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Radio: Sounds of Brass

March 21, 2019
The sound of music conducted by Michael Fowles is the feature this week on the programme hosted by Philip Hunt.

Tredegar Band players with MD Ian Porthouse

World Rankings — March update

March 20, 2019
Lots of movement throughout the rankings table following the round Regional Championships with Tredegar the biggest mover in the top 10 after their impressive win north Wales.

National Finals

2019 National Finalists confirmed

March 18, 2019
The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2019 Regional contests on the weekend.


Report & Results: 2019 North of England Regional Championships

March 16, 2019
East Yorkshire Motor Services, J36 Brass, North Skelton, Bearpark & Esh and Tewit Silver claim the honours in Durham


Report & Results: 2019 London & Southern Counties Regional Championships

March 16, 2019
Friary, Amersham, Epsom & Ewell, Chichester City and Simon Langton Brass take the spoils at Stevenage.

Taff Vale

Report & Results: 2019 Welsh Regional Championships

March 16, 2019
Tredegar lead the way in Wales as they claim the Championship title, with section awards going to Goodwick, Newport Borough, Taff Vale and Gwaun Cae Gurwen


Brass makes debut at International Tchaikovsky Competition

March 15, 2019
For the first time ever, there will be a brass category in one of the world's most prestigious soloist competitions.


Fulham makes Parkhouse signing for Stevenage

March 15, 2019
Fulham Brass heads to Stevenage with a raft of new signings — headed by the ISB's baritone star Iain Parkhouse.

Big Shiny

New Quintacular release from Big Shiny Brass

March 15, 2019
A fantastic new quintet release is now available form Big Shiny Brass

Stoller Hall

Young Brass Award judges announced

March 15, 2019
An international panel of judges will decide who will win the 2019 Young Brass Award


Imps and Gresswell part company

March 15, 2019
The musical partnership between Yorkshire Imperial and Simon Gresswell has come to an end.


Lewis Merthyr head north to offer vocal help

March 15, 2019
The Lewis Merthyr Band will head north to the Welsh Regional Championship this weekend with an additional stop off to help one of the nation's most famous choirs...


Stars join up for Cancer Charity concert

March 15, 2019
Star players will join up for a great cause later this month at Exeter Cathedral.


Call us Shirley...

March 15, 2019
The centenary celebrating Midlands band is looking for old Shirley players and supporters to get in touch...


Tredegar to showcase Seascapes challenge

March 13, 2019
Ian Porthouse and Tredegar Band will be showcasing their preparations on Ray Steadman-Allen's set-work on Thursday evening.


Bolsover seeks worldwide delegates

March 13, 2019
The Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School has produced a promotional video to highlight its attractions to delegates around the world.

New Zealand

New Zealand to celebrate Vinter at National Championships

March 13, 2019
The oldest National Championship in the world will celebrate the life of Gilbert Vinter, as two of his greatest compositions are to be the set-works for the A and B Grade bands in Hamilton.


Heartfield takes lead on adjudication training

March 13, 2019
The experienced Martin Heartfield is to spearhead the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators training programmes.


Financial boost from Kerwin legacy

March 13, 2019
A wonderful gesture inspired by the late Simon Kerwin will continue to help bands with their musical development.


Geneva Group increases DNA profile

March 13, 2019
The Geneva Group has announced a new chapter in their ambition to link their DNA to produce world class instruments with world class workers at a world class factory.

Woodfalls Band - Risca Male Voice Choir

Saturday 23 March • St Mary's Church Andover SP10 1ER

Grimethorpe Colliery Band -

Saturday 23 March • Wakefield Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TE

Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Newtown, Powys

Saturday 23 March • The Hafren Theatre, Newtown, Powys SY16 4HU

Black Dyke Band - Victoria Hall

Saturday 23 March • The Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton BL1 2AS

Grimethorpe Colliery Band -

Sunday 24 March • Kettering Lighthouse Theatre. Thurston Drive, Kettering NN15 6PB

Milton Keynes Brass

March 23 • We are seeking a First Baritone player to complete our happy band. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings in Loughton, MK (just off A5) with other rehearsals arranged in the run up to contests.

Lydbrook Band

March 22 • Championship Section Lydbrook Band have vacancies for a 2nd Baritone and Kit player to join our friendly band. We have a great set of future concerts, contests and tour to Poland. Under the musical directorship of Ian Holmes and Glyn William

Tingley Brass Band

March 21 • Tingley Band are looking to recruit 3 solo cornet players to complete our front row.. In addition we have vacancies for a euphonium and solo trombone.. We rehearse on Tuesday & Thursday from 19.30 to 21.00

David Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL
Conductor, adjudicator and arranger