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Welsh Brass Day — Gallery from the BBC Radio Wales celebration of Welsh brass banding

December 22, 2013
Some of the highlights of the recent BBC Radio Wales Brass Day.


Christmas spirit — One band's desire to stop a festive visit from the Grim Reaper

December 16, 2013
Garforth Brass MD Mark Wilde talks to 4BR about the problems faced by a Third Section band in stopping set-backs and the occasional crisis developing into terminal decline...


Call of Duty — An insight into an adjudicator's lot...

December 10, 2013
4BR talks to Nicholas Garman to find out just how the adjudicator's role works and appeals to someone new to the job.


The new Swiss Role — Complex banding comes of age in Montreux

November 30, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at the 2013 Swiss National Championships and detects a new found sense of musical confidence to go with the discreet excellence of their administration work...


2013 Swiss National Championship — As it happened

November 24, 2013
All the action from the 2013 Swiss National Championship - as it happened.


2013 Swiss National Championship — Gallery from Montreux

November 23, 2013
Images from the 2013 Swiss Nationals held at the Montreux Convention Centre


2013 Brass in Concert Championship — Retrospective

November 21, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at a Brass in Concert Championship that had you looking much closer at the vital statistics than normal.


2013 Brass in Concert Championship — Gallery from The Sage

November 18, 2013
Images from the day's entertainment at the Brass in Concert Championship in Gateshead.


2013 Brass in Concert Championship — As it happened

November 17, 2013
Live comments from the 2013 Brass in Concert Championship as it happened.


2013 Brass in Concert Championship — Preview & Prediction

November 15, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the first rate musical talent at The Sage and the end of third rate tripe from Simon Cowell's brand of freak show entertainment.


2013 Brass in Concert Championship — Runners & Riders

November 15, 2013
4BR takes a closer look at the 11 top class entertainers ready to wow at The Sage.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Championship Section - As it happened

October 12, 2013
All the action from the 2013 National Championship of Great Britain - Championship Section - as it happened.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Retrospective

October 15, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at how Cory claimed their sixth National title at the Royal Albert Hall.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — What the adjudicators said

October 15, 2013
This is what the judges wrote about the top three prize winning performances on 'Of Distant Memories'


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Five things to commit to memory

October 15, 2013
There was a quintet of other significant bits and pieces that stuck in the memory at the Albert Hall.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Postcard from the Albert Hall

October 15, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox finds out that size isn't everything when it comes to being able to cherish a 'Little Master'.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Anatomy of a winning performance

October 15, 2013
Ian Clowes followed Cory's winning performance unfold before his camera lens at the Royal Albert Hall on the weekend


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — The prize winners

October 15, 2013
Images of all the prize winners from the 2013 National Finals.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — The conductors in action

October 15, 2013
Ian Clowes kept a close eye on the action from the stage on the weekend with memorable images of the conductors in action.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — The bands in action

October 15, 2013
20 bands took to the stage to try and create memories of their own on Edward Gregson's fantastic set work.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Images from the Albert Hall

October 15, 2013
Ian Clowes was in and around the Albert Hall on the weekend making sure he snapped plenty of memorable images.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Preview and prediction

October 10, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to a memorable battle in more ways than one at the Albert Hall on the weekend.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Runners & Riders

October 10, 2013
These are the bands hoping to become the 2013 Champion Band of Great Britain this weekend.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Test piece review

October 10, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox takes a look at a masterful piece of facadism from the pen of Edward Gregson.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Foden's Double life

October 10, 2013
4BR's Malcolm Wood discovers how winning the 'Double' has changed the way in which Foden's now help their players balance work, family life and banding.


The Brass Event — Brass without Boundaries comes to Wales

October 7, 2013
4BR looks forward to the international stars of the brass world set to appear at Cardiff's ground breaking festival.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Section 1 - As it happened

September 22, 2013
All the action from the 2013 National Championship of Great Britain - Section 1 - as it happened.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Section 2 - As it happened

September 21, 2013
All the action from the 2013 National Championship of Great Britain - Section 2 - as it happened.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Section 3 - As it happened

September 22, 2013
All the action from the 2013 National Championship of Great Britain - Section 3 - as it happened.


2013 National Championship of Great Britain — Section 4 - As it happened

September 21, 2013
All the action from the 2013 National Championship of Great Britain - Section 4 - as it happened.


2013 National Championships of Great Britain — First Section retrospective

September 26, 2013
Iwan Fox looks back at how the First Section National title was won and lost in Cheltenham.


