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Scottish Bands of the Year announced

December 31, 2023
Whitburn, Kirkintilloch, Clackmannan District, Selkirk Silver and Highland Brass end 2023 as Scottish Bands of the Year.

Paul Mealor

Sovereign recognition for Mealor

December 31, 2023
Composer Paul Mealor has been appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victoria Order — a personal gift from King Charles III.


New Year's funding boost for instruments in Northern Ireland

December 31, 2023
Comber Brass enjoys a share of a New Year funding scheme from Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


Quiz time running out...

December 31, 2023
There is still enough time to see if you can win a Besson Prodige cornet and goodies if you can get your musical thinking caps on...

Steven Ford

Death of Steven Ford

December 31, 2023
The death has been announced of one of Australian banding's most respected players


New Year's honour for Morecambe stalwart

December 31, 2023
Morecambe Band President Bernard Vause will receive the King's British Empire Medal for his services to music and his local community.


Ashworth tenure ends at St John's Band (Mossley)

December 31, 2023
The musical partnership between David W Ashworth and St John's Band (Mossley) has come to an end.


Christmas spirit on the Higginbottom doorstep

December 31, 2023
The legendary tenor horn player enjoyed a wonderful musical Christmas present this year.


WFEL Fairey trio take festive accolades

December 31, 2023
There were a trio of well deserved Christmas presents for WFEL Fairey Band's award winners this year.


Leyland duo honoured with awards

December 31, 2023
Rebecca Doyle and Andrew Blackledge are honoured for their contributions to Leyland Band during 2023.


Triple Wroughton honour for Webb

December 31, 2023
Wroughton Silver Band has honoured its MD Neil Webb with a trio of festive accolades this Christmas.

British Bandsman Awards

British Bandsman announces annual awards

December 31, 2023
Matilda Lloyd, Elise Hale and Brunel Academy Brass are the recipients of the 2023 British Bandsman Awards.

Dennis Masters

Death of Dennis Masters

December 29, 2023
The passing has has been announced of the hugely respected conductor and adjudicator Dennis Masters, aged 100.

Special  Award

2023 4BR Special Award

December 27, 2023
This year's 4BR Special Award goes to conductor Duncan Beckley — a musician of passion, professionalism and a remarkable talent for understanding the successful alchemy of brass band music making.

Christmas Quiz

Time to test your musical knowledge...

December 26, 2023
We have a fantastic Besson Prodige cornet and plenty of other goodies up for grabs with our traditional Christmas Quiz.


2023 4BR Band of the Year

December 25, 2023
The superb European and Swiss National Champion, Brass Band Treize Etoiles is the 4BR Band of the Year.


2023 4BR Conductor of the Year

December 25, 2023
The inspirational Swiss maestro Frederic Theodoloz is the 4BR Conductor of the Year.


2023 4BR Player of the Year

December 25, 2023
The breathtakingly brilliant euphonium star Gary Curtin is the 4BR Player of the Year


2023 4BR Test Piece of the Year

December 25, 2023
Thierry Deleruyelle's exciting 'Sand and Stars' claims its own title success as Test Piece of the Year


2023 4BR Lower Section Band of the Year

December 25, 2023
The brilliantly talented youngsters of Smoras Skolemusikk claim the Lower Section Band of the Year honours.


2023 4BR Contest Performance of the Year

December 25, 2023
Foden's winning performance at the British Open Championship takes the honours.


2023 4BR Newcomer of the Year

December 25, 2023
Brass Bands England exciting Elevate initiative takes the Newcomer of the Year award .


2023 4BR CD of the Year

December 25, 2023
Black Dyke's superb release of the music of Peter Graham claims the CD of the Year honours


2023 4BR Solo CD of the Year

December 25, 2023
The sublime talents of Matthias Hofs claims the Solo CD of the Year accolade.


Radio: Sunday Bandstand 24th December

December 25, 2023
Enjoy plenty of festive brass band music over Christmas from around the world.


North West ready for Winter Gardens sunrise before kick-off

February 24 • The North West Regional Championships take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Sunday.


Concerto Grosso collaboration for National Youth Band and National Youth Orchestra

February 24 • Performances of Gavin Higgins' epic work will be given in Liverpool and London in April as ensembles prepare to showcase major works.


Cory and Brighouse complete RNCM recording highlights

February 24 • The concert performances of Cory and Brighouse & Rastrick from the 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival can now be enjoyed on the Wobplay media platform.


Porthouse returns to Desford

February 24 • Tredegar MD Ian Porthouse will direct Desford's challenge at the Midlands Area and Grand Shield this year.

London Central Fellowship Band - The International Staff Band in Cambridge

Saturday 24 February • Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG

Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 25 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HU

Contest: Midlands Regional Championships

Saturday 2 March • Corby Business Academy, Gretton Road, Corby NN17 5EB

Haverhill Silver Band - Waterbeach Brass - Spring Concert

Saturday 2 March • Histon Baptist Church, Station Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LQ

Contest: Yorkshire Regional Championships

Saturday 2 March • Corporation Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Mereside Brass

February 20 • Mereside Brass (Rudheath, Northwich) are looking for a FRONT ROW CORNET, position negotiable. We are a friendly 4th Section band restarting contesting this year and with a sensible calendar of jobs and band social events. Come and give us a try!

Haverhill Silver Band

February 19 • Play Bb (or Eb) bass and want to compete at the Spring Festival and Whit Friday? . . Due to work commitments, Haverhill Silver Band (L&SC Champions 2022) have a vacancy for a talented Bb or Eb bass player to join us after the areas.

London Central Fellowship Band

February 16 • We are currently recruiting for back-row cornet, Solo Cornet, 2x Tenor horn, Trombone and percussion.

Phillip Littlemore

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


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