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The Champions — Who won what in 2010

December 31, 2010
There were a lot of brass band contests in 2010. 4BR provides the definitive list of the bands that took away the victors laurels all over the world.


4BR Talking Point — Wire in the Blood - the sequel

December 30, 2010
ABBA Secretary C. Brian Buckley gives his response to Paul Andrews recent Wire in the Blood article on 4BR.


4BR Time Team — Foden's historical ledger lines

December 30, 2010
The discovery of a lost ledger charting 65 years of unique Foden's history has been found by Allan Littlemore.


2010 4BR Awards — Introduction and categories

December 23, 2010
It's time to get your thinking caps on and start to vote in the categories to see who you think has been the best of the best in 2010.


2010 4BR Awards — Band of the Year

December 23, 2010
Who do you think should be awarded the accolade of 2010 Band of the Year, after a year in which the main prizes found themselves new homes?


2010 4BR Awards — Conductor of the Year

December 23, 2010
Which conductor made the biggest impression on the collective consciousness in 2010? There were hundreds of them plying their trade for certain.


2010 4BR Awards — Player of the Year

December 23, 2010
Which individual performer showed us their brilliance to best effect in 2010?


2010 4BR Awards — CD/DVD of the Year

December 23, 2010
Which recordings made you want to replace the Spice Girls 'Greatest Hits' on your ipod with a brass band recording during 2010?


2010 4BR Awards — Solo CD of the Year

December 23, 2010
Which solo performer tickled your fancy in 2010 with their latest release?


2010 4BR Awards — Lower Section Band of the Year

December 23, 2010
So many bands to choose from, but so many bands that had years to remember - so which one deserves the accolade as Lower Section/Youth Band of the Year?


2010 4BR Awards — Newcomer of the Year

December 23, 2010
There was plenty of new talent on show in 2010 from players, conductors and bands, to composers, instruments and even new ways of presenting brass band contests.


2010 4BR Awards — Test Piece of the Year

December 23, 2010
Lots and lots of test pieces were performed in 2010 - some better than others it must be said. Which one was the best of the bunch though?


2010 4BR Awards — Contest Performance of the Year

December 23, 2010
Perhaps the most difficult of all the categories to choose the best of all from. Which contest performance stood out for you in 2010 - and it may not have been a winner?


2010 4BR Awards — 4BR Special Award - The Scottish Brass Band Association

December 23, 2010
In 2010 the 4BR Special Award goes to an organisation that continues to lead the way forward in the new Millennium - the Scottish Brass Band Association.


Perspective — The state of New Zealand Banding

December 19, 2010
Leading New Zealand musician and administrator, Kevin McMorran, provides an in-depth consideration into the current state of New Zealand banding.


4BR Band in the Spotlight — The 2010 4BR Band of the Year

December 19, 2010
4BR reveals the list of conductors and players who have made it into our 2010 Band of the Year.


4BR Scouting Report — Vincent Bearpark

December 17, 2010
4BR meets up with one of the brightest brass talents in Switzerland - and a young man who has a name with a familiar ring...


4BR Dinner Guests — Harmen Vanhoorne

December 12, 2010
British Open Solo Champion Harmen Vanhoorne tells 4BR who he would want to invite around his dinner table... from Kim Clijsters to David King...


4BR Interview — Andy Scott

December 10, 2010
4BR's Chris Thomas talks in depth to composer Andy Scott.


Wire in the Blood — Paul Andrews speaks his mind

December 9, 2010
After a decade of contesting battles, conductor Paul Andrews has seen the writing on the wall - and taken action. He believes things must change or others will follow suit...


2010 Swiss National Championships — retrospective

December 2, 2010
An iconic band will represent the home nation at the European Championships - and Treize Etoiles are genuine contenders after a thrilling victory in Montreux.


2010 Swiss National Championships — Postcard from Montreux

December 2, 2010
The Swiss are ready for the Europeans - so take plenty of money and go and enjoy yourself.


2010 Swiss National Championships — Introduction to Montreux

November 26, 2010
4BR has flown to Switzerland to report from the 36th Swiss National Championships in Montreux, which take place at the stunning Stravinski Concert Hall at the Music and Convention Centre on the banks of Lake Leman.


2010 Brass in Concert Championship — retrospective

November 25, 2010
Malcolm Wood sees Grimethorpe recover their magic touch at Brass in Concert to leave rivals in catch up mode once again.


2010 Brass in Concert Championship — Postcard from Gateshead

November 27, 2010
Malcolm Wood enjoys a weekend of interest, intrigue and challenge at The Sage.


2010 Brass in Concert Championship — The prizewinners

November 27, 2010
A gallery of some of the prizwinners captured by Steve Jack at Brass in Cocnert.


2010 Brass in Concert Championship — The funny side of things...

November 27, 2010
Steve Jack caught some of the lighter moments at Brass in Concert.


2010 Brass in Concert Championship — Saturday gallery of images

November 27, 2010
Steve Jack captured the fun and games at Brass in Concert on Saturday.


2010 Brass in Concert Championship — Sunday gallery

November 27, 2010
Steve Jack captured the action from the bands at Brass in Concert.


2010 Scottish Open Championship — retrospective

November 25, 2010
4BR was in Perth to witness Co-operative Funeralcare finally banish their mid season torpor to take the Scottish Open title in thrilling fashion.


2010 Scottish Open Championship — Bringing things into the open

November 25, 2010
4BR wonders if the age old debate over open adjudication may be getting closer to being resolved after an enlightening weekend of judgement in Perth.


2010 Scottish Challenge Shield — retrospective

November 25, 2010
There was plenty to enjoy with the four season starter in the Challenge Shield - as Johnstone confirming their claim to be the form band of the year.


2010 Scottish Youth Championship — retrospective

November 25, 2010
Chris Thomas looks back on a fantastic day of youth band contesting and enjoyement in Perth on the weekend.


2010 Scottish Open Championship — Gallery of contest images

November 25, 2010
4BR had its camera trained on all the action at the Scottish Open Championship on the weekend.


2010 Scottish Challenge Shield — Gallery of contest images

November 25, 2010
4BR had the camera lens trained on all the action in the Scottish Challenge Shield in Perth on the weekend.


2010 Brass in Concert Championship — The Sage awaits the entertainers

November 18, 2010
The X Factor meets Britain's got Talent - all that Brass in Concert is missing is the lovely Cheryl Cole...


2010 Brass in Concert Championship — Contest Preview & Prediction

November 18, 2010
4BR takes a closer look at what we can expect to see and hear from the 11 top bands at The Sage this year - and tries to work out who will win...


2010 Scottish Brass Band Festival — Preview to Perth

November 16, 2010
4BR looks forward to an exciting weekend of brass band contesting in Perth from those ever innovative Scots...


2010 Scottish Open Championship — Preview & Prediction

November 16, 2010
4BR previews an intriguing Scottish Open Championship - a contest full of invention and innovation - and even a mystic German...


2010 Scottish Challenge Shield — Preview & Prediction

November 16, 2010
4BR previews the new version of the Scottish Challenge Shield.


2010 Scottish Youth Championships — Event Preview

November 16, 2010
4BR looks forward to the flourishing Scottish Youth Championships which take place in Perth this weekend.


Florida's Key to success — US Open retrospective

November 16, 2010
Dave Lea looks back on a highly impressive US Open in Chigaco, where Brass Band of Central Florida regained their entertainment title.


Dutch invention — The innovative rise of Altena Brass

November 16, 2010
4BR Editor Iwan Fox finds out a little more about a very surprising Dutch band and its innovative ambitions - Altena Brass.


A Trombonist's Life... — The Brett Baker blog from Down Under (Part 2)

November 16, 2010
Brett Baker continues on his journey through Australia and New Zealand with some musical highlights and an encounter with a Manta Ray...


Belgian brilliance at Dukinfield — 2010 British Open Solo & Quartet retrospective

November 12, 2010
Malcolm Wood looks back at a British event boosted by Belgian brilliance in Dukinfield.


4BR Interview — Paul Lovatt-Cooper

November 11, 2010
4BR talks all things musical with the man behind the most famous PLC brand in the brass band world.


4BR Time Team — Wingates Band and the Pretoria Pit disaster

November 5, 2010
4BR recalls the story of one of the worst pit disasters in history, and how it almost destroyed one of the most famous bands of the Edwardian era - Wingates Temperance.


