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Want to write for brass bands?

October 13, 2021
4BR talks to composer and conductor Andy Duncan about his iWrite composing modules which aim to enable brass band lovers to start composing for the brass band medium — from hymn tunes to test-pieces...


Remembering Bram Gregson & Friends

October 11, 2021
Edward Gregson talks about the life and musical legacy of his elder brother which he has curated on a new double CD release.


Recalling Ratby's National heroics

October 08, 2021
4BR catches up with Mareika Gray to talk about Ratby Co-operative's remarkable fifth place finish at the National Championships at the Royal Albert Hall — one that came in just a three week period of preparation.


Heroic reflections with Russell Gray

October 07, 2021
4BR catches up with Foden's winning conductor to talk about his third National title success and how he approached the score to Bruce Broughton's test piece to do it with the band at the Albert Hall on the weekend.


Finding out about the sounds of Ghost Cinemas

September 30, 2021
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to composer Liz Lane about bringing the ambient sound of old cinemas back to life with Steven Mead and a Wurley Bird...


Talking Area test pieces

September 23, 2021
We talk to Kapitol Promotions Ltd Music Panel member Sandy Smith about the choice of 2022 Regional test pieces — and the reasons behind them.


Interview with Archie, Ivy and Tim...

September 17, 2021
We catch up with Archie, Ivy and dad Tim to find out more about the Pannell musical family from Haverhill Youth & Community Band who have been making their mark with their playing.


Brownless keeps the rhythm going

September 11, 2021
We talk to conductor Neil Brownless who won the 'Best Music Creator for Leisure time Music Groups' category at the recent Making Music awards for his work, 'Keep the Rhythm Going'.

Edward Gregson

Talking Connotations with Edward Gregson

September 10, 2021
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Edward Gregson about his iconic work that continues to make its mark with players, conductors and audiences alike — and will be heard again in Cheltenham next weekend.


2022 European update with BBE CEO Kenny Crookston

September 03, 2021
We find out from Brass Bands England CEO Kenny Crookston about the work that has been going on in preparation for the 2022 European Championships in Birmingham.


Happy 40th Birthday to Stavanger

September 02, 2021
4BR talks to Anders Rydberg Chairman of Stavanger Band as they look forward to celebrating a landmark anniversary.


4BR Monday Bank Holiday Interview with James Fountain

August 30, 2021
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to the player who follows in the footsteps of Willie Lang, Howard Snell, Maurice Murphy and Philip Cobb as the principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra.


4BR Interview with Paul Richards

August 29, 2021
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Paul Richards about his memories of the Sun Life Band as former players look forward to meeting up again for a special reunion weekend.


4BR Friday Interview with Chris Smith

August 27, 2021
We catch up with Chris Smith from the great brass ensemble Old Dirty Brasstards as they look forward to performing the first of four new shows encompassing the hits of Britpop and 80s revival to Pop punk and Beyonce...


4BR Tuesday Interview with Harmen Vanhoorne

July 20, 2021
4BR talks to Belgian cornet star making a name for himself as an inspirational conductor in New Zealand after leading North Shore Brass to an impressive podium finish at the recent National Championships.

New Zealand

Report & Results: 2021 New Zealand National Championships

July 17, 2021
Wellington triumphs to retain National title as Grade honours go to Brass Whanganui, Woolston Concert Brass, Matamata Brass and Buzzing Brass Wellington Youth in Christchurch.


4BR Friday Interview with Ralph Riddiough

July 16, 2021
We speak to one of the main figures behind the campaign to get free music tuition services provided in Scottish Schools — and his hopes now that the Scottish Government has announced £7 million of investment in the next school year.

Fendall Hill

4BR Thursday Interview with Fendall Hill

July 15, 2021
We catch up with the recently crowned five time New Zealand Open Soprano title winner and composer of the B Grade test-piece 'Temperamental' to be used at the New Zealand National Championships this weekend.


4BR Wednesday Interview with Allan Withington

July 14, 2021
We catch up with Allan Withington to find out more about his inventive search for the perfect 'Il Maestro'...

David Childs

4BR Tuesday Interview with David Childs

July 13, 2021
We catch up with the Besson euph star to find out more about what he's been up to — from gaining yet more accolades to a return to live performance.

Owen Farr

4BR Monday Interview with Owen Farr

July 12, 2021
We manage to catch up with the Besson tenor horn virtuoso before he flies across the Irish Sea to the Fermanagh/Tyrone Brass Band Summer School where he will undertaking a recital recording of works by Paganini

Glenn Van Looy

4BR Thursday Interview with Glenn Van Looy

July 08, 2021
We catch up with the the virtuoso Belgian euph star who has just become a Doctor in Musical Arts following two years of research and performance — interrupted by Covid and the wonderful arrival of a new addition to the family.


4BR Wednesday Interview with Wantage Band

July 07, 2021
We catch up with Julia Trinder of the Wantage Band organisation to find out more about their ambitious plans to raise over £450,000 to add to their foundation of their ongoing success.


4BR Monday Interview with Martin Bailey

July 05, 2021
We find out more about Vincent van Gogh's musical connections with the author and journalist Martin Bailey following the discovery that the great Dutch artist was a honorary member of his local wind band.


4BR Friday Interview with Arfon Owen

July 02, 2021
We catch up with the Welsh horn star to find out more about his fantastic Norwegian youth band project that brings brass band and hip-hop music together on a single which is being released later today.


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.

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