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Philip Harper

Rankings update — December

December 13, 2021
The Band Supplies — 4barsrest World Rankings see Cory extend its lead following yet another victory at Brass in Concert in late November.


BBE urges caution over new Covid-19 variant

December 11, 2021
Brass Bands England has issued detailed guidance and information to English bands in respect to the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.


Interview with John McDonnell MP

December 10, 2021
4BR Editor Iwan Fox finds out why the former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer has taken up trombone playing — as well as his opinions on the importance of music teaching and services in schools.

Championsof bRs

Champions get ready for first appearance

December 10, 2021
Champions of Brass will take their first bow in the heart of Yorkshire on the weekend.


2022 European Championship tickets on sale

December 10, 2021
You can book your tickets for the 2022 European Championships from today — so make sure you don't miss out.


Networking to help conductors

December 09, 2021
The second Brass Band Conductors Association networking meeting will be held this evening.


Haverhill help celebs raise funds for charity

December 09, 2021
Haverhill Silver Band has been taking to the stage with well known celebrities to raise funds for East Anglian Children's Hospices.


Long Service recognition for Dalkeith stalwart

December 09, 2021
Larry Blair of Dalkeith & Monktonhall has been presented with a deserved 50 year Long Service Award from the Scottish Brass Band Association.


New date for NEMBBA Contest

December 08, 2021
The popular North East Midlands Brass Band Association Contest will now take place on 13th February.

River City

February 1st deadline looms for River City Composer Competition

December 08, 2021
There is a still plenty of time for composers to enter the River City Brass Composer Competition — but the clock is ticking.


Dobson makes Architects link at Abbey Road

December 08, 2021
Simon Dobson will be leading his Parallax Orchestra alongside the renowned UK metal band the Architects for a live streamed event at the iconic Abbey Road Studios this weekend.

us oPEN

Report & Results: 2021 US Open Championship

December 08, 2021
Fountain City makes its an entertainment double at the US Open.


RNCM Festival of Brass tickets on sale

December 07, 2021
Tickets for the 2022 RNCM Festival of Brass are now on sale.


Brass Band England offers advertising opportunities

December 07, 2021
BBE offers a trio of advertising opportunities at premier contest events.


Midlands Area announces 2022 judges

December 07, 2021
The team of adjudicators that will make the all important qualification decisions in the Midlands Area have been announced.


Entertainment and safety on offer at Butlin's

December 07, 2021
The Butlin's Open Brass Band Festival is offering plenty of entertainment in a Covid-19 safe environment to back the competition action in January.


Higgins set for RNCM return

December 07, 2021
The music of award winning composer Gavin Higgins will be featured this week in performance at the RNCM in Manchester.


Enderby welcomes new duo to the ranks

December 07, 2021
The Enderby Band has welcomed two new signings ahead of the 2022 season.


The Music man dies

December 07, 2021
John Miles, the man behind the epic 1976 pop ballad 'Music' has died.


Welsh Government announces multi million pound music investment

December 06, 2021
The Welsh Government has announced an investment of £6.82m to support music and arts in a new school curriculum initiative.


New Heman lead

December 06, 2021
Composer, performer and conductor Geert Jan Kroon takes the helm at Brassband Heman Zuidwolde.


4BR: Monday Quiz

December 06, 2021
Just find the link to the one of the days of Christmas to get you hands on some great brass band CDs.


Morvern calls time on decade of excellence at Rainford

December 05, 2021
Morvern Sinclair has decided to step down as principal cornet of Rainford Band after 10 years of acclaimed excellence.

New Zealand

Presidential hope for New Zealand certainty in 2022

December 05, 2021
The President of the New Zealand Brass Band Association has thanked the banding community for its support in 2021 as he looks towards a positive 2022.


Tendring ensure local audience are not Brassed Off

December 04, 2021
Tendring Brass has linked up with their local Amateur Dramatic Society to provide some wonderful 'Brassed Off' stage entertainment.

Black Dyke

Percussion team drives Black Dyke plaudits

May 31 • The percussion team at Black Dyke is winning a new cohort of Pondasher fans — and is looking for someone to join their ranks.

British Open

Book your place in comfort for the British Open

May 31 • The rooms4groups accommodation specialists have plenty of great deals for bands and their supporters for this year's British Open in Birmingham.

Band Supplies

Band Supplies early Summer deals

May 31 • There are some great deals to be bagged in time for the Summer from Band Supplies.


Top 10 success for Welsh youngsters

May 31 • The talented young Band Ysgol Bontnewydd ensemble has won the Urdd National Eisteddfod title for a record 10th time.

Boarshurst Silver Band - Tanunda Town Band

Wednesday 31 May • Boarshurst Band Club. Greenbridge Lane. Greenfield. Saddleworth OL3 7EW

Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 2 June • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Salon Orchestra

Friday 9 June • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. . W1C2DJ

Leicestershire Co-op Band - The Great British Music Hall concert

Saturday 10 June • The Palace Community Centre. Ibstock . Leicestershire LE67 6LG

Newtown March Contest - Newtown (Mid Wales) March and Open Air Contest

Sunday 11 June • Newtown Town Hall Grounds. Back Lane. Newtown. Powys SY16 2NZ

Tintwistle Band

May 31 • Friendly 2nd section Northwest brass band have seats available for 2ndEuphonium, Baritone (seat negotiable), 2nd Horn and tuned percussion, rehearsals are 8 to 10pm Monday and Thursday, all seats required for summer concerts and beyond.

VBS Poynton Brass Band

May 31 • VBS Poynton Band. 2nd section; North West seek Basses and Trombone players. Currently rehearsing once a week (Thurs. 8-10pm). Fantastic opportunity to join the band and help move it forwards.

Longridge Band

May 30 • The Longridge Band require percussionists to join our friendly, hard-working band. We rehearse Wednesdays and Fridays in our own band room. We have a healthy balance of well attended local concerts and competitions planned for this year.

Phillip Littlemore

GGSM, AoBBA Member
Conductor, Band Trainer, Adjudicator, Arranger, Teacher and Publisher


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