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Black Dyke takes 19th National Title

The Black Dyke Band conducted by Nicholas Childs won the 2001 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall in London


In doing so, they won the title for the first time since 1995 and for the 19th time in total.

With a performance that the adjudicators described as “close to perfection” and “fabulous” Black Dyke and gained 198 points they beat the highly impressive Fodens, scintillatingly conducted by Bramwell Tovey by one point and treble chasing Yorkshire Building Society and David King who came home in third a further point back.

Williams Fairey had earlier set the standard for the rest of the field to beat when they were awarded 195 points off the number 2 draw spot and finished the day a well deserved fourth, whilst reigning champions, Buy As You View Cory had to be content with fifth place after a fine defence of their title. The Leyland Band under Garry Cutt came a well-deserved sixth place.

Among the fancied bands that also performed with much credit were Tredegar who came seventh and Whitburn who came eighth. However, two of the heavyweights who were fancied to do well on the day, but fell foul of the judges were Travelsphere Holidays under Frank Renton who came a very lowly 16th and Brighouse and Rastrick who came 11th.

The general consensus of opinion of both players and the audience was that the test piece, “Albion” by Jan Van der Roost was a superb test and highly enjoyable for the listeners who were just as intrigued by the differences in the choreography employed by the bands at the beginning of the piece as they were by it’s fantastic effects and musicality.

For full results and further coverage of the weekend please click on the relevant links from the home page.


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Ian Holmes

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