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Report & Results: 2023 Tameside Whit Friday

June 3
Foden's maintain their grip on the Whit Friday honours as the National Champion once again triumphs in Tameside


Stavanger announce new conducting duo

June 5 • Frederic Theodoloz and Ian Porthouse will lead Stavanger in their major championship appearances in 2023 and 2024.

Downshire Brass

Final chord approaches for Alcorn and Downshire

June 4 • The successful musical partnership between Prof Michael Alcorn and Downshire Brass is to come to an end.

Socail Media

BBE to help bands master social media

June 4 • If you want to be much better at using social media to benefit your band, Brass Bands England will be hosting a special webinar to help you along.


Finalists announced for Conducting Competition

June 4 • Twelve finalists will compete in Eccles for the Brass Band Conductors' Association flagship title.

UniBrass Band Camp ready for perfect pitch

June 4 • David Thornton will lead the tutor team at the UniBrass Band Camp in August.

Report & Results: 2023 Saddleworth & Oldham District Whit Friday

June 3 • Brighouse & Rastrick make it a Knight to remember as they claim the Saddleworth Whit Friday honours.

Eikanger reach out for charismatic year ending

June 1 • One of Scandinavia's most dynamic orchestral conducting talents will lead Eikanger Bjorsvik in a classic concert round up of their year.

B:Music announces Brass in a Day to round off British Open weekend

June 1 • The day after the British Open offers yet more fantastic inclusive brass band entertainment with Black Dyke, Cory, the National Youth Bands and Services for Education packing a day with musical attractions for everyone to enjoy..

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...

Take 5:  A quintet of Ninths

Take 5: A quintet of Ninths

May 31 • Five recordings of Gilbert Vinter's 'Variations on a Ninth' that should be added to any brass band collection.

Marching into the future: Whit Friday preview

May 29 • Malcolm Wood looks forward to the atmosphere and action that will be on show around the famous Whit Friday venues in Tameside and Saddleworth this year.

2023 European Championships: Solo, Challenge & Youth events

May 2 • There are also European titles up for grabs in the Solo, Challenge and Youth Sections in Malmo.

2023 European Championships: Event preview

May 1 • A wonderful city, impressive venue, great music and fantastic bands. There should be something for everyone to enjoy in Malmo then as the European Championships head for a new musical outpost.

CD review: Oskar Bohme: Trumpet Concerto & Pieces

April 22 • Matthias Hofs. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Conductor: Tarmo Peltpokoski. Berlin Classics: 0302814BC

Concert: A Royal Tribute

April 18 • The Band, Bugles, Pipes and Drums of the Royal Irish Regiment. Conductor: Bandmaster Richard Douglas MBE. Waterfront Hall. Belfast. Saturday 15th April

CD review: The Brass Band Music of Johan de Meij

April 17 • Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Conductors: Johan de Meij and David Thornton. Soloists: Brandt Attema, Adam Bokaris, Chris Binns, Johan de Meij. World of Sound Recordings: WOS167

# Band Points
3Brighouse and Rastrick955.92
5Black Dyke604.94
6Valaisia Brass Band467.35
9Carlton Main Frickley Colliery275.46

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Salon Orchestra

Friday 9 June • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. . W1C2DJ

Leicestershire Co-op Band - The Great British Music Hall concert

Saturday 10 June • The Palace Community Centre. Ibstock . Leicestershire LE67 6LG

Besses Boys' Band - Besses Boys' Band Summer Concert

Saturday 10 June • St Mary's Church, Prestwich, Greater Manchester M25 1AN

Newtown March Contest - Newtown (Mid Wales) March and Open Air Contest

Sunday 11 June • Newtown Town Hall Grounds. Back Lane. Newtown. Powys SY16 2NZ

Boarshurst Silver Band - Silk Brass Band

Sunday 11 June • Boarshurst Band Club. Greenbridge Lane. Greenfield. Saddleworth OL3 7 EW

The Hepworth Band

June 6 • We would like to invite applications for an EEb bass player and percussionist to join the band.. We enjoy well attended rehearsals, an attractive programme of concerts and are looking forward to competing at the British Open Championships in September

Mereside Brass

June 5 • MERESIDE BRASS (Northwich, Cheshire) are looking for a front row CORNET, possibly PRINCIPAL for the right player and a PERCUSSIONIST. We are a friendly 4th Section band, currently not contesting but with a sensible calendar of jobs and band social events

Besses Boys' Band

June 5 • Besses Boys' Band (2nd Section NW) are looking for a TUTTI SOLO CORNET to join the band. Rehearsals take place Monday and Friday, 19:30-21:30 in Simister, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 2SB

Nigel Seaman

Conductor, band trainer, teacher and adjudicator


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