2013 National Championships of Great Britain — Second Section retrospective

September 26, 2013
Malcolm Wood looks back at how the Second Section National title was won and lost in Cheltenham.


2013 National Championships of Great Britain — Third Section retrospective

September 26, 2013
Malcolm Wood looks back at how the Third Section National title was won and lost in Cheltenham.


2013 National Championships of Great Britain — Fourth Section retrospective

September 26, 2013
Iwan Fox looks back at how the Fourth Section title was won and lost in Cheltenham.


2013 National Championships of Great Britain — Gallery from the First Section

September 19, 2013
Images of the bands, presentations and celebrations from the First Section National Finals.


2013 National Championships of Great Britain — Gallery from the Second Section

September 19, 2013
Images of the bands, presentations and celebrations from the Second Section National Finals.


2013 National Championships of Great Britain — Gallery from the Third Section

September 19, 2013
Images of the bands, presentations and celebrations from the Third Section National Finals.


2013 National Championships of Great Britain — Gallery from the Fourth Section

September 19, 2013
Images of the bands, presentations and celebrations from the Fourth Section National Finals.


2013 National Championships of Great Britain — First Section Preview & Prediction

September 18, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox takes a closer look at a contest that will be won by a band that will have to master a wonderfully intriguing work from composer Gavin Higgins.


2013 National Championships of Great Britain — Second Section Preview & Prediction

September 18, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to hearing bands at their best on Kenneth Downie's test of musicality.


2013 National Championships of Great Britain — Third Section Preview & Prediction

September 18, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox takes a closer look at a contest that will offer the starkest of emotions even in victory.


2013 National Championships of Great Britain — Fourth Section Preview & Prediction

September 18, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to a contest that will highlight keen competitiveness and compositional craftsmanship.


2013 British Open Championship — As it happened

September 7, 2013
All the action from the 2013 British Open Championship - as it happened.


2013 British Open Championship — Retrospective

September 13, 2013
Chris Thomas looks back at the 2013 British Open Championship at Symphony Hall - a contest won in truly memorable fashion by Tredegar.


2013 British Open Championship — Postcard from the Coliseum

September 13, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox wonders if the Romans and the Mortimers got it right after all when it came to providing the masses with entertainment.


2013 British Open Championship — One to remember for all time?

September 13, 2013
Tredegar's stunning winning performance was described by the composer as 'absolutely incredible!!!' So is it up there with the best since 1945 at the Open?


2013 British Open Championship — The Adjudications

September 11, 2013
This is what the judges Stephen Roberts, David Read MBE and Rob Wiffin OBE had to say about the top three prize winners at the 161st British Open.


2013 British Open Championship — Gallery of presentations and prizewinners

September 11, 2013
Ian Clowes captures the joy of the prize winners and presentations at Symphony Hall


2013 British Open Championship — Gallery from Symphony Hall

September 11, 2013
Ian Clowes of Goldy Solutions was on hand in Birmingham to capture some great images of the 161st British Open.


2013 British Open Championship — Gallery of bands in action

September 11, 2013
Images of some of the bands in action at 161st British Open Championship at Symphony Hall in Birmingham.


2013 British Open Championship — As it happened

September 7, 2013
All the action from the 2013 British Open Championship - as it happened.


2013 British Open Championship — Preview & Prediction

September 4, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox previews the 161st British Open Championship - a contest played out against rumours of age old grumbling spleens...


2013 British Open Championship — Runners & Riders

September 4, 2013
4BR looks at the 20 bands all hoping to make it an 'Arabian Night' to remember in Birmingham on Saturday.


2013 British Open Championship — Test Piece Review

September 4, 2013
Iwan Fox takes a look at Stephen Roberts's 'Arabian Nights' - a return to the historical test piece roots of the British Open contest.


2013 British Open Championship — 5 minutes with Christopher Binns

September 4, 2013
4BR's Malcolm Wood catches up with Milnrow's talented young trombonist Christopher Binns as he prepares to make his British Open debut.


2013 British Open Championship — Can history repeat itself?

September 4, 2013
Iwan Fox looks back at Foden's 1913 triumph to see if history can repeat itself this weekend?


Sun, sea and musings — banding life in Corfu

August 30, 2013
Former Brighouse & Rastrick cornet player Richard Jones finds a musical experience to cherish and inspire on the Ionian island of Corfu...


What's the score? — A guide to preparation and presentation

August 29, 2013
Phillip Littlemore reveals the secrets to good score preparation and presentation using music notation software


4BR Solo Spotlight — Picking the right xylophone feature

August 29, 2013
Percussion star Gavin Pritchard selects a few xylophone solos to consider for your next concert - from the eager beginner to the fully fledged wizard.


