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Gavin Higgins

 Interview with Gavin Higgins

February 7, 2017
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to composer Gavin Higgins abut the success of his major ballet work Dark Arteries and his plans for the future.


 Interview with Rex Richardson

February 7, 2017
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to the American trumpet star ahead of his performance at the RNCM Brass Band Festival

James Gourlay

 Interview with James Gourlay

February 7, 2017
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to James Gourlay about his work and career in Pittsburgh in the USA and his plans for 2017 and way, way beyond...

Garry Cutt

 Interview with Garry Cutt

February 7, 2017
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Fairey MD Garry Cutt to find out more about their programme at the recent RNCM Festival and his hopes and aspirations for his band over the coming twelve months.

Helen Williams

 Interview with Helen Williams

February 7, 2017
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Cory flugel star Helen Williams about a memorable 2016 and her hopes and aims for the forthcoming contest season.

Ludovic Neurohr

 Interview with Ludovic Neurohr

February 7, 2017
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Swiss composer Ludovic Neurohr about his plans for an inclusive music festival to be held in his home country.


2017 RNCM Brass Band Festival interviews and features

February 7, 2017
4BR looks back with interviews and features at the highlights of the recent RNCM Brass Band Festival in Manchester


London & Southern Counties runners set for National qualification battles

February 7, 2017
The list of competing bands at this year's London & Southern Counties Regional Championship have been announced.


Harper on his bike...

February 7, 2017
Cory MD Philip Harper to don the lyrca to help get Cory to Ostend to defend their European title.


Fancy joining Foden's for University challenge?

February 7, 2017
If you want to improve your playing then why not join the players of Foden's at Keele University to add extra marks to your music grades...

John Packer

Bag a Besson Bargain at John Packer

February 7, 2017
There is a great opportunity to bag some great Besson cornet bargains at John Packer at the moment.

David Bremner

Bremner to bid National farewell

February 7, 2017
The driving force behind the rise of New Zealand National Champion Wellington Brass is to step down from his role as MD after this year's National contest in its home city.

Eikanger champions

Report & Results: 2017 Norwegian National Championships

February 4, 2017
Eikanger retains the Norwegian title in memorable fashion in Bergen to secure place at 2018 European Championships as there are also victories to celebrate long into the night for Tertnes, Radoy, Sorum, Nes and Krohnengen Old Stars.

GUS celebrate Butlins win

World Rankings — February update

February 4, 2017
Virtuosi GUS's win at Butlins sees the Midlands-based band march in to top 10.

Cory Band

Cory set for BBC Radio 3 RNCM showcase

February 2, 2017
Cory's concert from the RNCM Brass Band Festival in Manchester last Sunday will be aired this evening.

Chris Jeans Youth Brass 2000

2017 Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment details announced

February 2, 2017
The list of the competing bands who will take part at next weekend's 2017 Action Medical Youth Research Entertainment Championships of Great Britain has been announced.


American ban on Norwegian tenor horn player

February 2, 2017
A tenor horn player with dual Norwegian/Iranian nationality is currently barred from entering the USA to play in a brass band contest.


World Championship judges announced

February 2, 2017
The judges who will take the all important decisions at the forthcoming World Music Contest in Kerkrade have been announced.

Welsh Flag

Results: 2017 West Wales Solo & Ensemble Day

February 2, 2017
There were plenty of great young players showcasing their talents in Burry Port recently for the West Wales Solo & Ensemble Day.

Hradraw Scar

Hardraw Scar hoping for a flood of entries

February 2, 2017
The famous Hardraw Scar contest is hoping to gain another full filed of bands wishing to perform at the iconic outdoor venue.

Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 25 February • Town Hall Buildings, 68 Queen St, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 9DY

The Cobham Band -

Saturday 25 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall, 4 Embercourt Road, Thames Ditton KT70LQ

Elland Silver Band - Lofhouse 2000 and Tingley Bands & Oldsilkstone

Saturday 25 February • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland HX5 0NH

Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 26 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool. FY1 1HU

GUS Virtuosi Band - The Hawth Brass Series

Sunday 26 February • The Hawth theatre, Crawley RH10 6YZ

Poole Borough Band

February 19 • Poole Borough Band are looking for a horn player and an Eb or Bb bass player to join the band after the area contest. We are a friendly second section band with gigs already in the diary for the summer season.

Stannington Brass Band

February 17 • Stannington Brass Band, Sheffield. 2nd Section National Champions, now 1st section from 2017. Ambitious,sociable band. MD Derek Renshaw. Due to changing work & personal circumstances we require: EEb bass or BBb bass. Current players flexible

Elland Silver Band

February 17 • We are looking to recruit a Solo Cornet player to start after the Yorkshire Regional Championships. The position would suit an experienced player or a talented young player looking to move to a Championship section band.

Alwyn Green

Conductor, composer, arranger, adjudicator, teacher and soloist