facebook twitter rss vimeo


North West Area Results — Championship, 1,2,3,4

We have the full results plus reports of all sections. See who goes to the Finals from Blackpool.


North West Area Championships:

For the full story of the Championship Section go to news desk for Fairey’s Foil Fodens Four in a Row.

Championship Section:

1.�����Williams Fairey. H. Snell. 194pts. (8)
2.�����Fodens Courtois. J. Gourlay. 192pts (5)
3.�����Leyland. G. Cutt. 190pts. (3)
4.�����Freckleton. P. Dalton. 188pts. (9)
5.�����BT. M. Fowles. 186pts. (4)
6.�����Besses o’th’ Barn. G. Pritchard. 185pts. (6)
7.�����Wingates. B. Grant. 184pts. (2)
8.�����Stalybridge Old. D. Hirst. 183pts. (7)
9.�����Ashton Under Lyne. M. Evans. 182pts. (1)

Adjudicator: Malcolm Brownbill

First Section:

Williams Fairey seem to have had a hand in the winning performance of Mossley in Section One, with their ex flugel horn star Simon Stonehouse leading his band to a well deserved win as last band on in the contest. United Co-op Crewe continued their good form of late gaining second spot under the experienced Jeff Sparkes. Just missing out on a trip to the Finals were Dobcross under Simon Wood who gave a good performance to get third place.

Full Result:

1.�����Mossley. S. Stonehouse. 189pts. (12)
2.�����United Co-op (Crewe). J. Sparkes. 188pts. (5)
3.�����Dobcross Silver. S. Wood. 187pts. (9)
4.�����Haydock Ogden Travel. I. Brownbill. 186pts. (8)
5.�����Blackburn and Darwen. E. Landon. 185pts. (11)
6.�����United Northwest Co-op Milnrow. D. Hebb. 184pts. (1)
7.Oldham Brass 97. A. White. 182pts. (4)
8.�����Pemberton Old Wigan. J. Maines. 181pts. (4)
9. Eagley. C. Roberts. 180pts. (3)
10. Vernon Building Society Poynton. M. Obermuller. 179pts. (2)
11.�����Roberts Bakery. C. Cranson. 180pts. (10)
12.�����Tyldesley. D. Barry. 179pts. (6)

Adjudicator: Barry Thompson.

Second Section:

Delight for Ted Griffiths, the father of YBS superstar players Morgan and Geraint, who showed his sons that the father has got what it takes to win as well. His Dobcross Youth band again secured success with a performance that had them gain a narrow one point win over Poulton le Fylde and G. Clough. Just missing out were Hawk Green (Marple) who gained third place.

Full Result:

1.�����Dobcross Youth. E. Griffiths. 186pts. (6)
2.�����Poulton le Fylde. G. Clough. 185pts. (8)
3.�����Hawk Green (Marple). D. Ashworth. 183pts. (7)
4.�����Bollington. T. Power. 182pts. (9)
5.�����Moston and Beswick. R. Taylor. 181pts. (10)
6.�����Skelmersdale Prize. P. Andrews. 179pts. (1)
7.�����Walkden. J. Davis. 178pts. (12)
8.�����Old Hall Brass. N. Parkinson. 177pts. (5)
9.�����Delph. P. Goodwin. 176pts. (13)
10.�����Greenalls. A. Jones. 175pts. (4)
11.�����Whitworth Vale and Healey. C. Meyers. 173pts. (2)
12.�����Hoover (Bolton). S. Talbot. 172pts. (3)
13.�����Blackpool Brass. S. Blair. 173pts. (11)
14.�����BMP Europe Goodshaw. A. Widdop. 170pts. (14)

Adjudicator: Alan Hope.

Third Section:

They came they saw and they conquered, as Manx Concert Brass from the Isle of Man, travelled over the Irish Sea to record victory in he Third Section with a narrow one point with over rivals and fellow qualifiers for the Finals, British Energy Morecambe. The first two bands of the day held the top spots for nearly the entire length of the contest until Manx brought the contest to a close with a with a winning performance of the test piece.

