Articles & features: 2014 / International

5 minute spotlight - 4BR talks to Black Dyke flugel star Zoe Hancock

9-Oct-2014

Ahead of the National Final in London, 4BR's Malcolm Wood catches up with the British Open Stanley Wainwright Memorial Trophy winner, Zoe Hancock of Black Dyke.

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Championship retrospective

17-Oct-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox wonders just how historic Black Dyke's seventh 'Double' triumph at the Albert Hall will eventually prove to be...

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Gallery of Images from the Albert Hall

14-Oct-2014

Ian Clowes was on stage at Royal Albert Hall on the weekend to record the action from 2014 National Championships of Great Britain

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Gallery of Conductors at the Albert Hall

14-Oct-2014

Ian Clowes was on stage at Royal Albert Hall on the weekend to record the action from 2014 National Championships of Great Britain

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Gallery of Albert Hall Prizewinners

14-Oct-2014

Ian Clowes was on stage at Royal Albert Hall on the weekend to record the awards for 2014 National Championships of Great Britain

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Championship Section runners & riders

10-Oct-2014

20 bands line up at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday to see who will be crowned Champion Band of Great Britain

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Championship Section preview & prediction

8-Oct-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the Arthurian battle to become the undisputed champion of Great Britain.

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Test Piece review

9-Oct-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox takes a closer look at Peter Meechan's musical take on a fateful regal menage a trois...

2014 Dr Martin Trust Contest - Gallery of the Day

9-Oct-2014

Steve Jack was at Middlesbrough Town Hall to capture a some images from the 2014 Dr Martin Trust Contest

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - First Section retrospective

27-Sep-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at how Filton Concert's latest project approach to banding claimed the First Section National title in Cheltenham.

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Second Section retrospective

27-Sep-2014

Malcolm Wood looks back at Marple's victory at Cheltenham - and the message it sends out to those in times of strife...

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Third Section retrospective

28-Sep-2014

Malcolm Wood looks back at Ebbw Valley's supreme victory at Cheltenham...

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Fourth Section retrospective

28-Sep-2014

Matthew Shaw looks back at a victory for brass band basics in the Fourth Section for Northop Brass.

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Gallery of the Day

23-Sep-2014

4br were on stage and around Cheltenham on the weekend to capture a some images from the 2014 National Championships of Great Britain.

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Gallery of Prizewinners

23-Sep-2014

4br were on stage and around Cheltenham on the weekend to record the awards for 2014 National Championships of Great Britain.

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - First Section runners & riders

18-Sep-2014

All you wanted to know about the 17 bands taking part in the First Section contest this weekend in Cheltenham.

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Second Section runners & riders

19-Sep-2014

All you wanted to know about the 17 bands taking part in the Second Section contest this weekend in Cheltenham.

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Third Section runners & riders

20-Sep-2014

All you wanted to know about the 18 bands taking part in the Third Section contest this weekend in Cheltenham.

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Fourth Section runners & riders

19-Sep-2014

All you wanted to know about the 19 bands taking part in the Fourth Section contest this weekend in Cheltenham.

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - First Section preview & prediction

16-Sep-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to a possible mass photo finish at the end of a contest full of well backed fancied runners on Sunday afternoon...

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Second Section preview & prediction

16-Sep-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the Alpine inspired links that need to be connected together to claim the Second Section title thanks to a cracker of a test piece from Oliver Waespi.

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Third Section preview & prediction

15-Sep-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox previews the Third Section battle to overcome the melancholic soberness of Victor Ewald's 'Symphony for Brass'

2014 National Championships of Great Britain - Fourth Section preview & prediction

18-Sep-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox previews the Narnia inspired battle to claim the Fourth Section National title...

4BR Interview - Gavin Higgins

11-Sep-2014

Just days before his new work 'Velocity' opens the Last Night of the Proms', Chris Thomas talks to composer Gavin Higgins.

2014 British Open Championship - Postcard from Symphony Hall

11-Sep-2014

It seems that the brass band general public has fallen in love again with major contesting at the British Open after a memorable day in Birmingham

2014 British Open Championship - Retrospective

10-Sep-2014

A touch of stubborn Gallic footballing philosophy came gloriously to fruition at Symphony Hall as Prof Nicholas Childs and his youthful tyros came of age...

