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British Open Championships

British Open Championships Summary

Year Winners Conductor Test piece
2017 Valaisia Brass Band Arsene Duc Fraternity, Thierry Deleruyelle
2016 Cory Philip Harper The Triumph of Time, Professor Peter Graham
2015 Grimethorpe Colliery Dr Robert Childs Reflections on Swan Lake, Stephen Roberts
2014 Black Dyke Prof. Nicholas Childs Vita Aeterna Variations, Alexander Comitas
2013 Tredegar Ian Porthouse Arabian Nights - Fantasy on Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade for Brass Band - Stephen Roberts
2012 Fodens Allan Withington Electra - Dr Martin Ellerby
2011 Cory Dr Robert Childs Red Priest - Professor Philip Wilby
2010 Tredegar Ian Porthouse On the Shoulders of Giants - Professor Peter Graham
2009 Cory Band Dr. Robert Childs Titan's Progress, Hermann Pallhuber
2008 Fodens Richardson Garry Cutt Rococo Variations, Professor Edward Gregson
2007 Cory Band Dr. Robert Childs Visions of Gerontius, Kenneth Downie
2006 Black Dyke Dr. Nicholas Childs Vienna Nights, Philip Wilby
2005 Black Dyke Dr. Nicholas Childs The Night to Sing, Bramwell Tovey
2004 Fodens Richardson
Contest Music
Garry E. Cutt Contest Music (Wilfred Heaton), Montage (Peter Graham), St. Magnus (Kenneth Downie)
2003 Yorkshire Building Society Prof. David King The Planets Suite [Venus & Jupiter], Holst arr. Stephen Roberts
2002 Buy As You View Cory Robert Childs The Maunsell Forts, John McCabe
2001 Yorkshire Building Society David King Les Preludes, Liszt, transcribed Bram Gray
2000 Buy As You View Cory Robert Childs Ceremony, Michael Ball
1999 Yorkshire Building Society D. King ...Dove Descending, Philip Wilby
1998 Williams Fairey J. Gourlay Diversions on a Bass Theme, George Lloyd
1997 Yorkshire Building Society D. King Whitsun Wakes, Michael Ball
1996 Marple G. Cutt The Severn Suite, Sir Edward Elgar, arr. Bram Gray
1995 Black Dyke J. Watson Revelation, Philip Wilby
1994 BNFL Leyland R. Evans Salamander, John McCabe
1993 Williams Fairey P. Parkes Masquerade, Philip Wilby
1992 Black Dyke J. Watson Cloudcatcher Fells, John McCabe
1991 Grimethorpe Colliery F. Renton Paganini Variations, Philip Wilby
1990 Sun Life R. Newsome Le Roi d'Ys, Edouard Lalo, arr. Frank Wright
1989 Kennedy's Swinton Concert G. Cutt Diversions for Brass Band, Derek Bourgeois
1988 Rigid Container Group GUS B. Tovey Contest Music, Wilfred Heaton
1987 Williams Fairey Engineering R. Newsome Freedom, Hubert Bath
1986 Black Dyke Mills P. Parkes An Epic Symphony, Percy Fletcher, plus Fusions, Howard Blake
1985 Black Dyke Mills P. Parkes Salute to Youth, Gilbert Vinter
1984 Grimethorpe Colliery G. Brand Comedy Overture, John Ireland
1983 Black Dyke Mills P. Parkes Connotations, Edward Gregson
1982 Besses o' th' Barn R. Newsome Three Figures, Herbert Howells
1981 City of Coventry A. Kenney Variations on a Ninth, Gilbert Vinter
1980 Yorkshire Imperial J. Pryce Jones Energy, Robert Simpson
1979 Fairey Engineering W. Hargreaves Le Carnival Romain, H. Berlioz, arr. F. Wright
1978 Brighouse & Rastrick G. Brand Benvenuto Cellini, H. Berlioz, arr. F. Wright
1977 Black Dyke Mills P. Parkes Diadem of Gold, Bailey, arr. F. Wright
1976 Black Dyke Mills P. Parkes An Epic Symphony, Percy Fletcher
1975 Wingates Temperance R. Evans Fireworks, Elgar Howarth
1974 Black Dyke Mills R. Newsome James Cook - Circumnavigator, Gilbert Vinter
1973 Black Dyke Mills R. Newsome The Accursed Huntsman, César Franck, arr. E. Siebert
1972 Black Dyke Mills G. Brand Sovereign Heritage, Jack Beaver
1971 Yorkshire Imperial T. Walmsley Festival Music, Eric Ball
1970 Yorkshire Imperial T. Walmsley Pageantry, Herbert Howells
1969 Grimethorpe Colliery G. Thompson Spectrum, Gilbert Vinter
1968 Black Dyke Mills G. Brand John O' Gaunt, Gilbert Vinter
1967 Grimethorpe Colliery G. Thompson Comedy, John Ireland
1966 CWS (Manchester) A. Mortimer Downland Suite, John Ireland
1965 Fairey L. Lamb Saga of the North, Cyril Jenkins
1964 Foden Motor Works R. Mortimer Lorenzo, Thomas Keighley
1963 Fairey L. Lamb Life Divine, Cyril Jenkins
1962 Fairey L. Lamb Island Heritage, Helen Perkin
1961 Fairey L. Lamb Main Street, Eric Ball
1960 CWS (Manchester) A. Mortimer Fantasia, Mozart, arr. Malcolm Sargent
1959 Besses o' th' Barn W. Wood The Undaunted, Eric Ball
1958 Carlton Main Frickley Colliery J. Atherton Sunset Rhapsody, Eric Ball
1957 Black Dyke Mills G. Willcocks Carnival, Helen Perkin
1956 Fairey Aviation H. Mortimer Tam O 'Shanters Ride, Denis Wright
1955 Ferodo Works G.Hespe Sinfonietta for Brass Band, Erik Leidzen
1954 Munn & Feltons S. Boddington Tournament for Brass, Eric Ball
1953 National Band of New Zealand K. Smith Three Musketeers, George Hespe
1952 CWS (Manchester) E. Ball Scena Sinfonica, Henry Geehl
1951 Ransome & Marles E. Ball The Conquerors, Eric Ball
1950 Fairey Aviation H. Mortimer Resurgam, Eric Ball
1949 Fairey Aviation H. Mortimer Rhapsody in Brass, Dean Goffin
1948 CWS (Manchester) E. Ball Music for Brass, Denis Wright
1947 Fairey Aviation H. Mortimer Henry V, R.M. Price
1946 Bickershaw Colliery H. Mortimer Salute to Freedom, Eric Ball
1945 Fairey Aviation H. Mortimer Pride of Race, K. Wright
1944 Fairey Aviation H. Mortimer The Tempest, Maurice Johnstone
1943 Bickershaw Colliery W. Haydock Themes from Symphony No. 5, Beethoven arranged Denis Wright
1942 Fairey Aviation (Pageantry) H. Mortimer Lorenzo or Pageantry
1941 Fairey Aviation H. Mortimer Various Test Pieces
1940 Bickershaw Colliery W. Haydock Clive of India, Joseph Holbrooke
1939 Wingates Temperance W. Wood A Downland Suite, John Ireland
1938 Slaithwaite N. Thorpe Owain Glyndwr, Maldwyn Price
1937 Besses o' th' Barn W. Wood Academic Festival Overture, Brahms, arr D. Wright
1936 Brighouse & Rastrick W. Halliwell Robin Hood, Henry Geehl
1935 Black Dyke Mills W. Halliwell A Northern Rhapsody, Thomas Keighley
1934 Brighouse & Rastrick W. Halliwell Pageantry, Herbert Howells
1933 Brighouse & Rastrick W. Halliwell Princess Nada, Denis Wright
1932 Brighouse & Rastrick W. Halliwell The Crusaders, Dr Thomas Keighley
1931 Besses o' th' Barn W. Halliwell Springtime, Haydn Morris
1930 Eccles Borough J. Dow Oriental Rhapsody, Sir Granville Bantock
1929 Brighouse & Rastrick F. Berry Pathetique, Beethoven
1928 Fodens Motor Works W. Halliwell Lorenzo, Thomas Keighley
1927 Fodens Motor Works W. Halliwell Merry Wives of Windsor, Thomas Keighley
1926 Fodens Motors Works W. Halliwell A Midsummer Night's Dream, Thomas Keighley
1925 Creswell Colliery J. A. Greenwood MacBeth, Dr Thomas Keighley
1924 Newcastle Steel Works A. H. Baile Selection from Franz Liszt, arr Dr. T. Keighley
1923 Wingates Temperance W. Halliwell Dinorah, Meyerbeer, arr C. Godfrey
1922 South Elmsall & Frickley Colliery N. Thorpe Lohengrin, Wagner arr M. Johnstone
1921 Wingates Temperance W. Halliwell Vincent Wallace arr C. Godfrey
1920 Besses o' th' Barn W. Wood I Lombardi, Verdi arr C. Godfrey
1919 Harton Colliery G. Hawkins The Lily of Killarney, Benedict arr C. Godfrey
1918 Wingates Temperance W. Halliwell Il Bravo, Marliani arr C. Godfrey
1917 Horwich RMI J. Greenwood Le Pre-aux-Clercs, Herold arr C. Godfrey
1916 Horwich RMI J. A. Greenwood La Traviata, Verdi arr C. Godfrey Jnr
1915 Fodens Motor Works W. Halliwell Il Furioso, Donizetti arr C. Godfrey
1914 Black Dyke Mills J. Greenwood Joseph und Seine Bruder, Mehul arr C. Godfrey
1913 Fodens Motor Works W. Halliwell A Souvenir of Gounod arr C. Godfrey
1912 Fodens Motor Works W. Halliwell Les Diamants de la Couronne, Auber arr C. Godfrey
1911 Hebden Bridge W. Halliwell Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky arr C. Godfrey
1910 Fodens Motors Wagon Works W. Halliwell Acis & Galatea, Handel arr C. Godfrey
1909 Fodens Motor Works W. Rimmer Il Bravo, Marliani arr C. Godfrey
1908 Black Dyke Mills W. Rimmer A Souvenir of Grieg, arr C. Godfrey
1907 Wingates Temperance W. Rimmber Robin Hood, MacFarren arr C. Godfrey
1906 Wingates Temperance W. Rimmer Les Huguenots, Meyerbeer arr C. Godfrey
1905 Irwell Springs W. Rimmer Cosi Fan Tutti, Mozart arr C. Godfrey
1904 Black Dyke Mills J. Gladney Semiramide, Rossini arr C. Godfrey
1903 Pemberton Old J. Gladney Caractacus, Dr. E. Elgar arr C. Godfrey
1902 Black Dyke Mills J. Gladney L'Ebreo, Appoloni arr C. Godfrey
1901 Kingston Mills J. Gladney Mirella, Gounod, arr C. Godfrey
1900 Lindley J. Gladney La Gioconda, Ponchielli arr C. Godfrey
1899 Black Dyke Mills J. Gladney Aroldo, Verdi arr C. Godfrey
1898 Wyke Temperance E. Swift Grand Fantasia, Mendelssohn arr C. Godfrey
1897 Mossley A. Owen Moses in Egypt, Rossini arr C. Godfrey
1896 Black Dyke Mills J. Gladney Gabriella, Pizzi arr C. Godfrey
1895 Black Dyke Mills J. Gladney Hansel und Gretel, Humperdinck arr C. Godfrey
1894 Besses o' th' Barn A. Owen The Golden Web, Going Thomas arr C. Godfrey
1893 Kingston Mills J. Gladney Elaine, Bemberg arr C. Godfrey
1892 Besses o' th' Barn A. Owen Zaar und Zimmer-mann, Lortzing arr C. Godfrey
1891 Black Dyke Mills J. Gladney Das Nachtiager in Granada, Kretzer arr C. Godfrey
1890 Batley Old J. Gladney Euryanthe, Weber arr C. Godfrey
1889 Wyke Temperance E. Swift La Reine de Saba, Gounod arr C. Godfrey
1888 Wyke Temperance E. Swift Der Fligende Hollander, Wagner arr C. Godfrey
1887 Kingston Mills J. Gladney L'Etoile du Nord, Meyerbeer arr C. Godfrey
1886 Kingston Mills J. Gladney La Favorita, Donizetti arr C. Godfrey
1885 Kingston Mills J. Gladney Nabucodonesor, Verdi arr C. Godfrey
1884 Honley J. Gladney La Garza Ladra, Rossini arr C. Godfrey
1883 Littleborough Public E. Swift Il Glurament, Mercadante arr C. Godfrey
1882 Clayton-le-Moors A. Owen Il Seraglio, Mozart arr C. Godfrey
1881 Black Dyke Mills A. Owen Cinq Mars, Gounod arr C. Godfrey
1880 Black Dyke Mills A. Owen Vespri Siciliani, Verdi arr C. Godfrey
1879 Black Dyke Mills J. Fawcett The Last Judgement, Spohr arr C. Godfrey
1878 Melton Mills J. Gladney Romeo e Guilietta, Gounod
1877 Meltam Mills J. Gladney Jessonda, Spohr arr C. Godfrey
1876 Meltham Mills J. Gladney Aida, Verdi arr C. Godfrey
1875 Kingston Mills J. Gladney Il Talismano, Belfe arr C. Godfrey
1874 Linthwaite E. Swift Faust, Spohr arr C. Godfrey
1873 Meltham Mills J. Gladney Dinorah, Meyerbeer arr C. Godfrey
1872 Robin Hood Rifles H. Leverton Souvenir of Mozart, arr C. Godfrey
1871 Black Dyke Mills S. Longbottom Il Barbiere, Rossini arr Winterbottom
1870 Bacup Old J. Lord Ernani, Verdi - arr W. Winterbottom
1869 Bacup J. Lord Le Prophete, Meyerbeer arr W. Winterbottom
1868 Burnley J. Ford Robert le Diable, Meyerbeer
1867 Clay Cross (3rd Rifles) J. Naylor Der Freischutz, Weber arr W. Winterbottom
1866 Dewsbury Old John Peel L'Africaine, Meyerbeer arr Grosse plus 'Own Choice'
1865 Bacup J. Lord 'Own Choice' and Un Ballo in Maschera, Verdi
1864 Bacup J. Lord 'Reminiscences of Auber' and 'Own Choice'
1863 Black Dyke Mills F. Galloway 'Own Choice' plus Faust, Gounod
1862 Black Dyke Mills F. Galloway 'Own Choice' and Muette de Portici (Masaniello), Auber
1861 Halifax (4th W Yorks Rifles) J. Dewhurst 'Own Choice' and Satanella, Balfe
1860 Halifax (4th W Yorks Rifles) J. Dewhurst 'Own Choice' and Zampa, Herold
1859 - - -
1858 Accrington R. Barnes 'On Thee Each living soul awaits' and Achieved is the glorious work' - Creation, Haydn
1857 Leeds (Smiths) R. Smith 'Own Choice' and 'Il Travatore', Verdi
1856 Railway Foundry (Leeds) R. Smith 'Own Choice' and 'Stradella'
1855 Accrington R. Barnes 'Own Choice' and 'Orynthia'
1854 Railway Foundry Leeds R. Smith 'Own Choice' Selections
1853 Mosley Temperance W. Taylor Two 'Own Choice' Selections


Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH


Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd


Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD


Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD


Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE


Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.


Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.


Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance


David W. Ashworth

RSCM, ABBA Exec Member, NABBC PRO.
Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator