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Janssen drop-out Putz new work in line for European Championship

December 13
The Luxembourg composer Marco Putz will now write the top section test-piece for the European Championships in Utrecht, as Dutch composer Harrie Janssen fails to meet commission time scale.

Welsh Open

Welsh Open adds Spring Festival link to Porthcawl attractions

December 13 • There will be plenty of prizes up for grabs at the Welsh Open next February — including a chance to qualify for the British Open Spring Festival


Shirley showcases Christmas delights

December 13 • The Shirley Band and friends recently provided a sell out audience with plenty of Christmas musical treats.

Black Dyke

Black Dyke stars to lead youth workshop in West Yorkshire

December 13 • Star players from Black Dyke Band will lead free workshop tuition for school children in the heart of West Yorkshire next February.


Major UK youth championship cancelled as 2018 entries collapse

December 12 • There will be no Pennine Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championships in 2018 after entries drop to just five bands.

Sparke work to increase brass band sphere of influence

December 10 • Philip Sparke's 'Music of the Spheres' is to be performed by Brass Band of Battle Creek at the opening of the influential Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Time travellers sought in South Wales

December 10 • A television production company is looking for people with an interest in all things 1970s — especially with the rag trade and a bit of brass banding...

Fountain City success makes a mark in Kansas

December 10 • The UK tour success of Fountain City in claiming podium finishes at Brass in Concert and the Scottish Open has certainly made a mark back home in Kansas.

Godley's cream given retrospective

December 10 • The work of renowned i-pad artist Mik Godley has been given a retrospective by the influential East Midlands Contemporary Visual Arts Network — including the innovative Portraits of Tibshelf project.

2017 Review:: Are the banding elite increasing the class divide?

2017 Review:: Are the banding elite increasing the class divide?

December 12 • In the first of a series of articles looking back at the year, 4BR Editor Iwan Fox wonders if 2017 has seen an elite echelon of bands create an unbridgeable gap between themselves and the rest of the contesting masses?

2017 Brass In Concert: Contest gallery

November 27 • Selection of images from this year's 2017 Brass In Concert Festival

2017 Brass in Concert Championships: Preview & Prediction

November 18 • The best showbiz bands in the world are back in Gateshead to showcase their brands of free of artistic restriction entertainment.

2017 National Championships of Great Britain: Contest gallery

October 18 • Selection of images from the contest, as it happened,at this year's 2017 National Championships of Great Britain

Concert: The Household Division

December 8 • Scarlet & Gold. Conductors: Lt Col K Roberts, Maj M Smith, Maj D Hammond, Maj S Haw, Maj I Johnson. Compere: Alasdair Hutton . Cadogan Hall, London . Thursday 7th December

Concert: Fountain City

December 8 • Conductor: Dr Joseph Parisi. St Leonard's Church. Perth. Friday 24th November

Concert: Central Band of the Royal Air Force

December 7 • American Legends. Conductor: Wing Commander Piers Morrell. Featuring: Sarah Francis and Cpl Matt Walker. Cliffs Pavilion. Friday 1st December

# Band Points
2Brighouse and Rastrick1,196.11
3Valaisia Brass Band842.97
4Black Dyke701.54
8Grimethorpe Colliery460.45
Interview with Arsene Duc

Interview with Arsene Duc

November 26 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Valaisia Brass Band MD, Arsene Duc following their victory at the Swiss National Championship.

Interview with Lito Fontana

Interview with Lito Fontana

November 11 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Lito Fontana, the inspirational figure behind the success of the Italian National Championships.

Interview with Peter Steiner

Interview with Peter Steiner

November 11 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Italian trombonist Peter Steiner

Interview with Italian Brass Band

Interview with Italian Brass Band

November 14 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to the new 2017 Italian National Champions Italian Brass Band

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

Lindley Band

December 13 • SOLO CORNET (seat negotiable) required to join friendly team who enjoy a balance of good quality engagements and contests. Our bandroom is situated 1 mile from M62 Jcn 24. Rehearsals Monday and Wednesday evenings.

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.

Darren R. Hawken

PGdip, BMus(hons) PGCE, dipABRSM, LRSM
Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer