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kEVIN sTEES

Interview with Kevin Stees

April 12, 2024
We talk to the MD of the newly crowned Champion Band of North America.


David Thornton

Interview with Dr David Thornton

February 04, 2024
Dr David Thornton reflects back on a highly successful RNCM International Brass Band Festival


Interview with James Gourlay and Emily Nicolas

February 03, 2024
4BR talks to conductor James Gourlay and presenter Emily Nicolas at the recent RNCM International Brass Band Festival.


Tredegar

Interview with Ian Porthouse and Matthias Hofs

January 31, 2024
4BR talks to Tredegar MD, Ian Porthouse and soloist Matthias Hofs at the 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival.


rncm

Interview with Simone Rebello

January 31, 2024
4BR talks to Simone Rebello about the RNCM 'Day of Percussion' on Sunday 4th February.


Treize Etoiles

Interview with Brass Band Treize Etoiles

January 31, 2024
4BR talks to conductor Frederic Theodoloz, composer Oliver Waespi and members of the European and Swiss champions at the 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival


RNCM

Interview with Dr David Thornton

January 23, 2024
4BR talks to Dr David Thornton, the Artistic Director of the 2024 RNCM International Brass Band Festival which returns again this weekend with a mouth-watering line-up of world class talent to enjoy.


Michael Howley

A musical life: Interview with Corporal Michael Howley

January 16, 2024
Corporal Michael Howley talks about his musical life in the RAF Music Services


King Kong

King Kong is coming...

November 28, 2023
We speak with Philip Harper as Cory prepare to tackle King Kong in the heart of Birmingham this weekend.


Jamie Fletcher

Interview with Jamie Fletcher

October 16, 2023
4BR speaks to the award winning theatre director about the BBE 'Elevate' project that will see the Freckleton Band work with Jamie on a drag cabaret 'creative extravaganza'.


Parisi

Interview with Dr Joseph Parisi

October 13, 2023
We catch up with the MD of Fountain City Brass as they look forward to appearing at this year's Brass in Concert Championships in Gateshead.


Wallace

Interview with John Wallace CBE

September 29, 2023
We catch up with John Wallace CBE ahead of a cocnert performance in Edinburgh this weekend that sees him explore some of the earliest brass ensemble transcriptions.


BIC

Inspiring the next generation of brass players

September 28, 2023
The Aspire initiative led by the Brass Bands England Brass Foundations team looks to inspire the next generation of performers at this year's Brass in Concert Championship.


Russell Gray

Interview with Russell Gray

September 08, 2023
We catch up with the Scottish conductor as he seeks to claim his first British Open title and looks forward to becoming a 'Pops' star in Minneapolis.


Roger Webster

Interview with Roger Webster

August 24, 2023
We catch up with Roger Webster who will be paying his own musical tribute to the great James Shepherd later this year.


Verity Watts

Interview with Verity Watts

August 22, 2023
We speak to the acclaimed sound artist and audio producer Verity Watts who is working with Rothwell Temperance Band to create a unique performance production celebrating their colourful history.


Thoas Fountain

Interview with Thomas Fountain

August 13, 2023
We catch up with the newly appointed Principal Trumpet of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra — the latest in a distinguished line of young brass band players making their mark in the professional ranks.


Cory

Interview with Philip Harper

July 22, 2023
We talk to Philip Harper about his latest concert project — and a new 3 year take on a classic tale of Charles Dickens.


Interview with Martyn Brabbins

May 07, 2023
4BR talks to Martyn Brabbins, Music Director of English National Opera at the European Youth Championships in Malmo.


Laganvale

Interview with the Laganvale (Metal Technology) Band

May 01, 2023
We speak with Fraser Ramsay of the Laganvale (Metal Technology) Band as they prepare for their appearance representing Northern Ireland at the European Championships in Malmo.


Allan Withington

Interview with Allan Withington

April 28, 2023
4BR talks to Allan Withington about his past, present and future musical intentions — from Stavanger and Manger to his conducting school in Leeuwarden and the forthcoming European Championships in Malmo.


Robbert Vos

Interview with Robbert Vos

April 22, 2023
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to the Dutch euphonium star and driving force behind the successful Fontys AMPA Euphonium Competition.


Arthur

Celebrating the centenary of Arthur Butterworth

April 18, 2023
With the centenary of his birth in August, we speak to David Richards about the life and works of Arthur Butterworth and how he hopes the brass banding world can help restore his music music from neglect.


Mike Lovatt

Interview with Mike Lovatt

April 14, 2023
Mike Lovatt talks about the music makers behind Frank Sinatra — and how he hopes to bring a unique musical flavour to the Golden Era of his recording career.


Edward Gregson

Interview with Edward Gregson

January 25, 2023
We talk to composer Edward Gregson about the forthcoming RNCM Brass Band Festival which takes place this weekend in Manchester.




Gavin Higgins

National Youth Band comes of collaborative age in London

April 15 • The musical collaboration between the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and the National Youth Orchestra makes a huge artistic impression in the heart of London.


Youth Fest

Cash boost for bands at new BBE Youth Fest

April 14 • Bands wishing to take part in the inaugural BBE run Foyle Foundation Youth Fest can get generous help with travel thank to financial boost from sponsors.


Band Supplies

April flowers with great deals at Band Supplies

April 14 • Drop Chris Tudball a line at Band Supplies and get your hands on a great April present.


Tameside Whit Friday

Tameside seeks new friends for Whit Friday

April 14 • If you can spare some time on Whit Friday — why not help out and meet new Friends into the bargain.


PEMBERTON OLD WIGAN DW BRASS BANDS - Solo Contest

Saturday 20 April • Pemberton band room. Enfield street. Wigan WN5 8DZ


PEMBERTON OLD WIGAN DW BRASS BANDS - Guest soloista Glyn and Helen Williams

Saturday 20 April • Pemberton Old Wigan Band. Enfield Street,. Pemberton,. Wigan WN5 8DZ


Barnsley Brass -

Sunday 21 April • Holiday Inn, Barnsley Road, Dodworth, Barnsley S75 3JT


Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band - Reading Festival of Brass: Open Workshop Rehearsal

Saturday 27 April • St Laurence Church, Reading RG1 3EJ


London Central Fellowship Band - Hemel Hempstead Salvation Army

Saturday 27 April • Waterhouse St, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1ES


Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band

April 13 • We are seeking a ** Euphonium or Baritone ** player to join our ranks! This is an exciting time to join Reading Band having recently qualified for the fourth section national finals for the first time in 65 years!


Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band

April 13 • We are seeking an ** EEb Bass and BBb Bass ** player to join our ranks! This is an exciting time to join Reading Band having recently qualified for the fourth section national finals for the first time in 65 years!


North Lakes Brass

April 12 • 2ND & 3RD CORNET VACANCIES. Due to relocation, we're looking for two cornet players to complete our friendly lineup.. Promoted to the 3rd Section in 2024 we are a mainly contesting band and rehearse every Wednesday from 7:30 - 9:30 in the centre of Keswick.


Darren R. Hawken

PGdip, BMus(hons) PGCE, dipABRSM, LRSM
Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer


               

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