Gary Fountain

Fountain of Youth

The hugely respected Gary Fountain becomes the Resident Conductor of the multi-award winning Youth Brass 2000 Band.

September 14, 2021


Steve Stewart leaves Cory

Scottish sop star relinquishes role after a decade of prize winning performances as Kevin Crockford takes over for Royal Albert Hall title defence.

September 13, 2021


Report & Result: 2021 Doctor Martin Wainstone Cup

Whitburn take the honours and the cash home to Scotland as they deliver a prize-winning prescription under Garry Cutt to claim the title.

September 13, 2021


Kapitol announces Cheltenham line-ups

Fewer bands but plenty of great music making to enjoy as the National Finals loom in Cheltenham next weekend.

September 12, 2021

City of Coventy

End of musical partnership at City of Coventry Brass

A change of job role sees Jonathan Fearn announce his resignation as MD at City of Coventry Brass.

September 12, 2021

Dyke and Cory

Gala entertainment on offer at Symphony Hall

Black Dyke and Cory may not be taking to the British Open stage this weekend, but they will still provide great entertainment at Symphony Hall on Sunday afternoon.

September 11, 2021


Brownless keeps the rhythm going

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'.

September 11, 2021


Timetable revision for Bolsover Festival of Brass

There has been further small change in some of the timing schedules for bands taking part in the Bolsover Festival of Brass Championships in October.

September 11, 2021


USA aerosol study recommends continued bell cover use

The findings of an extensive US study recommends a layered approach to Covid-19 practices and protocols — including continued use of face masks and bell covers.

September 11, 2021


GBBA cancels March & Own Choice contest

The Gloucestershire Brass Band Association has cancelled its forthcoming contest due to Covid-19 concerns.

September 11, 2021


50th anniversary celebrations on track for Abertillery

Welsh band has plenty to look forward to over the next few weeks.

September 11, 2021

Edward Gregson

Talking Connotations with Edward Gregson

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.

September 10, 2021


It's Christmas...

Forget the sounds of Noddy Holder, Die Hard or Ben Hur — Radio 3 is looking for composers to write a great tune to some great lines to make a great carol...

September 10, 2021


Ratby to replace Desford at Albert Hall

The Ratby Co-operative Band has accepted the invitation to compete at the National Final following Desford's withdrawal.

September 10, 2021


Wychavon issues Covid-19 advice to bands

The organisers of the Wychavon Festival of Brass event have written to competitors to keep them updated of guidelines and approaches for their contest

September 09, 2021


Mead set for further travels

The Besson star will start adding plenty of air mile points as his performance schedule takes post Covid flight.

September 09, 2021


Symphonic variants in Covid-19 dispute in USA

A Covid-19 vaccination dispute has arisen in the USA between a symphony orchestra and a player that could cross to the UK and beyond.

September 09, 2021


Hedley joins Besson artist stable

The ISB and Reg Vardy euphonium star becomes the latest Besson Performance Artist.

September 09, 2021


Desford withdraws from Albert Hall Final

Desford Colliery Band will not compete at the Royal Albert Hall National Final next month.

September 09, 2021


Dawsons Music under new ownership

After a touch trading period, the respected music retailer has been taken into the Arranged Musical Options Ltd stable.

September 09, 2021


Tredegar to record Vaughan Williams for Brass

Welsh champion to record iconic works for a new recording to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams.

September 08, 2021


From a King to a Duc for Brighouse at London

Covid-19 travel restrictions see Brighouse & Rastrick link up with Valaisia's Arsene Duc after Prof David King has to remain in Australia.

September 08, 2021


Bands under Doctor's orders

Six bands will be hoping to be given a healthy injection of cash prize confidence prescribed by adjudicator Alan Morrison in Yarm this weekend.

September 08, 2021

Houlding and Varley

Houlding and Varley inspire on Jena Summer camp

Two leading British musicians help inspire brass talent in Germany.

September 08, 2021


No cooperation band at Royal Albert Hall

The Scottish champion confirms its decision not to take up its invitation to compete at the Royal Albert Hall National Final next month.

September 07, 2021


Result: 2021 National Championships of Great Britain: Section 1

September 18 • Kingdom Brass and Ian Porthouse are triumphant as they claim First Section honours


Result: 2021 National Championships of Great Britain: Section 3

September 18 • The return of competitive banding in the UK after the enforced Covid 19 break sees Tewitt Silver first past the finishing post at Cheltenham Racecourse.


2022 Area test pieces announced

September 18 • Works by Wilfred Heaton, Gilbert Vinter, Goff Richards, Gordon Langford and Stephan Hodel will test the qualification credentials of bands next year if they want to get to London and Cheltenham.

Steve Sykes

Adjudicator Covid-19 test result impacts National Final

September 17 • Steve Sykes will not adjudicate at the Section 1 National Final this weekend due to a positive Covid-19 test result.

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH

Bodmin Town Band - Bodmin Town Band in concert

Friday 24 September • St Petroc's Church, Priory Road, Bodmin PL31 2DT

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Central Band Brass Ensemble & Seraphim Consort

Thursday 30 September • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ

Regent Hall Concerts - Fulham Band

Friday 1 October • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ

Bollington Brass Band

September 16 • Looking for a new challenge? We are currently recruiting a Solo Cornet, E Flat Bass, Tuned and or Kit Percussionist. Friendly 1st section North West. Sensible contest and concert program throughout the year. Currently rehearsing Thursdays 8-10pm.

Chinnor Silver

September 15 • We are looking to strengthen the band and require PERCUSSION CORNET AND 2ND TROMBONE PLAYERS.. Rehearsals are on a wednesday in our own bandroom.. Good atmosphere in this ambitious friendly band so give us a call.. Concerts and contests planned

Ashton under Lyne Band

September 15 • SOPRANO CORNET: We are looking for a confident and competent player to join our experienced cornet bench. Rehearsals are on Monday nights 8-10pm and we have a sensible and good quality forthcoming concert and contest schedule.

Morgan Griffiths

Dip. Performance
Conductor, Peripatetic Music Teacher, Lower brass specialist


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