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2018 North West Regional Championships — Preview & Predictions

February 22, 2018
The first Area contest weekend of the year sees a Sunday battle for qualification at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.


4BR Interview — Lance Sergeant David Lockwood

February 21, 2018
4BR Editor Iwan Fox catches up with Lance Sergeant David Lockwood, bass trombonist of The Band of the Irish Guards to find out more about a musical life that has always been linked by family to the Corps of Army Music.


Tour tales — Travel, music, workshops and the Alps

February 18, 2018
Jonathan Sproule, Principal Euphonium of The Band of the Welsh Guards recalls a memorable tour trip to Germany.


Amersham - 175 not out — Cricket, banding and raising £400,000 for the future

February 16, 2018
4BR Editor Iwan Fox finds out more about the remarkable history and ambitious future plans of the Amersham Band.


4BR Spotlight interview — Matt Ford

February 14, 2018
Malcolm Wood talks to the renowned Big Band singer Matt Ford whose inventive musical collaboration with Foden's Band has created more than just ‘Memories of Christmas’.


2018 Norwegian National Championships — As it happened

February 11, 2018
All the action from the 2018 Norwegian National Championships - As it happened.


2018 Norwegian National Championships — Pragmatism keeps Norway at arms length

February 8, 2018
There will be plenty of great things to enjoy in Bergen this weekend - but its an inbuilt sense of pragmatism that keeps the Norwegians ahead of their rivals...


McQueen's Instrument Repairs and Renovations — A Triumph of Time

February 7, 2018
The renowned instrument repairers help restore all sorts of things to past glories - from the Premiership Trophy to a 103 year old euphonium.


Brass Bands England — No more promises of jam tomorrow

January 31, 2018
April sees a new financial dawn for Brass Bands England. So can the organisation finally deliver on its promises?


Time, taste and technology — The demise of Listen to the Band

January 21, 2018
4BR Editor Iwan Fox wonders if the killing off of Listen to the Band is more a reflection of the insularity of the brass band movement than the attitude to change of the BBC.


2018 Butlins Mineworkers Festival — As it happened

January 14, 2018
All the action from the 2018 Butlins Mineworkers Festival - As it happened.


2018 Butlins Mineworkers Festival — Preview & Predictions

January 11, 2018
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to a weekend of keen contesting battles in Skegness as Butlins and the UK banding movement continues to enjoy their early season symbiosis.


4BR Time Team — The fragile paper trail that led back to Besses in Blackpool in 1909

January 5, 2018
A chance discovery of a delicate piece of crepe paper falling from the covers of an old book has revealed a 109 year old snapshot of concert life on an Easter Sunday with Besses o' th' Barn Band under the great Alex Owen.


4BR Spotlight interview — Rob Westacott

January 3, 2018
Malcolm Wood talks to Brighouse & Rastrick Band Chairman Rob Westacott, to find out more about his new role with the 2017 National Champion and what 2018 has in store for him following his decision to finish competitive playing.


4BR Soapbox — Will 2018 confirm Eikanger's total dominance?

January 1, 2018
EEb tuba player, conductor and 2017 BrassFest UK organiser Rob Tompkins gives his personal view on the banding world and whether Eikanger can still carry all before them in 2018?




Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 25 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool. FY1 1HU


Friary Guildford Brass Band - the best of Guildford's musical talent

Sunday 25 February • Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX


Northop Silver Band - Northop Brass

Thursday 1 March • Northop Band Room CH7 6BQ


Regent Hall Concerts - Guildhall Brass Band

Friday 2 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ


Contest: Yorkshire Regional Championships

Saturday 3 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

February 25 • FLUGEL PLAYER required to join us after the Area Contest. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for a committed player to fill a key seat. We have a sensible mix of concert and contests throughout the year.


Amington Band

February 25 • Amington Band are in desperate need of a Bass Trombone player for the Midlands Area on 10th March (and beyond!). We’re a friendly bunch of mixed ages, rehearsing under MD Alan Gifford on Mondays and Wednesdays 8-10pm in our band room in Tamworth.


Enderby Band

February 24 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE to join us after the Area Contest. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for a committed player to fill a key seat. We have a sensible mix of concert and contests throughout the year.


David A. Stowell


Conductor and composer