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Winter Gardens

North West Regional Championship competitors ready for Blackpool

January 18
78 bands will take to the stage at Blackpool's Winter Gardens to try and claim titles and qualification to the National Finals.

Paul Walton

Funeral details announced for Paul Walton

January 18 • The funeral of Paul Walton will take place on Thursday 23rd January — but a lasting initiative to help others will be his fantastic legacy.


Customers care as Littleport gets welcome cash back book token

January 18 • Littleport Brass has been given a cash injection boost thanks to their local community.


Metropolitan beginners get conductor boost

January 18 • London Metropolitan Brass looks to secure future generations of players in the capital.


New signings at Slaithwaite

January 18 • There have been a number of new players arriving at Slaithwaite as they look towards the Yorkshire Area Championships in Huddersfield in March.

Death of Ron Gray

January 18 • The death has been announced of the much respected former player and scaba administrator Ron Gray.

Auction hunters get ready

January 17 • Prestige cornets, Bach Strads, fanfare trumpets, tubas and percussion up for grabs for those with an eye for an auction bid THIS MORNING...

Cobb set for Tomlinson Concerto at Birmingham Brass Fest

January 16 • Philip Cobb will be performing the iconic Ernest Tomlinson 'Cornet Concerto' in the heart of Birmingham this weekend.

Put your band on the global banding map

January 15 • The 4BR Classified Service is the most effective way to ensure your band's activities, aims and objectives are shown to the world. Sign up now make sure you get your musical ambitions on line and connected to those you want to be linked up with.

Interview with Bram Gay

Interview with Bram Gay

December 15 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talking to Bram Gay at the 2016 British Open Championships in Birmingham.

Interview with Arsene Duc of Valaisia Brass Band

Interview with Arsene Duc of Valaisia Brass Band

November 26 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Valaisia Brass Band after he led them to a fifth consecutive National title.

Interview with Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents

Interview with Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents

November 26 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox talks to Patrick Ottiger of BML Talents Band after they won the First Division Swiss National title in Montreux

2019 Brass in Concert

2019 Brass in Concert

November 22 • You can still enjoy the action from the 2019 Brass in Concert Championships from World of Brass - so don't miss a note...

2020 Butlins Mineworkers Championship: As it happened

2020 Butlins Mineworkers Championship: As it happened

January 12 • All the action from the 2020 Butlins Mineworkers Championship — as it happened.

4BR Hall of Fame: No 4: Bram Gay

January 9 • One of the most influential musical polymaths of the banding movement and a pioneer who helped bring brass band entertainment to the television age.

Beyond the Score: Yamaha inspires through holistic star approach

January 8 • Yamaha stars inspire over 150 brass band players as they look to provide performance foundations on which to build a life long enthusiasm and passion for brass banding.

2020 Butlins Mineworkers Championship: Preview & Predictions

January 7 • Like New Year resolutions, Butlins is an event that needs to be taken seriously by bands if they wish to really live up to their easily made self-promises..

Concert: Stan Lippeatt's 70th Birthday Celebration

January 16 • Conductors: Stan Lippeatt & Frank Renton. Butlins Skyline Resort. Skegness . Sunday 12th January

CD review: Alive

January 10 • Sophie Binet-Budelot. Featuring: Sophie Thevenard, Richard Ferri, Marie Roger, Pierre-Antoine Savoyat, David Maillot, Gaelle Francois, Lucile Bailly, Stephanie Mouchet, Alexandre Roussel. CD: sdrm 001

Book: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments

January 6 • Edited by Trevor Herbert, Arnold Myers and John Wallace. Cambridge University Press

# Band Points
2Black Dyke916.80
3Brighouse and Rastrick783.19
5Valaisia Brass Band649.02
7Paris Brass Band462.57
10Carlton Main Frickley Colliery402.60

Camborne Youth Band - New Year Concert

Sunday 19 January • Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth TR15 3AD

The Hepworth Band - A New Year's Viennese Matinee Concert

Sunday 19 January • Christ Church. Sude Hill. New Mill. Holmfirth. West Yorkshire HD9 7BL

Foden's Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Friday 24 January • RNCM, 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester. M13 9RD

Markham and district band - Charity Concert for Hospice of the Valleys

Friday 24 January • The Met Theatre, Mitre Street, Abertillery. NP131AL

Black Dyke Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Saturday 25 January • 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9 RD

Pillowell Silver Band

January 18 • We have an opening for a Flugel player at Pillowell Silver Band in the Forest Of Dean Gloucestershire. Other players assured of a warm welcome at this friendly 3rd section band.

Edenbridge Town Band

January 16 • Our friendly, non-contesting band is looking for a new MUSICAL DIRECTOR. We are based in a small town in Kent, situated between junction 5 and 6 of the M25. We practise on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.45 pm in our own purpose built bandroom.

Shipston Town Band

January 16 • We are looking for a Bb Bass and Eb Bass as we prepare for the Midlands Area Section 3 in March and the ODBBA Winter Contest in February. After qualifying for the finals at Cheltenham last September we are looking to make an impression in our new section

John Durrant

MA LLCM TD CertEd (Dist)
Conductor, Band Trainer, Composer, Trumpet and Cornet Soloist, Arranger, Adjudicator


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