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4BR New Year's Eve Quiz: The Winner!

Our final little brain teaser of 2013 didn’t catch too many of you out.

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Our last quiz question of the year wasn’t as hard as it first looked then, as plenty of people found out our tenuous connection fairly easily.


The answer to the identity of which brass band can be found by a tenuous link between a recently discovered 17th century baroque painting bought by a clergyman for £400 but now worth over £400,000, a hymn tune to safeguard those in danger on the high seas and a dancing chimney sweep with a dodgy cockney accent was of course.... Black Dyke.

Mr Anthony Van Dyck was the painter of the underpriced clergyman’s discovery, whilst John Bacchus Dykes wrote the hymn that helps all those in peril on the sea.

The wonderful Dick Van Dyke was of course the chimney sweep with the most abominable cockney accent in history.

The wonderful Dick Van Dyke was of course the chimney sweep with the most abominable cockney accent in history4BR


Mr Ian Earle of Wycombe, who confessed to being a bit of a Dick Van Dyke fan opted for Manger’s release to go with his 4BR pocket diary!

Thanks to everyone who entered. Keep your eyes peeled for the next brain tickler...

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

Friary Guildford

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

Friday 23 March • Bramhall High School. Seal Road. Stockport SK72JT

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Brass Band

Friday 23 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Boobs & Brass at Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 24 March • Huddersfield Town Hall. Corporation St,. Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Amesbury Town Band

March 20 • Players of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. We don't contest, so feel free to drop in, even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument.

Elland Silver Band

March 20 • We have a vacancy within our Championship Section senior band for a 2nd Trombone player. This is a great opportunity for an experienced or young player looking to join one of Yorkshire's progressive bands, conducted by Daniel Brooks.

Crofton Silver Band

March 20 • Yorkshire 2nd Section Champions are looking for the following players:. . FRONT ROW/ SOPRANO CORNET. BASS. . The band are heading back to the National Finals in September to try and repeat their success from 2016.

Andrew White

MA(Ed Man), B Ed (Hons), BBCM, ADNCB, PGCE, Cert Ed
Conductor, Arranger, Adjudicator & Educationist