facebook twitter rss vimeo


Arts Council delighted at addictive Bolsover nomination

Arts Council England has told Bolsover Festival of Brass that they are delighted with the results of its internet broadcast initiative and 4BR awards nomination.



Bolsover District Council and 'First Art' (a project funded by Arts Council England's Creative People and Places) have spoken of their delight that the 2015 Bolsover Festival of Brass has been nominated in the annual 4BR Awards.

Best Newcomer

The ground breaking initiative has been nominated in the 'Best Newcomer' category against nine other high profile contenders in recognition of the events first ever live, worldwide internet contest coverage.

It is the latest accolade for the popular Festival which this year made a huge impression on its local, national and international audience, as well as its funding partners.


Over 3,500 people subscribed to watch the contest day unfold in 33 different countries with nearly 300 different towns and cities in the UK alone.

Nearly all points of the banding globe were also reached with viewers in Indonesia, Montserrat, Barbados, Malaysia, Japan, Luxembourg, Poland, Greece, Cyprus, Thailand, India, Fiji, South Korea and Nigeria. The subsequent YouTube recordings have had over 9,000 viewings to date.

I was informed that they were absolutely delighted with the broadcast and 4BR nomination and said that they found the event, in their words, 'addictive to watch'Carole Hirst


Carole Hirst of Bolsover District Council told 4BR: "Having spoken to Arts Council England's Music Development Manager for the East Midlands I was informed that they were absolutely delighted with the broadcast and 4BR nomination and said that they found the event, in their words, 'addictive to watch'.

They have offered to take a more active role in the event next year after informing me that they felt it ticked all of their boxes for reaching new and wider audiences. They have already committed to funding the broadcast for 2016 which will be staged on the 2nd October."


Plans set for Bolsover Summer School

February 24 • More exciting plans have been put in place for the sixth Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School led by Steven Mead in July — and you can be a part of it...


RNCM announces major Philip Jones Brass Ensemble competition

February 24 • A major partnership between the RNCM in Manchester and Ursula Jones will see the hosting of the inaugural Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition in July 2019.

Centre Stage

Drum rolls please — and keep it deliberately quiet

February 24 • The new MP-Drum from Centre Stage Percussion is being unveiled at the North West Regional Championship.


2018 Spring Festival details announced

February 24 • The list of bands competing at the 98th British Open Spring Festival have been announced by the contest organisers.

Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 25 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool. FY1 1HU

Friary Guildford Brass Band - the best of Guildford's musical talent

Sunday 25 February • Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX

Northop Silver Band - Northop Brass

Thursday 1 March • Northop Band Room CH7 6BQ

Regent Hall Concerts - Guildhall Brass Band

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

Contest: Yorkshire Regional Championships

Saturday 3 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Enderby Band

February 24 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE to join us after the Area Contest. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for a committed player to fill a key seat. We have a sensible mix of concert and contests throughout the year.

West Somerset Brass Band

February 23 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet and baritone section. We are a community band playing all over Somerset and hope to undertake a tour to France later in the year. If you can play whatever standard please make contact

The Corsham Band

February 22 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team

Stan Lippeatt

Conductor, adjudicator, tutor