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2020 Regional Championships: North West
Winter Gardens, Blackpool
23 February

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Winter Gardens

North West contenders ready for 2020 Area battle

February 22
The qualification process to get to London and Cheltenham starts in Blackpool on Sunday — with a full day of great competitive action.

Fusion gig bag

4BR Shop: Fusion Trumpet Premium Triple Gig Bag

February 22 • The fantastic triple trumpet gig bag from Fusion at Band Supplies through the 4BR Shop. A must have for any player serious about their equipment.

Pennine Music

Pennine ready for Regional road trip

February 22 • Pennine Music and the Brass Band Music Shop will be on the road in the next few weeks to provide their customers with plenty of musical choices after their test-piece rigours...

Car park

Parking problems posed for Huddersfield

February 22 • You will need to make sure you can get a parking space for the Yorkshire Regional Championships in a few week's time.


A4 Brass Quartet welcome new compositional talent

February 22 • Entries have already been received from around the globe for the third A4 Brass Quartet Composer Competition

New web presence for Bon Accord

February 22 • The Aberdeen based band organisation hopes to make a worldwide mark with the launch of its new website.

Waespi concerto gains double feature

February 22 • Swiss composer Oliver Waespi's formidable 'Euphonium Concerto' has been given critically acclaimed performances in Japan and the USA.

4BR Shop: IP Brass Cornet Mouthpiece (Silver)

February 22 • The IP cornet mouthpiece from Bandmaster gives both security and freedom.

Foden's warm up for Blackpool defence with Patron support

February 22 • Foden's ensured that over 500 of their patron's got a sneak preview of their Area title defence preparations at a concert in their home town.

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 Regional test-pieces: Tales of heroes and human spirit

2020 Regional test-pieces: Tales of heroes and human spirit

February 20 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the five works that will test the bands in their bid to qualify for the Cheltenham and London National Finals.

2020 Vision: What future direction for the Nationals?

February 19 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks at the potential for a change in the future direction of travel for the Regional and National Championships of Great Britain...

4BR Hall of Fame: No.5: Leonard Lamb

February 16 • A conductor whose record stands proudly with the finest conductors of his generation, but is now somewhat largely forgotten...

2020 Norwegian National Championships: As it happened

February 9 • All the action from the 2020 Norwegian National Championships — as it happened.

Book: Origin, History and Achievements of the Besses o' th' Barn Band

February 18 • Joseph Hampson. Price: £4.99 plus VAT plus postage and package .

CD review: Crossroad

February 12 • Jamie Hood. Accompanists: Stephen Bulla and Annamaria Motolla. Featuring: Marc Hood, Brandon Jones. Blackwood Music . CD: BWMusic1954

Concert: Foden's Band

February 11 • Conductor: Michael Fowles. First Presbyterian Church. Armagh. Saturday 1st February

# Band Points
2Black Dyke839.37
3Brighouse and Rastrick717.00
5Valaisia Brass Band592.39
8Paris Brass Band423.40
9Carlton Main Frickley Colliery368.68

Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 23 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HU

Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 23 February • The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 7Yz

Contest: scaba Own Choice Test & March

Sunday 23 February • The Hawth in Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Academy of Music Horn Ensemble

Friday 28 February • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

The GUS Band - Northampton International Academy

Saturday 29 February • Northampton International Academy. 55 Barrack Rd. Northampton NN1 1AA

Upper Rhondda Brass Band

February 20 • Upper Rhondda NEEDS YOU. To help consolidate the Band, and its position within the grading system at the next Welsh Area Championships, the Band urgently require the following players, Soprano, Solo Cornet, Solo Euphonium and a Percussionist..

Longridge Band

February 20 • Due to retirement the Longridge Band (1st Section North West) require a back row cornet player (position negotiable), Eb bass & percussionist . We have a good mixture of contests/ concerts and a tour to Belgium planned for later in the year.

Escafeld Brass Band Sheffield

February 20 • Escafeld Brass Band Sheffield has vacancies for all instruments. We are a friendly, non-contesting band who practice Friday evenings near Sheffield city centre. Our numbers have declined in recent years but we are very keen to grow again with our new MD.

Andreas Kratz

Mus.B (hons)
Conductor, Adjudicator, Teacher


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