4BR Time Team — The greatest tenor horn player ever?

August 20, 2013
Allan Littlemore looks back on the remarkable playing career of Arthur Webb - one of the greatest tenor horn players in banding history.


4BR Interview — Bramwell Tovey (Part 3)

August 18, 2013
In the final part of his major interview with 4BR, Chris Thomas finds out more about Bramwell Tovey's thoughts on the modern brass banding world.


4BR Scouting Report — Baritone brothers Steven and Michael Cavanagh

August 18, 2013
4BR's Malcolm Wood turns the spotlight on two talented baritone players, Steven and Mike Cavanagh.


Brass on canvas — Why are paintings inspired by brass bands so hard to find?

August 14, 2013
Paintings of a brass band are rarely seen adorning the walls of art galleries or museums - although there have been some wonderful artists who have been inspired by our art form over the years as 4BR Editor Iwan Fox found out.


You're in the Army now — Military top brass to welcome new banding recruits

August 9, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox finds out more about the British Army's historic decision to create three professional brass bands within its ranks.


How to make brass from brass — The perfect Pershore Festival partnership

August 6, 2013
4BR discovers that an inventive festival partnership between a hard working organisation and the local community can bring a town to commercial life through brass band music making.


Ashes to Ashes — Cricket, tea and a brass band in disguise

August 4, 2013
Malcolm Wood enjoys a day out at the Old Trafford test match accompanied by happy Aussies, a cup of tea and the sound of a Yorkshire brass band...


4BR Interview — Bramwell Tovey (Part 2)

July 28, 2013
In the second of his major three part interview, Chris Thomas finds out more about Bram Tovey's influences and opinions...


Be more like Bernstein — How to become a well rounded musician....

July 27, 2013
Geraint Davies delves into his years of teaching experience to come up with ten top tips for music lovers both young and old to become better, more rounded musicians....


Kilroy is here — An impressive opening full of realism from BBE's new Chairman

July 24, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox reports on an impressive start to Mike Kilroy's tenure as the new Chairman of Brass Bands England.


Champions of the World — 4BR joins Manger Musikklag on their trip to Kerkrade

July 13, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox recently spent time with Manger Musikklag as they prepared for their assault on the World Championship in Kerkrade.


Champions of the World — Gallery of Manger Musikklag in Holland

July 12, 2013
Images of Manger Musikklag's recent concert and contest tour to the World Championships in Kerkrade in Holland.


Journey to Freedom — Allan Withington unlocks conductor potential

July 11, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox enjoys a trip behind bars to see how Allan Withington is helping to unlock international conducting potential in Holland.


Journey to Freedom — Gallery of images from the Allan Withington Conductor Summer School

July 11, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox captured some of the jail break action at the recent Allan Withington Conductor Summer School in Leeuwarden in Holland.


2013 World Music Championship — As it happened

July 29, 2013
All the action from the 2013 World Music Championship - as it happened.


2013 World Music Championship — Gallery from Kerkrade

July 9, 2013
4BR images from the recent World Music Championship in Kerkrade in Holland where Manger Musikklag claimed the world title.


2013 English National Championship — retrospective

June 30, 2013
A hat-trick triumph will lead to some slight re-arrangements at Black Dyke's bandroom following their English National victory.


2013 English National Championship — Gallery from Birmingham

June 30, 2013
Images from the 2013 English National Championship held at the Elgar Concert Hall of the University of Birmingham.


2013 English National Championship — As it happened

June 29, 2013
All the action from the 2013 English National Championship - as it happened.


My uncle the composer — George Lloyd remembered

June 27, 2013
George Lloyd's former business manager Bill Lloyd talks to 4BR about the composer who just happened to be his uncle...


2013 English National Championship — Preview & Prediction

June 26, 2013
Has the English National ever recovered from the pain of Wayne Rooney's errant footwork in Germany in 2006? This Saturday could gives us the ultimate answer.


4BR Interview — Bramwell Tovey (Part 1)

June 25, 2013
In the first of a major three part interview, Chris Thomas talks about all things music to Bramwell Tovey.


2013 All England Masters International Championship — Retrospective

June 1, 2013
Chris Thomas looks back at the 25th Masters - won by a band and MD that found the essential character traits of classic Eric Ball.


2013 All England Masters International Championship — As it happened

May 28, 2013
All the action from the 2013 All England Masters International Championship - as it happened.