2014 British Open Championship - Gallery of the Day

9-Sep-2014

Ian Clowes was out and about in Symphony Hall to record the atmosphere at 2014 British Open Championship

2014 British Open Championship - Gallery of awards

9-Sep-2014

Ian Clowes was on stage at Symphony Hall on the weekend to record the awards for 2014 British Open Championship

2014 British Open Championship - Podium adjudications

11-Sep-2014

This is what the judges thought of the performances of the top three bands on 'Vita Aeterna Variations' at Symphony Hall on the weekend.

2014 British Open Championship - Runners & Riders

6-Sep-2014

17 bands will be looking to claim the iconic Golden Trophy on the weekend at Symphony Hall.

2014 British Open Championship - Preview & Predictions

3-Sep-2014

It could all be a question of intimate maturity in deciding who delights the most at Symphony Hall on the weekend...

The Hidden Star - Look who's talking?

1-Sep-2014

Rhetorician Mette Hojen, an expert in executive performance, gives a fascinating insight into why the gaps between music making in a concert are just as important as the playing itself.

5 minute spotlight - 4BR talks to young composer Clara Catt

21-Aug-2014

Malcolm Wood catches up with Clara Catt to find out more about a very individual compositional talent who is quickly making a name for herself..

4BR Scouting Report - Pippa Scourse

5-Aug-2014

4BR finds out more about a young cornet player making a name for herself in the banding world.

Proms Aria - The most important concert in brass band history

31-Jul-2014

40 years ago the musical establishment opened the Proms doors to brass bands for the very first time...

5 minute spotlight - 4BR talks to young composer Dave Hanson

30-Jul-2014

Malcolm Wood catches up with Dave Hanson - just before the Foden's Composer Competition winner takes a six month working cruise around the Cayman Islands!

The new French Renaissance - 20 years of Amboise celebration

26-Jul-2014

Roy Terry looks back on 20 years of the French Open contest in the beautiful Loire Valley town of Amboise and finds a great deal of optimism for a Gallic brass banding future.

Our Antipodean friends - Has the Open sun set on the banding outposts of Empire?

20-Jul-2014

With the British Open Championship soon to open its borders to Europe, have we seen the last of the great antipodean challengers?

Labour & Love - Bringing brass bands into the heart of a community

19-Jul-2014

Iwan Fox talks to Val Trim to find out more about the secret of success behind the Pershore Festival of Brass.

How to control a musician's mind - Personal Branding for Conductors

9-Jul-2014

Mette Hojen, MA in Rhetorics and an expert in executive performance, gives a fascinating insight into why a brass band conductor needs to have a strong sense of personal branding.

4BR Talking Point - The great reform act

9-Jul-2014

Former Grimethorpe resident conductor and tenor horn star Sandy Smith argues his case for reform of national grading and test piece selections.

Allan Withington Conducting Course - Images from Sandbach

9-Jul-2014

Goldy Solutions Ian Clowes was on hand to provide the images of yet another innovative course led by Allan Withington.

Welsh heavyweights in action - Images from Brass for Velindre

8-Jul-2014

Images from the recent unique concert given in Cardiff by the number 1 & 2 ranked bands in the world, Cory and Tredegar in aid of Velindre Cancer Care.

2014 Whit Friday - retrospective

23-Jun-2014

4BR looks back at this year's Whit Friday contests, where history was made despite the spirit of the day being stretched a little uncomfortably in places...

2014 Whit Friday - Gallery of images

23-Jun-2014

Images from around this year's Whit Friday contests...

The Greatest Free Show on Earth - Whit Friday 2014

11-Jun-2014

Malcolm Wood previews the later than usual Whit Friday extravaganza, with bands great and small hoping for fine weather and hefty payouts on the march...

Book Early - The rise and fall of the Pontin's Championship

2-Jun-2014

40 years after it all first started, 4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at an event that changed the contesting face of banding in the UK.

2014 European Brass Band Championship - European Youth Contest: As it happened

9-Jun-2014

All the action from the 2014 European Brass Band Championship - European Youth Contest - as it happened.

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Championship Section: As it happened

9-Jun-2014

All the action from the 2014 European Brass Band Championship - Championship Section - as it happened.

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Challenge Section: As it happened

9-Jun-2014

All the action from the 2014 European Brass Band Championship - Challenge Section - as it happened.

