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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.




NYBBGB

NYBBGB ready for double Concerto performance

April 12 • The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain will head to Liverpool and London this weekend to perform Gavin Higgins' 'Concerto Grosso for Brass Band and Orchestra' with their National Youth Orchestra counterparts.


kEVIN sTEES

Interview with Kevin Stees

April 12 • We talk to the MD of the newly crowned Champion Band of North America.


Smith and Grezzy

New podcast from Smith & Grezzy

April 12 • Sandy Smith and Simon Gresswell have got together to produce a new podcast — and are joined by Duncan Beckley for their first show.


sAVOYAT

Farewell brings success for Savoyat

April 11 • Composer Pierre-Antoine Savoyat has won the Angelo Inglese International Composer Competition with his work marking the centenary of the death of the great Giacomo Puccini.


Hathersage Band - Hathersage Village Spring Concert

Saturday 13 April • Hathersage Methodist Church, Main Road, Hathersage S32 1BB


Newstead Brass - Raising for the Roof

Saturday 13 April • Hill Methodist Church, The Hill, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottingham NG17 8JS


Harlow Brass Band - HARLOW BRASS BAND - SPRING CONCERT

Saturday 13 April • St Andrew's Methodist Church. The Stow. Harlow CM20 3AF


Dobcross Silver Band - Middleton Band

Sunday 14 April • Dobcross Band Club. Platt Lane. Dobcross OL3 5AD


The Hepworth Band - Brass & Cream Tea

Sunday 14 April • St David's Church Holmbridge. Woodhead Road, Holmbridge, Holmfirth HD9 2NQ


Mereside Brass

April 12 • Mereside Brass (Rudheath, Northwich) are looking for a FRONT ROW CORNET and a EUPHONIUM player. We are a friendly 4th Section band restarting contesting this year and with a sensible calendar of jobs and band social events. Come and give us a try!


Chelmsford Silver Band

April 12 • Bb Bass and solo horn players. We are a friendly, active and non-competition band established 75 years performing regularly in Chelmsford and Essex. Rehearsals averaging 28 players are on Wednesday evenings at The Broomfield Methodist Church Chelmsford.


Long Melford Silver Band

April 11 • Long Melford Silver Band currently has vacancies for Bb and Eb Basses. We are a friendly non-contesting band in south Suffolk under the baton of Musical Director Frankie Ayers.


Sarah Groarke-Booth

BA (Hons) MA
Conductor, Adjudicator, Compere, Actor


               

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