4BR Scouting Report — Morgan Gallimore

November 5, 2010
4BR meets up with a 9 year old cornet playing percussionist with a very big future ahead of himself.


2010 US Open Brass Band Championship — Introduction and prediction

November 1, 2010
4BR will be in Chicagoland for the US Open Brass Band Championships - a North American contest with international flair.


2010 US Open Brass Band Championship — Runners and Riders

November 1, 2010
4BR takes a look at the cast list of entertainers lined up for our enjoyment this weekend at the Dellora Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois.


5 Steps to Revolution — Sandy Smith's quintet of manifesto proposals

October 31, 2010
4BR asks leading banding personalities to tell us what 5 proposals they would like to see implemented if a banding revolution is to be kickstarted in the UK...First up is Sandy Smith


A Trombonist's Life... — The Brett Baker blog from Down Under

October 31, 2010
Black Dyke's principal trombonist has been in Australia and New Zealand of late - and he reveals that a musician's life is not always full of glamour and glory...


2010 British Open Solo & Quartet Championship — Dukinfield revival?

October 31, 2010
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to a revived event with an international flavour in Dukinfield.


2011 RNCM Festival of Brass — Preview of next January's event in Manchester

October 30, 2010
4BR looks forward with Paul Hindmarsh to the 2011 RNCM Festival of Brass, which will see the sensational performers of the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble join some of the UKs leading bands to provide a weekend of outstanding music making next year.


Scottish Brass Band Association Conducting Course — Direction by design...

October 21, 2010
Scottish brass band conductors took a well designed step into the 21st century in Perth under the guidence of Roger Webster and his team of tutors...


Scottish Brass Band Association Conducting Course — Images from Perth

October 21, 2010
There was plenty for the delegates on the SBBA Conducting Course to enjoy on their recent weekend at Perth University.


4BR Interview — Edward Gregson

October 30, 2010
4BR's Chris Thomas talks with one of the great compostional voices for brass as he celebrates his 65th birthday with a retrospective release of some of his finest works.


2010 Pontins Championships — Postcard from Prestatyn

October 28, 2010
Memories of 1988 came flooding back at Pontins on the weekend - and that may be its biggest problem for the future...


2010 Pontins Championships — Harry & Margaret Mortimer Championship retrospective

October 28, 2010
Glyn Williams showcased all his talents in leading Marsden to victory at Pontins...


2010 Pontins Championships — First Section retrospective

October 28, 2010
Homework and dark edged playing gave Jackfield the First Section title on Darrol Barry's new work..


2010 Pontins Championships — Second Section retrospective

October 28, 2010
The judges knew what they were looking for in the Second Section - and Haydock was the band that gave it to them to take the first prize.


2010 Pontins Championships — Third Section retrospective

October 28, 2010
Uppermill certainly likes coming to Pontins - with another two and half grand picked up for their fourth consecutive win at the event.


2010 Pontins Championships — Fourth Section retrospective

October 28, 2010
Hazel Grove make it six wins out of six in 2010. No wonder they should start to bottle their contest winning ingredients...


2010 Pontins Championships — Gallery of images from Saturday's contests at Prestatyn

October 28, 2010
Steve Jack was around and about at Pontins on the weekend recording the highlights from Saturday's contests.


2010 Pontins Championships — More gallery images from Saturday's contests at Prestatyn

October 28, 2010
Lots more images from the Pontins contests on the Saturday at Prestatyn, courtesy of Steve Jack.


2010 Pontins Championships — Gallery of images from Sunday's contests at Prestatyn

October 28, 2010
Steve Jack was around and about at Pontins on the weekend to record the action from the 2010 Championships.


2010 Pontins Championships — More images from Sunday's contests at Prestatyn

October 28, 2010
More gallery images of Sunday's contest day at Pontins from Steve Jack...


2010 Pontins Championships — Introduction to Prestatyn

October 20, 2010
Iwan Fox looks forward to the fun and games to be found at Pontins this weekend in Prestatyn. Never mind Brahms and Liszt - what about Bavarian Stompers and Liszt...


2010 Pontins Championships — Harry & Margaret Mortimer Contest - Preview & Prediction

October 20, 2010
Iwan Fox takes a closer look at the prospects of the competing bands at the Harry & Margaret Mortimer Championship contest on Sunday at Prestatyn.


2010 Pontins Championships — Lower Section previews and predictions

October 20, 2010
Malcolm Wood looks at the prospects of the competing band in Sections 1-4 this weekend in Prestatyn.


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — Championship retrospective

October 12, 2010
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at a day of high drama at the Royal Albert Hall.


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — The art of cadenza cut and paste

October 12, 2010
There was more cut and paste jobs on view at the Royal Albert Hall than could be found at a Mayfair plastic surgery clinic...


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — Postcard from Kensington

October 12, 2010
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at a weekend when a little bit of history repeated itself...


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — The David King time line to glory...

October 12, 2010
4BR looks at the time line that started in Australia in January 1957 and ended at the Albert Hall in October 2010...


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — The 2010 contest in bare stats, facts and fig

October 12, 2010
Malcolm Wood provides the answers to the number crunching at the Royal Albert Hall on the weekend...


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — Bands 1 - 10

October 12, 2010
Gallery of images taken by Ian Clowes of the bands drawn 1 - 10 at the Royal Albert Hall


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — Bands 11 - 20

October 12, 2010
Gallery of images of the bands drawn 11 - 20 at the Royal Albert Hall.


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — Images from the Albert Hall

October 12, 2010
Ian Clowes was out and about taking some brilliant gallery images of the 2010 National Finals.


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — The Royal Albert Hall awaits...

October 5, 2010
The Royal Albert Hall is the venue for what could turn out to be an Australian inspired day of drama...


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — Preview & Prediction

October 5, 2010
With Black Dyke chasing a historic hat trick, can any of their 19 rivals stop them from doing it?


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — The Runners & Riders

October 5, 2010
4BR looks at the records of the 20 bands that will take to the stage trying to win the title this weekend.


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — The Conductors

October 5, 2010
4BR looks at the records of the 20 conductors trying to add a National title to their CV this year to see if they are really as good as their record suggests.


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — Test piece review

October 5, 2010
4BR takes a look at a short work inspired by a huge country in Martin Ellerby's 'Terra Australis'.


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — The composer

October 5, 2010
Martin Ellerby is the composer of the set work this year.


2010 National Championships of Great Britain — The adjudicators

October 5, 2010
These are the three men in the box the bands will have to impress this weekend.


2010 Lower Section National Finals — First Section retrospective

September 30, 2010
The sweet taste of success came to Friary Guildford at Harrogate on the weekend with a performance of stature to create a bit of banding history...


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Second Section retrospective

September 30, 2010
There were plenty of psalms of praise and celebratory alleluias on the way home to Wales for newly crowned National champion Tylorstown on the weekend...


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Third Section retrospective

September 30, 2010
Delph took the late night honours at Harrogate - just in time to catch last orders for a celebratory meal at the local Bamboo Garden take away..


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Fourth Section retrospective

September 30, 2010
There is only one way to play a winning hand in banding as in poker - even off the number 1 draw as Hazel Grove under Nigel Beasley showed on the weekend.


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Postcard from Harrogate

September 30, 2010
4BR Editor Iwan Fox reflects on a weekend when memories of a terrible time in Torquay resurfaced once again.


2010 Lower Section National Finals — The longest day of the year

September 30, 2010
Banding dad, Iestyn Davies reflects on the drawn-out finale to the lower section banding year. He finds discontent but also possible solutions amongst the punters and players.


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Images of the Second Section

September 28, 2010
Images from the Second Section National Finals at Harrogate taken by Steve Jack


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Images of the First Section

September 28, 2010
Selection of images of the First Section National Finals at Harrogate taken by Steve Jack


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Fourth Section gallery of prize winners

September 27, 2010
Images of the Fourth Section National Finals at Harrogate taken by Steve Jack


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Third Section gallery of prize winners

September 27, 2010
Images of the Third Section National Finals at Harrogate taken by Steve Jack


2010 Lower Section National Finals — First Section gallery of prize winners

September 27, 2010
Images of the First Section National Finals at Harrogate taken by Steve Jack


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Second Section gallery of prize winners

September 25, 2010
Images of the Second Section National Finals at Harrogate taken by Steve Jack.


