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Vulpes Vulpes inspires Saggers to victory...

May 10
Composer Paul Saggers claims the prestigious O/Mordent Composer competition prize with a work inspired by the fantastic Mr Fox...


4BR Monday Interview with Simon Dobson

May 10 • 4BR talks to the Ivors Award winning composer following the announcement that his work, 'The Turing Test' performed by Valaisia Brass Band has been voted the 'Favourite Own Choice Performance' at the European Championships since 2003.


Heritage boost for Foden's

May 10 • Foden's gain further Heritage Lottery Funding with ambitious plans to celebrate and share their proud history with their local community.


Record entry for Foden's on-line Whit Friday competitions

May 9 • There will be a worldwide flavour to the march entertainment on offer at the forthcoming Foden's On-line Whit Friday events.


Engeset joins judge's line-up for conducting competition

May 9 • The acclaimed Norwegian conductor Bjarte Engeset.will join the adjudication panel for the forthcoming Brass Band Conductors Association's Conducting Competition.

Palanga to showcase Legends and Stories

May 9 • There is the chance to enjoy live broadcast performances from Lithuania today with seven performances celebrating the Legends and Stories of Palanga.

Festmusik makes immediate chart impression

May 9 • The new CD from Onyx Brass has already made its mark on the Classical Charts — just a week after its release.

Enjoy more of the Bousfield Experience

May 9 • The latest episode of the Ian Bousfield Experience has been released — and as usual it makes for interesting listening...

Black Dyke mark the passing and triumph of time

May 8 • Players and visitors to the iconic Queensbury bandhall will have an immediate reminder of the band's great achievements and those who delivered them...

Geneva Heritage Cornet Competition: Results

Geneva Heritage Cornet Competition: Results

May 1 • Phillip McCann announces the results of the Geneva International Slow Melody Competition

4BR Friday Interview with Brian Rankine

4BR Friday Interview with Brian Rankine

April 30 • 4BR catches up with the great Scottish cornet and trumpet player to look back in time over a remarkable 60 year musical career - and one that was marked at its start by a wonderful presentation.

4BR Wednesday Interview with Emma Barnett

4BR Wednesday Interview with Emma Barnett

April 28 • 4BR finds out more about an exciting two day Brass Academy being hosted by Opera North - one which will give a fantastic opportunity for young players to work with their brass stars.

4BR Tuesday Interview with Frode Rydland

4BR Tuesday Interview with Frode Rydland

April 27 • 4BR talks brass banding and soprano playing with one of the most successful players in Norwegian banding history after he has just celebrated a landmark birthday.

Take 5: May the Force be with you...

Take 5: May the Force be with you...

April 29 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks a quintet of memorable brass band recordings of the great Verdi overture La Forza Del Destino to add to your collection.

Prestige performances: Why on-line magic must be rooted in reality

April 28 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox argues that despite the success, brass bands must maintain the prestige of on-line contesting reality rather than relying on aural illusion to keep everyone entertained.

4BR Hall of Fame: No.16: James Scott

April 25 • Tim Mutum looks back on the life and musical career of one of the most respected figures of the banding movement.

Bums on seats: Understanding the new entertainment normality

March 5 • When brass bands return to live performance how do they prise the bums of an audience from the sofas in front of smart television screens to hear them play — or can they also offer another button to press...

Music: The Harmonious Blacksmith (Handel arr. Kenneth Downie)

May 8 • Quartet for 2 cornets, horn and euphonium. Publisher: Brookwright Music . PDF download. Price: $24.99

Product Review: Champion Disinfectant Mouthpiece Spray

May 7 • Champion Instrument & Mouthpiece & Synthetic Reed Disinfectant . Price: £5.50 approx per 60ml bottle

Music: Pachelbel for Brass (Canon in D)

April 29 • Johann Pachelbel arr. William Himes. Available for brass band and brass choir.

# Band Points
2Black Dyke810.73
3Brighouse and Rastrick670.48
5Valaisia Brass Band542.45
9Paris Brass Band389.84
10Carlton Main Frickley Colliery365.35

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

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH

Contest: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain

Saturday 2 October • Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP

Contest: Youth Brass in Concert

Saturday 20 November • St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR

The Marple Band

May 10 • Are you looking for a change of scene after lockdown. The Marple Band are a 1st Section friendly group of musicians who are looking for an Eb Bass and Bb Bass player, 2nd Horn, Front row cornets and a second cornet to join our successful band. .

Haverhill Silver Band

May 10 • Haverhill Silver Band invite applicants for the following positions: Repiano Cornet, Percussion (to include kit)

Wotton and District Silver Band

May 10 • As soon as we get back to playing in the next couple of months we will be seeking to fill our vacancies for MUSICAL DIRECTOR and Eb BASS.

Martin Heartfield

Conductor, Adjudicator, Educationalist


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