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BEM Medal

New Year Honours

December 31, 2014
It looks as if the brass band world came up with a blank this time around...


The judges at London 2014

Brass band adjudication — simples...

December 31, 2014
If you think the current Brass in Concert adjudication system is complex, then spare a thought for the judges of yesteryear...


Carlton Main

Death of Sid Belshaw

December 30, 2014
The death has been announced of former Carlton Main Frickley Colliery baritone player, Sid Belshaw.


Old Silkstone

Silkstone catch Fisher

December 30, 2014
Sam Fisher will lead Old Silkstone Band at the Yorkshire Area contest in March.


Lighthouse Theatre

Lighthouse signal attracts Masters bands

December 29, 2014
2015 will see the return of the All England International Masters contest at The Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering in May.


SWBBA

Weston set for 47th anniversary

December 29, 2014
The popular Weston Super Mare contest hopes to build on its positive feedback in 2015.


Urban Play

Urban Play helps Belgian sop star

December 29, 2014
One of Belgium's top soprano players has been paying tribute to the help given to him by the brand new Urban Play app from Buffet.


Snow

Festive brass around the country

December 28, 2014
Congratulations to everyone who brought some festive music making to their communities on Christmas Day.


Candlelight

Blackburn & Darwen by candlelight

December 28, 2014
The Blackburn & Darwen Band has helped raise much needed funds for the Prince's Trust.


Reg Vardy

Festive amnesty at Reg Vardy

December 28, 2014
Reg Vardy will ask no questions if they can get their hands on some bits of much needed missing equipment in time for the New Year...


Arise Jens Lindemann C.M.

December 28, 2014
Canadian musician is awarded national honour for his skill as a world-renowned trumpet soloist.


Brett Baker

Baker to lead Concerto masterclass

December 27, 2014
Brett Baker is to lead a trombone masterclass in Cornwall on Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Trombone Concerto'.


Rya Liotta

Never seen together on stage...

December 26, 2014
Could these be identical twins separated at banding birth...?


Pride

Pride gets Mayo topping

December 26, 2014
The British film Pride, with its brass band soundtrack has been voted as the number 1 film of 2014 by Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode.


Grimethorpe

Music to save Grimethorpe — don't miss it a second time!

December 26, 2014
If you missed the excellent programme on Grimethorpe Colliery Band helping support the musical future of its local community on Radio 4 on Boxing Day, then don’t fret — it’s on again….


Melanie Sykes

Sykes tradition alive and well in Mossley

December 26, 2014
The wonderful Melanie Sykes has been keeping her brass band lip in over Christmas...


Max Wall and Frank Renton

Never seen together on stage...

December 25, 2014
Could these be identical twins separated at banding birth...?


Flugel horn

4BR Christmas Quiz: The Winner!

December 25, 2014
Someone will certainly be enjoying a great musical New Year thanks to John Packer and 4BR!


Matthew with Chris and Robin

The best trombone Christmas present ever...

December 25, 2014
The combined efforts of Hercules Stands, Jupiter Instruments and Cory Band have given a young trombone player the best Christmas present he could wish for....


tHE qUEEN AND THE BAND

Stalham give Her Majesty a good Christmas mumping...

December 25, 2014
The Stalham Band has given Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh a good Christmas mumping this year.


yAMAHA nEO

Yamaha Neo Ensemble to make Butlins debut

December 24, 2014
The Neo Brass Ensemble will make its concert debut at the Butlins Mineworkers Festival in Skegness in January.


cURTIN AND mARSHALL

Dyke awards to Curtin and Marshall

December 24, 2014
Black Dyke has been giving out a few awards of its own — with trophies for Bandsman of the Year and Pondasher of the Year.


Brett Baker

Busy Baker set for Mythical connection...

December 24, 2014
Trombone star Brett Baker will be having a busy Christmas looking forward to some musical myths and legends of his own...


pALS REMEBERED

Pals remembered 100 years later

December 24, 2014
The famous Accrington Pals regiment has been musically remembered on the BBC, 100 years after they made the ultimate sacrifice.


Emley Band

Death of Granville Parker

December 24, 2014
4BR has been informed of the death of Emley Band stalwart, Granville Parker.




Black Dyke

Black Dyke ready for double festival appearances

January 26 • The Yorkshire champion is putting the final preparations in place for its performance at the RNCM Brass Band Festival as well as its own event in Huddersfield in June.


Higgins

RPS Award nomination for Higgins' 'Concerto Grosso for Brass Band and Orchestra'

January 26 • Gavin Higgins' immense work is nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award — whilst conductor Martyn Brabbins and soloist Nardus Williams also gain recognition for their work.


Edward Gregson

Interview with Edward Gregson

January 25 • We talk to composer Edward Gregson about the forthcoming RNCM Brass Band Festival which takes place this weekend in Manchester.


Census

First Musicians' Census launched

January 25 • A new census of musicians throughout the UK is looking to provide an accurate picture of the industry and what help it, and the people who work in it, need.


Boarshurst Silver Band - Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band

Sunday 29 January • Boarshurst Band Club. Greenbridge Lane. Greenfield. Saddleworth OL3 7EW


Regent Hall Concerts - The January Band

Friday 3 February • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C2DJ


Regent Hall Concerts - Junior Guildhall Brass Band

Friday 10 February • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C2DJ


Contest: Norwegian National Brass Band Championships

Friday 10 February • Grieghallen, Bergen, N-5015 N-5015


Contest: Norwegian National Brass Band Championships

Saturday 11 February • Grieghallen, Bergen, N-5015 N-5015


Uppermill Band

January 28 • UPPERMILL BAND (2nd Section)URGENTLY REQUIRE AN EEb BASS PLAYER, initially to complete our team for the NW Regional Contest on 26th Feb and beyond. If you are looking for a change or just able to help for the contest UPPERMILL BAND REALLY NEED YOU!,


City of Oxford Silver Band

January 28 • CORNET VACANCY. Do you live near Oxford and looking for a band to play in? We have exciting opportunities for brass and percussion players who are keen to join a friendly and inclusive musical group.


Concert Brass Poynton

January 28 • Tired of Contesting? Concert Brass Poynton seek a Bass, Front Row Cornet and Trombone player. Not a learner band. Higher section players should enjoy our rehearsal. Rehearing Weds, 8.00 to 10.00pm in Poynton (between Stockport & Macclesfield.


Andreas Kratz

Mus.B (hons)
Conductor, Adjudicator, Teacher


               

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