2013 All England Masters International Championship — 25 years of the Masters

May 24, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the Masters - and congratulates the organisers for being able to stick two fingers up to their critics...


2013 All England Masters International Championship — Preview & Prediction

May 24, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to looking back with Eric Ball's annual meeting of gay friends in Kettering...


2013 Whit Friday — Retrospective

June 1, 2013
4BR's Malcolm Wood looks back on day when some red hot playing kept players both young and old warm around Tameside and Saddleworth.


2013 Whit Friday Contest — Gallery of images from Tameside and Saddleworth

May 28, 2013
Ian Clowes and Malcolm Wood provide some memorable images of the greatest free show on earth...


The Greatest Free Show on Earth — The Whit Friday contests in Saddleworth & Tameside

May 23, 2013
Malcolm Wood looks forward to the greatest free show on earth this weekend - the Whit Friday contests in Saddleworth and Tameside.


4BR Interview — Stephen Roberts (Part 2)

May 21, 2013
Chris Thomas continues his in depth conversation with composer Stephen Roberts - the man behind this year's British Open test piece.


The Best of Banding — How local banding partnerships can work

May 21, 2013
Jeremy Dibb provides 4BR with his personal experience of how partnerships between local community bands can work well.


Manifesto promises — The battle for the future leadership of BBE gets underway

May 14, 2013
David Ashworth and Kevin Holgate set out their 'Manifesto for the Future' as they seek election to Brass Bands England.


2013 Spring Festival — Grand Shield - As it happened

May 11, 2013
All the action from the 2013 Spring Festival (Grand Shield) - as it happened.


2013 Spring Festival — Senior Cup - As it happened

May 11, 2013
All the action from the 2013 Spring Festival (Senior Cup) - as it happened.


2013 Spring Festival — Senior Trophy - As it happened

May 11, 2013
All the action from the 2013 Spring Festival (Senior Trophy) - as it happened.


2013 Spring Festival — Grand Shield - retrospective

May 15, 2013
Chris Thomas looks back on a contest that certainly lived up to its unpredictable nature as Milnrow claimed an emotional victory.


2013 Spring Festival — Senior Cup - retrospective

May 15, 2013
Malcolm Wood looks back on a contest that was won in considerable style by a Woodfalls Band that certainly mastered the key problems of a tricky test piece.


2013 Spring Festival — Senior Trophy - retrospective

May 15, 2013
John James looks back on a contest won by Newtongrane - a band that has been on a high and low journey of its own of late.


2013 Spring Festival — Gallery of prize winners

May 14, 2013
There were plenty of winning smiles and promotion grins on display at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool this year...


2013 Spring Festival — Preview to Blackpool

May 9, 2013
Malcolm Wood sets the scene on a weekend of hard graft, hard drinking and hard luck - with only two bands making a getaway from it all on the Golden Mile...


2013 Spring Festival — Grand Shield - Preview & Prediction

May 9, 2013
The hardest brass band contest in the world to win will come down to who knows most about the musical habits of a ginger cleric...


2013 Spring Festival — Senior Cup - Preview & Prediction

May 9, 2013
A touch of Italian carnival splendour stands in the way of the bands hoping to claim their place in the Grand Shield.


2013 Spring Festival — Senior Trophy - Preview & Prediction

May 9, 2013
A classic piece of mature Eric Ball will test the bands as they hope to take the first step on ther own journey to the British Open.


2013 European Brass Band Championships — Retrospective

May 10, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at a possible defining victory for Cory at the European Championships in Olso.


2013 European Brass Band Championships — As it happened

May 7, 2013
All the action from the 2013 European Brass Band Championships in Olso - as it happened.


2013 European Brass Band Championships — Gallery - Gala Concert and Awards

May 7, 2013
Ian Clowes captures the celebrations as the awards were presented


2013 European Brass Band Championships — Gallery - Bands: Own Choice

May 4, 2013
Ian Clowes captures the bands in action during the own choice contest


2013 European Brass Band Championships — Gallery - Conductors - Set Work

May 4, 2013
Ian Clowes captures the conductors in action during the set work contest


2013 European Brass Band Championships — Gallery - Around the Championships

May 4, 2013
Ian Clowes captures moments from 2013 EBBC


2013 European Brass Band Championships — Gallery - Conductors Competition

May 2, 2013
Ian Clowes captures moments from the European Conductors Competition


2013 European Brass Band Championships — Gallery - European Youth Brass Band

May 2, 2013
Ian Clowes captures moments from the European Youth Brass Band playing in Oslo 2013


2013 European Brass Band Championships — Gallery from Oslo

May 2, 2013
Ian Clowes and the 4BR team have been out and about capturing images of Oslo scene for the Championships.


