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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.


Katy Jones

Interview with Katy Jones

January 23, 2023
We talk to the principal trombone of the Halle Orchestra to find out more about her musical life and her commitment to ensuring the next generation of youngsters get the same chances she had to enjoy music making on their own terms.


Paul Hindmarsh

Interview with Paul Hindmarsh

January 22, 2023
In a special extended podcast interview we talk to Paul Hindmarsh about the forthcoming RNCM Brass Band Festival — his last as Artistic Director.


Eiamger

Interview with Viggo Bjorge

January 19, 2023
We catch up with one of the leading figures in Norwegian banding as the movement prepares to return to National contesting in early February and as he prepares to inspire the next generation of young players in his new educational appointment.


uLF rOSENBERG

Interview with Ulf Rosenberg

January 14, 2023
4BR talks to the President of the European Brass Band Association as contesting returns across the continent and the EBBA flagship championships visit Sweden.


Sage

Getting ready for the entertainers

November 08, 2022
We talk to Nigel Stevens, CEO of Brass in Concert to find out what's in store for those lucky enough to get a ticket for Sage Gateshead.


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.


Gregson

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.


Graham

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.


NYBBS

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...


Nilssen

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.


IBBSS

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.


Harper

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.


Bromley

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.


Crookston

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.


kERKRADE

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.




Alex Humphreys

Alex Humphreys to host National Youth Championships

January 31 • The BBC Newsround presenter and brass band player Alex Humphreys will host the 2023 National Youth Brass Championships in Stockport.


Matilda Lloyd

New global representation for trumpet star

January 31 • Former BBC Young Musician of the Year Brass finalist Matilda Lloyd is to be represented by management group HarrisonParrott.


Money

A dangerous and ill thought through proposal

January 31 • Councils in Scotland are reportedly looking at making cuts that could directly affect the teaching of music and free music tuition in schools.


lOST

Trombone troubles...

January 31 • The British Trombone Society is hoping the international parcel carrier DPD will do the right thing to get a valuable instrument back to them.


Regent Hall Concerts - The January Band

Friday 3 February • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C2DJ


WFEL Fairey Band -

Sunday 5 February • Glossop Old Bandroom . Derby St.. SK138LP SK138LP


Regent Hall Concerts - Junior Guildhall Brass Band

Friday 10 February • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C2DJ


Contest: Norwegian National Brass Band Championships

Friday 10 February • Grieghallen, Bergen, N-5015 N-5015


Contest: Norwegian National Brass Band Championships

Saturday 11 February • Grieghallen, Bergen, N-5015 N-5015


Chadderton Band

January 31 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band and welcome all players of any age and ability on all sections of the band. Please come along and meet the band you will be very welcomed.


Leicestershire Co-op Band

January 30 • Leicestershire Co-op Band are looking for a PERCUSSIONIST for the 2023 Midlands Regional Championships (and beyond). Do you fancy the challenge of The Pilgrim's Progress under the artistic direction of Keith Leonard?


Newstead Brass

January 30 • Our Red Priest is still looking for an EEb Bass as we prepare for the midland championships with Martin Heartfield. Great chance to work with a great MD on this challenging but fun piece to rehearse.


James McLeod

BMus (hons)
Euphonium Soloist, Teacher and Conductor


               

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