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Solo Competition: As it happened

9-Jun-2014

All the action from the 2014 European Brass Band Championship Solo Competition as it happened.

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Gallery of the European Youth Brass Band

12-May-2014

Galley of images of the 2014 European Youth Brass Band in Concert with photography by Ian Clowes

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Gallery from the Youth Competition

12-May-2014

Galley of images from the 2014 European Youth Competition with photography by Ian Clowes

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Gallery from the Challenge Section

12-May-2014

Galley of images from the 2014 European Challenge Section with photography by Ian Clowes

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Postcard from Perth

12-May-2014

By the time the European Championship returns to the UK, the British relationship with the event may have changed forever.

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Championship Section retrospective

12-May-2014

Chris Thomas looks back on a remarkable Swiss conquering of the apex of European banding by Brass Band Bugermusik Luzern

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Challenge Section retrospective

12-May-2014

Malcolm Wood wonders if a wonderful Italian victory will still be enough to secure the long term future of a rebranded Challenge Section.

2014 European Brass Band Championship - European Youth Band Championship retrospective

12-May-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back on a day of youth contesting that put forward a pretty good case to be repeated at the European Championship Festival.

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Gallery from Perth

6-May-2014

Galley of images from the 2014 European Championship Festival with photography by Ian Clowes

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Gallery from Prize Giving

6-May-2014

Galley of images from the 2014 European Awards Ceremony with photography by Ian Clowes

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Gallery from Solo Contest

2-May-2014

Galley of images from the 2014 European Solo Competition with photography by Ian Clowes

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Championship Section Preview & Prediction

1-May-2014

There is a great line up of bands, an intriguing test piece and the usual selection of brilliant Billy bonkers blockbusters to enjoy in Perth.

2014 European Brass Band Championship - Introduction to Perth

1-May-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox wonders if there may be trouble ahead for both the hosts and governing if things do not go well in Perth this weekend.

2014 Spring Festival - Grand Shield retrospective

1-May-2014

Chris Thomas looks back at they type of commanding victory for Flowers that should see them as a band to fear come Symphony Hall.

2014 Spring Festival - Senior Cup retrospective

1-May-2014

Malcolm Wood looks back at a contest where where a famous banding name returned to winning ways beneath the stars...

2014 Spring Festival - Senior Trophy retrospective

8-May-2014

Matthew Shaw looks back at a contest that had an enjoyable sting in its tail from the Judges of the Secret Court

2014 Spring Festival - Grand Shield: As it happened

28-Apr-2014

All the action from the 2014 Spring Festival Grand Shield - as it happened.

2014 Spring Festival - Senior Cup: As it happened

28-Apr-2014

All the action from the 2014 Spring Festival Senior Cup - as it happened.

2014 Spring Festival - Senior Trophy: As it happened

28-Apr-2014

All the action from the 2014 Spring Festival Senior Trophy - as it happened.

2014 Spring Festival - Gallery of the prize winners

27-Apr-2014

Gallery of the prize winners from the Grand Shield, Senior Cup and Senior Trophy at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

2014 Spring Festival - Gallery from the Winter Gardens

27-Apr-2014

Plenty of images from the action at the Winter Gardens as the bands battled for the Grand Shield.

2014 Spring Festival - Grand Shield Preview & Prediction

23-Apr-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the operatic drama of myth, mystery, Weber and wolves that lie in store for the Grand Shield contenders.

2014 Spring Festival - Senior Cup Preview & Prediction

23-Apr-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the musical heritage that will be on display in a tricky acoustic in the Senior Cup.

2014 Spring Festival - Senior Trophy Preview & Prediction

23-Apr-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the Senior Trophy action that will unfold before the brass band judges of the secret court.

Surpassing expectations - 2014 Black Dyke Festival

19-Apr-2014

Tom Sutcliffe looks back on a remarkable day of all inclusive brass band playing at Leeds Town Hall led by the reigning English National champion.

2014 North American Brass Band Championship - As it happened

28-Apr-2014

All the action from the 2014 North American Brass Band Championship - as it happened.

2014 North American Brass Band Championship - Gallery from Grand Rapids

16-Apr-2014

There was plenty to both see and and listen to at the recent North American Brass Band Championship in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

2014 National Youth Band Championship - Retrospective

28-Apr-2014

Malcolm Wood looks back at an event that saw the best result possible for an invaluable championship.