2010 Lower Section National Finals — The Adjudicators

September 22, 2010
These are the the only people the bands have to really impress on the weekend.


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Fourth Section - Runners & Riders

September 22, 2010
4BR takes a closer look at the 21 bands hoping to leave Harrogate sipping a wee dram or two of celebratory Royal Mile inspired whiskey...


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Fourth Section - Preview & Prediction

September 22, 2010
There is a real Scottish flavour to the music in the Fourth Section, but which band will be celebrating with a wee dram or two come Sunday evening?


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Third Section - Runners & Riders

September 22, 2010
4BR takes a close look at the bands trying to turn a pretty pattern into a prize winning Chinese takeaway.


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Third Section - Preview & Prediction

September 22, 2010
One band will be celebrating with a Chinese take away from Harrogate on the weekend - courtesy of Philip Harper's bit of musical crockery.


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Second Section - Runners & Riders

September 21, 2010
4BR takes a closer look at the 17 bands hoping to be signing celebratory alleluias on Saturday evening.


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Second Section - Preview & Prediction

September 21, 2010
One band will be singing celebratory 'Alleluias' on Saturday at Harrogate...


2010 Lower Section National Finals — First Section - Runners & Riders

September 21, 2010
4BR finds out more about the 18 bands battling it out for glory in the First Section.


2010 Lower Section National Finals — First Section - Preview & Prediction

September 21, 2010
Can a win here be the start of a succesful diversion to the Championship Section to emulate last year's winners Tongwynlais Temperance?


2010 Lower Section National Finals — Introduction to Harrogate

September 21, 2010
Forget the sepia tinted days of old at London - Harrogate has something better to offer than Raymond's Revue Bar, despite the blue rinses and cream tea image...


4BR Dinner Guests — James Stretton

September 21, 2010
Multi talented, multi instrumentalist James Stretton gives us the lowdown on his top 10 invited dinner guests...


Recording Roadtest — 4BR tries out 3 top bits of portable recording equipment

September 20, 2010
4BR has teamed up with Normans Musical Instruments, and the newly crowned 2010 British Open champion Tredegar, to find out more on how to make the best use of three of the most popular pieces of portable recording equipment on the market.


4BR Band under the spotlight — Tredegar Town Band

September 21, 2010
4BR puts the 2010 British Open champion under the spotlight to find out more about them and whether or not we think they can take their remarkable form of 2010 into 2011 and beyond.


2010 British Open Championships — Gallery of the bands on stage

September 10, 2010
There was plenty of high class action from many of the bands captured by Ian Clowes on the day at Symphony Hall


2010 British Open Championships — MD Gallery

September 10, 2010
The conductors gave their all to be the one standing on the shoulders of the others on the weekend...


2010 British Open Championships — The Adjudicator's remarks

September 10, 2010
This is what the William Relton, Nigel Boddice ME and Ronald Holz thought of the top four bands at Symphony Hall.


2010 British Open Championships — Postcard from Birmingham

September 10, 2010
As lasting images of the British Open go, none could beat the sight of the late night admirers at the winner's hotel...


2010 British Open Championships — A matter of style & substance

September 10, 2010
There was plenty of very individual style as well a substance on show with Peter Graham's set work oon Saturday.


2010 British Open Championships — Retrospective

September 10, 2010
Tredegar created their own piece of British Open history at Symphony Hall, but there were more than a few surprises for the other competing bands on the weekend.


4BR Scouting Report — Lewis Bettles - Stannington Band

August 31, 2010
4BR meets up with a very talented 15 year old trombonist, who is already making a name for himself at the top level of banding.


2010 British Open Championships — Introduction to Criteria Judging Experiment

August 31, 2010
In a joint collaboration, 4BR has teamed up with Steven Mead to trial a new criteria based adjudication system. Steven tells 4BR more about about it, and how it works...


2010 British Open Championships — The Composer

August 31, 2010
Peter Graham is one of the brass band movements finest composers - and with a record to prove it too.


2010 British Open Championships — Test piece review

August 31, 2010
Chris Davies looks in detail at this year's test piece and finds that Peter Graham has produced a corker...


2009 British Open Championships — Conductors Records

August 31, 2010
4BR looks at the track records of the 17 men at the British Open - all of whom are hoping to find a place on top of the television for a Mortimer Maestro reminder of their triumph.


2010 British Open Championships — Runners and Riders

August 31, 2010
4BR looks at the records and form guide of the 17 runners and riders hoping to win the famous Gold Trophy.


2010 British Open Championships — The form guide and prediction

August 31, 2010
17 bands line up at Symphony Hall on Saturday but there can still only be the one winner...


2010 British Open Championships — Introduction to the 158th contest

August 31, 2010
4BR looks at some of the issues surrounding the 158th British Open Championships this weekend at Symphony Hall.


Gizmos & Gadgets — 4BR puts four top valve oils through their paces

August 16, 2010
Four top brand valve oils are given a test by 4BR to find out which one we think offers the best value for money.


Jim'll Fix It! — Ask Normans top boffin to sort out your instrument problems...

August 15, 2010
In a new feature to 4BR, we ask Jim Prior, Normans top technician and all round repair boffin, to come up with the solutions to the usual set of troublesome questions that seem to effect brass players and their beloved instruments


4BR Interview — Peter Meechan

August 15, 2010
4BR talks amongst other things to one of the UK's most talented composers about music, Black Dyke, Pink Floyd, football and even the Wizard of Oz and waccy baccy...


Gotterdammerung — The downfall of York

August 7, 2010
The German instruments makers Schreiber & Keilwerth launched its York brand in a blitz of hyperbole. Just three years later it all ended in disaster... 4BR investigates the story...


4BR Time Team — Was Gracie the first contest Cole miner at Grimethorpe?

August 4, 2010
Was the remarkable Gracie Cole the first female to play with Grimethorpe in a contest - some 68 years before Sheona White? 4BR looks at the intriguing story of the great female pioneer.


4BR Interview — ABBA Secretary C. Brian Buckley

July 27, 2010
4BR talks to C. Brian Buckley to find out more about the self catergorisation process instituted by the Assocation of Brass Band Adjudicators.


Ironbridge Gorge Festival — Brass & Iron combined

July 25, 2010
Brian Eggleshaw reports from the recent Ironbridge Festival in Shropshire, where brass bands played their part in a celebration of all things iron.


The 1970s — The decline and fall of Belle Vue & the British Open

July 15, 2010
Iwan Fox looks back at a decade that started with such hopes for the iconic contest but almost ended up like the last elephant at its famous zoo - dead and buried.


4BR Band under the Spotlight — Groves Brass

July 12, 2010
It's not just traditional bands that wish to make a mark in the wider musical world - Groves Brass is a brass quintet with very specific aims and objectives. 4BR talks to the group to find out more about them...


4BR Dinner Guests — Cai Isfryn gives us his ultimate dinner guest list

July 12, 2010
The multi talented Mr Cai Isfryn tells 4BR just who he would have around his dinner table for a good night out and chin wag. It's an interesting mix..


4BR Talking Point — Bands and politics

July 12, 2010
Political analyst Iestyn T Davies argues that a cash crisis at Arts Councils should prompt a rethink amongst the banding community - and not just in Wales.


4BR Scouting Report — Smain Mokrane - Market Rasen Band

July 10, 2010
4BR finds out a little bit more about one of the banding movements rising star players - 13 year old cornet player Smain Mokrane of the Market Rasen Band.


2010 New Zealand Band Championships — Contest preview

July 8, 2010
2010 New Zealand Band Championships 7-11 July, 2010 Dunedin


Brass Band Summit Conference — One small step...

July 7, 2010
4BR Editor Iwan Fox reports from the Brass Band Summit Conference held in Birmingham on July 3rd, where the brass band movement took one small, but highly significant step into the 21st century.


Brass Band Summit Conference — Gallery from a landmark day

July 7, 2010
4BR images from the Brass Band Summit Conference held in Birmingham.


2010 English National Championship — Retrospective

June 30, 2010
After seven long years in hiding, the Fairey magic is rediscovered back in a garden in a northern town...


