Prof Nicholas Childs. Memorial Hall. Marlborough College. Sunday 16th January

Concert: Flowers Band

January 18 • Conductor: Paul Holland. Butlins Skyline Resort. Skegness. Friday 7th January

CD review: Kaffeeschranzchen

January 2 • UnglauBlech. Suisa Recordings: 51018

# Band Points
3Black Dyke771.64
4Brighouse and Rastrick612.49
6Valaisia Brass Band520.97
9Carlton Main Frickley Colliery415.73
10Paris Brass Band325.09

Glossop Old Band - Cadishead Public Band

Sunday 23 January • Glossop Band Club, Derby Street, Glossop. SK13 8LP

Black Dyke Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Saturday 29 January • Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

Regent Hall Concerts - The International Staff Band of the Salvation Army

Saturday 29 January • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London WC1 2 DJ

Black Dyke Band - Gladstone Theatre

Sunday 30 January • Greendale Road, Birkenhead, Wirral CH62 4XB

Glossop Old Band - Silk Brass Band

Sunday 30 January • Glossop Band Club, Derby Street, Glossop. SK13 8LP

Bollington Brass Band

January 21 • We are looking for a front row cornet player (position negotiable) and a percussionist to join the band after the North West area contest. If you fancy a new challenge with a friendly 1st Section please get in touch.

Forest of Dean Brass

January 18 • Do you fancy playing Spectrum at the West of England Areas in March? We are currently looking for a Front Row Cornet to complete our line-up. We rehearse on a Tuesday and Thursday at our bandroom in Yorkley, Forest of Dean GL15 4TA

The Cobham Band

January 17 • The Cobham Band is fully up and running again and requires a EUPHONIUM or BARITONE player. We have some great concerts planned including bandstand dates for the new season under our new conductor, Jim Lynch.. .

James McLeod

BMus (hons)
Euphonium Soloist, Teacher and Conductor


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