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2012 Yorkshire Regional Championship — Bradford preview

Yorkshire does things its way... and it's hard to disagree that it doesn't work

St Georges
HallDespite the steam punk mechanics and Heath Robinson design, Yorkshire banding continues to produce 21st century contest results the envy of the rest of the UK.

The gruff boast about ‘Yorkshire Pride’ had a fair degree of substance about it in London and Cheltenham last year, with Brighouse & Rastrick and City of Bradford returning home with National Championship titles to their name.

Hard to disagree

However, Yorkshire banding does things its own way – and it’s hard to disagree that it doesn’t work (helped by having one of the best run contests around).

That’s despite the ongoing debate for a radical overhaul of the grading structure, which this year sees a bloated field of 13 bands battle for one extra qualification place in the Championship Section. 

There is also the curious anomaly of a Second Section that contains four promoted bands from the Third Section but none that have come down from the First.

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The biggest flag of all to wave...

Flag waving

Nobody was prouder (or better at flag waving) than Regional Secretary Peggy Tomlinson when Brighouse & Rastrick and City of Bradford claimed those titles.  

A realist as well as a romantic for all things Yorkshire, Peggy will surely be just as happy with the small increase in numbers taking to the St George’s Hall stage on the weekend as she was in seeing the National Championship Trophy reside in her beloved county for a sixth time in a row.

Cheltenham saw a revival of fortunes for the Yorkshire representatives after the ‘annus horribilis’ of 2010, with three podium finishers to go with Bradford’s victory, and the good news continues here too, with the return of three competitors, including Markham Main making their first appearance since 2007 in the Fourth Section. 

Great contesting venue

St George’s Hall remains one of the great contesting venues of world banding – the sense of eager anticipation and throbbing excitement is palpable at times, so it comes as little surprise that the television cameras have been trying to capture some of the heady mix for a programme that may be shown on sometime in the future, so keep youe eyes peeled on the weekend.


They should have plenty of drama to catch, with the top section providing a late night climax on Sunday to what promises to be an enthralling weekend.

4BR will be there as usual to catch all the action and that drama as it unfolds.

Let’s just hope there is enough steam in the contest boiler....

Iwan Fox

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Brass Band

Friday 23 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

Friday 23 March • Bramhall High School. Seal Road. Stockport SK72JT

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Black Dyke Band - Newtown (Powys)

Saturday 24 March • Theatre Hafren, Llanidloes Rd, Newtown SY16 4HU

Amington Band

March 21 • Amington band are looking for back row cornets, a bass of each flavour & a bass trombone. We're a friendly, hard working bunch and welcome all to join us. We rehearse on Mondays & Wednesdays from 8-10pm in our own band room in Tamworth.

Leyland Band

March 21 • FLUGEL HORN. As a principal player, this will provide regular opportunities for solo performances in the concert and recording schedule. There will also be contest appearances at this year’s British Open Championship and the National Finals at the RAH.

Blidworth Welfare Band

March 21 • Percussionist.. Having just secured a fifth place in the Midlands Championship Section we are inviting applications for percussionist. We have a sensible diary of engagements whilst providing players with the potential to achieve success..

Nicholas B. Hudson

Musician | Trombonist | Educator