2010 English National Championship — Postcard from Preston

June 30, 2010
The English National has been a bit of a Carry On this year - although there are hopes that the contest won't go down the Khasi...


2010 English National Championship — Images of Eden

June 30, 2010
Images of the 2010 English National Championship held in Preston.


2010 English National Championship — Postcard Gallery from Preston

June 30, 2010
Images of the 2010 English National Championship held in Preston.


2010 English National Championship — Introduction & Prediction

June 23, 2010
Has the chance of an English success story at a major championship been dealt another kick in the nuts? Preston may give us all the painful answer.


2010 English National Championship — The Runners & Riders

June 22, 2010
Just the 9 bands, but still only one place up for grabs. 4BR looks at the contenders this year for the trip to Montreux in 2011.


2010 English National Championship — Test piece review

June 22, 2010
Eden made a huge impression back in 2005 at the National Championships - and this is what the 4BR Editor Iwan Fox thought of it then - and he hasn't changed his mind half a decade later.


2010 English National Championship — The composer

June 23, 2010
Dr John Pickard is the man behind one of the most fearsome test pieces of the 21st century.


2010 English National Championship — The adjudicators

June 23, 2010
These are the three men in the box who will be looking to find something of note behind the musical fig leaves of Eden.


4BR Masterclass — An experts view on just what trombone mutes a serious player needs

June 18, 2010
Trombone virtuoso Derek Southcott provides an experts insight into the thorny old question of mutes.


Black Dyke Brass Symposium — Where there's Brass...

June 15, 2010
4BR Editor Iwan Fox reflects on Black Dyke's impressive Brass Symposium - a modern take on traditional brass band values.


Black Dyke Brass Symposium — Saturday Gallery

June 15, 2010
Images from the 2010 Black Dyke Brass Symposium that took place at the Gandhi Hall at Leeds Metropolitan University.


Black Dyke Brass Symposium — Sunday Gallery

June 15, 2010
Images from the Sunday at the 2010 Black Dyke Symposium at Leeds Town Hall.


Letter from Oz — Part Three - Dr Roy Newsome in Australia

June 30, 2010
Dr Roy Newsome and wife Muriel conclude their holiday in Oz.


Letter from Oz — Part Two - Dr Roy Newsome in Australia

June 21, 2010
Dr Roy Newsome and wife Muriel continue their adventures in the land downunder.


Letter from Oz — Part One - Dr Roy Newsome in Australia

June 15, 2010
Dr Roy Newsome enjoys the sun, sea and surf in Australia.


2010 French Open Championship — retrospective

June 15, 2010
Roy Terry braved the heat, the wine and lovely surroundings of Amboise in the Loire Valley to hear Brass Band Rijnmond make it a hat trick of wins at an increasingly popular French Open.


Norway back to Cornwall? — A brass band trip remembered

June 9, 2010
The Mount Charles Band certainly enjoyed their trip to the Grenland Festival recently - even though they had doubts that they may not return...


Black Dyke Brass Symposium — Poetic 'brass' inspiration for Dyke and McMillan

June 8, 2010
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to an intriguing weekend of music making in Leeds, where Black Dyke joins forces with poet Ian McMillan for their annual Brass Symposium.


2010 All England Masters International Championship — retrospective

June 5, 2010
Never mind the name - Co-operative Funeralcare is in a pretty good state of contesting health...


2010 All England Masters International Championship — Postcard from Kettering

June 4, 2010
It may be a brand new venue, but the Masters still retains its ability for old fashioned debate...


2010 All England Masters International Championship — Gallery - The prizewinners

June 4, 2010
Ian Clowes of Goldy Solutions was on hand to capture the prizewinners in action and receiving their awards at Kettering.


2010 All England Masters International Championship — Gallery - Action from the Masters

June 4, 2010
Ian Clowes of Goldy Solutions was on hand to capture all the bands in action - from 7th place down to 22nd...


2010 Whit Friday — Preview of the greatest free show on earth

May 25, 2010
Malcolm Wood looks forward to another great day of banding in Tameside and Saddleworth this Whit Friday - waeather permitting of course.


2010 Whit Friday — retrospective

June 3, 2010
Malcolm Wood looks back at a Whit Friday tinged with tragedy and asks whether or not an unique event is in danger of losing its traditional appeal because of anti social behaviour.


SBBA Open Forum — Scots set to address future challenges

May 26, 2010
Paul Hindmarsh reports from the Scottish Brass Band Association Open Forum held in Livingston, where a number of future challenges were discussed.


Sustaining the future of Welsh banding — Staggering decline addressed in Wales

May 14, 2010
C Brian Buckley reports from a summit meeting in Wales, as the causes of banding decline in the Principality are discussed.


2010 Great Northern Spring Brass Arts Festival — Retrospective

May 13, 2010
4BR looks back at the inaugural Great Northern Spring Brass Arts Festival to find out if it lived up to its very long name...


4BR Talking Point — A National Body?

May 14, 2010
Peter Denton puts forward his personal views on the need for a representative national brass band body and how it can be achieved.


2010 All England Masters International Championship — Introduction to Kettering

May 25, 2010
The Masters opens a new chapter in its history this weekend. So does the innovative pioneering spirit of the contest still remain in place?


2010 All England Masters International Championship — Contest preview and prediction

May 25, 2010
If you are looking for a sure fire bet for a winner for Sunday then pop along to the Lighthouse Theatre on Friday night and ask for some help...


2010 All England Masters International Championship — Runners & Riders

May 25, 2010
4BR looks at the 22 bands that will battle it out for glory in Kettering on Sunday.


2010 All England Masters International Championship — Test piece review

May 25, 2010
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the history of one of the great classics of the brass band repertoire.


2010 All England Masters International Championship — Five of the best/worse dates

May 25, 2010
With the Masters heading to its new home in Kettering this weekend, 4BR looks back at some of the significant dates that gave the contest its brilliant highs and controversial lows.


2010 Spring Festival — Postcard from Blackpool

May 20, 2010
You need a little bit of luck to succeed at the Spring Festival - some you make and some you don't.


2010 Spring Festival — Grand Shield: retrospective

May 20, 2010
The Welsh take control of the Grand Shield as Tredegar and Tongwynlais triumph on Rococo Variations.


2010 Spring Festival — Senior Cup: retrospective

May 20, 2010
The last man standing on Saturday was Woodfalls, with a fine win on a potent test piece.


2010 Spring Festival — Senior Trophy: retrospective

May 20, 2010
The floodgates opened in the Spanish Hall on Saturday, but it was Beaumaris who was left high and dry in winning the Senior Trophy in fine style.


2010 Spring Festival — Presentation gallery

May 16, 2010
Selection of photographs by Ian Clowes of Goldy Solutions from this year's Spring Festival Contest


2010 Spring Festival — Grand Shield gallery

May 16, 2010
Selection of photographs by Ian Clowes of Goldy Solutions from this year's Grand Shield Contest


2010 Spring Festival — Blackpool awaits

May 12, 2010
There are some stark banding realities to be played out on the Golden Mile this weekend.


2010 Spring Festival — The Grand Shield: Contest preview and prediction

May 12, 2010
20 bands are just one step away from the big time and Symphony Hall. But which two will overcome Gregson's majestic set of variations?


2010 Spring Festival — The Senior Cup: Contest preview and prediction

May 12, 2010
There is a lot resting on the shoulders of individual players on Philip Sparke's test piece - but which bands will be able to slay his awesome dragon?


2010 Spring Festival — The Senior Trophy: Contest preview and prediction

May 12, 2010
A classic test piece will test 20 bands of varying quality in the Spanish Hall on Saturday.


