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2018 Regional Championships: North West
Winter Gardens, Blackpool
25 February 2018.



RNCM announces major Philip Jones Brass Ensemble competition

February 24
A major partnership between the RNCM in Manchester and Ursula Jones will see the hosting of the inaugural Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition in July 2019.


Plans set for Bolsover Summer School

February 24 • More exciting plans have been put in place for the sixth Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School led by Steven Mead in July — and you can be a part of it...

Centre Stage

Drum rolls please — and keep it deliberately quiet

February 24 • The new MP-Drum from Centre Stage Percussion is being unveiled at the North West Regional Championship.


2018 Spring Festival details announced

February 24 • The list of bands competing at the 98th British Open Spring Festival have been announced by the contest organisers.


Cory stars lead Mid-Winter challenges in Barnstaple

February 24 • Philip Harper and stars from Cory Band helped put 120 players through their paces at the recent SWBBA Mid-Winter Workshop weekend.

Radio: Sounds of Brass

February 24 • More great music on the airwaves from Philip Hunt.

Illness forces Webster to withdraw from adjudication role

February 24 • Steven Mead steps in as illness has meant Dr Roger Webster has had to withdraw from his adjudication role at the forthcoming Midlands Regional Championships.

Foden's give Patrons a sneak preview ahead of Area Odyssey

February 24 • The defending North West Champion made sure their loyal supporters gained a sneak preview of their Area preparations at their recent Patrons' Concert.

Death of Ken Smith MNZM

February 24 • The death has been announced of Ken Smith MNZM, one of the great cornet players and brass band musicians.

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2018 North West Regional Championships: Preview & Predictions

2018 North West Regional Championships: Preview & Predictions

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

4BR Interview: Lance Sergeant David Lockwood

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

Tour tales: Travel, music, workshops and the Alps

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

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

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

CD Review: Matthew Gee's Amazing Sliding Circus!

February 24 • Matthew Gee. Featuring: Christopher Glynn and members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. CD: Gee02

CD Review: Over the Horizon

February 21 • Soloist: Steve Stewart. Cory Band. Conductor: Philip Harper. Doyen Recordings: DOY CD376

Concert: Celebration Concert for James Williams, MBE

February 20 • Enfield Citadel Band. Conductors: Iain Parkhouse and Don Jenkins. Featuring: Keith Hutchinson (cornet); Helen Parker (vocal); Bernard Snell (piano). Guards Chapel. London . Saturday 3rd February

# Band Points
2Brighouse and Rastrick1,192.19
4Valaisia Brass Band858.07
6Black Dyke663.09
9Grimethorpe Colliery534.01
10Brass Band Willebroek389.92
Memories of Allan Withington's 2017 Conducting Course

Memories of Allan Withington's 2017 Conducting Course

February 21 • Highlights from the 2017 Allan Withington Conducting Course.

Interview with Viggo Bjorge of Eikanger Band

Interview with Viggo Bjorge of Eikanger Band

February 10 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Viggo Bjorge of Eikanger Band

Interview with Tim Mutum and Philip Hunt

Interview with Tim Mutum and Philip Hunt

January 27 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks about the future of brass band broadcasting with Tim Mutum and Philip Hunt

Interview with Yamaha

Interview with Yamaha

January 13 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Jeremy Smith of Yamaha to find out more about the launch of the brand new Neo and Custom euphonium

Contest: North West Regional Championships

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

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

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

Northop Silver Band - Northop Brass

Thursday 1 March • Northop Band Room CH7 6BQ

Regent Hall Concerts - Guildhall Brass Band

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

Contest: Yorkshire Regional Championships

Saturday 3 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Enderby Band

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

West Somerset Brass Band

February 23 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet and baritone section. We are a community band playing all over Somerset and hope to undertake a tour to France later in the year. If you can play whatever standard please make contact

The Corsham Band

February 22 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team

Sarah Groarke-Booth

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