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Gourlay

Top judge change at Bradford

December 19, 2008
James Gourlay steps aside as Steve Sykes takes to the box for the top section at Bradford.


RNCM

2009 RNCM Festival of Brass

December 19, 2008
Organisers announce details of 2009 event — with a focus on the great Gilbert Vinter at its musical core.


Sainsbury gift to Welsh College

December 19, 2008
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama gets a cool quarter of a million from Sainsbury — that's a lot of Xmas turkey's they've sold then...


Black Dyke

Bright and Black start for BTS Day

December 19, 2008
The British Trombone Society quartet competition got off to a bright start recently — with a win for Black Dyke.


Newstead

All change at Newstead

December 19, 2008
There has been a reshuffle of the pack at the Newstead organisation.


Melbourne International Festival of Brass

MIFB reveal 2009 plans

December 18, 2008
The Melbourne International Festival of Brass has released details on its programme for next year.


North Shore Youth Brass

North Shore Youth stride ahead

December 18, 2008
Contest success, lots of concerts, and a planned CD recording wraps up a great year for North Shore Youth Brass.


4BR

It's not too late to shop at 4BR!

December 17, 2008
There is still plenty of time to shop on 4BR for Christmas — and now with the 4BR Shopping voucher — you don't have to worry about giving something that somebody can't use...


Whit Friday

BBC death knell on big bands

December 17, 2008
It appears that the BBC have dropped the axe on big banding — so could brass bands be next for the radio chop?


Besson

Advert: Besson Musical Instruments

December 17, 2008
Besson welcome Swiss euphonium star Thomas Rüedi as instrument ambassador.


Seaman

Belgian checkmate for Seaman

December 17, 2008
Nigel Seaman recently took the helm to help the Kortrijk Band on their appearance at the Belgian Nationals.


Scottish Co-op

More dividends for Scottish Co-op

December 17, 2008
There was more good news for the Scottish Open champions with news of further funding from sponsors for 2009.


Kippax

Kippax hand out their gongs

December 17, 2008
Some very fine people picked up some well deserved awards at the Kippax Band Club — one for a fantastic 50 years of service.


NABBC

Test piece homework in Scotland

December 17, 2008
The National Association of Brass Band Conductors will be holding a workshop on the Regional test pieces early next year.


Black Dyke

Black Dyke hand out the awards

December 17, 2008
National Champions hand out their own awards at their recent Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony.


Brass Noir

Black Success

December 17, 2008
Brass Noir enjoy a dark night of musical success — and get a doubling of their fee for their troubles!


Fairlop

Fairlop thanks

December 17, 2008
The Fairlop Band has enjoyed a fantastic 40th anniversary in 2008.


Lofthouse

Grand present for Lofthouse

December 17, 2008
Lofthouse 2000 gain an early Christmas prezzie — a new set of cornets from Santa via York.


Gresley

Christmas comes early at Gresley

December 17, 2008
Santa Claus brings a new direction for Gresley Colliery Band.


Strata

Strata success

December 17, 2008
Awards for all at the recent Strata Brass Annual Concert — and plenty to celebrate too.


Phil Shaw

Elland celebrate a fine year

December 17, 2008
Phil Shaw and the Elland Silver Band have had plenty to celebrate in 2008.


4BR

4BR Best Sellers

December 14, 2008
With just a few more days to go before Christmas, the top ten ‘must have’ CDs from the 4BR site in the last month can be revealed…


Vibrass

Advert: Vibrass

December 14, 2008
Celebrate the festivities in Austrian style this year with a free CD this Christmas when you get your hands on the brilliant Vibrass.


santa baby

Guarding Santas sexy helper

December 14, 2008
Victoria Hart and the lads from the Guards Big Band are doing their bit to add some musical spice in time for Christmas and help a great cause.


Butlins

Butlins open the visitors door

December 14, 2008
Butlins announce cheap day visitor tickets to the 2009 Championships in just a few weeks time.




Bach

4BR Tuesday Interview with Michael Bach

April 20 • 4BR talks to the well known conductor about the first steps back to post Covid-19 musical normality in his country and his hopes that Swiss banding can hopefully 'Rejoice' at the National Championships later in the year.


sbba

SBBA launches newsletter

April 20 • The Scottish Brass Band Association has launched a newsletter to get its message direct to bands.


Bradofrd

Brass returns to the playgrounds in Bradford

April 20 • The sound of brass has been heard in the Bradford area once more as Covid-19 relaxations brings back face to face peripatetic teaching.


Fodens

Foden's add publishing arm to musical portfolio

April 20 • Foden's Band Publishing will see the North West Area champion promote and develop their own stable of in-house composers.


Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

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


Contest: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain

Saturday 2 October • Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP


Chinnor Silver

April 19 • With rehearsals starting soon in line with government guidelines we are looking to strengthen BACKROW CORNETS &PERCUSSION TEAM concerts and contests planned.we rehearse on wednesdays in our own bandroom check out our lockdown performances and come join us


Chadderton Band

April 17 • Chadderton Band is a friendly non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections of the band particularly on Euph Drums and Horn. Come along for a blow most welcome.


Oxford Cherwell Brass

April 14 • Returning to the band room in May we have vacancies for second and third cornets. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 8-10pm at Edward Feild School, Kidlington. The band has engagements and contests lined up from late summer onwards.


David A. Stowell


Conductor and composer


               

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