2010 Spring Festival — Test piece reviews

May 12, 2010
4BR takes a closer look at the three test pices being used this weekend - from ornate rococo homage and fire breathing dragons to a mass drowning by a spurned princess.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Images of the 2010 European Championships

May 8, 2010
Selection of photographs from this year's European Brass Band Championships in Linz.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Opening Ceremony and EBBA Conference gallery

May 8, 2010
Selection of photographs from this year's European Brass Band Championships opening ceremony and EBBA Conference.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — European Youth Band and Gala Concert gallery

May 8, 2010
Selection of photographs from this year's European Youth Band and Gala Concert of the European Brass Band Championships.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — 5th European Solo Competition

May 8, 2010
Selection of photographs from this year's European Solo Competition.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — B Section Gallery

May 8, 2010
Selection of photographs from this year's B Section of the European Brass Band Championships


2010 European Brass Band Championships — De Waldsang, Pas de Calais, Concord, Bon Accord

May 8, 2010
Selection of photographs of Brass Band De Waldsang, Brass Band Nord Pas de Calais, Concord Brass and Bon Accord from this year's European Brass Band Championships


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Buizingen & Valaisia

May 8, 2010
Selection of photographs of Brass Band Buizingen and Valaisia Brass Band from this year's European Brass Band Championships


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Brass Band Oberosterreich & Black Dyke

May 8, 2010
Selection of photographs of Brass Band Oberosterreich and Black Dyke from this year's European Brass Band Championships.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Cory & Eikanger Bjorsvik

May 8, 2010
Selection of photographs of Cory and Eikanger bands from this year's European Brass Band Championships.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Presentation Gallery

May 8, 2010
Selection of photographs from this year's presentation ceremonies of the European Brass Band Championships


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Championship Section retrospective

May 8, 2010
Is it a tale as yet untold to come for Cory, and Dr Robert Childs in particular, as they sealed their place in the European history books in Linz.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — A tale of two contests?

May 8, 2010
It was a game of two halves in Linz - from the basis of Cory's victory to the battle for personal glory by possible future contenders.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — B Section retrospective

May 8, 2010
There was home country delight in the B Section, but the same problems remain for an entertaining, but essentially flawed contest.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — European Soloist Competition

May 8, 2010
Three outstanding soloists provided wonderful entertainment as a curtain raiser to the Euroepan weekend, with an engaging winner in Glen Van Looy.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — EBBA Conferences

May 8, 2010
There was plenty of other things going on at the European in Linz - from culture to adjudication and sun baked press hacks.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Postcard from Linz

May 8, 2010
There was plenty to enjoy in Linz, even if the feeling remains that the whole event is perched at something of a crossroads.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Set Work Gallery

May 3, 2010
Selection of photographs from this year's Set Work Section of the European Brass Band Championships


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Conductors Gallery

May 3, 2010
Selection of photographs from this year's European Brass Band Championships


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Day 2: European Soloist Final

May 3, 2010
Selection of photographs from this year's European Brass Band Championships from Day 2.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Day 2: In Rehearsal Gallery

April 30, 2010
Selection of photographs from this year's European Brass Band Championships from Day 2.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Day 1: Around Linz Gallery

April 28, 2010
Selection of photographs from this year's European Brass Band Championships


2010 European Brass Band Championships — The Road To Linz Gallery

April 28, 2010
Selection of photographs from this year's European Brass Band Championships


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Welcome to Linz

April 25, 2010
There is plenty to enjoy in Linz but some things may be better diplomatically left alone


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Introduction

April 25, 2010
The European Brass Band Championships head to their furthest ever point East this year, and the delightful city of Linz on the banks of the River Danube.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Timetable of events

April 25, 2010
There is plenty going on this week in Linz.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Championship Section: Preview and Prediction

April 25, 2010
As 10 top bands head for Linz, it seems the European experience is still evolving - but some old favourites still hold sway...


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Championship Section: Runners & Riders

April 25, 2010
10 top class bands will take to the stage at the Brucknerhaus on Friday and Saturday all hoping to become the 2010 Champion Band of Europe.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Test Piece review

April 25, 2010
4BR has been listening to the latest work from the pen of the innovative Thomas Doss - and his fascinating 'Spiriti'.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Own Choice selections

April 25, 2010
4BR has a look at the selections made by the bands to showcase their abilities to try and become European Champions.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — B Section: Preview and Predictions

April 25, 2010
There is a second tier contest taking place in Linz this weekend that could prove to be right up someone's alley if they win...


2010 European Brass Band Championships — The Composers

April 25, 2010
Two very interesting composers have produced the set works to be played in Linz this weekend.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — The Adjudicators

April 25, 2010
4BR has a look at the six men in the box this year for both the Championship and B Section contests.


2010 European Brass Band Championships — Statistical Heaven

April 25, 2010
All you need to know from the names of the winners to the number of performances of Eric Ball's works to be used at the contest since 1978. Go on - bore your friends to death...


2010 North Amercian Brass Band Championships — retrospective

April 24, 2010
4BR was in North Carolina for the North American Championships, where Fountain City claimed the title was a fourth consecutive year. Pat Herak and Tim Jameson report.


2010 National Youth Championships — Training Section Gallery

April 21, 2010
A selection of photos from the Training Section of the 2010 National Youth Brass Band Championships.


2010 National Youth Championships — Junior Section Gallery

April 21, 2010
A selection of photos from the Junior Section of the 2010 National Youth Brass Band Championships


2010 National Youth Championships — Premier & Intermediate Section Gallery

April 21, 2010
A selection of photos from the Premier and Intermediate Sections from the 2010 National Youth Brass Band Championships


2010 National Youth Championships — Advanced Section Gallery

April 21, 2010
Selection of photographs from year's Advanced Section at the National Youth Brass Band Championships


2010 National Youth Championships — Premier Section retrospective

April 21, 2010
There was a touch of Welsh class in the Premier Section, where MD Gwyn Evans may have to be locked away in future if anyone is to stop Gwynedd & Mon County from winning year after year.


2010 National Youth Championships — Advanced Section retrospective

April 21, 2010
The remarkable Carnoustie won the Advanced Section in some considerable style - but the rest of the field found the musical challenge of the day a bit beyond them.


2010 National Youth Championships — Intermediate Section retrospective

April 21, 2010
The fantastic Elland Band make it a 'Double' at the RNCM on Sunday - and their adventures in brass are just starting...


2010 National Youth Championships — Junior Section retrospective

April 21, 2010
There may have only been three competitors, but there was plenty to enjoy in the Junior Section - especially with the winners.


2010 National Youth Championships — Training Band Section retrospective

April 21, 2010
There was a great start to the day in Manchester, even if the parents may have needed an extra hour or two in bed..


Looking for support — 4BR reports from the British Federation of Brass Bands AGM

April 20, 2010
There were plenty of opinions, views and debate at the BFBB AGM - just not enough people from the banding movement...


Answer Time — 4BRs 10 questions answered at the BFBB AGM

April 20, 2010
4BR put forward 10 questions at the recent BFBB AGM. These were the answers that came up.


Question Time — 10 questions to be answered at the BFBB AGM

April 13, 2010
4BR puts forward 10 questions to be asked and answered at the British Federation of Brass Bands Annual General Meeting this weekend.


2010 National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain — Introduction & Preview

April 13, 2010
Malcolm Wood looks forward to the spotlight falling on the best youth bands in the land this weekend, as the National Youth Championships take place at Manchester's RNCM.


2010 National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain — Runners & Riders

April 13, 2010
4BR has a look at the five sections and the competitors for this year's event at the RNCM.


4BR Dinner Guests — John Roberts gives us his ultimate dinner guest list

April 9, 2010
Conductor John Roberts tells 4BR just who he would have around his dinner table for a good night out and chin wag. It's an interesting mix..


A day out in Taunton — 4BR spends a day with the National Youth Band of Great Britain

April 8, 2010
4BR spends a day with the talented young players of the National Youth Band of Great Britain as they work hard and enjoy themselves on their Easter Course in Taunton.


2010 Australian Band Championships — Galllery

April 7, 2010
A selection of photos from the A Grade section of the 2010 Australian Championships


4BR Time Team — Whatever happened to the World Cup?

April 2, 2010
Just like the Jules Rimet Trophy, the brass band world once had a World Cup - and Pickles the dog has never found it since it went missing. 4BR looks back at a very peculiar tale...


2010 Australian National Championships — Contest preview

April 1, 2010
The Australian National Championships take place in Hobart, Tasmania this weekend. 4BR provides a preview as bands from all over the huge country battle for glory.


Gizmos & Gadgets — April

April 1, 2010
4BR looks at some of the bargains around to help players through the short April evenings of band practice...


4BR Interview — Gavin Higgins

March 30, 2010
4BR's Chris Thomas talks to one of the UK's leading young composers - Gavin Higgins.


2010 Youth Adjudication Panel — The remarks and the results

March 30, 2010
Four talented youngsters took the opportunity to adjudicate on 4th Section bands at the Yorkshire Regional Championships. Here's what they thought and the results they came up with...


