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Editor's Christmas Picks: 5 Most Enjoyable Contest Performances

December 10, 2016
4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks five of his personal favourite contest performances of 2016.

Steve Hartley

Judgement Days finally arrive for Hartley

December 9, 2016
Conductor Steve Hartley has completed two years of training to become a full member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators.

Paul Collis Smith

Army bands help break down barriers

December 9, 2016
Cpt Paul Collis -Smith, the Director of Music for the Prince of Wales Division Band, has been honoured with the presentation of the prestigious Armed Forces in Wales Award for helping break down barriers with music.

Shri Sriram

Celebrations vibrate in Yorkshire and Mumbai

December 8, 2016
There have been celebrations to enjoy for Shri Sriram and Hammonds Saltaire Band after winning a prestigious British Composer Award


Fancy a Cory cornet for Christmas?

December 8, 2016
You can now get your lips on a cornet played by the 2016 Grand Slam champions as they conquered the world — and all for a brilliant price at Band Supplies.

Nigel Clarke

Grimethorpe renew musical link to composer Nigel Clarke

December 8, 2016
Award winning composer Nigel Clarke becomes Grimethorpe's latest signing as the band seeks increased profile outside of banding world.

Cleaning kit

Looking for that perfect clean and hygienic stocking filler this Christmas?

December 8, 2016
If you are looking for something for the brass playing love of your life this Christmas then why not think of something that will keep their instrument clean and safe?

Black Dyke

Black Dyke helps students gain Arts Award qualifications

December 7, 2016
An innovative education initiative led by Black Dyke has enabled 16 youngsters gain nationally recognised arts awards.

Kampala Christmas

Brass for Africa launches 50/50 carol campaign

December 7, 2016
You can make a world of difference this Christmas by helping to support the Brass for Africa 50/50 Campaign.

Frank Renton

Radio: Listen to the Band

December 6, 2016
Plenty of great music from Frank Renton over the festive period.


Emmerdale and Eggheads

December 6, 2016
Composers and brass bands have been featured on television lately — although not quite in a way you might have expected.

John Packer

John Packer speeds towards Christmas

December 5, 2016
Fantastic festive presents, giveaways and exclusive deals this Christmas thanks to John Packer.

Glenn Van Looy

Geneva congratulations to Van Looy

December 5, 2016
Geneva International Euphonium artist Glenn Van Looy recently helped Valaisia to retain the Swiss National Championship.


The eye-catching pBuzz wins industry award

December 5, 2016
The innovative pBuzz wins the 'Best Brass/Woodwind Product' at the annual Music Industry Association awards in London.


Love Music actually for Foden's

December 4, 2016
Foden's Band has announced a formal partnership with The Love Music Trust.

Christmas entertainment

A little bit of early Christmas cheer

December 4, 2016
Why not enjoy a little bit of Christmas cheer with the great brass band entertainer Simon Wood...

Geneva Group

Geneva relaunches new Cardinal horn

December 4, 2016
Geneva Instruments has launched its new Cardinal tenor horn, endorsed and developed alongside star player Jonathan Bates.

Cory Band

World Rankings — December update

December 4, 2016
Masterful Cory dominate rankings with recent win at Brass in Concert.


Parliamentary All Party Group on Brass Bands suspended

December 3, 2016
The General Election, Bexit and the resignation of its chairman means that at present the voice of brass bands isn't being heard in Parliament.

The Sage

Timing error sees review of Brass in Concert results

December 2, 2016
An error made by the organisers at the Brass in Concert Championship has led to an amendment of the official result — with Brass Band Schoonhoven promoted from sixth to fifth place.

Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Youth Band

Saturday 10 December • Halifax Minster west Yorkshire HX1 1QL

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Saturday 10 December • St Alfege Church. Greenwich Church St. London SE10 9BJ SE10 9BJ

Ashover Brass Band - Together this Christmas

Saturday 10 December • Ashover Parish Hall, Milken Lane, Ashover, Derbyshire S45 0BA

Milton Keynes Brass - No Strings (Acappela Singers)

Saturday 10 December • Loughton Baptist Church. Bradwell Road. Loughton. MK5 8AJ

Wingates Band - "Voice to Voice Choir"

Saturday 10 December • Victoria Hall Bolton,. (Bolton Methodist) bl1 2as

Chinnor Silver

December 10 • After great year (winning areas 4th at the finals) we are looking to build so we require a Bb Bass.. We are a forward thinking band (xmas concert raised over £3000) who rehearse on a wed in our own bandroom . so give our MD a call

Stannington Brass Band

December 10 • Stannington Brass Band, Sheffield. 2nd Section National Champions, 1st section from 2017. Ambitious, sociable band. MD Derek Renshaw. Due to changing work and personal circumstances we require: EEb bass or BBb bass. Current players flexible

South Yorkshire Police Band

December 8 • SYP Band and newly appointed MD Jack Capstaff, invite applications for a back row cornet, Eb Bass and Bb Bass. We are a friendly 1st section band, with a varied schedule of concerts, charity fundraisers, community events and formal civic functions.

Bruce Fraser

Composer, conductor, arranger and adjudicator