A minor bit of high profile national radio coverage

A quintet performance of Bach's famous 'Toccata' gets a bit of air time on Classic FM...

August 04, 2020


Music can play pivotal role for school children in post Coronavirus future

An article in the Times Education Supplement argues that music can make a huge positive impact on well being for children as they prepare to return to school.

August 04, 2020


First chords of return in Wales?

Members of Brecon Concert Band were able to enjoy an open air rehearsal this week — but there is still no sign of concert halls reopening in Wales.

August 04, 2020

Sunday Bandstand

Radio: Sunday Bandstand

Plenty of great music to enjoy from Chris Helme this week — with some famous family names in the line-up.

August 04, 2020


Foden's keep up the lockdown entertainment

The second Foden's 'Lockdown Podcast' sees John Barber chat with big band singer Matt Ford, funding expert Carole Crompton and frustrated Spurs fan, Michael Fowles...

August 03, 2020

David Bremner

New Zealand makes National return to playing

The National Band of New Zealand returns to full rehearsals as musical normality returns following the successful battle against the Coronavirus crisis.

August 03, 2020


National youth prepare for concert finale

Two new world premieres and a brace of fantastic world class soloists will provide the entertainment at the National Youth Brass Bands of Great Britain virtual on-line course concert

August 01, 2020


Get on top of those Summer Chores with Superbrass

There is plenty of great music to enjoy for free thanks to those super players at Superbrass...

August 01, 2020


Willebroek launch solo competition

There will be a rare opportunity for soloists to perform on stage to a worldwide audience at the new Brass Band Willebroek Solo Competition — with the chance to bag some hefty cash prizes too.

August 01, 2020

Strata Brass

Happy Yorkshire Day

There will be a celebration of all things Yorkshire today — including the wonderful sound of brass bands...

August 01, 2020


Gourlay and Neish join Besson trio for Friday night entertainment

The brilliant tuba entertainers James Gourlay and Les Neish join the Besson trio of Harper, Mead and Webster for a great Friday night of chat, opinion and plenty of fun...

July 31, 2020


Rath continue Black Dyke link

Michael Rath Trombones and Black Dyke maintain musical partnership.

July 31, 2020


Prairie Residency set for online residents

The 8th Prairie Music Residency course has a star packed line-up of musicians imparting their skills and talents.

July 31, 2020


Death of Mavis Lloyd

The death has been announced of Mavis Lloyd, the former secretary of the Durham County Brass Band Association.

July 31, 2020


Oh no it isn't...oh yes it is?

Potentially worrying signs for 2021 North West Area event as Winter Gardens continues to cancel major productions.

July 31, 2020

Black Dyke

Fab Four in free recital mode for IBBSS

Black Dyke stars Richard Marshall, Zoe Lovatt-Cooper, Daniel Thomas and Brett Baker will be featured in recital mode at the forthcoming International Brass Band Summer School on-line course — and you can enjoy them in performance for free too.

July 30, 2020


SBBA announce revised Learning Roadshow

The Scottish Brass Band Association has announced a new date for their on-line Learning Roadshow.

July 30, 2020

World of Brass

World of Brass radio hits 700

John Maines will be presenting the 700th World of Brass Radio programme at the end of the month — so why not join him for the celebrations.

July 30, 2020


180 jobs at risk at Sage Gateshead

The iconic Brass in Concert Championship venue announces that 180 jobs could be at risk as it faces a potential £10 million financial loss.

July 30, 2020

Touch trust

Give me sunshine...

City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Band brings some musical sunshine to help a great fund raising campaign for a pioneering charity based in Cardiff.

July 29, 2020


Impressive youth playing at Reg Vardy

There was plenty of great on-line playing at the recent Reg Vardy Youth Brass contest.

July 29, 2020


Gloucestershire BBA contest cancelled

Another popular event cancels for 2020 due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

July 29, 2020

Albert Hall

Worldwide concert venues open up for BBSS Virtual course

Delegates on the Brass Band Summer School course will be able to perform at some of the world's iconic concert venues — from New York to Tokyo, thanks to some inventive technical trickery.

July 29, 2020


Death of Walter Ainscough

The death has been announced of Walter Ainscough, the former curator of the Brass Band Archive.

July 28, 2020


Radio: Sunday Bandstand

More great music from Chris Helme to enjoy over the airwaves

July 28, 2020


World of Brass to launch new streaming service

August 12 • World of Brass is to launch wobplay — a new subscription streaming service offering over 8,500 audio tracks and videos old and new for brass band lovers across the globe.

Tredegar Band

Tredegar euph star reaches Jeju final

August 12 • Yu-Han Yang, the solo euphonium of Welsh champion, Tredegar, has reached the final of the prestigious Jeju International Brass Competition in Korea.


Last chord looms for Durham composer competition

August 12 • You need to be pronto to get your entries on for the Durham & Open Composition Competition.


Welsh arts venues on critical list

August 12 • A further blow to Welsh banding as Arts venues throughout the nation are said to be in need of further urgent support if they are to survive.

Black Dyke Band - Swiss Nationals Gala Concert

Saturday 19 September • KKL, Europaplatz 1, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland 6000

The Marple Band - Marple Band Autumn Concert

Friday 16 October • Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane, Marple SK6 6AY

The Marple Band - Marple and Hawk Green Bands Concert Compstall

Saturday 7 November • St Pauls Church, Compstall Rd, Compstall, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 5HU

Contest: Swiss National Championships

Saturday 28 November • Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland 1820

Contest: Swiss National Championships

Sunday 29 November • Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland 1820

Newbridge Band

August 12 • Newbridge celynen brass band 4th sectiob are recruiting *Cornets * Flugel Horn *Horns * Baritone and Bb and Eb Bass . . We are planning to rebuild over the next 12 months with Concerts and 3 contests

Chadderton Band

August 11 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections + EUPH and percussion. Most welcome to come along to one of our rehearsals.

Amesbury Town Band

August 5 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument. After Covid!

Sarah Groarke-Booth

BA (Hons) MA
Conductor, Adjudicator, Compere, Actor


 © 2020 4barsrest.com Ltd