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RPS Award nomination for Higgins' 'Concerto Grosso for Brass Band and Orchestra'

January 26
Gavin Higgins' immense work is nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award — whilst conductor Martyn Brabbins and soloist Nardus Williams also gain recognition for their work.

Black Dyke

Black Dyke ready for double festival appearances

January 26 • The Yorkshire champion is putting the final preparations in place for its performance at the RNCM Brass Band Festival as well as its own event in Huddersfield in June.

Edward Gregson

Interview with Edward Gregson

January 25 • We talk to composer Edward Gregson about the forthcoming RNCM Brass Band Festival which takes place this weekend in Manchester.


First Musicians' Census launched

January 25 • A new census of musicians throughout the UK is looking to provide an accurate picture of the industry and what help it, and the people who work in it, need.


Beazer double as Unite look forward to new year

January 25 • Unite the Union Band celebrated a fine 2022 at their recent awards evening — but they are mow looking ahead to see what the new year brings.

RNCM prepares for enthralling Brass Band Festival

January 25 • The RNCM in Manchester is getting ready to welcome world class bands and performers to enthral audiences at this year's Brass Band Festival.

UniBrass announces contest line-ups

January 24 • There is sure to be a great competitive atmosphere at the forthcoming UniBrass Championships — with titles and European qualification on offer.

Marines head north for concert double

January 24 • The Band of His Majesty's Royal Marines Collingwood will head to Huddersfield and Hull with their unique brand of entertainment.

Norwegian bands set focus on return to National challenges

January 24 • The line-up of bands that will take part in the Norwegian National Championships has been announced.

Tom Hutchinson talks ABC...

Tom Hutchinson talks ABC...

June 22 • The Cory talks about the new Adjustable Bottom Caps which he now endorses and outs his name to.

4BR Brass Things Review...

4BR Brass Things Review...

June 19 • Jonathan Pippen takes closer look at some of the new bass trombone mouthpieces from Mercer & Barker

Checking the quality...

Checking the quality...

November 26 • Steven Mead and Roger Webster have been in Germany to check the latest batch of Besson euphoniums and cornets...

Get ready to be entertained...

Get ready to be entertained...

November 19 • The Brass in Concert Championships take place on Saturday so make sure you don't miss a note of any of it...

A postcard Stamp to Grimethorpe: Jack Stamp and his love for British brass bands

A postcard Stamp to Grimethorpe: Jack Stamp and his love for British brass bands

January 26 • A slow burning catalyst appreciation of the sound of British brass bands has linked American composer and conductor Jack Stamp with Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Still aiming high: The GUS Band at 90

January 6 • Tim Mutum tells the story of the GUS Band which was formed in 1933 with lofty ambitions.

Take 5: Not to miss early season treats

January 5 • Our quintet of not to miss musical attractions in the first three months of 2023.

2022 4BR Band of the Year: The conductors and players

December 29 • These are the conductors and players we've picked to perform in our 2022 Band of the Year line-up — if we were ever lucky enough to get them together for a one off performance.

Concert: Black Dyke Band

January 26 • Conductor: Prof Nicholas Childs. Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Sunday 22nd January

Concert: Cory Band

January 19 • Conductor: Philip Harper. Oxford Town Hall. Sunday 14th January

Film Review: Tár

January 19 • Director & Writer: Todd Field. Starring: Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss, Noemie Merlant, Sophie Kauer. Focus Features/Universal Pictures. Running Time: 158 minutes

# Band Points
3Brighouse and Rastrick1,099.82
5Black Dyke661.29
6Valaisia Brass Band559.18
9Carlton Main Frickley Colliery317.94

Boarshurst Silver Band - Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band

Sunday 29 January • Boarshurst Band Club. Greenbridge Lane. Greenfield. Saddleworth OL3 7EW

Regent Hall Concerts - The January Band

Friday 3 February • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C2DJ

Regent Hall Concerts - Junior Guildhall Brass Band

Friday 10 February • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C2DJ

Contest: Norwegian National Brass Band Championships

Friday 10 February • Grieghallen, Bergen, N-5015 N-5015

Contest: Norwegian National Brass Band Championships

Saturday 11 February • Grieghallen, Bergen, N-5015 N-5015

City of Oxford Silver Band

January 28 • CORNET VACANCY. Do you live near Oxford and looking for a band to play in? We have exciting opportunities for brass and percussion players who are keen to join a friendly and inclusive musical group.

Concert Brass Poynton

January 28 • Tired of Contesting? Concert Brass Poynton seek a Bass, Front Row Cornet and Trombone player. Not a learner band. Higher section players should enjoy our rehearsal. Rehearing Weds, 8.00 to 10.00pm in Poynton (between Stockport & Macclesfield.

Mereside Brass

January 27 • Mereside Brass (Rudheath, Northwich, Cheshire) are looking for a front row CORNET, possibly PRINCIPAL for the right player. We are a friendly 4th Section band, currently not contesting but with a sensible calendar of jobs and band social events

James Chamberlain

BMus (Hons) PGCE
Conductor, Teacher


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