facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label support us


PLC takes early retirement

Paul Lovatt-Cooper hangs up his sticks to create more time for new ventures.



After 16 years of playing percussion at the highest level Paul Lovatt-Cooper has decided to take ‘early retirement’ to enable him to devote more time to his burgeoning teaching, composing and conducting career.

Integral part

After nine great years with Fairey, Paul joined Black Dyke in 2003, and went on to become an integral part of the band’s successes under the direction of Dr Nicholas Childs both as a player and latterly as the band’s composer in residence.

Tremendous asset

Dr Childs told 4BR: "Naturally everyone is disappointed that Paul has called time as a percussionist with the band. Paul's personality always shone through as a committed and diligent player.

With this new direction I am sure he will be a tremendous asset to the brass band world and further afield with his creative skills."

I have had a fantastic time and the last eight years at Dyke have been some of the most memorable everPaul Lovatt-Cooper


Paul calls time on a playing career that has see him enjoy victories at Brass in Concert, the European and English Masters, as well as three British Open and four National Championship successes.

He told 4BR: "It has been a very tough decision but one I have been thinking about for some time now. However, I have found that there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done and so unfortunately my playing has had to give way."

Fantastic time

He concluded: "I have had a fantastic time and the last eight years at Dyke have been some of the most memorable ever. I want to take this opportunity to thank Nick and the band for all their help and support and I wish them all the very best for the future."

Even though he is retiring from playing, Paul will remain in post as black Dyke’s Composer in Association.

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    


Kirkbymoorside Town lead the world in Remembrance commemoration

November 12 • The centenary of the First World War Armistice held an evocative musical resonance in Kirkbymoorside for the local community and for the rest of the world.


Buxton contest returns to famous home

November 12 • One of the most popular domestic contests in the UK will return to its famous home in 2019.

Pennine Music

Pennine Music ready for Xmas rush at Loughborough

November 12 • Carol books, Christmas repertoire, Wallace Mutes, music for the new contesting year and much much more will be on show at the Leicestershire BBA Contest in Loughborough on the weekend.


Death of Dianne Hastings

November 12 • The death has been announced of Dianne Hastings, the former long serving secretary of the East Anglian Brass Band Association.

Mossley Band - in concert - Last Night of the Proms

Friday 16 November • George Lawton Hall, Mossley OL5 0HR

Thundersley Brass Band - Quiz Night

Friday 16 November • Richmond Hall, Richmond Avenue, Benfleet, Essex SS75HA

Regent Hall Concerts - Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment

Friday 16 November • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London W1C 2DJ

Foden's Band - Brass in Concert Gala Concert with Matt Ford

Saturday 17 November • Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, NE8 2JR

Contest: Brass in Concert

Saturday 17 November • St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays NE8 2JR

City of Lincoln Band

November 12 • We currently have vacancies on all sections of the band and welcome players of all abilities

Castleton Brass

November 12 • Castleton Brass, based in Stoke Ash, Suffolk is looking to recruit a principal cornet player to help lead the band through its next phase of development. We undertake a mixture of concerts and contesting throughout the year under the baton of Peter Ryan.

Crewe Brass

November 12 • Crewe Brass are currently looking for front and back row cornets. We are a friendly 1st Section Band and perform at a variety of events (including contests) under the baton of our MD Matt Pithers. Rehearsals are every Friday at 7.45pm in Shavington, Crewe

Stuart Black

BA (Hons) Music
Conductor, Teacher, Flugel soloist