2013 European Brass Band Championships — Oslo Preview

April 30, 2013
Has the plan for never ending European banding expansionism finally come to an end in Oslo?


2013 European Brass Band Championships — Championship Section Preview & Prediction

April 30, 2013
Could home advantage be the deciding factor this year in Oslo?


2013 European Brass Band Championships — Championship Section Runners & Riders

April 30, 2013
11 of the very best bands will lock horns to see who can be crowned the 2013 Champion Band of Europe.


2013 European Brass Band Championships — Championship Test Piece Review

April 30, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox takes a closer look at an intriguing take on Norwegian pond life from the pen of Stig Nordhagen.


4BR Interview — Tine Thing Helseth

April 29, 2013
4BR's Malcolm Wood meets the Norwegian trumpet star who has just about everything in life planned out to perfection.


Percussion Problem Solver — Being prepared

April 24, 2013
In the first of a new series Gavin Pritchard gives helpful advice on how to be prepared for the expected and the unexpected on the contest stage.


Neglected Gems — Seascape with High Cliffs

April 24, 2013
Chris Thomas puts forward the case for a timely reappraisal of a forgotten European test piece.


2013 North American Brass Band Championships — As it happened

April 13, 2013
All the action from the 2013 North American Brass Band Championships - as it happened.


2013 North American Brass Band Championships — Retrospective

April 22, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at contest events in Cincinnati, where musical style and American substance was certainly on show.


2013 North American Brass Band Championships — Prize winners gallery

April 13, 2013
Gallery images of the Prizewinners at this year's Championships in Cincinnati .


2013 North American Brass Band Championships — Gallery from Cincinnati

April 12, 2013
4BR Editor has been out and about capturing images of the action at the Cincinnati Mason Centre this weekend.


2013 National Youth Championships of Great Britain — Retrospective

April 22, 2013
Malcolm Wood looks back on the National Youth Championships - where a gold medal was fully deserved for Brass Bands England as well as well as for the very best competitors.


2013 National Youth Championships of Great Britain — Championship & Intermediate Gallery

April 18, 2013
Steve Jack was out and about at the RNCM in Manchester capturing the action in the Championship and Intermediate Sections at the National Youth Championships.


2013 National Youth Championships of Great Britain — Beginners & Juniors Gallery

April 17, 2013
Steve Jack was out and about at the RNCM in Manchester capturing the action in the Beginners and Junior Sections at the National Youth Championships.


2013 National Youth Championships of Great Britain — Introduction

April 10, 2013
4BR's Malcolm Wood looks forward to a wonderful day of competition at the RNCM in Manchester on the weekend.


2013 Australian National Championships — As it happened

March 31, 2013
All the action from the 2013 Australian National Championships - as it happened.


2013 Australian National Championships — Retrospective

April 9, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back on the 2013 Yamaha Australian National Championships in Perth - and a result that revealed its bikini lines more than most.


2013 Australian National Championships — Gallery: The Prize Winners

March 31, 2013
Images of the prize winners at this year's Australian National Championships in Perth.


2013 Australian National Championships — Gallery: Sunday

March 31, 2013
Selection of images from the A Grade and B Grade events.


2013 Australian National Championships — Gallery: Friday

March 28, 2013
Selection of images from the A Grade and B Grade events


2013 Australian National Championships — Contest Preview

March 25, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to his trip to the Australian National Championships in Perth this weekend.


2013 Welsh Regional Championships — As it happened

March 17, 2013
All the action from the 2013 Welsh Regional Championships - as it happened.


2013 Welsh Regional Championships — Championship Section retrospective

March 24, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at the top section action at Swansea.


2013 Welsh Regional Championships — Gallery from the Brangwyn Hall

March 19, 2013
Images of the prize winners from the Welsh Regional Championship in Swansea's Brangwyn Hall this year.


2013 Welsh Regional Championships — Previews & Predictions

March 14, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the battle of the Welsh bands in Swansea on the weekend.


2013 North of England Regional Championships — As it happened

March 17, 2013
All the action from the 2013 North of England Regional Championships - as it happened.


2013 North of England Regional Championships — Championship Section retrospective

March 24, 2013
4BR's Malcolm Wood looks back at the top section action at Darlington.


2013 North of England Regional Championships — Preview & Predictions

March 14, 2013
4BR's Malcolm Wood looks forward to what promises to be an enjoyable weekend of contesting in Darlington.


