Mike Cavanagh

Purcell appointment for Cavanagh

Mike Cavanagh has been appointed as the new Head of Wind, Brass & Percussion at the internationally acclaimed Purcell School.

April 25, 2024


Bigger and better Bandamonium promised in Devon

15 bands have already signed up to perform at this year's Bandamonium event around the picturesque villages of West Devon.

April 25, 2024

Trombone Society

Troms to head to Durham

The British Trombone Society will host its annual Trombone Day NorthEast in Durham next month

April 25, 2024


Tameside Whit Friday announces contest details

There are ten contest venues on the Tameside Whit Friday circuit this year for bands to try and claim a share of the prize money pots.

April 25, 2024


Welsh League contest rescheduled to November

There is a new date for the SEWBBA Tonyrefail contest.

April 25, 2024

Ball and Lane

Conductors to face major semi final works

Compositions by Eric Ball and Liz Lane will face the conductors in the semi final of the Brass Band Conductors Competition this year.

April 25, 2024

Brillo Brass

Brillo Brass returns for repeat performance — 51 after its last.

A wonderful reunion of players will be marked by the performance of Brillo Brass at the forthcoming Chester Music Festival.

April 25, 2024

City of Hull

Newiss casts off from City of Hull

The respected Tony Newiss may well be seen with a fishing rod rather than instrument in his hand in future after bringing to an end his 24 year association with City of Hull Band

April 25, 2024

Penclawdd Brass

Death of Tony Small BEM

The death has been announced of one of the Welsh banding movement's most influential and respected figures.

April 25, 2024

Andrea Price

Price launches website

The composer, conductor, adjudicator and performer Andrea Price has just launched her new website.

April 23, 2024

Garforth Brass

Eddison takes the lead at Garforth Brass

The experienced Gordon Eddison has become the new Musical Director of Garforth Brass in Yorkshire.

April 23, 2024

Nthaniel Dye

Interview with Nathaniel Dye

4BR catches up with the inspirational trombone playing marathon man to find out more about his achievement and what he plans next.

April 23, 2024

BBP Registry

BBP Players Registry issues clarity on moves

With the British Open Spring Festival on the immediate horizon the BBP Registry has issued clarification on registration issues.

April 22, 2024


National Youth Concerto Grosso performance set for Radio 3 broadcast

The critically acclaimed performance of the Gavin Higgins' 'storming showpiece' by the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Band can be heard on Radio 3 this week and beyond.

April 21, 2024


BrookWright Music: Disinformation!

A new concert piece inspired by the murky world of false narrative, untruths, conspiracy and distrust is ready for you to play. Can't be about brass band contesting surely?

April 21, 2024


Results: 2024 Flemish Open

Brass Band Schoonhoven, Young Brassband Willebroek, De Bazuin Oenkerk B and Brassband Sklepucini claim the honours in Mechelen.

April 21, 2024

European Championships

Own-choice selections revealed for European Championships

New and existing major compositions will be showcased by the competing bands at all levels in Palanga.

April 21, 2024


Barnsley ready for home town entertainment

Barnsley Brass are the latest band to be featured in the 2024 Yorkshire Brass Band Festival.

April 20, 2024


Odyssey Brasswind to make Debut at Buxton

The new Debut range of Odyssey instruments will be on show at the Buxton Contest this weekend.

April 20, 2024


Different vibe provides Easter progress for NYBBS

The recent Easter Course of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland has seen great progress made by its young players.

April 20, 2024

Len Atter

Death of Len Atter

The death has been announced of the former Hanwell Band player and respected brass band supporter, Len Atter.

April 20, 2024


Comber boost with new instrument grant

Comber Brass has gained a new bass and baritone thanks to a successful grant application to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

April 20, 2024

Red Admiral

Rising count for Red Admiral Entertainment Contest

There has been a hugely encouraging response from bands wishing to enter the new entertainment contest later this year — but more Third and Fourth Section bands are welcome.

April 20, 2024


New works to be showcased at Dutch National Championships

'The Lost Circle' is joined by a selection of new and established works to test the bands at the Netherlands National Championships later this year.

April 19, 2024

Brass in Concert

Youth sounds return to Brass in Concert

The sounds of brilliant youngsters taking part in the Youth Brass in Concert Championships will be heard again later this year as the entertainment contest returns to Gateshead weekend.

April 19, 2024

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Senior Trophy relegation details confirmed

May 20 • Just one band will be relegated from the 2024 Senior Trophy as organisers seek to restore a 20 band field to its 2025 event.


Roberston heads home for musical weekend

May 18 • Besson star Chris Robertson has a busy weekend of workshops and adjudications as he returns to Aberdeen and Perth.


Death of Keith Hollinshead

May 18 • The death has been announced of the former player, conductor and administrator who played a central role in the British Open Championships.

Whit Friday

Whit Friday emphasise Code of Practice to bands

May 18 • Organisers state that if you wish to take part in the Saddleworth & Oldham Whit Friday contests, then please respect and follow the rules, guidelines and event Code of Practice.

Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 24 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3

Boarshurst Silver Band - Canning City Brass and Boarshurst Silver Band

Sunday 26 May • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane, OL3 7EW OL3 7EW


Friday 7 June • St. Michaels Church. Duke street. Wigan WN1 2BJ

Wotton-under-Edge Silver Band - Foden's Band

Sunday 23 June • Renishaw Innovation Centre,. New Mills, Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge,. Gloucestershire GL12 8JR

West Midlands Police Band - Sovereign Brass and Brett Baker (Trombone)

Sunday 23 June • Tipton Green Methodist Church. Park Lane West. Tipton. Sandwell. DY1 4QF

Audley Brass

May 20 • Audley Brass are seeking a Principal Cornet player to lead the band into the First Section in 2025. The band have several fantastic events in the diary including the National Finals and no less than 6 of our epic beer festival sing-along nights.

Linthwaite Band

May 20 • We currently have a vacancy for either a 2nd Euphonium or 2nd Baritone, we have a busy varied list of engagements lined up for the summer, and are a friendly 4th section contesting band based just outside of Huddersfield, and welcome any new players.

Epping Forest Band

May 19 • Required: We are a friendly 2nd section band who are in need of a tenor horn (position negotiable) and percussion to complete our line

Ian Porthouse

Cornet soloist, clinician, conductor and adjudicator


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