2010 Regional Championships — Success or failure?

March 30, 2010
Was the series of 2010 Regional Championships a success? 4BR takes a final look back over the highs and lows of the qualification contests.


2010 North of England Regional Championship — Championship Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
A surge of musical power saw Reg Vardy regain their title on the weekend.


2010 North of England Regional Championship — First Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
Richard Evans was in his element on Saturday leading Barton Town to glory on a reminder of a bygone era.


2010 North of England Regional Championship — Second Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
The Dolphin Centre was certainly Cockerton's Kingdom on Saturday morning.


2010 North of England Regional Championship — Third Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
Not even a fire alarm going off could stop Ferryhill's performance winning off the number one draw.


2010 North of England Regional Championship — Fourth Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
The joy of qualification for Harrogate was there for all to see on Sunday as the music of Saint-Saens was a hit once more.


2010 Welsh Regional Championship — Championship Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
Something moved in Swansea on Sunday - about 25 miles east from its usual epi-centre to the Sirhowy Valley and the home of the new Welsh champion.


2010 Welsh Regional Championship — First Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
There were the usual problems on the moors in Wales, but two bands showed a mastery of Holst to get to Harrogate.


2010 Welsh Regional Championship — Second Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
Familiar ground for the competitors here, but it was two bands from outside Dragon country that booked their tickets to Harrogate.


2010 Welsh Regional Championship — Third Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
The operatic tradition is alive and well in Wales - thanks to some brilliant youngsters from Goodwick...


2010 Welsh Regional Championship — Fourth Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
They are still dancing in the streets of Crwbin after a splendid French inspired victory in the Fourth Section.


2010 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship — Championship Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
It was a bit of a one horse race at Stevenage as Redbridge did a passable impression of Shergar to win their Area at a canter.


2010 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship — First Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
Everyone was in need of a break in the First Section as Friary Guildford set an early marker that few others had any hope of matching.


2010 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship — Second Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
Four contrasting movements brought 17 different takes on Philip Harper's test piece, with a cracker from East London slaying the Welsh dragon to take yet another title.


2010 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship — Third Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
A refreshing bit of 'Labour & Love' tested the bands in the Third Section, with some pretty good efforts getting the nod for Harrogate from Derek Broadbent.


2010 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship — Fourth Section: retrospective

March 25, 2010
Some French style came in handy in the Fourth Section where a trio of chic performances headed to Harrogate.


2010 Yorkshire Regional Championship — Gallery

March 24, 2010
Selection of photographs from year's Yorkshire Regional Championships


2010 Scottish Championships — Championship Section: retrospective

March 22, 2010
The memories came flooding back for Co-op at Glenrothes - and nearly as good as 1990 they will be too in a few years time...


2010 Scottish Championships — First Section: retrospective

March 22, 2010
A top drawer performance took the title in Scotland and took Lochgelly back to the top tier of banding via Harrogate in September.


2010 Scottish Championships — Second Section: retrospective

March 22, 2010
The bands drew plenty of inspiration from Wales with the winners enjoying their trip to the Principality like long lost Celtic cousins...


2010 Scottish Championships — Third Section: retrospective

March 22, 2010
Plenty of hard labour, but not a lot of love interest made for a hard grafting winning performance from Kilmarnock Concert.


2010 Scottish Championships — Fourth Section: retrospective

March 22, 2010
Plenty to enjoy on a great test piece and a fine winner in Glenrothes as Dumfries head for Harrogate as champion.


2010 Midlands Regional Championship — Championship Section: retrospective

March 19, 2010
Six years of hurt was put behind them at the weekend as Virtuosi GUS once again claimed the bragging rights in the Midlands.


2010 Midlands Regional Championship — First Section: retrospective

March 19, 2010
Never believe the statistics they say as Langley upset the form book to take the First Section title.


2010 Midlands Regional Championship — Second Section: retrospective

March 19, 2010
There was a model performance from Tintwistle to take the Second Section title on Philip Harper's exciting Welsh Dragon test piece.


2010 Midlands Regional Championship — Third Section: retrospective

March 19, 2010
Somtimes the clue isn't in the title - athough for Porthywaen, being crowned Third Section winners is.


2010 Midlands Regional Championship — Fourth Section: retrospective

March 19, 2010
24 bands produced a fine contest, despite the occassional queries on volume from the box. Shipston Town though pushed out all the right organ stops to become champion.


2010 North West Regional Championship — Championship Section: retrospective

March 19, 2010
Foden's as Mike Tyson? They certainly knocked out the opposition like him in his prime at the Winter Gardens on Sunday to claim a fifth consecutive North West title.


2010 North West Regional Championship — First Section: retrospective

March 19, 2010
Freckleton proved to be a bit of a myth buster as they took the First Section title from the number 1 draw on Sunday.


2010 North West Regional Championship — Second Section: retrospective

March 19, 2010
There were more important things to concern people on Sunday, but eventually there was good news both on health and banding issues as Diggle took the title.


2010 North West Regional Championship — Third Section: retrospective

March 19, 2010
There was a quite outstanding winning performance in the Third Section as Delph delivered a first class bit of labour with a wonderful love interest to take the title.


2010 North West Regional Championship — Fourth Section: retrospective

March 19, 2010
From last to first for Hazel Grove as Nigel Beasley's band take the Fourth Section homours at a boomy Spanish Hall.


2010 West of England Regional Championship — Championship Section: retrospective

March 18, 2010
A first major win for Paul Holland and Flowers as the Torquay curse strikes yet again...


2010 West of England Regional Championship — First Section: retrospective

March 18, 2010
Two clear cut qualifers in the First Section as Gustav Holst's work did the bands no favours at all.


2010 West of England Regional Championship — Second Section: retrospective

March 18, 2010
A proud Englishman with a Welsh name produced a cracking account to take the Second Section title and head to Harrogate as champion.


2010 West of England Regional Championship — Third Section: retrospective

March 18, 2010
Listeners were sentenced to some hard labour and little love interest in the Third Section, but were rescued from their toil by two good quality qualifiers from Sidmouth and Bream.


2010 West of England Regional Championship — Fourth Section: retrospective

March 18, 2010
A great atmosphere, a great piece and a great win for a cracking band as Test Valley head for Harrogate as champions.


2010 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship — Introduction and preview

March 17, 2010
Forget the northern media attention one of the biggest brass band contests takes place in Stevenage this weekend.


2010 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship — Runners & Riders: Championship Secti

March 17, 2010
12 bands line up to see if they can produce an authentic bit of English Heritage to claim a place at the Royal Albert Hall.


2010 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship — Runners & Riders: First Section

March 17, 2010
Not much green and pleasant land inside the M25, so how will these bands get on with Holsts bucolic portrait of a long lost English countryside..


2010 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship — Runners & Riders: Second Section

March 17, 2010
Which of these 17 bands will be able to be inspired by the weird and wonderful world to be found at the other end of the M4 motorway?


2010 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship — Runners & Riders: Third Section

March 17, 2010
14 bands will look to get just the right mix between hard graft and that loving feeling to get to Harrogate.


2010 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship — Runners & Riders: Fourth Section

March 17, 2010
There will be plenty of great music to enjoy from the 17 bands as they look to tickle a French fancy to get to Harrogate.


2010 North of England Regional Championship — Introduction and preview

March 17, 2010
A warm welcome, bungee jumps and open air markets - and the bands are doing rather well too. No wonder people are smiling a lot more up here in Darlington.


2010 North of England Regional Championship — Championship Section: Runners & Riders

March 17, 2010
There is the prospect of a real ding dong battle at the Dolphin Centre to round off the weekend, as Reg Vardy looks to reclaim its domestic bragging rights over its rivals.


2010 North of England Regional Championship — First Section: Runners & Riders

March 17, 2010
Just the seven bands here to battle it on an old classic, but a few tasty morsels of Moorside could be on the menu.


2010 North of England Regional Championship — Second Section: Runners & Riders

March 17, 2010
Plenty of similarities between South Wales and the North East, so what will the bands here make of the Kingdom of Dragons?


2010 North of England Regional Championship — Third Section: Runners & Riders

March 17, 2010
Its back to the yellow pages of history in here as the bands shed hard labour perspiration in search of loving inspiration to get to Harrogate.