2013 London & Southern Counties Regional Championhips — As it happened

March 17, 2013
All the action from the 2013 London & Southern Counties Regional Championhips - as it happened.


2013 London & Southern Counties Regional Championships — Championship Section retrospective

March 24, 2013
4BR's Peter Bale looks back at the top section action at Stevenage.


2013 London & Southern Counties Regional Championhips — Preview & Predictions

March 14, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the competitive action at Stevenage this weekend.


2013 Midlands Regional Championships — As it happened

March 10, 2013
All the action from the 2013 Midlands Regional Championships - as it happened.


2013 Midlands Regional Championships — Championship Section retrospective

March 24, 2013
4BR's Chris Thomas looks back at the top section action at Bedworth.


2013 Midlands Regional Championships — Preview & Predictions

March 8, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the action at one of the most closely contested regional championships in the country.


2013 North West Regional Championships — As it happened

March 10, 2013
All the action from the 2013 North West Regional Championships - as it happened.


2013 North West Regional Championships — Gallery of the Blackpool weekend

March 13, 2013
Steve Jack and John James were recording the images of the action at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on the weekend.


2013 North West Regional Championships — Championship Section retrospecive

March 24, 2013
4BR's Malcolm Wood looks back at the top section action at Blackpool.


2013 North West Regional Championships — Preview & Predictions

March 8, 2013
4BR's Malcolm Wood looks forward to the unique atmosphere of the banding action at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Mother's Day.


2013 Scottish Championships — As it happened

March 10, 2013
All the action from the 2013 Scottish Championships - as it happened.


2013 Scottish Championships — Championship Section retrospective

March 24, 2013
4BR looks back at the action in the top section at Perth.


2013 Scottish Championships — Gallery from Perth

March 16, 2013
Linda Cairns was in Perth last weekend to capture the happy smiles of bands and players heading to Cheltenham and London later in the year.


2013 Scottish Championships — Preview & Predictions

March 7, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the action unfolding in Perth this weekend as the countdown to the 2014 European Championships begin...


2013 West of England Regional Championships — As it happened

March 10, 2013
All the action from the 2013 West of England Regional Championships - as it happened.


2013 West of England Regional Championships — Gallery from Torquay

March 14, 2013
Images of the two days of drama and excitement in Torquay taken by 4BR editor Iwan Fox


2013 West of England Regional Championships — Championship Section retrospective

March 24, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back on the action in the top section at Torquay.


2013 West of England Regional Championships — Preview & Predictions

March 7, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the battles for supremacy in Torquay this weekend.


2013 Yorkshire Regional Championship — As it happened

March 3, 2013
All the action from the 2013 Yorkshire Regional Championship - as it happened.


2013 Yorkshire Regional Championships — Championship Section retrospective

March 5, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back on the drama, theatre and ethereal music making that gave Carlton Main their first Yorkshire title since 1999 in Bradford on the weekend.


2013 Yorkshire Regional Championships — Lower Section retrospectives

March 5, 2013
Iwan Fox and Malcolm Wood look back on the action in the First, Second, Third and Fourth Sections at Bradford on the weekend.


2013 Yorkshire Regional Championships — Gallery of the Bradford prizewinners

March 5, 2013
Images of the people and bands that took the prizes at Bradford this year.


2013 Yorkshire Regional Championships — Gallery from Bradford

March 5, 2013
Images of the two days of drama and excitement at St George's Hall in Bradford taken by 4BR editor Iwan Fox


2013 Yorkshire Regional Championships — Preview & Predictions

February 28, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the action at St George's Hall - and makes his predictions on who he think's may end up in London and Cheltenham.


4BR Spotlight Interview — 5 minutes or so with Exit Brass!

February 27, 2013
Malcolm Wood catches up with the talented Belgian quartet Exit Brass!


4BR Interview — Stephen Roberts (Part 1)

February 26, 2013
In the first of two interviews, Chris Thomas talks to Stephen Roberts - a musician of who has made such a significent mark in both the orchestral and banding worlds.


2013 Regional Championships — Harmony, what harmony?

February 26, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the action that will unfold over the coming weeks - thanks to a touch of unintended musical irony....


4BR Interview — Bernard Jones OBE

February 20, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox meets a remarkable businessman who was able to use his success to benefit the great passions of his life.


2013 Welsh Open Entertainment Championship — Gallery from Porthcawl

February 17, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox captures images of the action and prizes at the recent Welsh Open Entertainment Championship in Porthcawl.


