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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

Mallinson and Ashman

Interview with Phoebe Mallinson and Jordan Ashman

August 06, 2022
We catch up with two of the young stars of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain as they prepare to perform with the band at its 70th anniversary concert in London this evening.

Martyn Brabbins

Interview with Martyn Brabbins

August 05, 2022
4BR catches up with the Music Director of English National Opera as he prepares to lead the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain on their 70th anniversary concert in London this weekend.


Interview with Peter Graham

August 02, 2022
We catch up with the composer of 'Hyperlink' to find out more about the work being premiered this weekend by the National Youth Band of Great Britain — and then played again at the National Finals in October.


Interview with Ian Porthouse

July 29, 2022
We catch up with Ian Porthouse to find out more about the forthcoming National Youth Brass Bands Summer course has in store for players in all three of its bands.

National Childrens Band

Interview with Russell Gray

July 28, 2022
We catch up with the guest conductor of this year's National Childrens Band of Great Britain to talk about the current course, the music to be performed — and just how brilliantly busy things are each day...


Interview with Karianne Flatene Nilssen

July 26, 2022
4BR is joined by Norwegian trombonist Karianne Flatene Nilssen who is currently in Taunton where she is both a tutor and guest soloist with the National Childrens Band of Great Britain.


Interview with Prof Nicholas Childs

July 25, 2022
We catch up with the Course Director of the International Brass Band Summer School to find out what is in store for delegates at Swansea University Bay Campus in Wales next week.


Interview with Philip Harper

July 24, 2022
We catch up with the Cory MD as he prepares to take the reins at the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, as well as heading on his own travels to Sweden and with Cory to South Korea.


Interview with Mark Bromley

July 22, 2022
We catch up with the CEO of the National Youth Brass Bands of Great Britain to find out what they have been up to and what is in store on their their annual courses this year.


Interview with Kenny Crookston

July 20, 2022
We catch up with the CEO of Brass Bands England to find out more about the reasons behind the decisions to make significant changes to the National Youth Band Championships of Great Britain.

David Bremner

Interview with David Bremner

July 19, 2022
4BR catches up with the conductor of Wellington Brass Band after they successfully defended their New Zealand National title in their home city.


Bands set for world title challenges in Kerkrade

July 08, 2022
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Jappie Dijkstra about the competitions taking place at the World Music Contest festival in Kerkrade this weekend.

Brass for Africa

Interview with Jim Trott of Brass for Africa

July 02, 2022
We talk to Jim Trott from the Brass for Africa charity as a group of 12 players prepare to touch down in Europe for a very special tour of performances at the WMC in Kerkrade, Switzerland and Germany.

Heavy bottom caps

Tom Hutchinson talks ABC...

June 22, 2022
The Cory star talks about the new Adjustable Bottom Caps which he now endorses and puts his name to...

Jonathan Pippen

4BR Brass Things Review...

June 19, 2022
Jonathan Pippen takes a closer look at the latest Mercer & Barker bass trombone mouthpieces.

Howard Snell

European Memories: Interview with Howard Snell

April 19, 2022
We talk to Howard Snell about some of his European Championship memories — from Desford and Daphnis and Eikanger's Enigmas to Foden's fire breathing Dragon...


European Memories: Interview with Michael Bach

April 18, 2022
We recall the European memories of Michael Bach who led Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern to the title in 2014, but who has also enjoyed a long family connection with the event.


European memories: Interview with Nick Hudson

April 15, 2022
We talk to the former Foden's trombone star who gave one of the most memorable individual performances on 'The Year of the Dragon' to help his band claim the European title in Cardiff in 1992.


Performance accolade for Easington

November 25 • Easington Colliery help provide one of the highlights of the Durham BRASS Festival to gain deserved accolade.


Kennedy boost for cooperation ahead of Perth

November 25 • The cooperation band will take to the stage at the Scottish Open boosted by their new signing.


New contest for Birmingham

November 25 • The ConsTest — Birmingham Open Brass Band Competition hopes to attract bands to the heart of the city in 2023.


New trio at Lindley

November 25 • The Lindley Band has welcomed three new players to the ranks.

Contest: Swiss National Championships

Saturday 26 November • Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland 1820

Boarshurst Silver Band - Diggle Community Brass

Sunday 27 November • Boarshurst Band Club. Greenbridge Lane. Greenfield. Saddleworth OL3 7EW

Mereside Brass - Tatton Park Farm when Father Christmas is visiting

Sunday 27 November • Tatton Park Farm. Knutsford. Cheshire. WA16 6QN (Sat Nav WA16 6SG) WA16 6SG

Dobcross Silver Band - The Hammonds Band

Sunday 27 November • Dobcross Band Club. Platt Lane. Dobcross. Saddleworth OL3 5AD OL3 5AD

Regent Hall Concerts - Band of the RAF Regiment Symphonic Brass Ensemble

Friday 2 December • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C2DJ

Greenfield Brass Band

November 24 • We are a friendly, progressive 3rd Section Band based in Saddleworth and are looking to fill the following positions prior to the North West Area.. Bass Trombone,. Solo Baritone,. Percussion (Tuned or Kit) . . Rehearsals Mon & Thurs at Friezland Bowling Club

Mereside Brass

November 23 • Mereside Brass (Rudheath, Northwich) are looking for a front row CORNET, possibly PRINCIPAL for the right player. We are a friendly 4th Section band, currently not contesting but with a sensible calendar of jobs and band social events

Easingwold Town Band

November 22 • . We are a 4th Section band with vacancies for soprano cornet, front-row cornet and Eb bass. We offer a friendly welcome at our bandroom in Easingwold, 12 miles north of York (postcode YO61 3DB). Rehearsals Monday 7.30 to 9.15 p.m. Come for a blow!

Alan Duguid

BA (Hons), PGDipMus, PGCE
Conductor, Composer, Adjudicator (ABBA)


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