2010 North of England Regional Championship — Fourth Section: Runners & Riders

March 17, 2010
The welcome sight of a dozen bands taking to the stage here shows that Philip Sparkes test piece has been a cracker.


2010 Welsh Regional Championship — Introduction and preview

March 17, 2010
There may be a thin veneer of polish covering Welsh banding, but it is buffed up well from success of late.


2010 Welsh Regional Championship — Championship Section: Runners & Riders

March 17, 2010
Can anyone challenge Cory for the title on English Heritage? If they do, they can claim to be unofficial World Champions...


2010 Welsh Regional Championship — First Section: Runners & Riders

March 17, 2010
Plenty of valleys and vales to take inspiration from in Wales, as seven bands look to take a trip to Harrogate via a tricky Moorside test.


2010 Welsh Regional Championship — Second Section: Runners & Riders

March 17, 2010
No excuses that the bands won't know what this piece is about. So which of these 12 will be breathing contesting winning fire then?


2010 Welsh Regional Championship — Third Section: Runners & Riders

March 17, 2010
It used to be a real Labour heartland in South Wales before Tony Blair messed things up. So which one of these bands can fly the old red flag and get to Harrogate.


2010 Welsh Regional Championship — Fourth Section: Runners & Riders

March 17, 2010
The Welsh quite like all things French even though they beat them at the rugby this year


2010 Yorkshire Regional Championship — Championship Section retrospective

March 11, 2010
Subjective opinions and hard nosed decisions - whichever way you look at it, Brighouse were Kings of Bradford.


2010 Yorkshire Regional Championship — First Section retrospective

March 11, 2010
There was plenty to talk about in the First Section as Meltham & Meltham Mills found a walk on Moorside very much to their liking.


2010 Yorkshire Regional Championship — Second Section retrospective

March 11, 2010
Knottingley enjoy their bit of Dragon slaying to gain a trip to Harrogate with a Police escort in tow...


2010 Yorkshire Regional Championship — Third Section retrospective

March 11, 2010
Two fine performances took the chance to show off their Labour & Love skills to book their places at Harrogate in September.


2010 Yorkshire Regional Championship — Fourth Section retrospective

March 11, 2010
A great test piece and some great playing made for a highly entertaining 4th Section contest - won by a French fancy of a band.


2010 Midlands Regional Championship — Introduction and preview

March 9, 2010
The Midlands has plenty to offer this weekend for players and supporters alike although we all miss the dodgy burger van at the back of the old Burton Town Hall dont we?


2010 Midlands Regional Championship — Championship Section: Runners & Riders

March 9, 2010
There is no place in the UK quite as full of English Heritage as the Midlands...


2010 Midlands Regional Championship — First Section: Runners & Riders

March 9, 2010
Its never good to try and second guess an adjudicator but after Bradford a few will be wondering just how they go about it here...


2010 Midlands Regional Championship — Second Section: Runners & Riders

March 9, 2010
A well matched field of bands should enjoy a bit of Dragon slaying on the weekend.


2010 Midlands Regional Championship — Third Section: Runners & Riders

March 9, 2010
An excellent venue plays host to an old time classic on Saturday morning.


2010 Midlands Regional Championship — Fourth Section: Runners & Riders

March 9, 2010
Its like a return to the good old days - a Fourth Section packed with bands and a piece of porcine magic to play too.


2010 West of England Regional Championship — Introduction and preview

March 5, 2010
As always there is always a warm and friendly atmosphere down in Torquay - and they have plenty to smile about too...


2010 West of England Regional Championship — Championship Section: Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
Can Camborne overcome the never ending curse of the defending champion and become the first band in well over a decade to retain their West of England title?


2010 West of England Regional Championship — First Section: Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
A strong line up of 14 bands all aiming to make the most of a very difficult classic work and gain a long coach trip to Harrogate.


2010 West of England Regional Championship — Second Section: Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
15 bands will set their musical sights on Harrogate by finding inspiration from over the Severn Estuary.


2010 West of England Regional Championship — Third Section: Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
A big field of 15 bands and a big old test of musical character on Labour & Love to overcome if they are to get to Harrogate.


2010 West of England Regional Championship — Fourth Section: Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
As always there is a fantastic turn out of contenders all looking to book a place in Harrogate courtesy of some tasty French variations.


2010 North West Regional Championship — Introduction and preview

March 5, 2010
The one thing bands in these parts enjoy doing is competing against each other so Sunday should be a great day of domestic battles then


2010 North West Regional Championship — Championship Section: Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
Can Foden's retain their title and create even more history of their own at the Winter Gardens?


2010 North West Regional Championship — First Section: Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
Which pair of bands here will really get to grips with a classic test piece to head to Harrogate in September?


2010 North West Regional Championship — Second Section: Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
The North West has plenty of strength in depth at this level, so which one of these bands can gain a bit of inspiration from the music of the Principality and win through to Harrogate on Sunday?


2010 North West Regional Championship — Third Section: Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
Whoever gets through here could well be one of the favourites come Harrogate itself, but they first have to work out the winning formula from a bit of Labour & Love.


2010 North West Regional Championship — Fourth Section: Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
A great line up of bands on the Sunday all set for a real battle on a French fancy to get to Harrogate.


2010 Scottish Regional Championship — Introduction and preview

March 5, 2010
Scotland is a world leader when it comes to organising brass bands - all it needs now is for the bands themselves to come up with the right results too.


2010 Scottish Regional Championship — Championship Section - Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
An appreciation of English Heritage should go down well here in Scotland


2010 Scottish Regional Championship — First Section - Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
A Downland Suite may not evoke images of the Scottish Highlands, but if played well by any of these bands it can be just as beautiful.


2010 Scottish Regional Championship — Second Section - Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
The Scots need to put one over the Welsh and this is their chance to do just that if they are to get to Harrogate.


2010 Scottish Regional Championship — Third Section - Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
They know a thing or two about hard work and even love in these parts and they need to be experts at both if they are to get through to Harrogate.


2010 Scottish Regional Championship — Fourth Section - Runners & Riders

March 5, 2010
Just six bands make it to the starting blocks here looking to improve their French inspired variations to get to Harrogate.


2010 Yorkshire Regional Championships — Introduction and preview

March 1, 2010
The 2010 National Championships of Great Britain kicks off in Bradford on the weekend - just 140 days since Black Dyke became 2009 champions at the Royal Albert Hall.


2010 Yorkshire Regional Championship — Championship Section: Runners & Riders

March 1, 2010
A great contest in prospect as Rothwell Temperance look to defend their title on 'English Heritage'.


2010 Yorkshire Regional Championship — First Section: Runners & Riders

March 1, 2010
The bands that want to try and make it to Harrogate will have to overcome one heck of a test with the classic 'A Moorside Suite'.


2010 Yorkshire Regional Championship — Second Section: Runners & Riders

March 1, 2010
Which of the 11 bands here can find a bit of Celtic inspiration to get them to Harrogate?


2010 Yorkshire Regional Championship — Third Section: Runners & Riders

March 1, 2010
12 bands will look for a bit of love interest amid the hard labour in Percy Fletchers testing old work.


2010 Yorkshire Regional Championship — Fourth Section: Runners & Riders

March 1, 2010
A healthy turn out of bands this year attracted by a fine work from Philip Sparke and the chance to be on the BBC?


2010 Regional Championships of Great Britain — Test piece reviews

March 1, 2010
4BR has a closer look at the five regional test pieces - covering close to 100 years of compositional history.


BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist Final — retrospective

February 23, 2010
Malcolm Wood reports from the RNCM on a night when bucket loads of character and talent saw Matthew White become an extraordinary BBC Young Brass Soloist winner.


2010 Action Research Entertainment Contest — retrospective

February 16, 2010
Not even a health and safety scare could put a dent in Elland's winning performance at Blackpool's Opera House. Malcolm Wood donned a hard hat to enjoy all the action...


Gizmos & Gadgets — February

February 14, 2010
4BR looks at some of the best bargains to be had this February...


4BR Time Team — The curious case of the contest that never was?

February 12, 2010
30 years ago a very curious contest took place in Wales. It is a tale of intrigue, duplicity, shabby politics and even shabbier people. And at its centre there was a crook called Robert D. Alexander.


