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100th Spring Festival
Winter Gardens, Blackpool
7 May 2022

As it happened...


Eikanger education outlook gains financial boost

May 17
Eikanger Bjorsvik's strong education ethos attracts further financial support from leading Norwegian philanthropist.

Whit Friday

Tameside Whit Friday details announced

May 17 • Tameside will host nine Whit Friday contests this year.


Valaisia to return to British Open

May 17 • The Swiss National Champion will be invited to compete at the 2023 British Open Championships.


Northern Counties contest cancelled

May 17 • Withdrawals means that the popular Scottish contest has had to be cancelled.

Hade Edge

Smith & Smith take lead at Hade Edge

May 17 • David Smith will join Jamie Smith in leading Hade Edge Band from the rostrum.

Report & Results: 2022 Buxton Festival of Brass

May 17 • Blidworth Welfare leads the prize winners as the Buxton Festival of Brass returns on the weekend.

Report & Results: 2022 North American Championships

May 14 • Fountain City maintain their dominance at the NABBA Championship, as new names appear on section titles.

Symphony Hall tickets waiting to be snapped up

May 14 • There are tickets to be grabbed for some major attractions later this year at Symphony Hall in Birmingham with the British Open and Gala Concert weekend

Jeans ends two decade link to The GUS Band

May 14 • Chris Jeans has made the difficult decision to step down from his role as Artistic Director of The GUS Band.

Checking the quality...

Checking the quality...

November 26 • Steven Mead and Roger Webster have been in Germany to check the latest batch of Besson euphoniums and cornets...

Get ready to be entertained...

Get ready to be entertained...

November 19 • The Brass in Concert Championships take place on Saturday so make sure you don't miss a note of any of it...

Enjoy the best of the best at Brass in Concert

Enjoy the best of the best at Brass in Concert

November 9 • The very best youth and elite level bands will be providing the entertainment at Brass in Concert this year.

The best of the best at Brass in Concert

The best of the best at Brass in Concert

November 4 • There will be a host of brilliant brass band entertainers on show at Brass on Concert later this month - so why not enjoy the action at Gateshead or at home

2022 European Championships retrospective: Cradle credit notes

2022 European Championships retrospective: Cradle credit notes

May 13 • 4BR Editor Iwan Fox looks back at a European Championship Festival that in the end amounted to much more than just profit and loss...

2022 British Open Spring Festival: Preview to the 100th event

May 6 • The 100th anniversary Spring Festival takes place at Blackpool's Winter Gardens this weekend with some great tests of musical character to challenge the bands.

2022 European Championships: Gala Concert

May 5 • Images from the fantastic Gala Concert featuring the twin forces of Cory and Louis Dowdeswell and his band.

2022 European Championships: Broadcast to the banding world

May 3 • World of Brass broadcast the European Championships to the banding world on the Wobplay.com platform — with players and personalities interviewed on camera with their views and opinion.

Concert: Concert for Rhys

May 15 • Combined Symphonic Brass Ensemble; Lewis Merthyr Band; BTM Band. Conductors: Martin McHale; Craig Roberts; Jeff Hutchinson. Compere: Alex Humphreys. Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff. Sunday 8th May

Concert: Cory Band & Louis Dowdeswell Big Band

May 14 • 2022 European Championship Gala Concert . Conductor: Philip Harper. Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Sunday 1st May

Concert: National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain & The Band of HM Royal Marines, Collingwood

May 13 • 2022 European Championships: Festival Prelude . Conductors: Irene Anda; Capt. Sam Hairsine RM. Soloists: Brett Baker; Musc Richard Ward . Compere: Paul Fisher. Birmingham Town Hall. Thursday 28th April

# Band Points
3Black Dyke658.32
4Brighouse and Rastrick496.03
7Valaisia Brass Band387.39
9Carlton Main Frickley Colliery339.40
10Paris Brass Band271.45

Perth Festival of the Arts - The Brewin Dolphin Gala Opening Concert

Thursday 19 May • Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ

Perth Festival of the Arts - Reverie: The Life and Loves of Claude Debussy

Friday 20 May • Perth Theatre, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ

Perth Festival of the Arts - Perthshire Brass at Perth Festival of the Arts

Saturday 21 May • St Paul's Church Plaza, St Paul's Square PH1 5PA

Black Dyke Band - 2nd Rossendale Scouts, Rossendale Male Voice Choir

Saturday 21 May • The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, M2 3WS

Lofthouse 2000 Brass Band - Brass for YAS Charity Concert

Saturday 21 May • St Austin's Theatre, Wakefield, Wentworth Terrace. Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 3QN United Kingdom WF1 3QN

Epping Forest Band

May 18 • Following relocation and changes in personal circumstances, Epping Forest Band are seeking Front and Back Row Cornets (position negotiable); Tenor Horn; Eb Bass and Percussion (Kit) to join ahead of our upcoming summer engagements. 

West Somerset Brass Band

May 17 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet section and would welcome players of all ability's. We are based on the Somerset Coast at Watchet but we have players from Bridgwater, Taunton and Minehead so travelling could be shared.

Ashton under Lyne Band

May 17 • POSITION NOW FILLED TENOR HORN. Following successes at the North West Area and Senior Cup, We require a competent and confident player to complete our section. Commitments include the National Championships of Great Britain.

Steve Pritchard-Jones

Conductor, Adjudicator, Teacher


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