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2021 Nationals: Sections 1-4
The Centaur, Cheltenham
18-19 September

As it happened...

British Army

Historic brass band performance at Buckingham Palace

September 22
The British Army Band Tidworth has provided a historic musical backdrop to the iconic Changing of the Guard ceremony

John Pickard

Pickard recording claims Gramophone title

September 22 • A new CD recording of works by composer John Pickard has claimed a prestigious Gramophone magazine Classical Music Award.


New signings at Pemberton

September 22 • The north west top flight band has announced a raft of new signings ahead of a busy few months of activity.


Musical tribute to mark Snell's 85th birthday

September 22 • Two of the band's that have enjoyed a special musical relationship with Howard Snell have joined forces to wish him a wonderful 85th birthday.

development programme

BBE Development Workshops to go back on the road

September 22 • Brass Bands England will be taking their Development Programmes on the roads again — with plenty of areas of interest to help improve bands.

Yorkshire Youth Band returns to action

September 22 • The talented young players of the Yorkshire Youth Band have returned to music making after the Covid-19 break.

Death of Brian Culverhouse

September 22 • The death has been announced of the respected record producer Brian Culverhouse.

Update errata issued for World Rejoicing

September 22 • Publishers issue an updated errata list for Edward Gregson's 'The World Rejoicing' (Variations on a Lutheran Chorale)

Registration deadline looms for Butlin's

September 22 • There is still time to get your entry in for the Butlin's Open Brass Band Festival — but be quick

Brass Things Review: Rejano Trombone practice mutes

Brass Things Review: Rejano Trombone practice mutes

May 18 • Our resident testing expert Jonathan Pippen takes closer look at the Rejano tenor and bass trombone practice mutes...

Supporting the new National Youth Band Bursary Scheme

Supporting the new National Youth Band Bursary Scheme

May 17 • Cory MD Philip Harper is supporting the new Bursary Scheme to enable 10 young musicians to fulfill their dreams...

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 Brass Things Review...

4BR Brass Things Review...

April 11 • Jonathan Pippen takes a quick look at the John Packer JP 133LR student trombone...

Cheltenham Postcard: Cold War tensions amid the success

Cheltenham Postcard: Cold War tensions amid the success

September 21 • The success of the National Championship weekend in Cheltenham has also highlighted the need to get the main banding empire builders to at least start talking to each other.

2021 National Championships of Great Britain: Cheltenham preview

September 14 • Banding returns to the National stage this weekend — diminished in numbers but hopefully not in stature. The future may be a different matter though...

Scotland's Cheltenham challenge: We will drive 500 miles...

September 12 • Kingdom Brass, Annan Town and Langholm Silver will each make round trips of over 500 miles to try and return home with National titles.

Take 5: A quintet of Connotations

September 7 • With the First Section National Finals on the horizon, 4BR Editor Iwan Fox picks five performances of Edward Gregson's 1977 seminal work to add to your listening pleasure.

Music review: The Lady with the Lamp (Andy Wareham)

September 16 • Nocturne for Brass Band & Percussion. BrookWright Music. Price: £32.41 (UK sterling)/$44.99 (US dollars). Sheet music

Concert: Brass Gala Concert

September 13 • Cory Band & Black Dyke Band. Conductors: Philip Harper & Prof Nicholas Childs. Symphony Hall. Birmingham. Sunday 12th September

Product review: Mercer & Barker tuba mouthpieces

September 8 • We have a look at the heavyweight offerings from the tuba mouthpiece manufacturers that are making a mark in the depths.

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

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

Regent Hall Concerts - Bone-afide Trombone Quartet

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

Lindley Band

September 21 • SOLO HORN required in our friendly First Section band which enjoys a balanced mix of concerts and contests. We are located just 1 mile from M62 Jcn 24. Post Code HD3 3JE Rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday evenings 8.00 to 10.00pm.

Greenfield Brass Band

September 21 • We are looking for an MD to take the band forward into 2022 and beyond. We have a varied selection of concerts and contests in the diary including a trip to play at the Menin Gate in August 2022.. We currently rehearse Monday & Thursday (8pm-10pm)

Kippax Band

September 21 • Kippax Band have a vacancy for front row cornet players and percussionist. Fresh from the national finals and newly promoted to the 2nd section in the Yorkshire area. The band are keen to push on next year after the enforced layoff.

Mike Sheppard

B.A. (Hons) Music
Composer, conductor, teacher, author


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