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Howard Snell

European Memories: Interview with Howard Snell

April 19, 2022
We talk to Howard Snell about some of his European Championship memories — from Desford and Daphnis and Eikanger's Enigmas to Foden's fire breathing Dragon...


European Memories: Interview with Michael Bach

April 18, 2022
We recall the European memories of Michael Bach who led Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern to the title in 2014, but who has also enjoyed a long family connection with the event.


European memories: Interview with Nick Hudson

April 15, 2022
We talk to the former Foden's trombone star who gave one of the most memorable individual performances on 'The Year of the Dragon' to help his band claim the European title in Cardiff in 1992.


European Memories: Interview with Mike Kilroy

April 14, 2022
We talk to the Chairperson of Brass Bands England about his European memories — as a player, administrator and a brass band fan.

Tom Brevik

European Memories: Interview with Tom Brevik

April 12, 2022
We recall European memories with Tom Brevik — the Norwegian conductor who led Manger Musikklag at the first European Championship contest at the Royal Albert Hall in 1978.


European Memories: Interview with Phillip McCann

April 11, 2022
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to the legendary Black Dyke Band principal cornet player about his memories of the first European Championships and how the event has developed.


Interview with Irene Anda and Grethe Tonheim

April 10, 2022
We catch up with conductor Irene Anda and Norwegian trombone star Grethe Tonheim as they prepare to inspire the young players on the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain Easter Course in Harrogate.

Glyn Williams

Interview with Glyn Williams

April 09, 2022
We catch up with the Cory euphonium star who recently led Aldbourne Band to their first top section Area success in 40 years in Cheltenham.


Interview with James Holt

April 07, 2022
We talk to the Chairperson of the Brass Band Conductor Association about its flagship Conducting Competition.


Interview with Louis Dowdeswell

March 28, 2022
We catch up with the trumpet star to talk about his forthcoming musical collaboration with Cory Band at the Gala Concert of the European Brass Band Championships in Birmingham — as well as find out more about his playing background.


Friday interview with Bastien Baumet

March 18, 2022
We talk with the French euphonium star Bastien Baumet following the news that he has decided to step away from playing with Paris Brass Band to concentrate on his burgeoning solo and educating career.

Paul Andrews

Thursday interview with Paul Andrews

March 17, 2022
We catch up with conductor Paul Andrews as he announces that he will step down from his role as MD at Wingates Band after nine years at the helm.

Black Dyke

2022 Yorkshire Regional Championship podcast review

March 11, 2022
A special podcast review looks back at the action and how the titles were won and lost in Huddersfield...


Interview with Nigel Stevens

March 10, 2022
With the European Championships on the horizon we find out more about the progress being made towards the prestigious event.


Friday interview with Paul Crump

March 04, 2022
We catch up again with Paul Crump — Director of Newmoon Insurance Services for a quick update on the type of instrument insurance issues that may arise over the forthcoming Regional Championship weekends.


Thursday interview with Steven Mead

March 03, 2022
The Besson star will be giving a performance of the iconic Joseph Horovitz Euphonium Concerto at the RNCM in Manchester this evening.


Tuesday interview: 2022 Midlands Regional Championship review

March 01, 2022
Iwan Fox and Chris Thomas review the qualification that took place at The Cube in Corby on the weekend as Midlands Regional bands looked to book their berths at Cheltenham and London.


Monday interview with Martin Green

February 28, 2022
We talk to the multi award winning musician about his new trio of BBC Radio 4 programmes, audio drama and new composition for brass bands that will all be premiered over the coming months.


Friday interview with Mark Wilkinson

February 25, 2022
On the eve of the Regional Championships we talk to 2022 Iles Medal recipient, Mark Wilkinson of Foden's Band


Thursday interview with Duncan Beckley

February 24, 2022
We speak to Duncan Beckley after it was announced that he will be presented with the 2022 Mortimer Medal in recognition of his services to the brass band movement.

David Karran

Wednesday interview with David Karran

February 23, 2022
We talk to David Karran — MD of Onchan Silver Band who will be travelling over from the Isle of Man to make their North West Regional Championship debuts on Sunday — some 85 years after they were first formed.


Tuesday interview with Paul Crump

February 22, 2022
With the the UK and its brass bands having taken a battering from the effects of storms Eunice and Franklin, we check with Insurance expert Paul Crump about what you should do if your rehearsal premises and contents have been damaged.

Paul Jenkins

Monday interview with Paul Jenkins

February 21, 2022
We catch up with the trombone playing MD of Pontardulais Band following their victory at the Welsh Open Entertainment Championship in Newport on the weekend.


Friday interview with Kenny Crookston

February 18, 2022
We catch up with the CEO of Brass Bands England as the organisation looks forward to hosting a trio of important events — from the results of their recent Women in Banding survey to the National Youth and European Brass Band Championships.

Luc Vertommen

Thursday interview with Luc Vertommen

February 17, 2022
We catch up with the Belgian conductor who has just led Haut-de-France to retain their French National title and book their place at the 2023 European Championships in Malmo.


New Higgins work at Aldeburgh Festival

May 28 • A new cantata by composer Gavin Higgins will be featured at the famous Aldeburgh Festival next month.


Wessex Summer School announced tutor line-up

May 28 • Course Director Michael Fowles will be joined by a host of star performers to inspire the delegates on the forthcoming Wessex Band Summer Course.


Rothwell add to cornet strength

May 28 • The Grand Shield winners add strength to their cornet section ahead of the major contests later in the season with singing of the experienced Andy Novell.


Death of Barry Aldous

May 28 • The death has been announced of the respected player and administrator Barry Aldous.

Perth Festival of the Arts - Opera Bohemia - Madama Butterfly

Thursday 26 May • Perth Theatre, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ

Perth Festival of the Arts - Cross Trust Artists of the Year

Thursday 26 May • St Matthew's Church, Tay Street, Perth PH1 5LQ

Perth Festival of the Arts - The Voice of Desire

Friday 27 May • St John's Kirk of Perth, St John's Place, Perth PH1 5SZ

Mereside Brass -

Friday 27 May • St Luke's Church. Goostrey. Cheshire CW4 8PE

Perth Festival of the Arts - Black Dyke Band at Perth Festival of the Arts

Saturday 28 May • Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ

Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

May 26 • Our friendly non-contesting band, based near Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading, seeks 3rd cornet and 2nd baritone players. Others always welcome!

Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

May 26 • Our friendly non-contesting band, based near Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading, seeks capable percussionists, both kit and tuned. Other players also welcome!

Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

May 26 • Our friendly non-contesting band, based near Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading, seeks a capable 1st Horn player. Other players also welcome!.

Alex McGee

Conductor & Composer


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