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David W Ashworth

Ashworth to lead Trinity Girls in Area assault

January 07, 2018
The experienced conductor David W Ashworth will lead Trinity Girls Band to the North West Regional Championships.


Death of Harry Lever

January 07, 2018
The death has been announced of the popular brass band supporter Harry Leaver.


More Whitburn awards as Scots look back on memorable 2017

January 07, 2018
Scottish champion Whitburn has been looking back on a momentous year at their recent annual awards evening.


Butlins champion boosted by pre-Skegness signings

January 07, 2018
Virtuosi GUS will defend their Butlins title with a trio of new signings.

Gareth Small

Brass for Africa gets a grand response from Welsh support

January 07, 2018
A concert by the Greater Gwent Youth Band featuring Halle trumpet star Gareth Small and Tredegar Band has raised £1,000 for the Brass for Africa Charity.


Musical pound land comes to Butlins

January 06, 2018
The Brass Band Music Shop aims to help bands save pounds and pounds and pounds on music at Butlins.

Christopher Bond

Bonding process in place for early season success at Burry Port

January 06, 2018
Christopher Bond will lead Burry Port at the forthcoming Band Cymru and Welsh Area contests.


Porthouse takes the road to Ebbw Valley

January 06, 2018
Ebbw Valley strengthen their 2018 line-up with some familiar old and young names.


Mead enjoys huge response to mammoth tour

January 04, 2018
Steven and Misa Mead have just returned from a huge 32 day tour to the USA and Japan — made memorable by the music making and the welcomes.

Greater GWENT

Music great and Small in Ebbw Vale this weekend

January 04, 2018
Halle Orchstra trumpet star Gareth Small and Tredegar Band will be the guests of the Greater Gwent Youth Band at their end of course concert this weekend in Ebbw Vale — and all in a great charity cause.


Doyle takes lead role with Northop

January 04, 2018
Leyland star John Doyle has been appointed Musical Director of the Northop Band in North Wales.


Judges to hold test piece workshop

January 04, 2018
If you want to find out more about the Second, Third and Fourth Section test-pieces ahead of Blackpool then now's your chance with the help of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators.


Radio: Sunday Bandstand

January 04, 2018
Plenty of great brass band music from the heartland of Yorkshire with Chris Helme.

All Brass RADIO

Radio: All Brass Radio

January 04, 2018
Plenty of great music from Dr Jim Fox — all voted for by the listeners


Brass Band Podcast: Episode 50

January 04, 2018
Its the end of year observations and opinions from the Scottish sages

FRank Renton

Radio: Listen to the Band

January 04, 2018
More music from Frank Renton at the BBC


The Stompers return with Bavarian brilliance at Butlins

January 03, 2018
The original and best will be heard again at Skegness as The Amazing Bavarian Stompers make a welcome late night return to the Butlins Mineworkers Festival.

Philip Cobb

World premiere provides centrepiece for Cornish youth

January 03, 2018
A new work by composer Paul Saggers provided the musical centrepiece of a memorable Cornwall Youth Band course led by Stephen and Philip Cobb.


Death of Alan Needham

January 03, 2018
The death has been announced of the highly respected bandsman Alan Needham.

tctc band

New musical start as TCTC Group takes over from the Co-op in North West

January 02, 2018
2018 will see the former Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West become the TCTC Group Band.


Kippax welcomes New Year arrivals

January 02, 2018
The Kippax Band will look forward to the 208 season bolstered by new signings.

RNCM Festival

Tickets on sale for RNCM Brass Band Festival

January 02, 2018
16 World and UK premieres can be heard at this year's RNCM Brass Band Festival — with tickets already going fast.


Youthful opportunities for judges in Yorkshire and London

January 01, 2018
The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators will be leading a new 'Young Adjudicators' scheme at the Yorkshire and London & Southern Counties Area contest this year — so get your application in fast.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

January 01, 2018
4barsrest.com wishes all its readers a happy and prosperous New Year.


On the 1st Day of Christmas...

December 1 • My true love said to me... Have you heard the one about?


New Year treat from Cory

December 1 • The world's number 1 brass band will be offering players a chance to keep up those New Year's practice resolutions.


Report & Results: 2020 Brass Band League online solo contest

December 1 • There was a fantastic response from entrants in taking part in the Brass Band League Northern Ireland online solo competition — and plenty of fantastic playing on show too.


New English Covid-19 guidance from BBE

December 1 • Brass Bands England publishes new Coronavirus pandemic advice to take effect from 3rd December.

The Marple Band - Marple Band Family Christmas Concert

Friday 18 December • Marple Conservative Club, church Lane, Marple, SK6 6AY

Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Contest: 100thSpring Festival

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

Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 28 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3

Contest: 168th British Open

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

Foss Dyke Band

November 30 • Front Row Cornet vacancy still up for grabs! Come and join Foss and enjoy our newly refurbished band room with newly appointed MD David Dernley. Foss Dyke are a 1st Section Band with a moderate contest and concert schedule.

Chadderton Band

November 17 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections + EUPH and percussion. Most welcome to come along and have a blow give us a try.

Crewe Brass

November 12 • Crewe Brass require an Eb or Bb Bass to complete the "engine room" line up. We are also seeking a Tuned Percussionist to complete our section.

Sarah Groarke-Booth

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


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