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Dave Barringer

New Year honour for Dave Barringer

December 30, 2017
Dave Barringer, the Director of Music of the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, has been awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours List.


Jan Muller

Muller recalls Montreux triple delight

December 30, 2017
Conductor Jan Muller recalls a special day at the Swiss National Championships in Montreux in November when he led three bands to podium success.


Enter

Brass at the Guild closing date looms

December 29, 2017
There is still time for bands to get their entries in for the early season battles at Brass at the Guild in Preston. So be quick...


Steve Hartley

Hartley takes Jubilee line

December 29, 2017
Conductor Steve Hartley takes over as Musical Director at Pilling Silver Jubilee Band


Katrina and Helen

Something for those in the middle as Saxhorn Fest comes to Salford

December 29, 2017
Katrina Marzella and Helen Varley will lead a special 'Saxhorn Fest' Day at the University of Salford — and its open to all those who like to explore the potential of the middle of the band sound


Lindley Band

Westacott takes lead at Lindley

December 29, 2017
Rob Westacott will take the helm at Yorkshire's Lindley Band — making his debut at the forthcoming Brass at the Guild contest.


March

Morley looks to attract march and hymn tune entries

December 29, 2017
The popular Morley March & Hymn Tune Contest is set to take place in June 2018 — and is looking for entrants.


gus

Young stars get deserved Christmas gifts at Virtuosi GUS

December 29, 2017
Two rising stars received special gifts for Christmas from Virtuosi GUS


tEFEL

Christmas Day audience for Lewis Merthyr

December 29, 2017
The Lewis Merthyr band made sure they were heard by a huge television audience on Christmas Day thanks to a little bit of help from Sir Bryn Terfel.


Cross

Death of Barbara Littler

December 29, 2017
The death has been announced of the respected Pemberton Old Wigan player, Barbara Littler.


cASH

Bumper fields ready for big Butlins payouts

December 28, 2017
The 2018 contest season will kick off with some big pay days on offer at the Butlins Mineworkers Festival in Skegness.


cHARITY

Yorkshire festive generosity helps raise cash for charity

December 28, 2017
Players from a number of Yorkshire bands have helped diners part with a few extra tips for charity.


Boobs and Brass

Boobs & Brass look forward to Yorkshire farewell

December 27, 2017
Boobs & Brass will link up with the National Champion Brighouse & Rastrick for a fourth time for a memorable Yorkshire send off.


Cambrely

Christmas charity helped by Camberley & District

December 27, 2017
The players of Camberley & District Silver Band have made sure local charities have benefited from their carol playing this year.


Radio

Radio: Sunday Bandstand

December 27, 2017
More great music to enjoy from the heartland of Yorkshire


Quiz

4BR Boxing Day Quiz: The Answers

December 26, 2017
We reveal the answers to our Boxing Day Quiz — and the person who got them all correct


Results

2017 4BR Award Winners

December 25, 2017
The winners of the 2017 4BR Awards have been announced as well as the recipient of the 4BR Special Award


Firth

Foden's to celebrate centenary of cornet great

December 23, 2017
A new work will be premiered by Foden's Band to celebrate the centenary of the death of the great cornet player Edwin Firth.


Willebroek

No Euro title defence for Young Brass Band Willebroek

December 23, 2017
Young Brass Band Willebroek will not defend its European Youth title in Utrecht in 2018.


Aldbourne

Odds change at Aldbourne as Johnson leaves MD role

December 23, 2017
The eight year partnership between David Johnson and Aldbourne Band has come to an end after MD says the musical odds are no longer in his favour.


Rothwell

Early Xmas prezzie gives Rothwell 2018 boost

December 23, 2017
The return of James McCabe as principal cornet has given Rothwell Temperance a great festive boost as they look towards 2018.


Waldsang

Dutch champions celebrate significant Christmas birthdays...

December 23, 2017
Brass Band De Waldsang will be celebrating some significant birthdays this festive weekend.


Train

The next brass band train arriving at the station is...

December 23, 2017
Norfolk Wherry Brass can be seen and heard in action on New Year's Day on BBC2


Alison Balsom

Balsom Twitter storm forces British Airways Dal segno

December 22, 2017
International trumpet star Alison Balsom has forced British Airways into reversing their policy on charging passengers to take their musical instruments on board flights as hand luggage.


Vertommen

Vertommen closes 25 year chapter at Buizingen

December 21, 2017
One of European banding's longest musical partnerships has come to an end after a quarter of a century of success.




Phantom

The real Phantom Menace?

April 17 • 4BR talks to professional percussionist Matthew Dickinson after it was announced that the return of Phantom of the Opera to the West End will be accompanied by a vastly reduced line-up of musicians in its renowned pit orchestra.


James Morrison

The Wizard of Oz casts a spell on Wobplay

April 17 • There is the chance to relive the amazing talents of James Morrison and guests with Black Dyke Band on the wobplay platform.


Making Music

No six appeal for Making Music

April 17 • The leading leisure time music making organisation has expressed disappointment at the Roadmap progress made by the Government to help get groups back to playing in England.


Eventz

Ev-entz back in action

April 17 • The percussion, stage hire and brass specialists return to regular opening hours.


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


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.


Sandhurst Silver Band

April 14 • After well over 12 months, playing Connotations at the 1st Section National Finals as a first contest certainly has a nice ring to it. Following relocation, Sandhurst are looking to fill the following vacancies:. . Solo Cornet;. 1st Horn


Sarah Groarke-Booth

BA (Hons) MA
Conductor, Adjudicator, Compere, Actor


               

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