4BR Interview with Paul Richards

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.

August 29, 2021


Brabbins prize for inaugural National Youth Conductor Competition

One lucky winner will get the opportunity to work with conductor Martyn Brabbins and the talented youngsters of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

August 29, 2021


Black Dyke provide third Concert Series production for Wobplay

The Yorkshire Champion is the featured band in the third 'Concert Series' performance to be enjoyed on the wobplay recording platform.

August 29, 2021


Euphonium boost for Tredegar

The Welsh champion welcomes back their star euphonium player Yu-Han Yang.

August 29, 2021


Foden's Youth set return

The Foden's Youth and Junior Bands will start to meet up again — and there is a great opportunity to be part of it.

August 29, 2021


Westminster return for Friary

The London & Southern Counties Area champion return to concert action with a performance at an iconic local venue...

August 29, 2021


Bank holiday binging...

If you want to sit back and just relax with a continuous flow of brass band music making, then Tim Kelly has a box set series just for you...

August 29, 2021


4BR Friday Interview with Chris Smith

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...

August 27, 2021

Higham Hall

Farr and Mead to lead Higham Hall courses

Besson stars Owen Farr and Steven Mead will be guest tutors at special Higham Hall Brass Band weekends.

August 26, 2021


Cool Bop takes BrookWright composition prize

A new quintet work inspired by the cool New York jazz scenes of the early 1950s wins first prize in the BrookWright International Brass Ensemble Composer Competition.

August 26, 2021


Whitburn welcomes new duo

Cornet and horn signings welcomed by Whitburn as they look towards Autumn return to contest and concert stages.

August 26, 2021


Wychavon spaces still available

There are spaces in the First, Second, Third and Fourth Sections for the popular event.

August 26, 2021

EBBA Champ

Bag a lucky lottery ticket for Europeans

There are 400 tickets up for grabs — and it could be you who gets them if you enter now.

August 26, 2021


Foden's to provide Regent Hall National prelude

Foden's will showcase Bruce Broughton's 'Heroes' test-piece on the eve of the Albert Hall Final — accompanied by the composer.

August 26, 2021


Full house at Elgar International Summer School

Malvern College in the heart of Worcester will host delegates at the Elgar International Brass Band Summer School.

August 26, 2021

Albert Hall

Green light for Albert Hall

Kapitol Promotions confirm that the Championship Section National Finals will go ahead as scheduled at The Royal Albert Hall in October.

August 25, 2021


Cory help to reveal mysteries of conducting...

Philip Harper, Nigel Seaman and members of the world's number 1 ranked band were on hand recently to help 10 budding conductors explore the art of conducting.

August 24, 2021

Hade Edge

New signings and new additions boost Hade Edge credentials

Two exciting signings and an investment in technology gives Hade Edge Band a great boost as they return to rehearsals.

August 24, 2021


BBE looking for new trustees

If you want to play an active role in helping shape English banding then Brass Bands England wants to hear from you.

August 24, 2021


Band of the Year contest cancelled

Organisers state that a combination of factors has led to the cancellation of the 2021 BrassPass.tv Band of the Year contest

August 24, 2021


Welsh banding asked for responses

Bandiau Pres Cymru/Brass Bands Wales offers new Covid-19 updates as bands are asked to complete a survey to help with future connections to Welsh Government.

August 23, 2021


Scottish Youth looks for extra support

You can now help support the future of the National Youth Bands of Scotland through Just Giving donations.

August 22, 2021


Report & Results: 2021 cooperation band Youth Solo Competition

There was a fine display of brass banding talent on show as the Scottish Champion invited young players to showcase their performances — led by a cracking winner.

August 22, 2021

Bay Brass

Bay Brass builds new future

The Devon based community band, Bay Brass is looking ahead to an exciting future with an ethos of fun and inclusion.

August 22, 2021


New MD takes helm at Kirton

The experienced Andy Scott take the baton at the Lincolnshire based Kirton Brass

August 22, 2021

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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.

David A. Stowell

Conductor and composer


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