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Alpine Reflections — Brass band contesting to the outside world

April 19, 2018
Colin Bowman is a respected local sports journalist but a novice to the world of brass banding - so this is what he thought about his experiences of a Regional contest day at Stevenage following his band Brighton & Hove City.


Taking more than 4 bars rest — The importance of good mental health

April 14, 2018
Cornet player Liv Appleton recalls her battle to understand and then overcome the crippling effects of anxiety, stress and self doubt.


Red or Green? — EBBA faces the final choice on the Palanga question

April 10, 2018
The countdown is on for 2020, but a new sense of musical optimism and organisational detente could well inform the green or red light decision of EBBA.


2018 London & Southern Counties Championships — As it happened

March 18, 2018
All the action from the 2018 London & Southern Counties Championships - As it happened.


2018 North of England Regional Championships — As it happened

March 18, 2018
All the action from the 2018 North of England Regional Championships - As it happened.


2018 Welsh Regional Championships — As it happened

March 18, 2018
All the action from the 2018 Welsh Championships - As it happened.


2018 London & SC, North of England & Welsh Regional Championships — Previews & Predictions

March 15, 2018
4BR looks forward to the battles for qualification places at Stevenage, Durham and Swansea this weekend.


2018 West of England Regional Championships — As it happened

March 13, 2018
All the action from the 2018 West of England Championships - As it happened.


2018 Midlands Regional Championships — As it happened

March 13, 2018
All the action from the 2018 Midlands Regional Championships - As it happened.


2018 Scottish Championships — As it happened

March 13, 2018
All the action from the 2018 Scottish Championships - As it happened.


2018 Scottish, Midlands and West of England Regional Championships — Previews & Predictions

March 8, 2018
Bands will be taking to the stage in Perth, Bedworth and Torquay this weekend to try and book their places at the National Finals. 4BR casts its eye over the contenders to come up with the famous kiss of death predictions...


2018 Yorkshire Regional Championships — As it happened

March 4, 2018
All the action from the 2018 Yorkshire Regional Championships - As it happened.


2018 Yorkshire Regional Championships — Preview & Predictions

February 28, 2018
It won't just be the bands hoping for the kindly intervention of an omnipotent presence this weekend in Huddersfield to help them get to the National Finals.


2018 North West Regional Championships — As it happened

February 25, 2018
All the action from the 2018 North West Regional Championships - As it happened.


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?




Foden's Band - BBC Radio 'Young Brass Award Final'

Friday 20 April • RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD


Crofton Silver Band - Theatre Royal Wakefield

Friday 20 April • Theatre Royal Wakefield. Drury Lane . Wakefield WF1 2TE


Thundersley Brass Band - TBB Quiz Night

Friday 20 April • Richmond Hall, Richmond Avenue, South Benfleet, Essex SS75HA


Black Dyke Band - Conthey - Switzerland

Saturday 21 April • tbc tbc


Gresley Colliery Band - Gresley Colliery Youth and Senior Brass Bands

Saturday 21 April • Gresley Old Hall,. Gresley Wood Road . Swadlincote DE11 9QW


Blidworth Welfare Band

April 20 • Assistant Principal Cornet and Percussionist. Having recently secured 5th place at the Midlands Area Championship Section and a new Principal cornet we are looking for applications for the above positions. The band operate a sensible diary of engagements.


Enderby Band

April 19 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for committed players to fill these key seats. The band are current Wychavon and Shirebrook Champions and National finalists.


West Somerset Brass Band

April 19 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet section, if you are a front or back row player we would be delighted to hear from you, you may even still have a chance of coming along to our French tour later in the year.


Alan Duguid

BA (Hons), PGDipMus, PGCE
Conductor, Composer, Adjudicator (ABBA)