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April 18
Cut backs to local authority music services are not just harming the teaching of brass band instruments.


Dr Martin Contest open for entries

April 18 • There are big top section prizes to be won at the Dr Martin Wainstone Cup Contest — so you need to be quick to get your entries in.


Utrecht hat-trick for De Waldsang

April 18 • The Dutch champion will warm up for their European assault by performing in Utrecht a few times...

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Webster returns home for latest visit

April 18 • Roger Webster's latest Besson bandroom visit took him back to his first principal cornet role at Rockingham Band — and a chance to repay early encouragement.


New Principal at Royal Welsh College

April 18 • Helena Gaunt will take over as the new Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff.

Rallying cry to Frickley South Elmsall non contesting renaissance

April 18 • The Frickley South Elmsall Band is determined to carry on playing after closure threat is overcome.

Oh you pretty things...

April 18 • John Doyle and a trio of Leyland Band players entertain the guests at the 30th birthday party of billionaire fashion mogul Umar Kamani...

March memory in tribute of Dave Morris

April 18 • A brand new march called 'Bolsover Castle' is to be premiered at the forthcoming Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School in memory of the much missed David Morris.

Fountain link for Fairey in Utrecht

April 18 • James Fountain will play principal cornet with Fairey Band at the forthcoming European Championship in Utrecht.

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Alpine Reflections: Brass band contesting to the outside world

Alpine Reflections: Brass band contesting to the outside world

April 19 • Colin Bowman is a respected local sports journalist but a novice to the world of brass banding — so this is what he thought about his experiences of a Regional contest day at Stevenage following his band Brighton & Hove City.

Taking more than 4 bars rest: The importance of good mental health

April 14 • Cornet player Liv Appleton recalls her battle to understand and then overcome the crippling effects of anxiety, stress and self doubt.

Red or Green?: EBBA faces the final choice on the Palanga question

April 10 • The countdown is on for 2020, but a new sense of musical optimism and organisational detente could well inform the green or red light decision of EBBA.

2018 London & Southern Counties Championships: As it happened

March 18 • All the action from the 2018 London & Southern Counties Championships — As it happened.

Concert: Filton Concert Brass

April 12 • Conductor: Tom Davoren. Soloist: Brett Baker. Lithuanian Wind & Brass Band Championship Gala Concert. Palanga Concert Hall. Saturday 7th April

Concert: NYBBS 60th Anniversary Celebration Concert

April 11 • The National Youth Band of Scotland & Cory Band. Conductors: Russell Gray, Richard Evans, Philip Harper. Perth Concert Hall. Wednesday 4th April

Concert: RAF 100 Centenary Gala

April 6 • Massed Bands of the Royal Air Force. Conductor: Wing Commander Piers Morrell. Royal Albert Hall. Saturday 31st March

# Band Points
2Brighouse and Rastrick976.16
4Valaisia Brass Band668.92
5Black Dyke557.03
9Grimethorpe Colliery447.26
Interview with Tom Davoren in Palanga

Interview with Tom Davoren in Palanga

August 4 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Tom Davoren to find out more about his trip to Palanga with Filton Concert Band - and about the venue that may host the 2020 European Champinships.

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

Black Dyke Band - Bury Parish Church

Thursday 19 April • The Rock, Bury BL9 0AH

Foden's Band - BBC Radio 'Young Brass Award Final'

Friday 20 April • RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

Crofton Silver Band - Theatre Royal Wakefield

Friday 20 April • Theatre Royal Wakefield. Drury Lane . Wakefield WF1 2TE

Thundersley Brass Band - TBB Quiz Night

Friday 20 April • Richmond Hall, Richmond Avenue, South Benfleet, Essex SS75HA

Black Dyke Band - Conthey - Switzerland

Saturday 21 April • tbc tbc

Enderby Band

April 19 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for committed players to fill these key seats. The band are current Wychavon and Shirebrook Champions and National finalists.

West Somerset Brass Band

April 19 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet section, if you are a front or back row player we would be delighted to hear from you, you may even still have a chance of coming along to our French tour later in the year.

The Corsham Band

April 19 • Due to work commitments, a vacancy has arisen for a Tenor Trombone player. First or Second position available. We are a newly promoted Second Section band with a friendly and enthusiastic team.

Brett Baker

BSc (Hons), ARCM, PG Dip
Rath clinician, conductor, teacher, adjudicator, editor