Articles & features: 2015 / International

2015 National Youth Championships - Contest Preview

18-Apr-2015

4BR looks forward to the battle for national power at the RNCM in Manchester this weekend - where the musical manifestos will be full of promises that will be delivered on...

5 minute spotlight - 4BR talks to Rob Richardson

13-Apr-2015

Malcolm Wood catches up with Fairey's baritone player Rob Richardson who recently returned to top flight banding after a bit of a career break...

Tips from the Top - Expert advice on four lyrical trombone solos

5-Apr-2015

Former Central Band of the RAF and Brighouse & Rastrick trombone star Jonathan Pippen picks four classic lyrical solos to help players at all levels of their solo development.

Out of the blue - Recovering and playing with Bell's Palsy

1-Apr-2015

Earlier this year, trumpet player Antony Kearns woke up to find paralysis had affected his face. He had been struck by Bell's Palsy...

4BR interview - Ben Gernon

31-Mar-2015

4BR Editor Iwan Fox manages to catch up with Ben Gernon - one of the orchestral world's most sought after young conducting talents and a musician with a proud brass band background.

Take 5 - The good, the bad and the opportunity to grasp

29-Mar-2015

4BR Editor Iwan Fox gives a personal view on five good points, five bad and one opportunity to grasp after the dust has settled on this year's Regional Championships...

2015 Welsh Regional Championship - Retrospective

28-Mar-2015

Iwan Fox looks back on a Welsh Area contest that showed the need for the excellence of the nation's bands to be heard on a different stage...

2015 Welsh Regional Championship - Preview & Predictions

19-Mar-2015

4BR looks forward to the battle for qualification places in Swansea this weekend as the Welsh Area contest returns to the Brangwyn Hall.

2015 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship - Retrospective

27-Mar-2015

Malcolm Wood looks back at thoroughly enjoyable contest weekend in Stevenage, where thankfully it was only a few finger nails that were bitten in brass band anger...

2015 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship - Previews & Predictions

19-Mar-2015

4BR looks forward to the battles for London and Cheltenham qualification places at Stevenage.

2015 West of England Regional Championship - Retrospective

25-Mar-2015

Iwan Fox looks back on a West of England Regional Championship that just about had it all - win, lose or denied...

2015 West of England Regional Championship - Preview & Predictions

13-Mar-2015

As always there will be plenty of great action packed in for your entry fee at Torquay as the West of England continues to punch above its co-operative contesting weight...

2015 North of England Regional Championship - Retrospective

25-Mar-2015

Malcolm Wood looks back at the start of what looks like becoming a highly enjoyable and encouraging new era of Area contesting in Durham.

2015 North of England Regional Championship - Awards

21-Mar-2015

Gallery from the Awards & Presentations at the 2015 North of England Regional Championship. Pictures by Steve Jack

2015 North of England Regional Championship - Championship Section

21-Mar-2015

Gallery of action from the Championship Section at the 2015 North of England Regional Championships. Pictures by Steve Jack

2015 North of England Regional Championship - Preview & Predictions

12-Mar-2015

After 30 years of Dolphin watching the North of England finds an exciting new water side home - although the smell of chlorine may well be missing...

2015 Scottish Championship - Retrospective

27-Mar-2015

Paul Bennett looks back at a highly encouraging event in Perth where growing musical excellence is just in need of a bit more audience support...

2015 Scottish Championship - Previews & Predictions

12-Mar-2015

4BR looks forward to the post referendum Great Britain National Championship qualification battles in Perth this weekend.

2015 Midlands Regional Championship - Retrospective

11-Mar-2015

There was plenty of competitive action to enjoy in the Midlands on the weekend - and no sign of a canine Dr Crippen to worry about either from beaten rivals...

2015 Midlands Regional Championship - Awards

10-Mar-2015

Gallery from the Awards & Presentations at the 2015 Midlands Regional Championships. Pictures by Iwan Fox

2015 Midlands Regional Championship - Preview & Predictions

6-Mar-2015

Despite the demise of the infamous greasy chip van, 4BR looks forward to the keen battles that will be fought in great venues in the Midlands this year...

2015 Yorkshire Regional Championship - Retrospective

11-Mar-2015

There was epic drama to enjoy at the Yorkshire Regional Championship in Bradford - the type of stuff even Hilary Mantel can't top...

2015 Yorkshire Regional Championship - 2nd & 4th Sections

10-Mar-2015

Gallery of action from the 2nd and 4th Sections at the 2015 Yorkshire Regional Championships. Pictures by Steve Jack

2015 Yorkshire Regional Championship - Championship Section

10-Mar-2015

Gallery of action from the Championship Section at the 2015 Yorkshire Regional Championships. Pictures by Steve Jack

2015 Yorkshire Regional Championship - Preview & Predictions

5-Mar-2015

4BR looks forward to the weekend in Bradford, when the locals may well have one eye on the bantams rather than the bands for once...

