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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.


Cash and carry at Butlin's in 2022

July 31 • There is plenty of prize money to win at the Butlin's Open Brass Band Festival in January — with individuals, ensembles and bands able to carry off big cash prizes.


Friday night is music night at Bolsover Summer School

July 30 • The Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School has been a huge success this year — with delegates and tutors overcoming Covid and the weather to enjoying their music making.

British Open

Bands reminded of rejoicing in public

July 29 • Bands have been reminded by the publishers of the British Open set-work of the performance rights associated with Edward Gregson's composition.


National Youth stay Well with new support

July 29 • The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain has enjoyed the support of one of the UK's leading pharmacy chains to put on its summer residential courses.

Regent Hall Concerts - Trafalgar Brass

Friday 6 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London SE7 8RE

Epping Forest Band - Proms on the Green

Sunday 8 August • On the green outside the Epping Forest District Council Civic Offices CM16 4BZ

Regent Hall Concerts - Arc Brass

Friday 13 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London . SE7 8RE

Regent Hall Concerts - The Wind Ensemble of the Band of the RAF Regiment

Friday 20 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London . SE7 8RE

Regent Hall Concerts - The Brass Ensemble of the Central Band of the RAF

Friday 27 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London . SE7 8RE

Newstead Brass

July 31 • Newstead Brass, Championship section, require PRINCIPAL TROMBONE to lead the section at the delayed 2020 national finals , Bolsover Entertainment festival and a range of concerts across the region.

Chinnor Silver

July 31 • GREAT to be back rehearsing again but with Uni time coming up we require CORNETS AND PERCUSSION PLAYERS Rehearsals on a wednesday in our newly refurbished bandroom.Concerts and contests planned. Very friendly hard working group so come and check us out.

Rainford Band

July 30 • Rainford Band (Championship Section) requires a first class BBb bass player. . Upcoming contests include Dr Martins, Scottish Open, NW Areas and Grand Shield, and a varied concert programme.

Duncan Wilson

Bmus(hons), LGSMD
Conductor, Adjudicator (member AoBBA)


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