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New venue ready to welcome Welsh Area challengers

February 27
The Great Hall at Swansea University Science & Innovation Bay Campus will welcome 40 Welsh rivals looking to claim titles and qualification places this weekend.

Band of the year

Strong line-up for UK Band of the Year contest

February 27 • 10 top ranked bands will compete for the BrassPass UK Band of the Year title in Bolton later this year.

National Youth

High profile roles to fill at National Youth Band

February 27 • The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain is looking to fill two high profile General Manager and Operations Manager roles with the organisation.


4BR Shop: Ryton euphonium mouthpiece

February 27 • The outstanding polycarbonate based mouthpiece from Patrik Randefalk


Cory to tell their Tale ahead of Swansea

February 27 • The world's number 1 ranked band will be showcasing its Welsh Area preparation ahead of its Swansea challenge on the weekend.

Conductors asked to beat opposition for National title

February 27 • The National Association of Brass Band Conductors has launched its 2020 competition.

Young Brass Award semi-finalists announced

February 27 • The young performers who will battle for the 2020 Young Brass Award solo titles have been announced.

National Youth Band look west to cross borders

February 27 • The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain will make a welcome concert appearance in Wales this year as they look west with their music selections.

4BR Shop: Denis Wick Tuba Heritage mouthpiece (gold rim)

February 27 • The outstanding Denis Wick Heritage series of mouthpieces are available through Band Supplies and the 4BR Shop.

Interview with Bram Gay

Interview with Bram Gay

December 15 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talking to Bram Gay at the 2016 British Open Championships in Birmingham.

Interview with Arsene Duc of Valaisia Brass Band

Interview with Arsene Duc of Valaisia Brass Band

November 26 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Valaisia Brass Band after he led them to a fifth consecutive National title.

Interview with Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents

Interview with Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents

November 26 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents Band after they won the First Division Swiss National title in Montreux

2019 Brass in Concert

2019 Brass in Concert

November 22 • You can still enjoy the action from the 2019 Brass in Concert Championships from World of Brass - so don't miss a note...

2020 Regional Championships: North West - As it happened

2020 Regional Championships: North West - As it happened

February 23 • 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 • 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 • 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 • A conductor whose record stands proudly with the finest conductors of his generation, but is now somewhat largely forgotten...

Book: Origin, History and Achievements of the Besses o' th' Barn Band

February 18 • Joseph Hampson. Price: £4.99 plus VAT plus postage and package .

CD review: Crossroad

February 12 • Jamie Hood. Accompanists: Stephen Bulla and Annamaria Motolla. Featuring: Marc Hood, Brandon Jones. Blackwood Music . CD: BWMusic1954

Concert: Foden's Band

February 11 • Conductor: Michael Fowles. First Presbyterian Church. Armagh. Saturday 1st February

# Band Points
2Black Dyke839.37
3Brighouse and Rastrick717.00
5Valaisia Brass Band592.39
8Paris Brass Band423.40
9Carlton Main Frickley Colliery368.68

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

Elland Silver Band - Yorkshire Champion Brass

Saturday 29 February • Bethesda Church John Street .Elland HX5 0AB

Newstead Brass - Kirkby and Long Eaton Silver

Saturday 29 February • Ashwood Centre, Portland Street, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 7AB

Contest: Welsh Championships

Saturday 29 February • Great Hall, Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Crymlyn Burrows, Skewen, Swansea SA1 8EN

Foss Dyke Band

February 28 • We have 2 empty chairs to fill. A BBflat Bass player, and a 2nd Trombone. Please feel free to enquire or come along to one of our well attended rehearsals. Foss Dyke is well organised and a friendly 1st Section Band, based in Waddington, Lincoln.

Freckleton Band

February 27 • We are a 1st section band aiming to be promoted back to the Championship section and also qualify for the Spring Festival. We have vacancies for 2 Bb Cornets (seats negotiable), 2nd Horn, BBb Bass and percussionists. Rehearsals are Mon/Thur nights 8-10pm

Chelmsford Silver Band

February 27 • Chelmsford Silver Band require the following. Bb bass and Eb Bass players. A friendly non-contesting band, established for over 69 years and enjoy a good reputation performing at local and regional events plus organizing our own concerts.

Mark Wilkinson

Cornet Soloist, Teacher, Adjudicator, Conductor


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