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Dyke and Cory

Gala entertainment on offer at Symphony Hall

September 11, 2021
Black Dyke and Cory may not be taking to the British Open stage this weekend, but they will still provide great entertainment at Symphony Hall on Sunday afternoon.


Brownless keeps the rhythm going

September 11, 2021
We talk to conductor Neil Brownless who won the 'Best Music Creator for Leisure time Music Groups' category at the recent Making Music awards for his work, 'Keep the Rhythm Going'.


Timetable revision for Bolsover Festival of Brass

September 11, 2021
There has been further small change in some of the timing schedules for bands taking part in the Bolsover Festival of Brass Championships in October.


USA aerosol study recommends continued bell cover use

September 11, 2021
The findings of an extensive US study recommends a layered approach to Covid-19 practices and protocols — including continued use of face masks and bell covers.


GBBA cancels March & Own Choice contest

September 11, 2021
The Gloucestershire Brass Band Association has cancelled its forthcoming contest due to Covid-19 concerns.


50th anniversary celebrations on track for Abertillery

September 11, 2021
Welsh band has plenty to look forward to over the next few weeks.

Edward Gregson

Talking Connotations with Edward Gregson

September 10, 2021
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Edward Gregson about his iconic work that continues to make its mark with players, conductors and audiences alike — and will be heard again in Cheltenham next weekend.


It's Christmas...

September 10, 2021
Forget the sounds of Noddy Holder, Die Hard or Ben Hur — Radio 3 is looking for composers to write a great tune to some great lines to make a great carol...


Ratby to replace Desford at Albert Hall

September 10, 2021
The Ratby Co-operative Band has accepted the invitation to compete at the National Final following Desford's withdrawal.


Wychavon issues Covid-19 advice to bands

September 09, 2021
The organisers of the Wychavon Festival of Brass event have written to competitors to keep them updated of guidelines and approaches for their contest


Mead set for further travels

September 09, 2021
The Besson star will start adding plenty of air mile points as his performance schedule takes post Covid flight.


Symphonic variants in Covid-19 dispute in USA

September 09, 2021
A Covid-19 vaccination dispute has arisen in the USA between a symphony orchestra and a player that could cross to the UK and beyond.


Hedley joins Besson artist stable

September 09, 2021
The ISB and Reg Vardy euphonium star becomes the latest Besson Performance Artist.


Desford withdraws from Albert Hall Final

September 09, 2021
Desford Colliery Band will not compete at the Royal Albert Hall National Final next month.


Dawsons Music under new ownership

September 09, 2021
After a touch trading period, the respected music retailer has been taken into the Arranged Musical Options Ltd stable.


Tredegar to record Vaughan Williams for Brass

September 08, 2021
Welsh champion to record iconic works for a new recording to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams.


From a King to a Duc for Brighouse at London

September 08, 2021
Covid-19 travel restrictions see Brighouse & Rastrick link up with Valaisia's Arsene Duc after Prof David King has to remain in Australia.


Bands under Doctor's orders

September 08, 2021
Six bands will be hoping to be given a healthy injection of cash prize confidence prescribed by adjudicator Alan Morrison in Yarm this weekend.

Houlding and Varley

Houlding and Varley inspire on Jena Summer camp

September 08, 2021
Two leading British musicians help inspire brass talent in Germany.


No cooperation band at Royal Albert Hall

September 07, 2021
The Scottish champion confirms its decision not to take up its invitation to compete at the Royal Albert Hall National Final next month.


Besson to make Debut link at National Youth Championships

September 06, 2021
There is a major boost for Brass Bands England and the return of the National Youth Championships as Besson links up with the event for 2022.


Cattanach joins tuba artiste team at Mercer & Barker

September 06, 2021
The respected BBb tuba player Andy Cattanach will endorse the new MB5 model for the tuba player looking for the all round package.


Report & Result: 2021 Greenfield Autumn Leaves March & Hymn Tune

September 06, 2021
There was a fantastic day of music making for a crowd of over 4,000 people to enjoy in the heart of Saddleworth Whit Friday country.


Market Rasen appoints new Musical Director

September 06, 2021
Matthew Leach has become the new Musical Director of the Market Rasen Band.


Middle Brass returns to RNCM

September 06, 2021
There is a great opportunity for young middle brass players to enjoy some free inspirational teaching from brass band stars at the RNCM in Manchester.


BBE members to get a tenner off the Area test pieces

September 17 • As soon Brass Band England member bands know what the 2022 Area test pieces are on Saturday make sure they head to the Band Supplies trade stand to get an order in — and save a tenner in the process.


Come along and blow your mind at Cheltenham

September 17 • The tuba lads from Mercer & Barker will be offering a special warm welcome to the low brass performers at Cheltenham this weekend — and you may not go away empty handed.


Belgian stars join the Alliance

September 17 • Lode Violet and Tim De Maeseneer become the latest Ambassadors for Alliance mouthpieces


The Champions get ready for first rehearsal

September 17 • There will be plenty of experience both in front and behind the stands at the first Champions of Brass rehearsal this Sunday.

Regent Hall Concerts - The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra

Friday 17 September • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ

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

Bodmin Town Band - Bodmin Town Band in concert

Friday 24 September • St Petroc's Church, Priory Road, Bodmin PL31 2DT

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Central Band Brass Ensemble & Seraphim Consort

Thursday 30 September • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ

Bollington Brass Band

September 16 • Looking for a new challenge? We are currently recruiting a Solo Cornet, E Flat Bass, Tuned and or Kit Percussionist. Friendly 1st section North West. Sensible contest and concert program throughout the year. Currently rehearsing Thursdays 8-10pm.

Chinnor Silver

September 15 • We are looking to strengthen the band and require PERCUSSION CORNET AND 2ND TROMBONE PLAYERS.. Rehearsals are on a wednesday in our own bandroom.. Good atmosphere in this ambitious friendly band so give us a call.. Concerts and contests planned

Ashton under Lyne Band

September 15 • SOPRANO CORNET: We are looking for a confident and competent player to join our experienced cornet bench. Rehearsals are on Monday nights 8-10pm and we have a sensible and good quality forthcoming concert and contest schedule.

Andreas Kratz

Mus.B (hons)
Conductor, Adjudicator, Teacher


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