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Saturday 25 November

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Tickets on sale for RNCM International Brass Band Festival

December 3
You can now book your seats for a weekend of fantastic brass playing at the RNCM in Manchester.


Happy BlechKLANG Christmas

December 4 • You can enjoy a festive concert from Germany beamed into your home later this month.

Ray Farr

International award for Ray Farr

December 4 • Ray Farr has become a recipient of a prestigious BUMA Blaasmuziek Award.

Yorkshire Youth Band

Yorkshire Youth enjoy Cup ties

December 2 • The members of the Yorkshire Youth Brass Band gained further inspiration on their latest get-together by having a big silver pot to keep them company.


RNCM looks for support for endangered instruments

December 2 • The Royal Northern College of Music has launched its appeal to help support youngsters who wish to perform on endangered instruments.

Conn Selmer make Sshhmute partnership

December 2 • The innovative Sshhmute range will be distributed by Conn Selmer Europe in the UK.

Sparke rekindled for Palanga

December 2 • Philip Sparke's 'A Road Less Travelled' will be used as the set-work for the Championship Section at the 2024 European Championships in Palanga.

New Beacon for banding in Bristol?

December 2 • A famous old brass banding venue has been reopened in Bristol.

Wells Cathedral School to host BTS Open Day

December 2 • There is a full day of trombone playing inspiration on offer to players of all ages and abilities at Wells Cathedral School next month — so book your place not to miss out.

Interview with Martyn Brabbins

Interview with Martyn Brabbins

May 7 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Martyn Brabbins.

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...

Dropping the rules: 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival

Dropping the rules: 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival

November 15 • There is a world class line up of performers, soloists, commissions, classic works and more as Artistic Director Dr David Thornton leads a new era for the global brass band showcase event.

Placards, protests and persuasion: Elite band forums and judges

November 7 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the potential for the resolution of issues that continue to vex the banding movement, but hold little interest to the wider musical world.

2023 National Championship of Great Britain: Take 5 talking points from the Albert Hall

October 25 • There was plenty to discuss and debate after an intriguing National Championship Final in the heart of London.

2023 National Championship of Great Britain: Top 4 adjudications

October 24 • This is what Dr Robert Childs, Prof Roger Webster and Dr Stephen Cobb thought of the bands that claimed the pre-qualification top four places at the Royal Albert Hall.

CD review: Peter Graham - Force of Nature

December 5 • Conductor: Prof Nicholas Childs. Soloists: Rex Richardson; David Childs. Naxos Recordings: CD 8.574563

CD review: Banding with Ball

November 23 • The Music of Eric Ball. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band. Conductor: Robert Oughton. Soloist: Kevin Bolton. Audiocord Recordings: ACD 210

CD review: Triquetra

November 22 • Black Dyke Band. Conductor: Prof Nicholas J. Childs. Soloists: Stephanie Binns, Gavin Saynor, Brett Baker. Organ: Philip Wilby. Piano: Darius Battiwalla. Narrator: Matthew Routley. Doyen Recordings: DOY CD425

# Band Points
3Black Dyke1,222.93
5Brighouse and Rastrick765.04
6Valaisia Brass Band640.79
7Brass Band Treize Etoiles572.65
10Grimethorpe Colliery256.05

Northop Silver Band - Christmas Concert with Kirsty Abbotts

Sunday 3 December • St Eurgain & St Peter, Church Road, Northop CH7 6BQ

Boarshurst Silver Band - Littleborough Band

Sunday 3 December • Boarshurst Band Club. Greenbridge Lane. Greenfield. Oldham OL3 7EW

Garforth Brass - Garforth Community Choir

Wednesday 6 December • St James the Great,. Manston,. Crossgates, . Leeds,. LS15 8JB LS15 8JB

Longridge Band - Christmas Concert

Saturday 9 December • Longridge Civic Hall, Calder Avenue, Longridge, Ribble Valley, Lancashire. PR3 3WD

The Hepworth Band - Championship Brass & Voices for Christmas

Saturday 9 December • Thornhill Parish Church, Dewsbury WF12 0JZ

St Swithuns Brass Band

December 3 • St Swithuns Band are seeking a MUSICAL DIRECTOR. We are a friendly, non-contesting band playing at various local events throughout the year. We are looking for someone who can take the Band forward as our current MD is retiring after 18+ years.

Crewe Brass

December 3 • Crewe Brass are looking for a 2ND HORN to join our highly motivated 3rd section band. We are a very welcoming and sociable band, with a positive outlook and a reasonably busy calendar of engagements. Other enquiries are welcome.

Crewe Brass

December 3 • Crewe Brass are looking for PERCUSSION players TUNED/KIT to join our highly motivated 3rd section band. We are a very welcoming and sociable band, with a positive outlook and a reasonably busy calendar of engagements. Other enquiries are welcome.

Lt Col David Barringer MBE

BMus (Hons)
Conductor and adjudicator


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