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4BR Thursday Interview with Gareth Griffiths

June 10, 2021
4BR catches up with the principal trumpet of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra — a proud Welshman with a brass band background who has been enjoying life and music making on the island for the past 20 years and more.


4BR Wednesday interview with Hannah Archibald

June 09, 2021
4BR talks to 17 year old baritone player Hannah Archibald who is inspiring the Coalburn Band organisation to raise funds for the Changing Faces Scotland charity that works to support youngsters with visible differences.


4BR Monday Interview with Frank Mathison

June 07, 2021
The great brass musician Frank Mathison performs his final chord aged 93 as he retires from playing...


4BR Thursday Interview with Ian Porthouse

June 03, 2021
We catch up with the guest conductor of the 2021 Easter Course of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain before he embarks on the second of three days of live rehearsals with his players — this time in Malvern.

Queens Award

Queen's Award for Whit Friday volunteers

June 02, 2021
We talk to Bob Rodgers Chairman of the organisers of the Saddleworth & Oldham group of Whit Friday Band Contests as they are to be honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.


4BR Tuesday Interview with Steven Mead

June 01, 2021
4BR catches up with the virtuoso Besson euph star/musical archeologist to talk about a long forgotten hour long video production from the 2006 National Championships of Great Britain that has seen the light day again.

Michael Fowles

4BR Monday Interview with Michael Fowles

May 31, 2021
Looking back at the Foden's online Whit Friday online action with the judge who enjoyed listening to every performance from around the world.

Lee Skipsey

Skipsey reflects on Bradford journey

May 29, 2021
4BR catches up with Lee Skipsey following the announcement that he has stepped down as Musical Director of the City of Bradford Band — an organisation he helped inspire on its own journey to amazing success.


4BR Friday Interview with Phillip Monk

May 28, 2021
4BR talks to Phillip Monk the founder of the Mbale Schools Brass Band in Uganda who will be making their Whit Friday debut as part of the Foden's on-line competition this weekend.

Future Talent

4BR Thursday Interview with Chris Guenault

May 27, 2021
We talk to Chris Guenault — the Relationship Manager of Future Talent — the charity founded in 2004 by The Duchess of Kent with the aim of breaking down barriers, creating opportunities and harnessing the power of music.


4BR Wednesday Interview with Major Stephen Green

May 26, 2021
We speak to Major Stephen Green, 2IC Adjutant Headquarters Royal Marines Band Service to find out more about the worldwide broadcast of the iconic Mountbatten Festival from the Royal Albert Hall next month.


4BR Tuesday Interview with Philip Harper

May 25, 2021
Cory MD Philip Harper rejoices at the news that the sale of British Open tickets heralds the long awaited return to 'live' competition for the world's number 1 ranked band.

Philip Sparke

4BR Friday Interview with Philip Sparke

May 21, 2021
4BR catches up with the renowned composer after it was announced that he has become an Honorary Member of the American Bandmasters' Association — an accolade given to just three other English musicians in its history.


4BR Thursday Interview with Major Stewart Halliday

May 20, 2021
4BR talks to Major Stewart Halliday who will be taking up a new appointment as Director of Music of the Band of the Coldstream Guards after leading them out at the FA Cup Final last weekend...


4BR Wednesday interview with Dr Alex Parker of BBE

May 19, 2021
4BR talks to Dr Alex Parker, at Brass Bands England for the latest update on advice and guidance available for bands in England wishing to go back to rehearsals under Covid-19 regulations from May 17th.


4BR Tuesday Interview with Dr Keith Wilkinson

May 18, 2021
4BR talks to the hugely respected English conductor after he announces his retirement as Musical Director of the Brass Band of Western Reserve which he helped found in 1997.


Brass Things Review: Rejano Trombone practice mutes

May 18, 2021
Our resident testing expert Jonathan Pippen gets to grips with the new practice mutes from Rejano


4BR Monday Interview with Fran Matthews

May 17, 2021
4BR talks to the Director of Awards at the Ivors Academy to find out more behind the categories and eligibility for nominations for this year — and how it will include works from brass band composers.


Supporting the new National Youth Band Bursary Scheme

May 17, 2021
Cory MD Philip Harper is one of banding's leading personalities supporting the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain's Bursary Scheme.


Elland look for help after flood damage

May 16, 2021
4BR talks to Samantha Harrison as the Elland Silver Band organisation looks to quickly recover after a burst pipe floods their bandroom and causes thousands of pounds worth of damage.


Remembering 6845815

May 14, 2021
We talk to composer Dan Jenkins about the world premiere of his work that commemorates the exact time and date of the Hiroshima atomic bomb — to be given by the brass section of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.


4BR Friday Interview with Dr Jennifer Oliverio

May 14, 2021
4BR talks to Fountain City's principal cornet Dr Jennifer Oliverio about her up-coming CD project 'Enigma', her inspirations and how she is looking forward to a return to performing with her band.

Gary Fountain

4BR Thursday Interview with Gary Fountain

May 13, 2021
4BR talks to the hugely respected soprano player of the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army to find out more about what he has been up to over the past year or so — and to find out more about his new teaching venture...


4BR Wednesday interview with Prof Nicholas Childs

May 12, 2021
4BR talks to the Black Dyke Director of Music as his Queensbury Band looks forward to a return to the concert and contest platforms — both indoors and out..


4BR Tuesday Interview with Margie Antrobus

May 11, 2021
4BR talks to the educator, performer and conductor with a passion for teaching and helping develop musicians — both young and a bit older...


New Zealand reflects on National boost

August 2 • New Zealand banding returned to the post Covid-19 contesting stage with a sense of rejuvenation — led by a new generation of young players.


Communal approach brings Covid success for Bolsover

August 2 • Extensive preparations and communal support gives the Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School a clean bill of health as well as a huge musical boost.


Cash and carry at Butlin's in 2022

July 31 • There is plenty of prize money to win at the Butlin's Open Brass Band Festival in January — with individuals, ensembles and bands able to carry off big cash prizes.


Friday night is music night at Bolsover Summer School

July 30 • The Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School has been a huge success this year — with delegates and tutors overcoming Covid and the weather to enjoying their music making.

Regent Hall Concerts - Trafalgar Brass

Friday 6 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London SE7 8RE

Epping Forest Band - Proms on the Green

Sunday 8 August • On the green outside the Epping Forest District Council Civic Offices CM16 4BZ

Regent Hall Concerts - Arc Brass

Friday 13 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London . SE7 8RE

Regent Hall Concerts - The Wind Ensemble of the Band of the RAF Regiment

Friday 20 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London . SE7 8RE

Regent Hall Concerts - The Brass Ensemble of the Central Band of the RAF

Friday 27 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London . SE7 8RE

Deepcar Brass Band

August 2 • Musical Director required from September onwards who will help to continue developing and motivating the band.4th section band next year we are keen to regain 3rd section status. We are open to discussions with conductors of varying ranges of experience.

Chapeltown Silver Prize Band

August 2 • MUSICAL DIRECTOR, we invite applications from enthusiastic, hardworking, motivated individuals, who will challenge and further develop the success of the band. Based North Sheffield, 5 mins from M1 jct 35/36, with a sensible balance of concerts/contests.

Lydney Band

August 1 • Vacancies exist for a TROMBONE and an Eb BASS to strengthen the team. We are a 3rd section band (West of England), based in the Forest of Dean, Glos. Rehearsal - Friday evenings. Good travel links from Gloucester, South Wales and South Gloucestershire.

Craig Roberts

BA (Hons), MA
Conductor / Adjudicator


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