February 8, 2024
Five things that caught the imagination and gained deserved acclaim at the recent RNCM International Brass Band Festival in Manchester.
February 6, 2024
Brass band writer Christopher Thomas adds his thoughts on adjudication trust and integrity and how he believes we all have a part to play in its reform and modernisation.
February 4, 2024
Former City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet Alan Thomas tells 4BR why swapping a civilian musical life for one in the RAF was one of the best decisions he has made.
January 24, 2024
Can brass banding learn from the radical approach of rugby league to evaluate the right levels of competitive success on and off the field of play.
January 22, 2024
Lots to look forward to in the early part of 2024, but these five events should top your 'not to miss' list .
January 17, 2024
In the first of a new series 4BR Editor Iwan Fox argues that it is time to pay the price of simply trusting the expertise of our judges.
January 10, 2024
Tim Mutum looks back on the life of the Australian musician who became one of the most important figures in the post war banding world in the UK.
January 6, 2024
Conductor Eliot Darwin made the most important decision of all when circumstances beyond his control took a horrific turn in the wrong direction. Now though he is looking forward to the start of an exciting new chapter in his musical life.
December 30, 2023
These are conductors and players that made the lasting impression on us throughout 2023.
December 26, 2023
We have a fantastic prize of a Besson Prodige Cornet and other goodies worth over £600 up for grabs if you can get the answers right to our musical quiz.
December 14, 2023
The long list of nominees in each category of the 2023 4BR Awards have been announced.
November 15, 2023
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.
November 7, 2023
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.
October 25, 2023
There was plenty to discuss and debate after an intriguing National Championship Final in the heart of London.
October 24, 2023
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.
October 19, 2023
All bets are off this weekend, but Foden's may well still be the short priced favourite to emulate their famous predecessors.
October 18, 2023
Edward Gregson's generational work will finally be heard at a venue as imposing in scale as its own metaphorical inspiration.
October 17, 2023
Helen Varley takes a closer personal as well as professional look into why the Royal Albert Hall remains such an iconic venue.
October 16, 2023
As Mark Good finds out, the route to becoming a military musician was not a simple one for Colour Sergeant David Hamilton but he wouldn’t have had it any other way.
October 11, 2023
Boldness, invention and cooperation could well be the keys to Brass Bands England's future ambitions after a display of collective confidence at its annual conference in Huddersfield.
September 14, 2023
A tale of architectural renaissance from the flames of London's destruction provides a dramatic test for the bands in search of the First Section title.
September 14, 2023
From three notes to three lakes is the challenge to be met by the bands tackling Philip Sparke's ever inventive test-piece if they are to claim the National title.
September 13, 2023
A ghostly reminder of the human cost of both necessity and bureaucracy faces the bands in the Third Section on Sunday morning.
September 13, 2023
A jaunty celebration of the historic links between England and Australia will test the contesting health of bands on Saturday morning.
September 12, 2023
Photographer Craig Chapman and his colleague Connor Redmond were at the British Open to take plenty of great 'Sand and Stars' images.
September 12, 2023
There was so much to enjoy about the 169th British Open Championships - and plenty to talk, opinion and discuss about too...
September 11, 2023
This what the judges had to say in their written remarks about Foden's, Valaisia and Tredegar's performances of 'Sand and Stars' at the British Open on the weekend.
September 8, 2023
The heat will be on in more ways than one at Symphony Hall as 18 bands look to become British Open Champion.
September 7, 2023
Five memorable winning performances from the 25 years that the British Open Championship has been held at Symphony Hall.
September 6, 2023
Thierry Deleruyelle's 20th century lineal celebration of the spirit of human resilience reaches the 1930s with 'Sand and Stars'.
August 28, 2023
From films to festivals - the brass band movement should take note of what happens to conductors who abuse their position of power.
August 25, 2023
Tim Mutum finds out more about the man who changed his name to help change the way brass bands performed to the public.
August 19, 2023
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at five great works inspired by the myths and tales told by the ancient Greeks...
August 14, 2023
Can bands cut themselves free of a self-made Gordian Knot of apathy and distrust and get someone to represent their thread of views with contest organisers?
July 10, 2023
The legendary Jim Shepherd was reminded of his decade long tenure at Black Dyke each time he stepped into his garden...
July 7, 2023
Almost a century after his birth Tim Mutum finds out more about a composer who remains an intangible enigma to the brass band movement.
June 29, 2023
Every organisation needs to be prepared for a transition of long term power and influence - although it is not always a decision that works out for the best.
June 9, 2023
Some of the memorable images taken by bands and put on their social media at this year's Whit Friday contests in Tameside and Saddleworth
May 31, 2023
Five recordings of Gilbert Vinter's 'Variations on a Ninth' that should be added to any brass band collection.
May 29, 2023
Malcolm Wood looks forward to the atmosphere and action that will be on show around the famous Whit Friday venues in Tameside and Saddleworth this year.
May 2, 2023
There are also European titles up for grabs in the Solo, Challenge and Youth Sections in Malmo.
May 1, 2023
A wonderful city, impressive venue, great music and fantastic bands. There should be something for everyone to enjoy in Malmo then as the European Championships head for a new musical outpost.
April 30, 2023
From Madmen and Horrowshows, William Byrd and Gabrielli, inner darkness, parallel lives, catharis, global rejoicing and much, much more as the elite contenders take their inspirations to claim the European title....
April 29, 2023
4BR Editor Iwan Fox takes a close look at 'Aurora' - the Championship Section test-piece that could provide the sign to conquer rivals for one band in Malmo...
April 10, 2023
Tim Mutum looks back on the career of the player who provided the world with "the voice of a hero".
March 31, 2023
4BR talks to composer Edward Gregson about his composition to find out more about its abandonment and long overdue return to the Royal Albert Hall.
March 28, 2023
471 may seem an impressive figure, but the statistics behind it reveal a different truth.
March 25, 2023
Coverage of the 2023 National Youth Championships of Great Britain live from Stockport Grammar School
February 21, 2023
4BR talks to the experts at Allegro Optical to find out more about the risks of glaucoma.
February 16, 2023
The return of the Norwegian National Championships has seen the banding culture take a positive look at battling middle age lethargy.
February 15, 2023
Tim Mutum looks back on the life of one of the most dominant figures of the second half of the 20th century banding movement.
February 8, 2023
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at a memorable RNCM Brass Band Festival, as well as examining what the future may hold for the person that takes over its artistic direction...
January 26, 2023
A slow burning catalyst appreciation of the sound of British brass bands has linked American composer and conductor Jack Stamp with Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
January 6, 2023
Tim Mutum tells the story of the GUS Band which was formed in 1933 with lofty ambitions.
January 5, 2023
Our quintet of not to miss musical attractions in the first three months of 2023.