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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.

Brass in Concert

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Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

November 19 • Clackmannan claims the Scottish Challenge Shield honours with a triumphant performance in Perth.


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.

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

Hucknall & Linby Brass

November 20 • Hucknall and Linby Band - 2nd section- Require a front row cornet player. We rehearse Thursdays 7.30 -9.30 in Hucknall, Nottingham. With great transport links to the city centre and the universities.

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.

Dave Collins

BA (Hons) (Dunelm) I, FSCO
Composer and Arranger