2014 National Youth Band Championship - Contest Preview

10-Apr-2014

4BR's Malcolm Wood looks forward to this weekend's National Youth Championships in Salford.

Essential engineering works - Richard Scott - recording mastercraftsman

2-Apr-2014

Malcolm Wood finds out why Richard Scott is the man the performers all want to be in a musical working partnership with.

4BR Interview: Nigel Clarke - Part 3

24-May-2014

In the final part of our major interview with composer Nigel Clarke, Chris Thomas finds out more about his compositional involvement with brass bands.

4BR Interview: Nigel Clarke - Part 2

22-Apr-2014

In the second part of our major interview with composer Nigel Clarke, Chris Thomas finds out more about his compositional processes and the different musical genres he has written for.

4BR Interview: Nigel Clarke - Part 1

2-Apr-2014

In the first of a major three part interview, Chris Thomas talks to composer Nigel Clarke about his early life and musical influences

2014 Welsh Regional Championships - As it happened

8-Apr-2014

All the action from the 2014 Welsh Regional Championships - as it happened.

2014 Welsh Regional Championships - Championship Section retrospective

23-Mar-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at a battle to find the Higgs boson particle between Cory and Tredegar to decide the Welsh tile in Llandudno.

2014 Welsh Regional Championships - Gallery of prize winners

19-Mar-2014

Images for the prize winners and awards at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

2014 Welsh Regional Championships - Preview & Predictions

13-Mar-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the battle for qualification places on offer at Venue Cymru in Llandudno this weekend.

2014 North of England Regional Championships - As it happened

8-Apr-2014

All the action from the 2014 North of England Regional Championships - as it happened.

2014 North of England Regional Championships - Championship Section retrospective

22-Mar-2014

Malcolm Wood looks back on how Reg Vardy refilled their trophy cabinet with Area silverware once more in Darlington.

2014 North of England Regional Championships - Gallery of prize winners

22-Mar-2014

Steve Jack was at the Dolphin Centre taking a selection of images from the 2014 Regional Championships

2014 North of England Regional Championships - Preview & Predictions

12-Mar-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the battles for qualification places for London and Cheltenham in Darlington this weekend.

2014 London & Southern Counties Regional Championships - As it happened

8-Apr-2014

All the action from the 2014 London & Southern Counties Regional Championships - as it happened.

2014 London & Southern Counties Regional Championships - Championship Section retrospective

23-Mar-2014

David Ruel looks back on how Wantage rose to the top of a state of high class flux at Stevenage to claim their first regional title.

2014 London & Southern Counties Regional Championships - Previews & Predictions

11-Mar-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the battles for London and Cheltenham qualification places in Stevenage this weekend.

2014 Scottish Championships - Championship Section retrospective

22-Mar-2014

Gordon Simpson looks back at Co-operative Funeralcare's emphatic victory at the Scottish Championship in Perth.

2014 Scottish Championships - As it happened

13-Mar-2014

All the action from the 2014 Scottish Championships - as it happened.

2014 Scottish Championships - Previews & Predictions

5-Mar-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the qualification battles in Perth this weekend.

2014 West of England Regional Championships - Championship retrospective

14-Mar-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at how Flowers made it a hat trick of Torquay victories with an impressive lack of hubris.

2014 West of England Regional Championships - As it happened

13-Mar-2014

All the action from the 2014 West of England Regional Championships - as it happened.

2014 West of England Regional Championships - Gallery of the Prize winners

10-Mar-2014

Images by 4BR of the gallery of the successful prize winners at Torquay

2014 West of England Regional Championships - Preview & Predictions

5-Mar-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to battle for qualification places at Torquay on the weekend.

2014 Midlands Regional Championships - Championship Section retrospective

14-Mar-2014

Chris Thomas looks back on how a very impressive Virtuosi GUS and MD Adam Cooke came of symbiotic age at Bedworth.

2014 Midlands Regional Championships - As it happened

13-Mar-2014

All the action from the 2014 Midlands Regional Championships - as it happened.

2014 Midlands Regional Championships - Previews & Predictions

5-Mar-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the battle for qualification places in Bedworth this weekend.

