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Ultimate Big Band Toolkit launched

January 17
Louis Dowdeswell and Callum Au launch a fantastic new guide to help players understand and perform in the Big Band genre — with 10% off for 4BR readers too!


Hepwroth Band

Hepworth starting to close in on fund raising target

January 17 • The Hepworth Band has been working hard to raise funds to help secure its musical future in the heart of its village.


fODE

Wilkinson expertly Parrys banding assumptions

January 17 • Foden's Band Manager Mark Wilkinson ensured there were no misconceptions about the plight of the banding world when he was recently interviewed on national radio.


Mod For

Free and fit mind support for children from Mode for...

January 16 • Tabby Kerwin has provided a fantastic free resource to help families during these challenging educational times.


St Dennis

New trombone addition to St Dennis ranks

January 16 • The experienced Dylan Brewer takes the solo trombone seat at St Dennis Band to extend a family link stretching back a century.


New Year honours and anticipation for Lewis Merthyr

January 16 • Welsh band pays tribute to stalwart player as they look forward to exciting developments in 2021.


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

January 15 • Despite the restrictions and the weather there is still a little bit of fun to be had if you want to play together..


Enjoy the 4BR winners at Wobplay

January 15 • You can now enjoy a dozen 4BR 'CD of the Year' releases on the Wobplay.com platform.


BBE strengthens foundation work for bands

January 15 • Brass Bands England has appointed five new Youth Development Brass Specialists to provide essential community help and assist partnership building.


Classic test-pieces revisited No 5: Connotations

Classic test-pieces revisited No 5: Connotations

July 16 • Prof Stephen Allen takes an in depth look at Edward Gregson's seminal 1977 National test piece.


Classic test-pieces revisited No 4: On Ratcliff Highway

Classic test-pieces revisited No 4: On Ratcliff Highway

July 1 • Prof Stephen Allen takes an in depth look at one of the classic works for the brass band medium - Ray Steadman Allen's 1978 work, 'Victorian Snapshots - On Ratcliff Highway


Interview with Ian Bousfield

Interview with Ian Bousfield

June 25 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks exclusively to one of the world's great brass players - trombonist Ian Bousfield.


5 minute masterclass with David Childs

5 minute masterclass with David Childs

June 20 • The Besson artist reveals some brilliant tips of how to learn and benefit from playing from memory...


4BR Hall of Fame:  No.14: George Thompson MBE

4BR Hall of Fame: No.14: George Thompson MBE

January 4 • Tim Mutum looks back on the life of one of the truly unique musical talents of the banding movement.


Take 5: A quintet of 2020 highs and lows

December 30 • Five highlights and five low points from the past 12 months in the banding world...


2020 4BR Awards: The Nominations

December 28 • The long list of 4BR annual award nominations that will be considered by our panel of judges has been released.


Take 5: A quintet of the best 'Resurgam' recordings

December 5 • With news that banding could rise again in the not too distant future, 4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks five of the best recordings of Eric Ball's masterful work.

CD review: Flow

January 11 • Mauro Martins. Accompanists: Bernardo Pinhal & Daniel Bernardes. Featuring: Sergio Carolino (tuba) . CD Recording: CDMMF


CD review: Unified

January 5 • Amsterdam Staff Band and Household Troops Band. Bandmasters: Olaf Ritman and Carl Saunders. Soloists: Michel Rosenquist; Steef Klepke; Anthony Smith . SP&S Recordings: SPS 435 CD


CD review: At Home: A Remote Lockdown Recording

January 4 • Ratby Co-operative Brass Band. Musical Director: David Purkiss. World of Sound Recordings: WOS158


# Band Points
1Cory2,339.80
2Black Dyke810.73
3Brighouse and Rastrick670.48
4Eikanger-Bjørsvik612.50
5Valaisia Brass Band542.45
6Foden's527.75
7Flowers461.22
8Tredegar389.93
9Paris Brass Band389.84
10Carlton Main Frickley Colliery365.35

Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL


Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 28 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH


Foss Dyke Band

January 1 • Front Row Cornet vacancy still up for grabs. Come and join Foss and enjoy our newly refurbished band room with newly appointed MD David Dernley. Foss Dyke are a 1st Section Band with a moderate contest and concert schedule.


Prof. Christopher Houlding

MMus, GGSM, LRAM
Conductor, Performer, Educator


               

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