Tom Hutchinson

4BR Monday Interview with Tom Hutchinson

4BR catches up with the Cory cornet star to find out about his latest project — a studio recital series performance alongside his great friend, pianist, Ewan Gilford.

March 22, 2021


Final call for Black Dyke Virtual Day

The final call has gone out to players who wish to join the Queensbury band for a full day of on-line music making with stars past and present.

March 21, 2021


Top marks for German youngsters

Three young players from Jugend Brass Band BlechKLANG in Germany have once again impressed in the national Jugend Musiziert competition.

March 21, 2021

Lode Violet

Violet showcased as leading light

Brass Band Willebroek's principal cornet player Lode Violet has been identified as one of Belgium's leading young musicians and artists by a national arts and music broadcaster.

March 21, 2021


Emerging Composing Voices — Gareth Trott

In the first of a new series 4BR talks to an emerging composer for brass bands about their background, inspiration and and latest work for the medium.

March 21, 2021

Last Post

Call for Anzac Last Post project

A new initiative has been launched to inspire a new generation to understand, support and perform the 'Last Post' as part of the annual Anzac Day commemorations.

March 20, 2021

David Childs

Childs spotlight on Radio 3

There is more top class brass playing to enjoy on Radio 3 next week with a broadcast of the Vaughan-Williams 'Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra' performed by David Childs.

March 20, 2021


4BR Friday Interview with Mauro Martins

4BR catches up with the Portuguese euphonium star to find out more about his latest coaching programme entitled 'Boost Your Talent' which sees him link students up with leading euphonium players and musicians.

March 19, 2021


Welsh encouragement from youth focus

The latest Bandiau Pres Cymru/Brass Bands Wales open forum initiative has given a boost of communal encouragement for those keen to help future youth development in Wales.

March 19, 2021

Huddersfield satisfaction with ranking spot

The University of Huddersfield finds itself in the mix with the top 50 performing arts institutions in the world.

March 19, 2021


East of England Coop Band looks forward to 2022 celebrations

The East of England Coop Band is already putting plans in place to celebrate a joint anniversary in 2022.

March 19, 2021


Brass Bands Wales to host Youth Forum

Bandiau Pres Cymru/Brass Bands Wales is hosting a special youth forum this evening for its member bands and associates — with leading speakers from both sides of the border.

March 18, 2021


Bands asked to consider split-draw or pre-draw at British Open

One off proposal put forward by organisers to help alleviate costs and to manage structure of the contest day at Symphony Hall.

March 18, 2021

Russell Gray

4BR Thursday Interview with Russell Gray

4BR talks to the Scottish conductor in Stavanger about the upcoming Brass Band Conductors' Association Virtual Conducting Competition

March 18, 2021


Making the most of easy fundraising ideas...

Brass Bands England have linked up with the leading easyfundraising platform to offer advice to bands on how to gain an extra income stream.

March 17, 2021


New website launch for Saggers

Composer Paul Saggers has just launched his new website.

March 17, 2021


Essential listening with Ian Bousfield

The latest Ian Bousfield Experience asks all the big questions once again...

March 17, 2021

number 90

Date changes for East Anglian 90th anniversary celebrations

There have been date changes to some of the East Anglian Brass Band Association's 90th anniversary celebration events this year.

March 17, 2021


4BR Wednesday Interview with Edward Gregson

4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to the composer following the news of the forthcoming release of his latest CD.

March 17, 2021

BBE Awards

Nominations open for the 2021 Brass Bands England Awards

We speak to BBE's Rosie Banham after the organisation releases details of its 2021 Awards and how to nominate those you think deserve recognition.

March 16, 2021


Pick your European Champions

EBBA teams up with World of Brass in May to showcase a weekend of European highlights — including the opportunity to vote for your favourite test-piece and own-choice performance since 2003.

March 16, 2021

New Zealand

New Zealand reprises test-pieces for 2021 Nationals

Works by Edward Gregson, Fendall Hill, David Woodcock and Fraser Bremner will test bands as they return to the oldest National Championships in the world in Christchurch in July.

March 16, 2021


Report & Results: 2021 SBBA Scottish Solo & Ensemble Festival

A host of wonderful performances saw Scottish banding showcase the depth and quality of the nation's talent.

March 16, 2021

Fred Longworth

4BR Tuesday Interview with Helen Robinson

We find out how the pupils of the Fred Longworth High School Brass Band joined an exclusive crooner list of world famous pop stars to perform with a certain Gary Barlow of Take That fame...

March 16, 2021


Orchestral Awards recognise incredibly challenging year

Association of British Orchestras awards made against backdrop of exceptional challenges for musicians.

March 15, 2021

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Hail Smiling Morn...

April 11 • Delph Band plays its part in helping attract shoppers back to Oldham Town Centre.


BBE produces Covid-19 guidance from 12th April

April 11 • Brass Bands England has announced its guidance to bands in England that will reflect the new rules that come into force from Monday 12th April.

Band Supplies

Zero in on getting back to band with a Besson from Band Supplies

April 10 • There is a 0% special offer on Besson Prestige and Sovereign models at Band Supplies — but be quick if you want to get your hands on one in time to get back to banding...

Tim De Maeseneer

Interview with Tim De Maeseneer

April 10 • 4BR catches up with Belgian horn star, teacher and soloist Tim De Maeseneer as he embarks on leading an exciting new degree course open to brass band players at the LUCA School of Arts in Leuven.

Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL

Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH

Contest: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain

Saturday 2 October • Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP

City of Bristol Brass Band

April 9 • A FLUGEL player is required by City of Bristol Brass Band (competing in the First Section) with immediate effect. The successful applicant will join a successful, friendly band with some exciting concerts and contests in the diary.

Otterbourne Brass

April 7 • If during the last 12 months you have realised how much time two rehearsals a week plus engagements takes then Otterbourne Brass rehearse once a week and presently has vacancies for bass and trombone players. Other instruments may also apply

Wotton and District Silver Band

April 5 • When we all get back to business we will be seeking to fill our vacancies for MUSICAL DIRECTOR and Eb BASS.

Alan Fernie

Arranger, composer, adjudicator, conductor


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