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Geneva launches worldwide cornet competition

January 15
Phillip McCann and Geneva Group launch exciting new cornet competition seeking to inspire the next generation of lyrical performers.


Enjoy the 4BR winners at Wobplay

January 15 • You can now enjoy a dozen 4BR 'CD of the Year' releases on the Wobplay.com platform.


BBE strengthens foundation work for bands

January 15 • Brass Bands England has appointed five new Youth Development Brass Specialists to provide essential community help and assist partnership building.

Sunday Bandstand

Radio: Sunday Bandstand

January 15 • Chris Helme is reaching out to even more people now as another radio station adds to his list of brass band output.


It's a Prestige offer from Band Supplies

January 14 • If you are looking to purchase a new Prestige or Sovereign cornet — then a £1,000 minimum part exchange deal from Band Supplies is just perfect to give your playing an extra boost this January.

Mode for... offers five free places on mental health training

January 14 • There are five free places available for a mental health awareness training course being led by Tabby Kerwin.

Kippax awards recognise service and excellence

January 14 • The successful Yorkshire band has been presenting awards of its own

Welsh congratulations on nation's success

January 13 • Bandiau Pres Cymru/Brass Bands Wales has offered its congratulations to the nation's bands and musicians in the recent 4BR Awards as it continues to make solid progress towards the future.

Replay button for GBBA virtual festival

January 12 • You can enjoy a week of a showcase performances from the recent Gloucestershire Brass Band Association Virtual Festival.

Classic test-pieces revisited No 5: Connotations

Classic test-pieces revisited No 5: Connotations

July 16 • Prof Stephen Allen takes an in depth look at Edward Gregson's seminal 1977 National test piece.

Classic test-pieces revisited No 4: On Ratcliff Highway

Classic test-pieces revisited No 4: On Ratcliff Highway

July 1 • Prof Stephen Allen takes an in depth look at one of the classic works for the brass band medium - Ray Steadman Allen's 1978 work, 'Victorian Snapshots - On Ratcliff Highway

Interview with Ian Bousfield

Interview with Ian Bousfield

June 25 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks exclusively to one of the world's great brass players - trombonist Ian Bousfield.

5 minute masterclass with David Childs

5 minute masterclass with David Childs

June 20 • The Besson artist reveals some brilliant tips of how to learn and benefit from playing from memory...

4BR Hall of Fame:  No.14: George Thompson MBE

4BR Hall of Fame: No.14: George Thompson MBE

January 4 • Tim Mutum looks back on the life of one of the truly unique musical talents of the banding movement.

Take 5: A quintet of 2020 highs and lows

December 30 • Five highlights and five low points from the past 12 months in the banding world...

2020 4BR Awards: The Nominations

December 28 • The long list of 4BR annual award nominations that will be considered by our panel of judges has been released.

Take 5: A quintet of the best 'Resurgam' recordings

December 5 • With news that banding could rise again in the not too distant future, 4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks five of the best recordings of Eric Ball's masterful work.

CD review: Flow

January 11 • Mauro Martins. Accompanists: Bernardo Pinhal & Daniel Bernardes. Featuring: Sergio Carolino (tuba) . CD Recording: CDMMF

CD review: Unified

January 5 • Amsterdam Staff Band and Household Troops Band. Bandmasters: Olaf Ritman and Carl Saunders. Soloists: Michel Rosenquist; Steef Klepke; Anthony Smith . SP&S Recordings: SPS 435 CD

CD review: At Home: A Remote Lockdown Recording

January 4 • Ratby Co-operative Brass Band. Musical Director: David Purkiss. World of Sound Recordings: WOS158

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

Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL

Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 28 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3

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

Foss Dyke Band

January 1 • Front Row Cornet vacancy still up for grabs. Come and join Foss and enjoy our newly refurbished band room with newly appointed MD David Dernley. Foss Dyke are a 1st Section Band with a moderate contest and concert schedule.

Prof. Christopher Houlding

Conductor, Performer, Educator


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