2015 North West Regional Championship - Retrospective

3-Mar-2015

4BR Editor Iwan Fox wonders if the economic gurus will be proved right and that the North West powerhouse is going to generate a bright new future of banding prosperity.

2015 North West Regional Championship - Action

3-Mar-2015

Gallery of images from around the Winter Gardens at the 2015 North West Regional Championships. Pictures by Steve Jack

2015 North West Regional Championship - Championship Section

3-Mar-2015

Gallery of action from the Championship Section at the 2015 North West Regional Championships. Pictures by Steve Jack

2015 North West Regional Championship - Awards

3-Mar-2015

Gallery from the Awards & Presentations at the 2015 North West Regional Championships. Pictures by Steve Jack

2015 North West Regional Championship - Preview & Predictions

27-Feb-2015

4BR looks forward to the start of the 2015 Regional Championship qualifiers with what promises to be a cracking day by the sea in Blackpool on Sunday...

2015 Norwegian National Championship - Retrospective from Bergen

17-Feb-2015

4BR Editor Iwan Fox wonders if a long awaited touch of unpredictability may well be good for Norwegian banding...

Brass in Education - The Wardle Factor

17-Feb-2015

4BR's Malcolm Wood catches up with Wardle Academy Director of Performing Arts, Janet Emsley, to find out what it takes to run four successful bands in one educational establishment.

5 minute spotlight - 4BR Talks to Brian Turner CBE

17-Feb-2015

Malcolm Wood pops into the kitchen of celebrity chef Brian Turner CBE to find out more about his love for brass banding...

2015 Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championships - Retrospective

14-Feb-2015

Inspiration was and will be the key to future success at the premier youth entertainment event - as Malcolm Wood found out in Blackpool last weekend.

2015 Norwegian National Championship - Bergen preview

4-Feb-2015

It seems the Norwegians have gone all French in their desire to rally the elite troops...

2015 Norwegian National Championship - Elite Division: Previews & Prediction

4-Feb-2015

4BR Editor Iwan Fox previews the action in the Elite Division of the Norwegian Championships this weekend in Bergen.

2015 Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championships - Preview & Prediction

4-Feb-2015

Malcolm Wood previews the Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championships of Great Britain in Blackpool this weekend.

2015 RNCM Festival of Brass - Gallery of Images

4-Feb-2015

Galley of images from the 2015 RNCM Festival of Brass with photography by Ian Clowes

2015 Brass at the Guild Hall - Awards

2-Feb-2015

Gallery from the Awards & Presentations at the 2015 Brass at the Guild Hall

The new French Revolution - Enthusiasm, Confidence, Virtuosity

1-Feb-2015

4BR Editor Iwan Fox enjoys a new call to revolutionary arms that is providing French brass banding with an exciting future...

An English Pastorale - An ABBA analysis of the Fourth Section Area test piece

30-Jan-2015

4BR links up with the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators to help shed some contesting light on what the judges may be looking for on the Fourth Section Area work this year.

2015 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - As it happened

18-Jan-2015

All the action from the 2015 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - as it happened.

2015 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - Championship Section retrospective

22-Jan-2015

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at a Flowers victory that posed more questions for rivals not at Skegness than it did for those who took to the stage...

2015 Butlins Mineworkers Championships - Gallery of Action from Sunday at Butlins

21-Jan-2015

Steve Jack was in Skegness on the weekend to record images from 2015 Butlins Mineworkers Championships

2015 Butlins Mineworkers Championships - Gallery of Action from Set Work Championships

21-Jan-2015

Steve Jack was in Skegness on the weekend to record images from 2015 Butlins Mineworkers Championships

2015 Butlins Mineworkers Championships - Gallery of Action from Butlins Championships

21-Jan-2015

Steve Jack was in Skegness on the weekend to record images from 2015 Butlins Mineworkers Championships

2015 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - Previews & Predictions

15-Jan-2015

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the start of the 2015 contest season at Butlins.

5 minute spotlight - 4BR talks to musician Paul Duffy

10-Jan-2015

4BR's Malcolm Wood catches up with Paul Duffy and discovers that although Black Dyke remains in his blood, his own musical journey has Only Just Begun.

5 minute spotlight - 4BR talks to composer Simon Dobson

2-Jan-2015

4BR's Malcolm Wood catches up with composer Simon Dobson to find out about his second British Composer Award win and the launch of his recent dream inspired CD.

2014 4BR Awards - The Results

5-Jan-2015

The votes have been counted and the 2014 winners can be revealed...

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Contests

38th European Brass Band Championships
Date: 1-May-2015
Venue: Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany 79098

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