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4BR Monday Interview with Frank Mathison

June 07, 2021
The great brass musician Frank Mathison performs his final chord aged 93 as he retires from playing...


You are never too old to start a new musical challenge...

February 07, 2021
The great Frank Mathison is itching to get back to band after a spell in hospital — with a new musical career opening up for him aged 92, on cornet.


Scouting honour for horn star

July 25, 2020
Andrew Naylor of Friendly Brass Band near Sowerby Bridge will gain one of the highest awards in the scouting movement duo to his wonderful tribute playing week in week out for the NHS.


Friendly resident welcome for Griffin

August 13, 2019
The Friendly Band looks forward to world premiere with newly appointed Composer in Residence, Ashley Griffin

Frank Mathison

Mathison's Air...

March 06, 2019
The great Frank Mathison will gain new fans across the world today after his story will be featured in the Daily Express newspaper..

Sowerby Bridge

Brindle in the box at Sowerby Bridge

April 19, 2013
Gareth Brindle will be the man in the box at the forthcoming Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) Slow Melody, Duet & Quartet Contest.

Friendly Band

Results: 2012 Friendly Band Slow Melody & Quartet

May 31, 2012
There was a fine turn out at the recent Friendly Band Slow Melody & Quartet Contest — from young 'uns to wrinklies!

Friendly Band

Sowerby Bridge looks for friendly entrants

April 21, 2012
The popular Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) Slow Melody Contest is looking for entrants...

Friendly Band

Thompson set for Friendly role

April 18, 2011
Barry Thompson will be the man to impress at the forthcoming Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) Slow Melody Competition.

Friendly Band

Get ready to get Friendly

April 04, 2011
The entry forms are waiting for you for the Friendly Band Annual Slow Melody & Quartet Contest.


Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) Solo & Quartet Contest

May 06, 2009
Last call for entries. Get them in and start polishing those solos and quartets up!


Friendly welcome awaits

March 31, 2009
A good turn out of young players is hoped for at the forthcoming Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) Slow Melody and Quartet contest. Get your entries in!


Results: Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) Solo & Quartet

May 18, 2008
A great turn out of competitors at Sowerby Bridge where the playing went on all day...

Friendly Band

Friendly Band Slow Melody

April 17, 2008
Get your entries in quick as the Friendly Slow Melody and Quartet Contest is filling up — fast!

Friendly Band

Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) Contest

March 14, 2008
Details of Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) Slow Melody and Quartet Contest have been released.


Epic Tredegar connection in Amersham

October 23 • Two banding organisations with a shared community ethos will link up later today for a musical showcase.

The joy of free music making

October 23 • Dobcross Youth Band continues to inspire the next generation of young players with their free access approach.


New trom signing for Carlton Main Frickley

October 21 • Joe Heartfield, one of the UK's rising trombone talents has been signed by Carlton Main Frickley Band.


Changes to consider for Spectrum

October 23 • An extensive list of small amendments and errata has been issued for bands to take into account on Gilbert Vinter's 'Spectrum'.

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Air Force Salon Orchestra

Friday 5 November • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Sunday 7 November • St Alfege Church. Greenwich Church St. London SE10 9BJ

Abertillery Town Band - 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Saturday 13 November • Metropole Cultural and Conference Centre, Mitre St, Abertillery NP13 1AL

Regent Hall Concerts - Magli Brass Quintet

Friday 19 November • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ

Contest: Youth Brass in Concert

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

West Somerset Brass Band

October 23 • We are looking to strengthen the cornet section and would be delighted to hear from cornet players of all abilities. Practices are normally held in Watchet on a Friday 7.30 - 9.30 although at the moment we are practicing away from home in a larger venue

city of coventry brass

October 23 • City of Coventry Brass still require BBb bass player. We rehearse on Thursday evenings with additional rehearsals as required prior to concerts and contests.

Welwyn Garden City Band

October 21 • We are a friendly & sociable Third Section Band with a busy Christmas season rapidly approaching (Government regulations permitting). We have vacancies for SOPRANO CORNET, BBb BASS & TUNED PERCUSSIONIST players. Our MD is Duncan Wilson.

Duncan A. Beckley

Conductor, adjudicator, band trainer and teacher


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