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Steel City Brass ready for Whit Friday debut

May 11
A band made up of players associated with the city of Sheffield will be making their debut appearance in the Foden's Whit Friday Contest.


From Boney M to Barnard Castle...

May 11 • 14 UniBrass bands contribute Covid-19 compliant tracks to new Lockdown CD....


New charter launched to raise mental health awareness

May 11 • A new Mental Health in Brass Bands Charter has been launched — and you can support its ethos...

Hogan Music

Hogan looking for new musical heroes

May 11 • Hogan Music in Newbury is looking to reinvigorate the appeal for music making in the younger generation with a free 'try out' initiative.


Vulpes Vulpes inspires Saggers to victory...

May 10 • Composer Paul Saggers claims the prestigious O/Mordent Composer competition prize with a work inspired by the fantastic Mr Fox...

4BR Monday Interview with Simon Dobson

May 10 • 4BR talks to the Ivors Award winning composer following the announcement that his work, 'The Turing Test' performed by Valaisia Brass Band has been voted the 'Favourite Own Choice Performance' at the European Championships since 2003.

Heritage boost for Foden's

May 10 • Foden's gain further Heritage Lottery Funding with ambitious plans to celebrate and share their proud history with their local community.

Record entry for Foden's on-line Whit Friday competitions

May 9 • There will be a worldwide flavour to the march entertainment on offer at the forthcoming Foden's On-line Whit Friday events.

Engeset joins judge's line-up for conducting competition

May 9 • The acclaimed Norwegian conductor Bjarte Engeset.will join the adjudication panel for the forthcoming Brass Band Conductors Association's Conducting Competition.

Geneva Heritage Cornet Competition: Results

Geneva Heritage Cornet Competition: Results

May 1 • Phillip McCann announces the results of the Geneva International Slow Melody Competition

4BR Friday Interview with Brian Rankine

4BR Friday Interview with Brian Rankine

April 30 • 4BR catches up with the great Scottish cornet and trumpet player to look back in time over a remarkable 60 year musical career - and one that was marked at its start by a wonderful presentation.

4BR Wednesday Interview with Emma Barnett

4BR Wednesday Interview with Emma Barnett

April 28 • 4BR finds out more about an exciting two day Brass Academy being hosted by Opera North - one which will give a fantastic opportunity for young players to work with their brass stars.

4BR Tuesday Interview with Frode Rydland

4BR Tuesday Interview with Frode Rydland

April 27 • 4BR talks brass banding and soprano playing with one of the most successful players in Norwegian banding history after he has just celebrated a landmark birthday.

Take 5: May the Force be with you...

Take 5: May the Force be with you...

April 29 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks a quintet of memorable brass band recordings of the great Verdi overture La Forza Del Destino to add to your collection.

Prestige performances: Why on-line magic must be rooted in reality

April 28 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox argues that despite the success, brass bands must maintain the prestige of on-line contesting reality rather than relying on aural illusion to keep everyone entertained.

4BR Hall of Fame: No.16: James Scott

April 25 • Tim Mutum looks back on the life and musical career of one of the most respected figures of the banding movement.

Bums on seats: Understanding the new entertainment normality

March 5 • When brass bands return to live performance how do they prise the bums of an audience from the sofas in front of smart television screens to hear them play — or can they also offer another button to press...

Music: The Harmonious Blacksmith (Handel arr. Kenneth Downie)

May 8 • Quartet for 2 cornets, horn and euphonium. Publisher: Brookwright Music . PDF download. Price: $24.99

Product Review: Champion Disinfectant Mouthpiece Spray

May 7 • Champion Instrument & Mouthpiece & Synthetic Reed Disinfectant . Price: £5.50 approx per 60ml bottle

Music: Pachelbel for Brass (Canon in D)

April 29 • Johann Pachelbel arr. William Himes. Available for brass band and brass choir.

# Band Points
2Black Dyke810.73
3Brighouse and Rastrick670.48
5Valaisia Brass Band542.45
9Paris Brass Band389.84
10Carlton Main Frickley Colliery365.35

Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA

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

Contest: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain

Saturday 2 October • Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP

Contest: Youth Brass in Concert

Saturday 20 November • St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR

Essex Police Band

May 11 • Percussionist required. Preferably with experience playing in Brass Band, Wind Band or Orchestra. We do not contest but play to a good standard and play a variety of contempory and historical music.

Essex Police Band

May 11 • Musical Director required. We are a friendly band, based in Chelmsford Essex with a core of competent players and perform at a variety of events across Essex and in surrounding areas. We rehearse every Wednesday evening at Police HQ Chelmsford

St Dennis Band

May 10 • The St Dennis Band - Cornwall (Championship Section) invites expressions of interest for the position of PRINCIPAL CORNET. Based in Mid Cornwall and just 5 minutes off the A30, the band rehearses every Monday and Thursday at 19:45.

Dr. Stephen Arthur Allen

D. Phil. (Oxon) [Ph.D Oxford University], GBSM, LTCL, ABSM, ALCM, Cert. Ed.


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