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A little light reading for Christmas Eve

There is plenty of things to read about the banding world this festive period on 4BR — so sit back with a mince pie and a glass of sherry and have a browse...

Christmas
  There are plenty of things to ponder over — even before Santa pays a visit....

There are quite few 4BR articles and features to enjoy as you finally put your feet up ready for Christmas Day this year — with more to come over the festive period.

Top 5 reviews:

Take 5: The Best Concert Performances of the Year
4BR picks the five concert performances of 2016 that lived longest in the memory banks.
http:/­/­www.4barsrest.com/­news/­detail.asp?id=28023


Articles:

BLACK DYKE HERITAGE CENTRE

History to come alive in Queensbury

Black Dyke's unique history will soon be on show to the banding world as their innovative Heritage Centre project comes ever closer to completion.

http:/­/­www.4barsrest.com/­articles/­2016/­1590.asp


BANDING IN A FUTURE WONDERLAND?

Brass Bands England National Conference

4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at the recent Brass Bands England National Conference to see an organisation showing encouraging glimpses that sanity is starting to prevail.

http:/­/­www.4barsrest.com/­articles/­2016/­1589.asp


4BR INTERVIEW

Lance Sergeant Johnny Sproule

In the first of a new series meeting professional players in the Corps of Army Music, we find out more about Welsh Guards Band euphonium player Lance Sergeant Johnny Sproule.

http:/­/­www.4barsrest.com/­articles/­2016/­1588.asp


WHAT UNITES US IN MUSIC

2016 British Composer Awards

Roy Terry reports on the sense of reflective inclusion at the British Composers Awards in London highlighted by Shri Sriram and Hammonds Saltaire winning the the Brass and Wind Band category with their cross-genre collaboration 'Just A Vibration' .

http:/­/­www.4barsrest.com/­articles/­2016/­1587.asp


Reviews:

Frank Renton's Brass Machine
Christmas with the Stars
Royal Albert Hall
Tuesday 6th December
http:/­/­www.4barsrest.com/­reviews/­concerts/­con2025.asp

Tredegar Band
Conductor Ian Porthouse
Stroud Subscription Rooms
Stroud
Sunday 4th December
http:/­/­www.4barsrest.com/­reviews/­concerts/­con2024.asp

The Bands of the Household Division
Scarlet and Gold
Cadogan Hall
London
Friday 25th November
http:/­/­www.4barsrest.com/­reviews/­concerts/­con2023.asp



British Open

Amendments made to British Open test-piece

April 20 • Competing bands at the 2018 British Open will have to make some minor amendments to their scores of 'A Brussels Requiem' for the contest.


Coldstream Guards

Personal testimony fuels Coldstream concert

April 20 • Intimate stories of overcoming the damaging effects of combat stress are inspiring The Band of Coldstream Guards as they prepare for their St George's Day Concert at Cadogan Hall.


Flowers

Flowers prepare for move to new home

April 20 • The Flowers Band will return to the heart of Gloucester as they make final arrangements to move into new rehearsal home.


Drybrook

Youngsters to be encouraged to compete at Music Festival

April 20 • Entries are now open for the 49th Bailey Lane End Music Festival — so why not sign up and have a go!


Foden's Band - BBC Radio 'Young Brass Award Final'

Friday 20 April • RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD


Crofton Silver Band - Theatre Royal Wakefield

Friday 20 April • Theatre Royal Wakefield. Drury Lane . Wakefield WF1 2TE


Thundersley Brass Band - TBB Quiz Night

Friday 20 April • Richmond Hall, Richmond Avenue, South Benfleet, Essex SS75HA


Black Dyke Band - Conthey - Switzerland

Saturday 21 April • tbc tbc


Gresley Colliery Band - Gresley Colliery Youth and Senior Brass Bands

Saturday 21 April • Gresley Old Hall,. Gresley Wood Road . Swadlincote DE11 9QW


Blidworth Welfare Band

April 20 • Assistant Principal Cornet and Percussionist. Having recently secured 5th place at the Midlands Area Championship Section and a new Principal cornet we are looking for applications for the above positions. The band operate a sensible diary of engagements.


Enderby Band

April 19 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for committed players to fill these key seats. The band are current Wychavon and Shirebrook Champions and National finalists.


West Somerset Brass Band

April 19 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet section, if you are a front or back row player we would be delighted to hear from you, you may even still have a chance of coming along to our French tour later in the year.


Paul Andrews


Conductor, Band trainer, Adjudicator, Instrument Repairer - Brasstoff