Full Result:

1.�����Manx Concert Brass. I. Clague MBE. 189pts. (14)
2.�����British Energy Morecombe. A. Warriner. 188pts. (2)
3.�����Silk Brass AstraZeneca (Macclesfield). K. Mackintosh. 186pts. (1)
4.�����Diggle. D. Morris. 185pts. (13)
5.�����Haslingden and Helmshore. D. Holland. 184pts. (12)
6.�����Eccleston Brass. B. Harper. 183pts. (9)
7.�����Barnton Silver. S. Yates. 182pts. (10)
8.�����Boarshurst. B. Broadbent. 181pts. (3)
9.�����Eccles Borough. C. Pownall. 180pts. (4)
10.�����Golborne. S. Barton. 179pts. (8)
11.�����Greenfield. D. Chapman. 178pts. (11)
12.�����Hazel Grove. L. Hall. 177pts. (5)
13.�����Pilling Jubilee Silver. S. Simpson. 176pts. (7)
14.�����Rainford Silver. L. Nicholson. 175pts. (6)

Adjudicator: Roy Sparkes.

Fourth Section:

A close run contest saw Pemberton Old Wigan B band improve on the fortunes of their sister band in Section One, when they gained a clear cut two points win in the Fourth Section under P. Ashley. Also joining them for a trip to the Finals will be Nelson Brass under K. Ritchmond, who edged out Trinity Girls, who set the standard for the day with a performance off the number one draw that gave them third place.

Full Result:

1.�����Pemberton Old Wigan B. P. Ashley. 189pts. (5)
2.�����Nelson Brass. K. Ritchmond. 187pts. (9)
3.�����Trinity Girls. G. Patmore. 186pts. (1)
4.�����Hesketh Bank Silver. S. Foster. 185pts. (12)
5.�����Thornton Cleveleys. C. Andrews. 184pts. (13)
6.�����Timperley. G. Hetherington. 183pts. (10)
7.�����City of Chester. D. Mitchell. 182pts. (11)
8.�����Middleton. B. Warrington. 181pts. (6)
9.�����Friezland. L. Clough. 180pts. (7)
10.�����Blackley. G. Smith. 179pts. (17)
11.�����Rivington and Adlington. A. Marsh. 179pts. (2)
12.�����Standish. J. Roberts. 178pts. (3)
13.�����Uppermill. J. Hunter. 177pts. (4)
14.�����Haydock Youth. D. Chadwick. 176pts. (16)
15.�����Cheshire Constabulary. C. Holt. 175pts. (15)
16.�����Douglas Town. G. Higginbottom. 175pts. (18)
17.�����Parr (Richardson Ltd) (St. Helens). J. Ludden. 174pts. (14)
18.�����Besses Boys. J. Powell. 173pts. (19)
19.�����Carrbrook Brass. R. Sykes. 171pts. (8)

Adjudicator: Gareth Thomas.


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Your Logo Here

Big, little, large or small for Your Logo Here

November 17 • It doesn't matter about the size or number for Your Logo Here — just ask and we can keep everyone feeling part of your banding team...


Welsh heavyweights join forces under one roof

November 17 • Cory and Tredegar renew their support for the Ty Cerdd organisation that helps promote and celebrate music making in Wales.

Walsall Brass Band - Willenhall Singers

Saturday 18 November • Sneyd Communnity Centre, Vernon Way, Bloxwich, Walsall. WS3 2PA

Rushden Town Band -

Saturday 18 November • Park Rd Baptist Church, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 0RW

Contest: Brass in Concert

Saturday 18 November • Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead NE28 2JR

Foden's Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 18 November • Queen Street, Morley LS27 9DY

Black Dyke Band - Waterford, Ireland

Saturday 18 November • Carriganore Arena, Waterford Institute of Technology Sports Campus tbc

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

Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator