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Black Dyke stars to lead youth workshop in West Yorkshire

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Star players from Black Dyke Band will lead free workshop tuition for school children in the heart of West Yorkshire next February. more...

Shirley showcases Christmas delights

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The Shirley Band and friends recently provided a sell out audience with plenty of Christmas musical treats. more...

Welsh Open adds Spring Festival link to Porthcawl attractions

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There will be plenty of prizes up for grabs at the Welsh Open next February — including a chance to qualify for the British Open Spring Festival more...

Janssen drop-out Putz new work in line for European Championship

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The Luxembourg composer Marco Putz will now write the top section test-piece for the European Championships in Utrecht, as Dutch composer Harrie Janssen fails to meet commission time scale. more...

Major UK youth championship cancelled as 2018 entries collapse

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There will be no Pennine Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championships in 2018 after entries drop to just five bands. more...

Rotherham Bands Group At Magna

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Rotherham area brass bands came together last weekend to perform in an unusual and inspirational venue. “Let’s Play Brass”, bringing four brass bands to perform in Magna Science Adventure Centre’s Red Hall, was the latest activity from Rotherham Brass Collective, a network of local bands supported by Brass Bands England Liaison Officer, Rachel Veitch-Straw. Inspired [&hellip more...

Time travellers sought in South Wales

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A television production company is looking for people with an interest in all things 1970s — especially with the rag trade and a bit of brass banding... more...

Sparke work to increase brass band sphere of influence

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Philip Sparke's 'Music of the Spheres' is to be performed by Brass Band of Battle Creek at the opening of the influential Midwest Clinic in Chicago. more...

Radio: Sunday Bandstand: 3rd December

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More great music to send out to the banding world from Chris Helme in the heartland of Yorkshire... more...

Godley's cream given retrospective

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The work of renowned i-pad artist Mik Godley has been given a retrospective by the influential East Midlands Contemporary Visual Arts Network — including the innovative Portraits of Tibshelf project. more...

Fountain City success makes a mark in Kansas

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The UK tour success of Fountain City in claiming podium finishes at Brass in Concert and the Scottish Open has certainly made a mark back home in Kansas. more...

Call goes out for Welsh soloists

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Burry Port Band set to host West Wales Solo & Ensemble Day — with prizes galore. more...

Bodmin set to prosper from jail time

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Bodmin Band makes an innovative sponsorship link to their historic tourist attraction prison. more...

Yorkshire quartet take scientific lead to explore brass

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Four bands recently performed at Magna Science Adventure Centre's Red Hall to showcase communal music making at its best. more...

Marshall pays tribute to the Mr Man

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The musical memory of a great tutor has been recalled with the presentation of a memorial tankard to Black Dyke principal cornet Richard Marshall by Hatfield Band. more...

Final call for Butlins competitors

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All the packs have been sent out, so Bultins bands need to check they have got all the necessary information for Skegness. more...

Black Dyke stars to lead free workshop day in West Yorkshire

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Star players from Black Dyke Band will help inspire the school children of West Yorkshire. more...

Luke feels the conducting force with Farnworth

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Luke Pallister takes his first conducting steps with Farnworth & Walkden Band. more...

Dreams can come true for a pound

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You can help a fantastic charity this Christmas by showcasing your caroling talents... more...

Hepworth makes songwriter link to help homelessness charity

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The Hepworth Band had joined up with singer songwriter Roger Davies to help the work of the Simon on the Streets homelessness charity. more...

Eikanger to light up Bergen with world premieres

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A brace of new contemporary works by Norwegian composers will be premiered by Eikanger-Bjorsvik in Bergen this weekend. more...

Hesketh work claims British Composer Award

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Kenneth Hesketh's 'In Ictu Oculi' for wind orchestra wins the 'Wind Band or Brass Band' category of the 2017 British Composer Awards. more...

Darwen Brass & Steve Hartley Era Comes to an End

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A successful ten year period for both Darwen Brass and their Conductor Steve Hartley, has come to an end following Steven’s resignation from the band. The New Year will see Steve leave the band after fulfilling the Christmas committments. Speaking to A4B, Steve said: ‘I would like to place on record my heartfelt thanks to [&hellip more...

Elland Offer Free Workshop With the Cory Band

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Elland Silver Band are delighted to announce that they have received a grant from the Norman Jones fund to provide a FREE Training band workshop for young brass and percussion players. Samantha Harrison, Elland Youth Band Musical Director, told A4B: “Preparations are already well underway for a very special evening concert featuring the Cory Band [&hellip more...

