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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.

Katy Jones

Interview with Katy Jones

January 23, 2023
We talk to the principal trombone of the Halle Orchestra to find out more about her musical life and her commitment to ensuring the next generation of youngsters get the same chances she had to enjoy music making on their own terms.

Paul Hindmarsh

Interview with Paul Hindmarsh

January 22, 2023
In a special extended podcast interview we talk to Paul Hindmarsh about the forthcoming RNCM Brass Band Festival — his last as Artistic Director.


Interview with Viggo Bjorge

January 19, 2023
We catch up with one of the leading figures in Norwegian banding as the movement prepares to return to National contesting in early February and as he prepares to inspire the next generation of young players in his new educational appointment.


Interview with Ulf Rosenberg

January 14, 2023
4BR talks to the President of the European Brass Band Association as contesting returns across the continent and the EBBA flagship championships visit Sweden.


Getting ready for the entertainers

November 08, 2022
We talk to Nigel Stevens, CEO of Brass in Concert to find out what's in store for those lucky enough to get a ticket for Sage Gateshead.

David Roberts

Interview with David Roberts

September 07, 2022
We talk to David Roberts, MD of Grand Shield winners Rothwell Temperance Band ahead of their British Open challenge at Symphony Hall this weekend.


Interview with Edward Gregson

September 06, 2022
We catch up with the composer of the British Open test piece 'The World Rejoicing — Symphonic Variations on a Lutheran Chorale' to find out more about the work, its inspiration, dedication and construction...

Philip Harper

Interview with Philip Harper

September 06, 2022
We talk to the Cory Band MD, Philip Harper as he prepares his band to defend its title at Symphony Hall on the weekend.

Florence Anna Maunders

Interview with Florence Anna Maunders

August 29, 2022
The award winning composer talks about her musical influences, styles and compositions as she takes on the role of composer in residence with Fulham Brass Band.

Golden Bough

Interview with Ensemble of the Golden Bough

August 27, 2022
We speak to Christopher Barrett about the new CD release from Ensemble of the Golden Bough — inspired by the recording of British Folk Music by composers Percy Grainger, Frank Bridge and John Foulds.

Gavin Higgins

Interview with Gavin Higgins

August 07, 2022
We catch up with the Forest of Dean composer as he looks forward to the world premiere of his 'Concerto Grosso for Brass Band and Orchestra' which will be played at the Proms on Monday night


Results: 2023 Bolsover Festival of Brass

September 30 • There are victories to Whitworth Vale & Healey, Spennymoor Town and Banovallum Brass on the first day of entertainment competition in Bolsover.


Interview with John Wallace CBE

September 29 • 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.


New committee to advise on Iles and Mortimer Medal awards

September 29 • Mark Bromley will lead a new Advisory Committee to recommend candidates for the annual Iles and Mortimer Medals.

Mkaing Music

Making Music appoints new Chairperson

September 29 • Rhiannon Harrison has been appointed as the new Chairperson of Making Music, the UK's largest leisure-time music network

Luton Brass Band - Masterclass with David Daws

Wednesday 27 September • St Augustine's Church, Luton LU3 2JR

South Yorkshire Police -

Saturday 30 September • Sheffield Catherdral. Church Street. Sheffield. S1 1HA

Epping Forest Band - Thundersley Brass Band

Saturday 30 September • Salvation Army Hall, Hadleigh, Essex SS7 20F

Friary Brass Band - guest soloist Tom Smith

Saturday 30 September • Trinity Methodist Church. Brewery Road. Woking GU21 4LH

Contest: Bolsover Festival of Brass

Saturday 30 September • Shirebrook Academy, Common Lane, Shirebrook. Derbyshire NG20 8QF

Ringwood and Burley Band

September 29 • Musical Director required for a friendly, non-contesting band. We take part at various local events and also present two concerts annually. Rehearsals are held weekly in Ringwood, Hampshire. There are vacancies for players to join us.

Harlow Brass Band

September 29 • Seeking a MUSICAL DIRECTOR - We are a friendly, non-contesting band who play to a good standard. We hold our own Spring and Christmas concerts and provide entertainment at various local events throughout the year.

East of England Co-op Band

September 27 • We are looking for an Eb or Bb bass player to fill a vacancy due to a player's relocation. We are a friendly and ambitious Championship section band who rehearse in Ipswich, Suffolk on a Monday evening. We have a healthy concert and contest diary.

Derek Renshaw

ABBA Member
Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator.


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