2014 North West Regional Championships - Championship Section retrospective

14-Mar-2014

Malcolm Wood looks back at how thirteen years of Fairey near misses and disappointments came to a glorious end at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

2014 North West Regional Championships - As it happened

13-Mar-2014

All the action from the 2014 North West Regional Championships - as it happened.

2014 North West Regional Championships - Gallery of prize winners

12-Mar-2014

The prize winners from the recent North West Regional Championships

2014 North West Regional Championships - Gallery from Blackpool

13-Mar-2014

Steve Jack was at the Winter Gardens taking a selection of images from the Championship, Third & Fourth Section.

2014 North West Regional Championships - Previews & Predictions

5-Mar-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the battle for qualification places at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool this weekend.

2014 Yorkshire Regional Championships - As it happened

13-Mar-2014

All the action from the 2014 Yorkshire Regional Championships - as it happened.

2014 Yorkshire Regional Championships - Championship Section retrospective

7-Mar-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at an out of this world heavyweight battle at Bradford's St George's Hall.

2014 Yorkshire Regional Championships - Bradford retrospectives

6-Mar-2014

4BR'S Malcolm Wood looks back on the action in the First, Second, Third and Fourth Sections at St George's Hall last weekend.

2014 Yorkshire Regional Championships - Gallery from Bradford

6-Mar-2014

Some of the more memorable images caught in the lens of the 4BR camera at St George's Hall on the weekend.

2014 Yorkshire Regional Championships - Previews & Predictions

25-Feb-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the slugfest battles at St George's Hall on the weekend to claim a place in the final eliminator rings at Cheltenham and London.

Forgeries, fixes and four in a bar - The great St Magnus fraud

24-Feb-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks into the counterfeit link between Adolf Hitler, the Mormon Church and Kenneth Downie's 'St Magnus' test piece.

Percussion practice masterclass - How to get the basics right

19-Feb-2014

Gavin Pritchard and Karen Beth Sulzinski Sweat discuss how percussion practice makes perfect...

2014 Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championship - Retrospective

13-Feb-2014

Malcolm Wood looks back at the 30th Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championship in Blackpool, where newly crowned champion Seindorf Beaumaris left everybody breathless...

2014 Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championship - Preview & Prediction

6-Feb-2014

4BR previews the Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championships of Great Britain as it celebrates its 30th birthday.

2014 Norwegian National Championship - As it happened

13-Mar-2014

All the action from the 2014 Norwegian National Championship - as it happened.

2014 Norwegian National Championship - Elite Section Retrospective

15-Feb-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at how Eikanger retained its domestic supremacy in Bergen yet still seemed ultimately unfulfilled....

2014 Norwegian National Championship - Gallery of the Elite Section action in Bergen

13-Feb-2014

Gallery of the action as it unfolded in the set work and own choice disciplines in the Elite Division of the recent Norwegian National Championship at the Grieg Hall.

2014 Norwegian National Championship - Gallery of the Bergen prize winners

13-Feb-2014

Gallery of images of the prize winners in all the divisions at the recent Norwegian National Championships in Bergen.

2014 Norwegian National Championship - Preview to Bergen

5-Feb-2014

The sonorous sounds of successful Norwegian mutation will be heard all weekend in Bergen.

2014 Norwegian National Championship - Elite Section Preview & Prediction

5-Feb-2014

4BR will be in Bergen to witness mutant Nordic contesting in the raw.....

2014 Norwegian National Championship - Lower Section Previews & Predictions

7-Feb-2014

4BR casts its eye over the other sections this weekend in Bergen and takes a stab in the dark to pick some potential winners.

Making the politicians listen - Mike Kilroy delivers the brass band message to Parliament

4-Feb-2014

Brass Band England's Chairman Mike Kilroy has been presenting the brass band case to the political classes in Westminster.

2014 RNCM Festival of Brass - Gallery - Events

30-Jan-2014

Ian Clowes was in and around the Bridgewater Hall making sure he snapped plenty of memorable images from the RNCM Festival of Brass

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - Championship Section retrospective

25-Jan-2014

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at how the Championship title and all the cash was won and lost at Skegness.

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - First & Second Section retrospectives

25-Jan-2014

Malcolm Wood and John James look back at how the First and Second Section titles were won and lost at Butlins.

