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David Roberts

Interview with David Roberts

September 07, 2022
We talk to David Roberts, MD of Grand Shield winners Rothwell Temperance Band ahead of their British Open challenge at Symphony Hall this weekend.


Interview with Edward Gregson

September 06, 2022
We catch up with the composer of the British Open test piece 'The World Rejoicing — Symphonic Variations on a Lutheran Chorale' to find out more about the work, its inspiration, dedication and construction...

Philip Harper

Interview with Philip Harper

September 06, 2022
We talk to the Cory Band MD, Philip Harper as he prepares his band to defend its title at Symphony Hall on the weekend.

Florence Anna Maunders

Interview with Florence Anna Maunders

August 29, 2022
The award winning composer talks about her musical influences, styles and compositions as she takes on the role of composer in residence with Fulham Brass Band.

Golden Bough

Interview with Ensemble of the Golden Bough

August 27, 2022
We speak to Christopher Barrett about the new CD release from Ensemble of the Golden Bough — inspired by the recording of British Folk Music by composers Percy Grainger, Frank Bridge and John Foulds.

Gavin Higgins

Interview with Gavin Higgins

August 07, 2022
We catch up with the Forest of Dean composer as he looks forward to the world premiere of his 'Concerto Grosso for Brass Band and Orchestra' which will be played at the Proms on Monday night

Mallinson and Ashman

Interview with Phoebe Mallinson and Jordan Ashman

August 06, 2022
We catch up with two of the young stars of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain as they prepare to perform with the band at its 70th anniversary concert in London this evening.

Martyn Brabbins

Interview with Martyn Brabbins

August 05, 2022
4BR catches up with the Music Director of English National Opera as he prepares to lead the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain on their 70th anniversary concert in London this weekend.


Interview with Peter Graham

August 02, 2022
We catch up with the composer of 'Hyperlink' to find out more about the work being premiered this weekend by the National Youth Band of Great Britain — and then played again at the National Finals in October.


Interview with Ian Porthouse

July 29, 2022
We catch up with Ian Porthouse to find out more about the forthcoming National Youth Brass Bands Summer course has in store for players in all three of its bands.

National Childrens Band

Interview with Russell Gray

July 28, 2022
We catch up with the guest conductor of this year's National Childrens Band of Great Britain to talk about the current course, the music to be performed — and just how brilliantly busy things are each day...


Interview with Karianne Flatene Nilssen

July 26, 2022
4BR is joined by Norwegian trombonist Karianne Flatene Nilssen who is currently in Taunton where she is both a tutor and guest soloist with the National Childrens Band of Great Britain.


Interview with Prof Nicholas Childs

July 25, 2022
We catch up with the Course Director of the International Brass Band Summer School to find out what is in store for delegates at Swansea University Bay Campus in Wales next week.


Interview with Philip Harper

July 24, 2022
We catch up with the Cory MD as he prepares to take the reins at the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, as well as heading on his own travels to Sweden and with Cory to South Korea.


Interview with Mark Bromley

July 22, 2022
We catch up with the CEO of the National Youth Brass Bands of Great Britain to find out what they have been up to and what is in store on their their annual courses this year.


Interview with Kenny Crookston

July 20, 2022
We catch up with the CEO of Brass Bands England to find out more about the reasons behind the decisions to make significant changes to the National Youth Band Championships of Great Britain.

David Bremner

Interview with David Bremner

July 19, 2022
4BR catches up with the conductor of Wellington Brass Band after they successfully defended their New Zealand National title in their home city.


Bands set for world title challenges in Kerkrade

July 08, 2022
4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Jappie Dijkstra about the competitions taking place at the World Music Contest festival in Kerkrade this weekend.

Brass for Africa

Interview with Jim Trott of Brass for Africa

July 02, 2022
We talk to Jim Trott from the Brass for Africa charity as a group of 12 players prepare to touch down in Europe for a very special tour of performances at the WMC in Kerkrade, Switzerland and Germany.

Heavy bottom caps

Tom Hutchinson talks ABC...

June 22, 2022
The Cory star talks about the new Adjustable Bottom Caps which he now endorses and puts his name to...

Jonathan Pippen

4BR Brass Things Review...

June 19, 2022
Jonathan Pippen takes a closer look at the latest Mercer & Barker bass trombone mouthpieces.

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.


2023 European Solo Competiton open for entries

October 5 • The European Brass Band Association is seeking entrants for the ninth edition of its Blue Riband Solo Competiton to be held in Malmo.


RSA 100 celebration concert added to wobplay platform

October 5 • The wonderful concert celebrating the musical career of composer Ray Steadman Allen can now be enjoyed on the wobplay recording platform.


Flowers sign Swiss champion for Hyperlink challenge

October 5 • Mathilde Roh, principal cornet of Brass Band Treize Etoiles will lead the Flowers cornet section at the Royal Albert Hall.


Prodige Tour hits Newcastle

October 5 • The Buffet Crampon Prodige Instruments tour is in Newcastle today — so why drop in and enjoy the musical experience.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band - Royal Hall Harrogate

Friday 7 October • Ripon Rd, Harrogate HG1 2SY

Regent Hall Concerts - The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra

Friday 7 October • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London WC1 2 DJ

Watford Band - Watford Band - Last Night of the Proms

Saturday 8 October • St Lawrence Church, High Street, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0AS

Grimethorpe Colliery Band - Hull Minster

Saturday 8 October • South Church Side Hull HU1 1RR

Boarshurst Silver Band - Hebden Bridge Band

Sunday 9 October • Boarshurst Band Club. Greenbridge Lane. Greenfield. Saddleworth OL3 7EW

Boarshurst Silver Band

October 4 • Boarshurst Silver Band are looking for a FRONT ROW CORNET, BASS TROMBONE, Bb BASS to complete our friendly team. We are based in Saddleworth and rehearse 8-10pm Monday and Thursday at our own bandroom (with bar).

Mereside Brass

October 3 • Mereside Brass (Rudheath, Northwich) are looking for a front row CORNET, possibly PRINCIPAL for the right player. We are a friendly 4th Section band, currently not contesting but with a sensible calendar of jobs and band social events

Thundersley Brass Band

October 2 • Thundersley Brass are inviting applicants for: PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM & BBb BASS to complete our line-up for upcoming concerts this year and contests next year. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a friendly top level brass band in the L&SC area

David W. Ashworth

Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator


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