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2020 Regional Championships: North West
Winter Gardens, Blackpool
23 February

As it happened...

Winter Gardens

Results: 2020 North West Regional Championships

February 23
There are wins for Foden's, Roberts Bakery, Uppermill, Hazel Grove and BMP Europe Goodshaw as the contest day unfolds in Blackpool

Fusion gig bag

4BR Shop: Fusion Trumpet Premium Triple Gig Bag

February 22 • The fantastic triple trumpet gig bag from Fusion at Band Supplies through the 4BR Shop. A must have for any player serious about their equipment.

Pennine Music

Pennine ready for Regional road trip

February 22 • Pennine Music and the Brass Band Music Shop will be on the road in the next few weeks to provide their customers with plenty of musical choices after their test-piece rigours...

Winter Gardens

North West contenders ready for 2020 Area battle

February 22 • The qualification process to get to London and Cheltenham starts in Blackpool on Sunday — with a full day of great competitive action.

Car park

Parking problems posed for Huddersfield

February 22 • You will need to make sure you can get a parking space for the Yorkshire Regional Championships in a few week's time.

A4 Brass Quartet welcome new compositional talent

February 22 • Entries have already been received from around the globe for the third A4 Brass Quartet Composer Competition

New web presence for Bon Accord

February 22 • The Aberdeen based band organisation hopes to make a worldwide mark with the launch of its new website.

Waespi concerto gains double feature

February 22 • Swiss composer Oliver Waespi's formidable 'Euphonium Concerto' has been given critically acclaimed performances in Japan and the USA.

4BR Shop: IP Brass Cornet Mouthpiece (Silver)

February 22 • The IP cornet mouthpiece from Bandmaster gives both security and freedom.

Interview with Bram Gay

Interview with Bram Gay

December 15 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talking to Bram Gay at the 2016 British Open Championships in Birmingham.

Interview with Arsene Duc of Valaisia Brass Band

Interview with Arsene Duc of Valaisia Brass Band

November 26 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Valaisia Brass Band after he led them to a fifth consecutive National title.

Interview with Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents

Interview with Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents

November 26 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents Band after they won the First Division Swiss National title in Montreux

2019 Brass in Concert

2019 Brass in Concert

November 22 • You can still enjoy the action from the 2019 Brass in Concert Championships from World of Brass - so don't miss a note...

2020 Regional test-pieces: Tales of heroes and human spirit

2020 Regional test-pieces: Tales of heroes and human spirit

February 20 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the five works that will test the bands in their bid to qualify for the Cheltenham and London National Finals.

2020 Vision: What future direction for the Nationals?

February 19 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the potential for a change in the future direction of travel for the Regional and National Championships of Great Britain...

4BR Hall of Fame: No.5: Leonard Lamb

February 16 • A conductor whose record stands proudly with the finest conductors of his generation, but is now somewhat largely forgotten...

2020 Norwegian National Championships: As it happened

February 9 • All the action from the 2020 Norwegian National Championships — as it happened.

Book: Origin, History and Achievements of the Besses o' th' Barn Band

February 18 • Joseph Hampson. Price: £4.99 plus VAT plus postage and package .

CD review: Crossroad

February 12 • Jamie Hood. Accompanists: Stephen Bulla and Annamaria Motolla. Featuring: Marc Hood, Brandon Jones. Blackwood Music . CD: BWMusic1954

Concert: Foden's Band

February 11 • Conductor: Michael Fowles. First Presbyterian Church. Armagh. Saturday 1st February

# Band Points
2Black Dyke839.37
3Brighouse and Rastrick717.00
5Valaisia Brass Band592.39
8Paris Brass Band423.40
9Carlton Main Frickley Colliery368.68

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Academy of Music Horn Ensemble

Friday 28 February • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

Elland Silver Band - Yorkshire Champion Brass

Saturday 29 February • Bethesda Church John Street .Elland HX5 0AB

Newstead Brass - Kirkby and Long Eaton Silver

Saturday 29 February • Ashwood Centre, Portland Street, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 7AB

The GUS Band - Northampton International Academy

Saturday 29 February • Northampton International Academy. 55 Barrack Rd. Northampton NN1 1AA

Contest: Welsh Championships

Saturday 29 February • Great Hall, Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Crymlyn Burrows, Skewen, Swansea SA1 8EN

Ashton under Lyne Band

February 25 • SOPRANO CORNET - The band are looking to secure the services for a confident and ambitious Soprano Cornet to compliment an already strong section. Rehearsal Monday nights 8-10pm and we have a sensible concert and concert diary for 2020.

Bollington Brass Band

February 24 • BOLLINGTON BRASS: Require a Bass Trombone player to complete our line up.. . We are a friendly band with a sensible job/concert programme throughout the year.

Lofthouse Brass Band

February 24 • Lofthouse Brass Band are looking to recruit a principal trombone for our senior band. We are also looking to take in a new intake of juniors for our Brass Roots Band. We rehearse close to Leeds and Wakefield with good access from M1 and M62.

Mike Sheppard

B.A. (Hons) Music
Composer, conductor, teacher, author


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