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - Third & Fourth Section retrospectives

25-Jan-2014

Davy Jack and Iwan Fox look back at how the Third and Fourth Butlins titles were won and lost at Skegness.

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - Youth & Junior Ensemble retrospectives

5-Feb-2014

Malcolm Wood looks back at the wonderful brass band entertainment provided by the next generation of young stars at Butlins.

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championships - Championship Section - As it happened

25-Jan-2014

All the action from the 2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championships - Championship Section - as it happened.

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championships - Lower Sections - As it happened

25-Jan-2014

All the action from the 2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championships - Lower Sections - as it happened.

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championships - Gallery - Entertainment Contest

21-Jan-2014

Steve Jack was out and about to capture some great images from the 2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championships

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championships - Gallery - Set Work

21-Jan-2014

Steve Jack was out and about to capture some great images from the 2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championships

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championships - Gallery - Section 2

21-Jan-2014

4br captures some images from the 2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championships - Section 2 Contest

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championships - Gallery - Prize Winners

21-Jan-2014

Steve Jack was out and about to capture some great images from the 2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championships

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - Championship Preview

17-Jan-2014

4BR looks forward to the kick off of the 2014 contesting season at Skegness this weekend.

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - Championship Section Preview & Prediction

16-Jan-2014

4BR takes a closer look at who and how the biggest pay day in banding may be won this weekend in Skegness.

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - First & Second Section Preview & Prediction

16-Jan-2014

4BR takes a closer look at the First and Second Section contests due to take place in Skegness this weekend.

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - Third & Fourth Section Preview & Prediction

16-Jan-2014

4BR takes a closer look at the Third and Fourth Section competitions taking place at Skegness this weekend.

2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - Youth & Junior Ensemble Preview

16-Jan-2014

4BR takes a closer look at the two fantastic Youth and Junior Ensemble events.

Take 5 - The 4BR pick of the bunch in 2014

12-Jan-2014

Five of the best of everything not to miss in 2014 given a bit of luck and the dreaded 4BR kiss of death - from bands and players to contests and test pieces...

2013 4BR Awards - The Results

10-Jan-2014

The votes have been counted and the 2013 winners can be revealed...

2013 4BR Awards - The 2013 4BR Band of the Year

6-Jan-2014

4BR reveals the list of conductors and players who have made it into our 2013 Band of the Year.

2013 4BR Awards - Introduction & Categories

2-Jan-2014

Now that you have had time to digest the very last wafer thin mint into you ever expanding festive waistline, we thought we had better get you exercising you banding minds.

2013 4BR Awards - Band of the Year

2-Jan-2014

Who do you think should be awarded the accolade of 2013 Band of the Year, after a season in which the majority of major prizes found themselves heading back to Wales?

2013 4BR Awards - Conductor of the Year

2-Jan-2014

Which conductor made the biggest impression on the collective consciousness in 2013? There were hundreds of them plying their trade - although some more successfully than others.

2013 4BR Awards - Player of the Year

2-Jan-2014

Which individual performer showed us their brilliance to best effect in 2013?

2013 4BR Awards - CD/DVD of the Year

2-Jan-2014

It is becoming ever more difficult to come up with recordings that justify their high price for the high expectations of the listeners. However a few did just that and more in 2013.

2013 4BR Awards - Solo CD of the Year

2-Jan-2014

Which solo performer tickled your fancy in 2013 with their latest release?

2013 4BR Awards - Lower Section/Youth Band of the Year

2-Jan-2014

So many bands had a 2013 to remember - so which one deserves the accolade as Lower Section/Youth Band of the Year?

2013 4BR Awards - Newcomer of the Year

2-Jan-2014

There was plenty of new talent on show in 2012 from players, conductors and bands, to composers, instruments and even new ways of presenting brass band contests.

2013 4BR Awards - Test Piece of the Year

2-Jan-2014

Lots and lots of test pieces were performed in 2013 - some better than others it must be said. So which one was the best of the bunch though?

2013 4BR Awards - Contest Performance of the Year

2-Jan-2014

Perhaps the most difficult of all the categories to choose the best from? Which contest performance stood out for you in 2013 - and it may not have been a winner.

2013 4BR Awards - Special Award

2-Jan-2014

Our 4BR Special Award this year goes to the great John Berryman

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