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2017 North West Regional Championships
26 February. Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

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Brisbane Excelsior

Undisputed champions to battle for New Zealand title

February 25
The two undisputed champions of Australian and New Zealand banding will meet head to head in Wellington this year to see who is the best band in the southern hemisphere.


A4 Quartet

Fancy a chance to improve your A4 credentials?

February 25 • The Rockingham Band will be holding a great workshop day in April aimed at helping players of all abilities thanks to the exciting talents of the lads of the A4 Quartet.


Centre Stage

Centre Stage ready to give that little bit extra for success

February 25 • Centre Stage Uniforms and Percussion will once again be supporting their 'local' Championships by giving bands just what they want.


Great Pennine Music

Pennine Music on the road to Blackpool

February 25 • As soon as the contest performance is over much sure your take a look at all the fantastic concert repertoire on offer at Pennine Music.


Geneva Group

EBBA make sponsorship link with Geneva

February 25 • Geneva Instruments joins the raft of high profile sponsors of the European Brass Band Championships.


Owen to set for US tour dates

February 25 • Yamaha tenor horn star Arfon Owen will embark on a two week tour to the USA next week.


European contenders ready to take up baton challenge

February 25 • 14 conductors will be put to the test over three rounds if they are to become European champion


Black Dyke lead Pageantry preview

February 25 • Defending champion to lead a triptych of previews ahead of Huddersfield title defence.


Cory duo set for decade long reprise

February 25 • Cory MD Philip Harper and percussionist Steve Jones will be telling local West Country listeners just what they have been up to since they last heard from them a decade ago...


2017 Regional Championships:  North West & Yorkshire Contest Previews

2017 Regional Championships: North West & Yorkshire Contest Previews

February 23 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks forward to consecutive weekends of contest action that offers brass banding contesting at its brilliant best.


2017 North West & Yorkshire Regional Championships: Championship Preview & Prediction

February 23 • One of the greatest works of the brass band repertoire still retains its immense almost mystical challenges despite its age, popularity and rather unique provenance.


2017 North West & Yorkshire Regional Championships: First Section Preview & Prediction

February 23 • Wonderful music inspired by the majestic vistas of New Zealand will prove to be a stern test of aspirations for First Section contenders.


2017 North West & Yorkshire Regional Championships: Second Section Preview & Prediction

February 23 • One of the finest works of its era will provide a stern test of the bands in the Third Sections in Blackpool and Huddersfield.

Concert: BRASS in Concert

February 22 • Musical Director: Harrison Williams. The Old Rep Theatre. Birmingham. Monday 20th February


Concert: Brass Band Treize Etoiles

February 21 • French National Championship Gala Concert. Conductor: Geo-Pierre Moren. L' Auditorium de Lyon. Saturday 18th February


Concert: Junior Guildhall Brass Band

February 20 • Conductor: Spencer Down. Regent Hall. Friday 10th February


# Band Points
1Cory2,282.57
2Brighouse and Rastrick1,114.27
3Black Dyke993.94
4Grimethorpe Colliery741.17
5Flowers520.15
6Fairey461.83
7Tredegar375.64
8Foden's362.00
9Virtuosi GUS334.21
10Carlton Main Frickley Colliery284.79
Interview with Paul Hindmarsh

Interview with Paul Hindmarsh

January 28 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to RNCM Brass Band Festival Director, Paul Hindmarsh


Interview with Edward Gregson

Interview with Edward Gregson

January 28 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to composer Edward Gregson at the RNCM Brass Band Festival.


Interview feature with Martin Ellerby and Foden's Band

Interview feature with Martin Ellerby and Foden's Band

January 28 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to composer Martin Ellerby as he works with Foden's Band and conductor James Gourlay ahead of their RNCM Festival performance.


Interview feature with Philip Wilby, Dorthy Gates and Tredegar Band

Interview feature with Philip Wilby, Dorthy Gates and Tredegar Band

January 28 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to composers Philip Wilby and Dorothy Gates as well as MD Ian Porthouse of Tredegar Band ahead of their performance at the RNCM Festival


Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 25 February • Town Hall Buildings, 68 Queen St, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 9DY


The Cobham Band -

Saturday 25 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall, 4 Embercourt Road, Thames Ditton KT70LQ


Elland Silver Band - Lofhouse 2000 and Tingley Bands & Oldsilkstone

Saturday 25 February • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland HX5 0NH


Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 26 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool. FY1 1HU


GUS Virtuosi Band - The Hawth Brass Series

Sunday 26 February • The Hawth theatre, Crawley RH10 6YZ


Amesbury Town Band

February 24 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed. We could do with more trombones, solo cornets and percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument


The Corsham Band

February 23 • The band are currently looking to recruit either second or third cornet players to further strengthen our friendly and enthusiastic team. Why not come along for a blow and an enjoyable evening at one of our rehearsals. .


Uppermill Band

February 22 • Following the Area Contest, due to work commitments, 2 of our Players will be relocating. As a result an ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CORNET and a further CORNET Player (position negotiable) will be required to complete our team. Rehearsals Mon & Wed 7:45-21-30


Chris Wormald

B.Mus (Hons), LTCL, PGCE
Conductor, adjudicator, arranger