John Packer's Advent Calendar of festive goodies

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On the sixth day of Christmas John Packer has for you... more...

Radio: Listen to the Band

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Frank Renton goes all Latin on us at the BBC... more...

Elland to host free workshop with help from Cory stars

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A grant from the Norman Jones Fund has enabled Elland Silver Band to run a free workshop day with a little bit of help from the stars of Cory Band. more...

From bass to baton for Langley at Blaenavon

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David Langley has become the new MD at Blaenavon Band — rounding off a musical journey that started aged 7 on BBb tuba... more...

Cornish Youth to enjoy Cobb Christmas treat

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The youngsters of the Cornish Youth Band will be joined by Stephen and Philip Cobb for their Christmas Course and Concert this year. more...

New signings at Boarshurst Silver

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National Champion determined to make a mark as they prepare for life in the First Section boosted by a brace of new signings. more...

New leadership at Dysart for new era

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Dysart Colliery Silver Band prepares for life in the Third Section with a new MD at the helm. more...

Gota! Your Logo Here makes a successful impression in Sweden

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The team for Your Logo Here enjoyed their recent trip to Sweden as Gota Brass won the National title kitted out in their best bib and tucker. more...

Foden's set up for Sandbach festive treats

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Foden's will start their final round of Christmas concert appearances in their home town of Sandbach — with festive fun for everyone. more...

Decade of success comes to an end at Darwen

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The musical partnership between Steve Hartley and Darwen Brass has come to an end. more...

Foden's unearth a Midsummer gem from their proud history

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A priceless manuscript score from a British Open victory nearly 100 years ago has been conserved by Foden's as part of their Heritage Lottery Fund project. more...

Foden’s Heritage Preserves Lost Manuscripts

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In October 2016 Foden’s were successful in a application to the ‘Heritage Lottery Fund’ for a ‘Heritage and Digital Project’ that would see the digitisation of the bands historical artefacts, original 78’s recordings (outside of copyright) as well as original manuscripts. Speaking about the project, Mark Wilkinson told A4B: ‘Since the successful application was awarded, [&hellip more...

Let the Festivities Begin!

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John Packer has a sack full of Santa's special offers via their Facebook site. more...

LSO Principal To Lead Cornwall Youth

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Around 40 young musicians of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band will be spending four days of their Christmas holidays, from 27th to 30th December, rehearsing and studying under the baton of their Guest Conductor Dr Stephen Cobb, Staff Bandmaster of the International Staff Band of The Salvation Army, with his son Philip, Principal Trumpet of [&hellip more...

Palanga hosts potential for winds of change

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A panel of brass band experts led by Philip Sparke, Paul Hindmarsh and Tom Brevik has been in Palanga to help raise the profile of composing for the genre — with hugely encouraging results. more...

Haslingden & Helmshore success a key for banding optimism

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For any bands facing problems, the success of Haslingden & Helmshore may be a source of inspiration. more...

Lourdes celebrate Queen's clean sweep

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Lourdes Brass made sure they made their defence of their Festival of Brass title was even more emphatic this year. more...

How brass conquered the world?

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The BBC World Service will be taking a close look at how brass and brass band music conquered all parts of the musical world this festive season. more...

Radio: All Brass Radio

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More fantastic music to enjoy from Dr Fox on All Brass Radio more...

Horn legend recalls musical career

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A new book recalls the musical life of the iconic tenor horn player Gordon Higginbottom more...

Turner honoured with Welsh Conductor of the Year award

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Chris Turner joins the list of Welsh Conductors of the Year after leading Llwydcoed to Welsh League title more...

Valaisia enjoys the full blown media exposure treatment

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The reigning Swiss National champion certainly enjoyed an extended prime time television feature before they successfully defended their title in Montreux. more...

Radio: Sunday Bandstand

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More music to enjoy as we head into December from Chris Helme more...

Contest hopes dashed at Weston super Mare

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Despite a £15 million renovation, there is not enough space to fit in a popular brass band contest in Weston super Mare's Winter Gardens. more...

Christmas comes to Ev-entz!

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The Christmas shopping spree has started at Ev-entz more...

Personal connection for Childs concert

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The welcome cross border appearance of the Woodfalls Band in Wales this weekend will have an added personal connection for the family of MD, Dr Robert Childs. more...