December 30, 2020
Five highlights and five low points from the past 12 months in the banding world...
December 28, 2020
The long list of 4BR annual award nominations that will be considered by our panel of judges has been released.
December 5, 2020
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.
December 1, 2020
The post-Covid banding future may be on the horizon, but banding needs to plan for it and not rely on misplaced good intentions.
November 19, 2020
How a 1976 musical combination of the National Coal Board, Max Bygraves and Grimethorpe Colliery Band could well help bands return safely to rehearsals in the future.
November 16, 2020
Tim Mutum looks back on the life and career of an Australian musician whose influence should be remembered for much more than an iconic cornet solo.
November 13, 2020
4BR looks back 35 years ago with Alan Morrison and Steve Sykes to Grimethorpe Colliery Band's victory at the Granada Band of the Year contest - one inspired by a very particular kind of musical genius.
November 5, 2020
Remember Remember the 5th of November - with five great recordings of Elgar Howarth's iconic pyrotechnic test-piece.
October 27, 2020
Does the establishment of a new national representative body for Welsh banding offer more than just another false dawn of optimism?
October 23, 2020
Five of the best recordings of John McCabe's iconic work inspired by the majesty and natural beauty of the Lake District.
October 18, 2020
The last thing we need at this moment in time for the brass band movement is to start being envious of the success of others...
October 17, 2020
Tim Mutum looks back on the life of an outstanding musical professional whose life encompassed two very different spheres of battle...
October 16, 2020
There may not have been any National Championship at the Albert Hall this year, but when it does return will it make the same media impression the 1945 event did?
October 15, 2020
MPs from all parties recently had the opportunity to debate arts spending during the Coronavirus - but none managed to mention the challenges faced by any brass bands in their constituencies...
October 14, 2020
4BR talks to Cory MD Philip Harper to find out what he thinks the future may hold as banding takes exciting steps into a virtual reality.
September 22, 2020
Arts Council England's CEO Darren Henley's address at Brass Bands England's 2020 Conference was well meaning but uninspired - offering crumbs of comfort at a time when banding needs much more than aphorisms and sound bite cliches.
August 25, 2020
Five of the very best recordings of Gilbert Vinter's iconic test-piece.
August 18, 2020
The latest guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has not given a realistic green light for a return to rehearsals - even if the option is now there...
August 15, 2020
Brass Bands England has published in full its sector support advice for bands in England. If you are thinking of making a return to rehearsal, then they ask that you read this in full and understand its implications.
August 8, 2020
Tim Mutum looks back on the life of a pioneering musician whose achievements amounted to much more than a historic entry in the contesting record books.
August 1, 2020
Can the brass band movement once again persuade leading figures from a different professional musical hinterland to step into the confines of the adjudicator's box?
July 23, 2020
On the centenary of the death of Alexander Owen, 4BR looks at the life and legacy of one of the greatest figures in the history of the brass band movement.
July 21, 2020
4BR takes a close look at the exams for brass students that are being offered by the London College of Music.
July 19, 2020
Would an independent Brass Band Commission be able to offer a plan for a sustainable long term future for banding in the UK?
July 9, 2020
A mainstay figure of the banding movement - whose influence in helping bands and players fulfil their potential was based on his insightful musicality and disciplined work ethic.
July 3, 2020
Beware the claims of quack doctors, pseudo-science, divine interventionists, oddballs, confidence tricksters and criminals and trust in proper research - its the only answer to get us back playing safely...
July 2, 2020
With a need to reach out to a wider audience in the post Coronavirus era, can the brass band movement persuade any of these high profile composers and arrangers to write for us?
June 21, 2020
When Howard Carter found 'wonderful things' in the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun in 1922, they included two trumpets that seemingly had a curse of their own...
June 16, 2020
It may be finances that are the pressing concern at present but it is an investment in greater diversity and social inclusion that holds the key to the future for the banding movement.
May 31, 2020
The player's player principal cornet - a wonderful musician whose modesty and unassuming personality ensured he was revered by all who performed with him.
May 29, 2020
4BR Editor Iwan Fox wonders what price individuals would be willing to pay to secure a sustainable, democratically robust brass band movement in the UK...
May 25, 2020
Tabby Kerwin looks at the importance of awareness and education on mental health issues within the brass band movement - this time with the emphasis on the adjudicator.
May 18, 2020
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks towards the light at the end of the long Coronavirus tunnel and wonders what the new destination will be like when we eventually get there...
May 9, 2020
A musician whose loyalty and talent made a significant mark in both the banding and orchestral worlds.
May 4, 2020
We pick five of the most underrated test-pieces used at the European Championships since 1978 in the hope that they will be resurrected to be used once more...
May 2, 2020
We chose five of the most significant own-choice performances given at the European Championships since the first event in 1978...
April 29, 2020
4BR Editor Iwan Fox offers a template for discussion and debate to try and solve the problem of achieving a balanced regional structure in UK banding in the future...
April 27, 2020
A remarkable woman who combined two hugely influential professional careers that made a significant impact.
April 21, 2020
Forget the musical pipe-dreams and desires, it will be an understanding how the finances of brass banding really work that will eventually see the movement return with long term sustainability.
April 16, 2020
4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at how the urban myths surrounding brass bands and the sinking of the Titanic have lasted for over 100 years.
April 11, 2020
Does the current enforced break from contesting give banding in the UK the chance to look at the shape required for a healthy national banding structure...
April 4, 2020
Tabby Kerwin looks at the importance of gaining awareness and education about mental health issues within the brass band movement - this time with an emphasis on the role of the conductor.
March 31, 2020
The Australian cornet star who rivalled Harry Mortimer for virtuosity on the stage, but who was the most unassuming figure off it.
March 25, 2020
Mistakes have always been made at brass band contests, but surely the time has come for a 21st century approach that works for everyone...
March 15, 2020
All the action from the 2020 North of England Regional Championships - as it happened.
March 15, 2020
All the action from the 2020 West of England Regional Championships - as it happened.
March 8, 2020
All the action from the 2020 Yorkshire Regional Championships - as it happened.
March 8, 2020
All the action from the 2020 Scottish Regional Championships - as it happened.
March 8, 2020
All the action from the 2020 Midlands Regional Championships - as it happened.
March 1, 2020
All the action from the 2020 Welsh Regional Championships - as it happened.
February 23, 2020
All the action from the 2020 North West Regional Championships - as it happened.
February 20, 2020
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.
February 19, 2020
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...
February 16, 2020
A conductor whose record stands proudly with the finest conductors of his generation, but is now somewhat largely forgotten...
February 9, 2020
All the action from the 2020 Norwegian National Championships - as it happened.
February 11, 2020
Is the shock and awe approach to the top end of the the dynamic spectrum in danger of sucking all the vibrancy and warmth out of what was once brass banding's renowned and richly admired tonality?
February 4, 2020
Under the artistic direction of Paul Hindmarsh the RNCM Brass Band Festival in Manchester once again led the way in the pursuit of an all inclusive approach to the art of brass band music making.
January 29, 2020
The Scottish Brass Band Association reveals busy schedule of celebratory events and initiatives at its annual general meeting.
January 21, 2020
Following her presentation to the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators, Tabby Kerwin looks at the importance of gaining awareness and education about mental health issues within the brass band movement.
January 12, 2020
All the action from the 2020 Butlins Mineworkers Championship - as it happened.
January 9, 2020
One of the most influential musical polymaths of the banding movement and a pioneer who helped bring brass band entertainment to the television age.
January 8, 2020
Yamaha stars inspire over 150 brass band players as they look to provide performance foundations on which to build a life long enthusiasm and passion for brass banding.
January 7, 2020
Like New Year resolutions, Butlins is an event that needs to be taken seriously by bands if they wish to really live up to their easily made self-promises..