2013 Brass at the Guild — Gallery

February 4, 2013
The presentation of the awards in the Guild Hall, Preston


2013 Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championship — retrospective

February 14, 2013
4BR's Malcolm Wood looks back at a great day of entertainment at Blackpool, where Youth Brass 2000 were pushed all the way to produce their contest winning Glenn Miller magic...


2013 Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championship — Preview & prediction

February 6, 2013
Malcolm Wood looks forward to the brass band entertainment that is guarenteed to make everyone feel better in Blackpool on the weekend.


2013 Norwegian Nationals — As it happened

February 9, 2013
All the action from the 2013 Norwegian Nationals - as it happened.


2013 Norwegian Nationals — Elite Division retrospective

February 14, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back on how an unbreakable desire to remain the champion gave Eikanger their 14th National title in Bergen.


2013 Norwegian Nationals — Postcard from Bergen

February 14, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox wonders if the first signs of contesting cynicism are creeping ino the Norwegian banding culture, despite another wonderful event at the Grieghallen in Bergen.


2013 Norwegian Nationals — Gallery of the Elite Section action

February 12, 2013
Images of the Elite bands in action in the set work and own choices sections of the National Championships in Bergen this year...


2013 Norwegian Nationals — Gallery of the action at the Grieghallen

February 12, 2013
Images of the 2013 championships through the lens of 4BR Editor Iwan Fox....


2013 Norwegian Nationals — Gallery of the prizewinners

February 12, 2013
Images of the prizewinners in each of the sections at the Norwegian National Championships in Bergen this year.


2013 Norwegian Nationals — Introduction to Bergen

February 5, 2013
All roads lead to the Grieghallen in Bergen this weekend - so don't miss the action even if you have to sit in front of your computer for two days...


2013 Norwegian Nationals — Elite Division preview & prediction

February 5, 2013
4BR will be in Bergen to witness brass band contesting in the elemental raw.....


2013 Norwegian Nationals — Elite Division runners & riders

February 5, 2013
10 brilliant bands will battle it out for glory in Bergen on the weekend.


2013 Norwegian Nationals — First Division preview & prediction

February 5, 2013
4BR casts its eye over the 11 bands hoping to make the step up and join the Elite bands in Norway this weekend.


2013 Norwegian Nationals — Second Division preview & prediction

February 5, 2013
Another cracking contest in store in the Second Division with 13 well matched bands all hoping to gain another step up the Norwegian promotion ladder.


2013 Norwegian Nationals — Third Division preview & prediction

February 5, 2013
There is plenty to look forward to in the Third Division - especially as it may be so difficult to separate the bands out.


2013 Norwegian Nationals — Fourth Division preview & prediction

February 5, 2013
As the Fourth Division enters its second decade of competition, the signs are that the Norwegians have got the contest formula right - thanks to plenty of musical ambition.


2013 Norwegian Nationals — Fifth Division preview & prediction

February 5, 2013
Norway continues to build on its latest contesting foundation stone with strength in numbers and musical ambition.


2013 Norwegian Nationals — The Winners: 1979 - 2012

February 5, 2013
Who has won what and when since the Norwegian Nationals started in 1979.


2013 Yeovil Entertainment Contest — Retrospective

February 7, 2013
Daniel Wilmott looks back at a commanding victory for Flowers at an entertainment contest short on numbers but not on quaity at Yeovil.


2013 Yeovil Contest — Octagon preview & prediction

February 1, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to the entertainment on offer in Yeovil on the weekend.


2013 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — As it happened

January 20, 2013
All the action from the 2013 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - as it happened.


2013 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Championship Section retrospective

January 25, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back on a contest which saw Virtuosi GUS start a new contesting winning chapter in their proud history book.


2013 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Gallery

January 25, 2013
Photographer Phil Symonds was out and about enjoying the action from the Championship Section of the Skegness weekend...


2013 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Skegness preview

January 16, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to taking a small step or two towards Skegness this weekend...


2013 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Championship Section: Preview & Prediction

January 16, 2013
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to seeing who will be smiling like a robber the cops can't catch on Sunday night.


2013 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — First Section: Preview & Prediction

January 16, 2013
The winners here may well have to wait for the SS Carpathia to pick them up to take them to the bar for a celebratory drink after this deep sea marathon...


2013 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Second Section: Preview & Prediction

January 16, 2013
Which band will welcome coming to grief in the Second Section - as 18 contenders tackle a bit of Victorian deathly celebration.


2013 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Third Section: Preview & Prediction

January 16, 2013
There may only be a small field in the Third Section but quality always beats quantity...


