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Interview with Kevin Stees

April 12, 2024
We talk to the MD of the newly crowned Champion Band of North America.

David Thornton

Interview with Dr David Thornton

February 04, 2024
Dr David Thornton reflects back on a highly successful RNCM International Brass Band Festival

Interview with James Gourlay and Emily Nicolas

February 03, 2024
4BR talks to conductor James Gourlay and presenter Emily Nicolas at the recent RNCM International Brass Band Festival.


Interview with Ian Porthouse and Matthias Hofs

January 31, 2024
4BR talks to Tredegar MD, Ian Porthouse and soloist Matthias Hofs at the 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival.


Interview with Simone Rebello

January 31, 2024
4BR talks to Simone Rebello about the RNCM 'Day of Percussion' on Sunday 4th February.

Treize Etoiles

Interview with Brass Band Treize Etoiles

January 31, 2024
4BR talks to conductor Frederic Theodoloz, composer Oliver Waespi and members of the European and Swiss champions at the 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival


Interview with Dr David Thornton

January 23, 2024
4BR talks to Dr David Thornton, the Artistic Director of the 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival which returns again this weekend with a mouth-watering line-up of world class talent to enjoy.

Michael Howley

A musical life: Interview with Corporal Michael Howley

January 16, 2024
Corporal Michael Howley talks about his musical life in the RAF Music Services

King Kong

King Kong is coming...

November 28, 2023
We speak with Philip Harper as Cory prepare to tackle King Kong in the heart of Birmingham this weekend.

Jamie Fletcher

Interview with Jamie Fletcher

October 16, 2023
4BR speaks to the award winning theatre director about the BBE 'Elevate' project that will see the Freckleton Band work with Jamie on a drag cabaret 'creative extravaganza'.


Interview with Dr Joseph Parisi

October 13, 2023
We catch up with the MD of Fountain City Brass as they look forward to appearing at this year's Brass in Concert Championships in Gateshead.


Interview with John Wallace CBE

September 29, 2023
We catch up with John Wallace CBE ahead of a cocnert performance in Edinburgh this weekend that sees him explore some of the earliest brass ensemble transcriptions.


Inspiring the next generation of brass players

September 28, 2023
The Aspire initiative led by the Brass Bands England Brass Foundations team looks to inspire the next generation of performers at this year's Brass in Concert Championship.

Russell Gray

Interview with Russell Gray

September 08, 2023
We catch up with the Scottish conductor as he seeks to claim his first British Open title and looks forward to becoming a 'Pops' star in Minneapolis.

Roger Webster

Interview with Roger Webster

August 24, 2023
We catch up with Roger Webster who will be paying his own musical tribute to the great James Shepherd later this year.

Verity Watts

Interview with Verity Watts

August 22, 2023
We speak to the acclaimed sound artist and audio producer Verity Watts who is working with Rothwell Temperance Band to create a unique performance production celebrating their colourful history.

Thoas Fountain

Interview with Thomas Fountain

August 13, 2023
We catch up with the newly appointed Principal Trumpet of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra — the latest in a distinguished line of young brass band players making their mark in the professional ranks.


Interview with Philip Harper

July 22, 2023
We talk to Philip Harper about his latest concert project — and a new 3 year take on a classic tale of Charles Dickens.

Interview with Martyn Brabbins

May 07, 2023
4BR talks to Martyn Brabbins, Music Director of English National Opera at the European Youth Championships in Malmo.


Interview with the Laganvale (Metal Technology) Band

May 01, 2023
We speak with Fraser Ramsay of the Laganvale (Metal Technology) Band as they prepare for their appearance representing Northern Ireland at the European Championships in Malmo.

Allan Withington

Interview with Allan Withington

April 28, 2023
4BR talks to Allan Withington about his past, present and future musical intentions — from Stavanger and Manger to his conducting school in Leeuwarden and the forthcoming European Championships in Malmo.

Robbert Vos

Interview with Robbert Vos

April 22, 2023
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to the Dutch euphonium star and driving force behind the successful Fontys AMPA Euphonium Competition.


Celebrating the centenary of Arthur Butterworth

April 18, 2023
With the centenary of his birth in August, we speak to David Richards about the life and works of Arthur Butterworth and how he hopes the brass banding world can help restore his music music from neglect.

Mike Lovatt

Interview with Mike Lovatt

April 14, 2023
Mike Lovatt talks about the music makers behind Frank Sinatra — and how he hopes to bring a unique musical flavour to the Golden Era of his recording career.

Edward Gregson

Interview with Edward Gregson

January 25, 2023
We talk to composer Edward Gregson about the forthcoming RNCM Brass Band Festival which takes place this weekend in Manchester.


NYBBGB ready for double Concerto performance

April 12 • The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain will head to Liverpool and London this weekend to perform Gavin Higgins' 'Concerto Grosso for Brass Band and Orchestra' with their National Youth Orchestra counterparts.


Interview with Kevin Stees

April 12 • We talk to the MD of the newly crowned Champion Band of North America.

Smith and Grezzy

New podcast from Smith & Grezzy

April 12 • Sandy Smith and Simon Gresswell have got together to produce a new podcast — and are joined by Duncan Beckley for their first show.


Farewell brings success for Savoyat

April 11 • Composer Pierre-Antoine Savoyat has won the Angelo Inglese International Composer Competition with his work marking the centenary of the death of the great Giacomo Puccini.

Hathersage Band - Hathersage Village Spring Concert

Saturday 13 April • Hathersage Methodist Church, Main Road, Hathersage S32 1BB

Newstead Brass - Raising for the Roof

Saturday 13 April • Hill Methodist Church, The Hill, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottingham NG17 8JS


Saturday 13 April • St Andrew's Methodist Church. The Stow. Harlow CM20 3AF

Dobcross Silver Band - Middleton Band

Sunday 14 April • Dobcross Band Club. Platt Lane. Dobcross OL3 5AD

The Hepworth Band - Brass & Cream Tea

Sunday 14 April • St David's Church Holmbridge. Woodhead Road, Holmbridge, Holmfirth HD9 2NQ

Mereside Brass

April 12 • Mereside Brass (Rudheath, Northwich) are looking for a FRONT ROW CORNET and a EUPHONIUM player. 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!

Chelmsford Silver Band

April 12 • Bb Bass and solo horn players. We are a friendly, active and non-competition band established 75 years performing regularly in Chelmsford and Essex. Rehearsals averaging 28 players are on Wednesday evenings at The Broomfield Methodist Church Chelmsford.

Long Melford Silver Band

April 11 • Long Melford Silver Band currently has vacancies for Bb and Eb Basses. We are a friendly non-contesting band in south Suffolk under the baton of Musical Director Frankie Ayers.

Steve Pritchard-Jones

Conductor, Adjudicator, Teacher


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