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BEM Medal

New Year Honours

December 31, 2014
It looks as if the brass band world came up with a blank this time around...


The judges at London 2014

Brass band adjudication — simples...

December 31, 2014
If you think the current Brass in Concert adjudication system is complex, then spare a thought for the judges of yesteryear...


Carlton Main

Death of Sid Belshaw

December 30, 2014
The death has been announced of former Carlton Main Frickley Colliery baritone player, Sid Belshaw.


Old Silkstone

Silkstone catch Fisher

December 30, 2014
Sam Fisher will lead Old Silkstone Band at the Yorkshire Area contest in March.


Lighthouse Theatre

Lighthouse signal attracts Masters bands

December 29, 2014
2015 will see the return of the All England International Masters contest at The Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering in May.


SWBBA

Weston set for 47th anniversary

December 29, 2014
The popular Weston Super Mare contest hopes to build on its positive feedback in 2015.


Urban Play

Urban Play helps Belgian sop star

December 29, 2014
One of Belgium's top soprano players has been paying tribute to the help given to him by the brand new Urban Play app from Buffet.


Snow

Festive brass around the country

December 28, 2014
Congratulations to everyone who brought some festive music making to their communities on Christmas Day.


Candlelight

Blackburn & Darwen by candlelight

December 28, 2014
The Blackburn & Darwen Band has helped raise much needed funds for the Prince's Trust.


Reg Vardy

Festive amnesty at Reg Vardy

December 28, 2014
Reg Vardy will ask no questions if they can get their hands on some bits of much needed missing equipment in time for the New Year...


Arise Jens Lindemann C.M.

December 28, 2014
Canadian musician is awarded national honour for his skill as a world-renowned trumpet soloist.


Brett Baker

Baker to lead Concerto masterclass

December 27, 2014
Brett Baker is to lead a trombone masterclass in Cornwall on Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Trombone Concerto'.


Rya Liotta

Never seen together on stage...

December 26, 2014
Could these be identical twins separated at banding birth...?


Pride

Pride gets Mayo topping

December 26, 2014
The British film Pride, with its brass band soundtrack has been voted as the number 1 film of 2014 by Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode.


Grimethorpe

Music to save Grimethorpe — don't miss it a second time!

December 26, 2014
If you missed the excellent programme on Grimethorpe Colliery Band helping support the musical future of its local community on Radio 4 on Boxing Day, then don’t fret — it’s on again….


Melanie Sykes

Sykes tradition alive and well in Mossley

December 26, 2014
The wonderful Melanie Sykes has been keeping her brass band lip in over Christmas...


Max Wall and Frank Renton

Never seen together on stage...

December 25, 2014
Could these be identical twins separated at banding birth...?


Flugel horn

4BR Christmas Quiz: The Winner!

December 25, 2014
Someone will certainly be enjoying a great musical New Year thanks to John Packer and 4BR!


Matthew with Chris and Robin

The best trombone Christmas present ever...

December 25, 2014
The combined efforts of Hercules Stands, Jupiter Instruments and Cory Band have given a young trombone player the best Christmas present he could wish for....


tHE qUEEN AND THE BAND

Stalham give Her Majesty a good Christmas mumping...

December 25, 2014
The Stalham Band has given Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh a good Christmas mumping this year.


yAMAHA nEO

Yamaha Neo Ensemble to make Butlins debut

December 24, 2014
The Neo Brass Ensemble will make its concert debut at the Butlins Mineworkers Festival in Skegness in January.


cURTIN AND mARSHALL

Dyke awards to Curtin and Marshall

December 24, 2014
Black Dyke has been giving out a few awards of its own — with trophies for Bandsman of the Year and Pondasher of the Year.


Brett Baker

Busy Baker set for Mythical connection...

December 24, 2014
Trombone star Brett Baker will be having a busy Christmas looking forward to some musical myths and legends of his own...


pALS REMEBERED

Pals remembered 100 years later

December 24, 2014
The famous Accrington Pals regiment has been musically remembered on the BBC, 100 years after they made the ultimate sacrifice.


Emley Band

Death of Granville Parker

December 24, 2014
4BR has been informed of the death of Emley Band stalwart, Granville Parker.




hIGGINS

New Higgins work at Aldeburgh Festival

May 28 • A new cantata by composer Gavin Higgins will be featured at the famous Aldeburgh Festival next month.


Wessex

Wessex Summer School announced tutor line-up

May 28 • Course Director Michael Fowles will be joined by a host of star performers to inspire the delegates on the forthcoming Wessex Band Summer Course.


Signing

Rothwell add to cornet strength

May 28 • The Grand Shield winners add strength to their cornet section ahead of the major contests later in the season with singing of the experienced Andy Novell.


Cross

Death of Barry Aldous

May 28 • The death has been announced of the respected player and administrator Barry Aldous.


Perth Festival of the Arts - Opera Bohemia - Madama Butterfly

Thursday 26 May • Perth Theatre, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ


Perth Festival of the Arts - Cross Trust Artists of the Year

Thursday 26 May • St Matthew's Church, Tay Street, Perth PH1 5LQ


Perth Festival of the Arts - The Voice of Desire

Friday 27 May • St John's Kirk of Perth, St John's Place, Perth PH1 5SZ


Mereside Brass -

Friday 27 May • St Luke's Church. Goostrey. Cheshire CW4 8PE


Perth Festival of the Arts - Black Dyke Band at Perth Festival of the Arts

Saturday 28 May • Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ


Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

May 26 • Our friendly non-contesting band, based near Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading, seeks 3rd cornet and 2nd baritone players. Others always welcome!


Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

May 26 • Our friendly non-contesting band, based near Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading, seeks capable percussionists, both kit and tuned. Other players also welcome!


Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

May 26 • Our friendly non-contesting band, based near Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading, seeks a capable 1st Horn player. Other players also welcome!.


Simon Gresswell


Conductor, adjudicator, tutor, tuba specialist


               

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