4BR Dinner Guests — Ian Buckley gives us his ultimate dinner guest list

February 12, 2010
Stalwart trombonist Ian Buckley tells 4BR just who he would have around his dinner table for a good night out and chin wag...


The X Factor? — Ten composers for the brass band future

February 11, 2010
With the debate on the future of original brass band music riding high, we thought it was high time to highlight ten composers who we feel could have a serious part to play in new band music in the next few years.


2010 Action Research Entertainment Contest — Preview & Prediction

February 10, 2010
It's Valentine's Day in Blackpool on Sunday, but which youth band will leave the Winter Gardens blowing victory kisses to their supporters and fans?


2010 Norwegian National Championships — Gallery from Bergen

February 10, 2010
Just a flavour of the action from Norway's National Championships in Bergen's Grieghallen.


2010 Norwegian National Championships — Postcard from Bergen

February 10, 2010
There was so much to enjoy about Bergen this year - despite the snow and the smell...


2010 Norwegian National Championships — Elite Division retrospective

February 10, 2010
Manger return to the top of Norwegian banding - thanks to agnostic adjudication and some X rated playing...


2010 Norwegian National Championships — 1st Division retrospective

February 10, 2010
There was a commanding win in the 1st Division as Sandefjord took an impressive setp back to the Elite Division of Norwegain banding thanks to a 100% conductor's record.


2010 Norwegian National Championships — Lower Division retrospectives

February 10, 2010
As always there was plenty to enjoy in the lower divisions - from Orskog, Bjorsvik and Fla to name just three...


2010 Norwegian National Championships — Introduction to Bergen

February 3, 2010
The first major National Championship takes place this weekend in Norway. 4BR will be there to find out who comes top in Bergen.


2010 Norwegian National Championships — Elite Division preview and prediction

February 3, 2010
4BR will be in Bergen to listen to the very best bands in Norway battle it out to see who will represent them at the 2011 European Championships. Can Eikanger make it three in a row?


2010 Norwegian National Championships — First Division preview and prediction

February 3, 2010
4BR casts its eye over the 12 bands hoping to make the step up and join the Elite bands in Norway this weekend.


2010 Norwegian National Championships — Second Division preview and prediction

February 3, 2010
Another promising contest in store in the Second Division with 13 well matched bands all hoping to do enough to gain another step up the Norwegian promotion ladder.


2010 Norwegian National Championships — Third Division preview and prediction

February 3, 2010
There is plenty to look forward to in the Third Division - especially as the bands usually have a taste for the classics of the banding repertoire.


2010 Norwegian National Championships — Fourth Division preview and prediction

February 3, 2010
The foundation base of Norwegian banding continues to grow - now with 24 bands taking part with their eclectic own choices.


2010 Norwegian National Championships — The Champions (1979 - 2009)

February 3, 2010
Who has won what and when since the Norwegian Nationals started in 1979.


2010 Yeovil Contest — Octagon preview

January 31, 2010
4BR looks forward to the cross border skirmish in Yeovil for what promises to be an entertaining Wales versus England weekend.


RNCM Festival of Brass — Postcard from Manchester

January 31, 2010
Chris Thomas looks back over the highlights of the 2010 RNCM Festival of Brass.


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Postcard from Skegness

January 28, 2010
It may not be to everyone's taste but Butlins certainly understands the brass band culture.


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Championship Section retrospective

January 28, 2010
Desford take their fourth Butlins title - but victory wasn't as clear cut as the record books may suggest...


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Entertainment innovators?

January 28, 2010
It's two years since innovation and invention became the brass band buzz words here - so did the 2010 contenders do the entertainment business?


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — First Section retrospective

January 28, 2010
A Scottish flavour in the First Section, but it was a Midland band who left Skeggy to toast their victory with a wee dram or two.


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Second Section retrospective

January 28, 2010
No doubt about the winners in the Second Section as East London once again came up trumps in Skegness.


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Third Section retrospective

January 28, 2010
A diamond edged performance gave the Third Section title to Delph and their young MD on the weekend.


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Fourth Section retrospective

January 28, 2010
There was a touch of the Roman epic about Dronfield's victory in the Fourth Section.


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Youth Contest retrospective

January 28, 2010
Youth Brass 2000 retained their Butlins title, but the Youth Contest was an absolute delight for everyone concerned.


Sleepless in Skegness? — Does PLC deserve a big city bonus with his latest test piece?

January 21, 2010
4BR takes a forensic look at Paul Lovatt-Cooper's latest test piece. Is it a first class journey to some of the great global destinations, or just a clever musical pastiche of Whicker's World?


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Introduction & preview

January 18, 2010
Never mind the weather and the economic climate, Butlins will once again provide a warm welcome to an ever growing number of bands.


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Championship Section preview

January 18, 2010
Which band can mix and match their test piece to their entertainment skills to claim the Butlins title this year?


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — The Runners & Riders

January 18, 2010
11 bands take to the stage on Saturday and Sunday hoping that their mix of city sleeplessness and X Factor entertainment will gain them the seven grand top prize.


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — First Section preview

January 18, 2010
Which of the competing bands will be able to capture the musical nuances of the Outer Hebrides to take the First Section title?


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Second Section preview

January 18, 2010
A well matched field will have to get in touch with their folk music roots if they are to take the Second Section title.


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Third Section preview

January 18, 2010
Which of the bands can unearth a diamond of a performance to take the Third Section title on Saturday.


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Fourth Section preview

January 18, 2010
A Roman inspiration for glory in the Fourth Section as Leigh Baker's test piece provides the battleground for the 13 gladiator bands.


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Youth Contest preview

January 18, 2010
There is sure to be plenty to enjoy at the Youth Championships on Sunday afternoon - with six cracking bands providing the entertainment.


2010 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — The adjudicators

January 18, 2010
These are the men in the box this year in Skegness.


2010 RNCM Festival of Brass — The Director's Cut

January 9, 2010
Artistic Director Paul Hindmarsh leads us through what's in store at the RNCM Festival of Brass later this month.


Gizmos & Gadgets — January

January 9, 2010
4BR looks at some of the post Christams bargains to be had in the January sales...


4BR Time Team — The WD & HO Wills Contests

January 7, 2010
A contest that profit shared, had open adjudication, pre draws, free bandsmen tickets and took place at the Albert Hall? So why did the WD & HO Wills Contest only last 4 years?.


ABBA's Waterloo? — The judges get new leadership and homework

January 6, 2010
C Brian Buckley reports from the AGM of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators, where new leadership and plenty of test piece homework were on the wintery agenda.


The X Factor? — 10 who have it, want it or need it in 2010

January 5, 2010
These X Factor people and events could well provide the reading on the barometer of the brass band movements general good health in 2010.


4BR End of Term Reports — The top 20 pupils at the 4BR School

January 2, 2010
The 4BR Headmaster has been writing his 2009 end of term reports on the 20 top ranked pupils in the 4BR school.




Strata Brass -

Wednesday 13 December • Rockingham Centre,Sheffield Road,Hoyland Common,Nr Barnsley S74 1DQ


South London Fellowship Band -

Wednesday 13 December • John Lewis Department Store. Bluewater. Kent DA9 9SA


Black Dyke Band - Queensbury Parish Church

Thursday 14 December • Queensbury Parish Church Halifax Road Queensbury BD13


Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Thursday 14 December • St Alfege Church. Greenwich Church Street. London. SE10 9BJ SE10 9BJ


Concert - Grimethorpe Colliery: Emmanual Church

Thursday 14 December • Huddersfield Rd, Barnsley S75 1DT


Rhyl Silver Band

December 12 • We have vacancies in our training band who have engagements in their own right.. We would welcome cornets, horn and basses.. Just check us out.


Rhyl Silver Band

December 12 • A friendly North Wales Band based has various vacancies due to a rebuild under our new MD Mr Alan Milnes.. We require front row cornets, back row cornets, solo horn, 2nd trombone and bass.. Come on give us a call.


Garforth Brass

December 12 • Really URGENT final call for anyone who can help us out for the Regional competition at Huddersfield on Saturday, 3rd March! As entries need to be in by the end of the year we need a strong Bb bass player to give us a fighting chance in the World Tour!


Sarah Groarke-Booth

BA (Hons) MA
Conductor, Adjudicator, Compere, Actor