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Battle

Brass Bands England to help lead support of a nation's thanks

February 23
Brass Bands England will help promote 'Battles Over' — a unique commemoration of the end of the First World War, 100 years to the day the guns finally fell silent.


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.


Spring

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

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

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.


National Champions look for Odyssey repeat

February 23 • Brighouse & Rastrick will be opening their doors for a sneak preview of their 'Odyssey' preparations.


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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
1Cory2,057.07
2Brighouse and Rastrick1,192.19
3Eikanger-Bjørsvik1,054.81
4Valaisia Brass Band858.07
5Tredegar667.66
6Black Dyke663.09
7Whitburn642.51
8Foden's558.48
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


Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre SN14 8PG


The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Chirst Church Ilkley

Saturday 24 February • Christchurch,. The Grove,. Ilkley LS29 9LW


Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre. Hayfield. Marshfield SN14 8PG


The Cobham Band -

Saturday 24 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall . 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton. KT7 0LQ KT70LQ


Milton Keynes Brass - "Blow away those Winter Blues"

Saturday 24 February • The United Reformed Church. High Street. Newport Pagnell MK16 0FH


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


Simon Gresswell


Conductor, adjudicator, tutor, tuba specialist