2013 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Fourth Section: Preview & Prediction

January 16, 2013
Who will get to grips best with the Pennine/Australian mix and match of Goff Richards colourful Saddleworth musical homage?


2013 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — Youth & Junior Ensemble: Preview & Prediction

January 16, 2013
Butlins commitment to encouraging the next generation of young brass playes is starting to pay real dividends.


4BR Dinner Guests — Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen

January 13, 2013
The Norwegian composer tells 4BR who he would have around his gaff to enjoy debating banding over whale meat and mashed peas washed down by a delicate Riesling wine...


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

January 5, 2013
The Headmaster has finished writing his 2012 end of year reports on the 20 top ranked pupils in the 4BR sixth form school.


4BR Spotlight Interview — 5 minutes or so with Andrew Stevenson

January 2, 2013
4BR's Malcolm Wood spends a few New Year minutes with Andrew Stevenson, Foden's Youth Band's new Composer in Residence.


The Champions — Who won what in 2012

January 1, 2013
There were a lot of brass band contests in 2012. 4BR provides the definitive list of the bands that took away the victors laurels all over the world.


2012 4BR Awards — The Results

January 7, 2013
The votes have been counted and the 2012 winners can be revealed...


2012 4BR Awards — Introduction & Categories

December 31, 2012
A little later this year, but it gives you a full year to look back on before you vote in the categories to see who you think has been the best of the best in 2012.


2012 4BR Awards — Band of the Year

December 31, 2012
Who do you think should be awarded the accolade of 2012 Band of the Year, after a season in which the major prizes found themselves fairly evenly spread out once again?


2012 4BR Awards — Conductor of the Year

December 31, 2012
Which conductor made the biggest impression on the collective consciousness in 2012? There were hundreds of them plying their trade for certain.


2012 4BR Awards — Player of the Year

December 31, 2012
Which individual performer showed us their brilliance to best effect in 2012?


2012 4BR Awards — CD/DVD of the Year

December 31, 2012
Which recordings made you want to replace anything by X Factor wannabe Rylan on your ipod with a brass band recording during 2012?


2012 4BR Awards — Solo CD of the Year

December 31, 2012
Which solo performer tickled your fancy in 2012 with their latest release?


2012 4BR Awards — Lower Section/Youth Band of the Year

December 31, 2012
So many bands had a 2012 to remember - so which one deserves the accolade as Lower Section/Youth Band of the Year?


2012 4BR Awards — Newcomer of the Year

December 31, 2012
There was plenty of new talent on show in 2012 from players, conductors and bands, to composers, instruments and even new ways of presenting brass band contests.


2012 4BR Awards — Test Piece of the Year

December 31, 2012
Lots and lots of test pieces were performed in 2012 - some better than others it must be said. So which one was the best of the bunch though?


2012 4BR Awards — Contest Performance of the Year

December 31, 2012
Perhaps the most difficult of all the categories to choose the best from? Which contest performance stood out for you in 2012 - and it may not have been a winner.


2012 4BR Awards — 4BR Special Award - Howard Snell

December 31, 2012
In 2012 the 4BR Special Award goes to one of the greatest musicians ever to grace the brass band movement.




Rhyl Silver Band - Rhyl Silver Band and Cor Clwyd

Saturday 21 October • Town Hall. RHYL LL18


Black Dyke Band - Denby Dale Ladies Choir

Saturday 21 October • Huddersfield Town Hall, Corporation St, Huddersfield, HD1 2TA


Concert - Grimethorpe Colliery: Beck Theatre

Sunday 22 October • Grange Rd, Hayes UB3 2UE


Black Dyke Band - Skipton

Thursday 26 October • High St, Gargrave, Skipton BD23 1AH


The Hepworth Band - Frank Renton & Isobel Daws

Friday 27 October • Yeadon Town Hall


The Tilbury Band

October 21 • Tilbury Brass Band (Essex) have the following vacancies. . Cornet (position negotiable). Bass (position negotiable). Principal Euph . Percussion (Kit and Tuned). . We rehearse in our own Band Hall in Tilbury on Wednesdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7.30pm


Hungerford Town Band

October 21 • Having recruited a top class principal trombone, Hungerford Town Band require a Bb Bass player to complete the section. We have hard but fun rehearsals and work together as a close nit team.


Strata Brass

October 21 • Bb BASS in this Yorkshire Championship Band (1st Section 2018)- MD Jonathan Bates(Solo Horn - Fodens Band).. Rehearsals SUN/WED,bandroom 5 mins from J35/36 M1 (Hoyland).. Currently preparing new concert programme and for Butlins/Area 2018..


Neil Samuel


Conductor