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Further foundation blocks put in place for Welsh banding

September 23
Progress is being made to create a national representative body for the benefit of Welsh banding.


RNCM to feature Autumn season of online attractions

September 24 • There will be something musical to enjoy for free online from the RNCM throughout Autumn on a weekly basis.


Radio: Top Brass

September 24 • More great music from John Maines to enjoy over the airwaves.

Latest COVID-19 update from BBE

September 22 • Brass Bands England has released the latest clarification received from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport that will affect English bands.


BBE offers broad picture of success at AGM

September 22 • The facts and figures of a year of resilience and stability were looked at in detail at the recent Brass Bands England Annual General Meeting.

Radio: Sunday Bandstand

September 22 • Chris Helme continues to reach out across the world with his selection of brass band favourites.

Death of Pete Tanner

September 22 • The death has been announced of Peter Tanner, the much respected stalwart member of the Downton Band.

Judges announced for Foden's Solo & Ensemble competition

September 21 • There is an impressive line-up of judges to be impressed at the 10th anniversary Foden's Solo & Ensemble Competition — so make sure you get your entries in.

Top pro prize image help from Boarshurst principal

September 20 • An image of Boarshurst Band's principal cornet player Ryan Ashley will be seen travellers throughout the region after inspiring an award winning photographer.

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...

Crumbs of comfort and understanding: 2020 BBE Conference keynote speech

Crumbs of comfort and understanding: 2020 BBE Conference keynote speech

September 22 • Arts Council England's CEO Darren Henley's address at Brass Bands England's 2020 Conference was well meaning but uninspired — offering crumbs of comfort at a time when banding needs much more than aphorisms and sound bite cliches.

Take 5: A quintet of great Spectrum recordings

August 25 • Five of the very best recordings of Gilbert Vinter's iconic test-piece.

Coronavirus rehearsal return?: No need to be Amber Gamblers

August 18 • The latest guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has not given a realistic green light for a return to rehearsals — even if the option is now there...

COVID-19 latest: Brass Bands England pandemic guidelines

August 15 • Brass Bands England has published in full its sector support advice for bands in England. If you are thinking of making a return to rehearsal, then they ask that you read this in full and understand its implications.

LP review: The Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain - Vol IX

September 2 • Conductor: Stanley Boddington. Soloists: Gordon Higginbottom; Colin Aspinall. Virtuosi Recordings: VR 7609 Stereo

Concert: Eikanger Bjorsvik & Manger Musikklag

August 29 • Conductors: Reid Gilje & Martin Winter. Soloists: Jonas Puntervoll (tuba); Vidar Nordli (trombone). Knarvik Kyrkje. Bergen. Saturday 29th August

CD review: Experimental Brass

August 26 • The Amsterdam Brass Quintet. Thomas Piet, Thomas Geerts, Misha Sporck, Rolf Hoogenberg, John William Banther. Featuring: David Thornton, Ilja Reijngoud . CD: ABQ:001

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

The Marple Band - Marple Band Autumn Concert

Friday 16 October • Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane, Marple SK6 6AY

The Marple Band - Marple and Hawk Green Bands Concert Compstall

Saturday 7 November • St Pauls Church, Compstall Rd, Compstall, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 5HU

The Marple Band - Marple Band Family Christmas Concert

Friday 18 December • Marple Conservative Club, church Lane, Marple, SK6 6AY

Contest: Butlins Mineworkers Festival

Saturday 9 January • Roman Bank, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1NJ

Contest: Butlins Mineworkers Festival

Sunday 10 January • Roman Bank, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1NJ

Chadderton Band

September 16 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections + EUPH and percussion. Most welcome to come along and have a blow give us a try.

Amesbury Town Band

September 16 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument. After Covid!

Bollington Brass Band

September 14 • To complete our band line up once COVID restrictions are lifted we require a Bass Trombone, Percussionist (Kit) and 2nd Baritone player. We practice Mon and Thurs 8-10pm at Bollington Arts Centre. (Nr Macclesfield/Stockport) Currently NW 1st Section.

Kevin Wadsworth

Conductor, adjudicator, teacher (ABBA)


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