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Nigel Clarke

Evocative trio gain BASCA short list nominations

October 25, 2016
An evocative trio of brass and wind band compositions have been shortlisted for prestigious British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors awards.


Harper sets specific Welsh focus on Brass in Concert

October 25, 2016
Cory MD Philip Harper has told 4BR that there will be a very specific Welsh focus before and at Brass in Concert this year for the defending champion.

Snare drum

Get your contest listed FREE for 2017

October 24, 2016
As the 2016 contesting season reaches its final few weeks, it's not too early to find out if your event is listed for the 2017 contest season on 4BR?

Brass in Concert

International musical flavour to events at Brass in Concert

October 24, 2016
Feature performances from the USA, The Netherlands, Norway and Australia add to the international flavour at Brass in Concert.

Michael Antrobus

Death of Michael Antrobus

October 24, 2016
The death has been announced of Michael Antrobus — the former resident conductor of Black Dyke and a major musical influence on the Norwegian banding movement.

Schoonhoven Win

Report & Results: 2016 Dutch National Championships

October 21, 2016
There are victories for newly crowned National champion Brassband Schoonhoven with section awards to De Spijkerpakkenband, Constantijn Huygens, Gereformeerde Brassband Groningen and Immanuel in Utrecht.

Adam Frey leads the mastercalss

Into the Frey as German banding gains masterclass boost

October 20, 2016
American euphonium virtuoso Adam Frey has been leading the latest masterclass boost to the emerging German brass band movement.

Oldroyd Cardinal

Hayes Music to take the Cardinal route

October 20, 2016
Hayes Music will now stock the Oldroyd Cardinal range of instruments.

Frank Renton

Radio: Listen to the Band

October 20, 2016
More music and chat from Frank Renton at the BBC

Mike Lovatt

 Interview with Mike Lovatt

October 19, 2016
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to the great jazz trumpeter Mike Lovatt ahead of him playing music from the iconic Billy May.


Brighouse provide musical lock to slow motion celebration

October 19, 2016
The world premiere of 'Super Slow Way: A Rhapsody to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal' has received widespread critical and popular acclaim — much to the delight of producer Ian Brownbill.


Dutch bands look for National triumphs in Utrecht

October 18, 2016
The 2016 Dutch National Championships take place in Utrecht this weekend — and 4BR will be there to enjoy the action.

Mike Lovatt

Lovatt and Hofs ready for Big Fat challenge

October 18, 2016
Two of the world's finest trumpet players Mike Lovatt and Matthias Hofs are getting ready for a special Big Fat musical challenge on Wednesday evening.

Brass for Africa

Brass for Africa launches Music Development Fellowship

October 18, 2016
Brass for Africa offers an unique opportunity to work in Uganda with the launch of the Alison Balsom Brass Music Development Fellowship

Owen Farr

Owen Farr to host international horn day in Scotland

October 18, 2016
Besson artist Owen Farr will host the third International Tenor Horn & Flugel Horn Day' in Scotland next month — so make sure you sign up for it.


Brass Band Podcast: Episode 17

October 18, 2016
More entertaining musings about the state of the brass band world from the Scottish sages...

Childs Play

Childs Play a hit at home and abroad

October 17, 2016
The Childs Play musical collaboration certainly made its mark both at home and abroad on the weekend.

Russell Gray

Gray pride at Iles Medal award

October 17, 2016
Russell Gray has spoken of his pride at joining a long list of outstanding brass band musicians in being awarded the prestigious Iles Medal.

Huddersfield University

New undergraduate course set for Huddersfield

October 17, 2016
The University of Huddersfield has launched its new Secondary Music Education BA (Hons) with QTS under-graduate degree programme.

Band Supplies

No Marmite deals at Band Supplies

October 15, 2016
Even with the pound falling there are no Marmite deals at Band Supplies — just shelves of pre-Bexit brilliant bargains to get your lips smacking.

Contest: Foden's Solo, Duet & Quartet Contest

Saturday 29 October • Crewe Rd, Sandbach CW11 3NS

Elland Silver Band - Special Guest Geneva Soloist Ben Godfrey

Saturday 29 October • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland, Halifax HXN 0NH

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Saturday 29 October • St Alfege Church. Greenwich Church St. London SE10 9BJ SE10 9BJ

Regent Hall Concerts - Central Band of the RAF Symphonic Brass

Friday 4 November • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street - opp. BHS. London. W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ

Foss Dyke Band - Autumnal Concert

Saturday 5 November • St Mary Magdalene Church, Newark NG24 1JS

Bristol East & Kingswood Band

October 26 • Want a rest from contesting or looking to return to playing after a break?. Bristol East & Kingswood Brass Ensemble are looking for cornet players to join their friendly group. We have an interesting and varied programme planned.

Barnsley Brass

October 26 • Euphonium / baritone / Eb bass players required. Rehearsals with Musical Director William Rushworth, are Monday and Thursday 8pm at Worsbrough Bridge convenient for M1 junctions 36/37

Stannington Brass Band

October 25 • Stannington Brass Band, Sheffield. 2nd Section National Champions, 1st section from 2017. Ambitious, sociable band. MD Derek Renshaw. Due to changing work & personal circumstances we require: 2nd horn; Tenor trombone (position dependent on experience) .

Derek Renshaw

ABBA Member
Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator.