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Contests! Contests! Contests!

We have the details of four of the most important up and coming contests this month — Spennymoor, The Mineworkers, Northern Open and Treorchy — just so you know!


November sees one of the busiest months in the brass band contesting calendar, and we have been given details of four important contests that should provide good entertainment and plenty of controversy in the next month.

Without the most important will be the running of the most important Entertainment Contest of the year at Spennymoor. The Brass in Concert Championships will be held at its traditional venue of the Spennymoor Leisure Centre on Sunday 18th November.

Although the field is not possibly as strong as in previous years it will still be a cracker of contest and will feature 11 top bands each hoping to be crowned unofficial Champion Entertainment Brass Band of the UK.

We’ll be having a full length feature article on the contest a bit closer to the date.

The competing bands in order of the pre draw are as follows: Yorkshire Imperial Rothwell: Kirkintilloch: Leyland: The Ransome Band: Ever Ready: Fodens: Todmorden Old: Sellers International: Grimethorpe: Besses O’ th’ Barn: Carlton Main Frickley.

The adjudicators will be Geoff Whitham and Nigel Boddice for the music, with Jim Davies taking the role for the soloist prize.

Mineworkers Championships:

Saturday 24th November also sees the Mineworkers Championships, held in Blackpool.

At present we only have the details of the draw for the Championship Section, which starts at 11.45am on the Saturday. The competing bands hoping to catch the ear of Roy Newsome (who’s in the open) are:

1. Fishburn
2. Newtongrange
3. Riddings
4. Ever Ready
5. Cwmaman Institute (Tower Colliery)
6. Thoresby UK Coal
7. Greggs Bakery
8. Dalmellington
9. Kingdom Brass
10. Grimethorpe UK Coal
11. Newstead Welfare

We hope to be able to print further details of the other sections when we get them.

There will also be a more in depth feature on the Championships closer to the date.

Wilkinson Northern Open Brass Band Championships — Sunday 18th November 2001, Theatre Royal St.Helens.

The Championships are run in conjunction with Rainford Silver Band. Contest Secretary — Philip Upton

Section A:
For Championship and First Section Bands
Test Piece: Variations on a Ninth (Gilbert Vinter)

Section B:
For Second Section Bands
Test Piece: A Salford Sinfonietta (Darrol Barry)

Section C:
For Third Section Bands
Test Piece: Shine as the Light (Peter Graham)

Section D:
For Fourth Section Bands
Test Piece: The Seasons (Philip Wilby)

Prizes for all sections
1st £200 and Wilkinson Northern Open Trophy
2nd £150 and Trophy
3rd £100 and Trophy

Section D — Pre Drawn on Tuesday 2nd October 2001
Adjudicator — John Hinkley
Contest starts at 08.45am

1. Burneside Brass: Roger Lincoln�����- drawn 2
2. Pemberton Old Wigan “B”: Peter Ashley — drawn 4
3. St.Helens Brass: Alan Young — drawn 3
4. Trinity Girls: Stuart Barton — drawn 1

Section C
Adjudicator — John Hinkley
Contest starts approx. 10.00am


1. Blackley — Graham Smith
2. Diggle — TBA
3. Eatons Farnworth — Peter Ashley
4. Eccles Borough — Claire Pownall
5. Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) — Carol Caton
6. Greenfield -�����D.Chapman
7. Haydock Youth — D.Chadwick
8. Hebden Bridge (Walkley Clogs)- Ian Craddock
9. Parr Band (Richardson Ltd)-J.Ludden
10. Slaithwaite�����- Kevin Lever
11. Timperley -�����G.Hetherington
12. Whaley Bridge — T.Wyatt

Section B
Adjudicator — B. Thompson
Contest starts approx. 13.30pm

1.Blackpool Brass — Graham Smith
2. BMP Europe Goodshaw — Alan Widdop
3. Delph — TBA
4. Flookburgh -�����John Iveson
5. Greenhalls -�����A.Jones
6. Moston and Beswick Manchester — R.Taylor
7. Wigston — Garry Sleath

Section A
Adjudicator — B. Thompson
Contest starts approx. 16.15pm

1. Blackburn and Darwen�����- Eric Landon
2. BT — M.Fowles
3. Eagley — Craig Roberts
4. Freckleton — Paul Dalton
5. Haydock Ogden Travel�����- Ian Brownbill
6. Hepworth — Mark Bentham
7. Holme Silver — Duncan Beckley
8. Longridge — Mike Cotter
9. Nestle Rowntree — William Rushworth
10. Nottingham City Transport — Martin Heartfield
11. Pemberton Old Wigan — TBA�����
12. Seindorf Beamaris — Gwyn Evans
13. Skelmersdale — G.Martin
14. Vernon Building Soc Poynton�����- Martin Obermuller

Further in depth details will be given a little closer to the date.

Finally, the last of the series of Welsh contest to decide the titles of Champion Bands of Wales will be held in Treorchy on Saturday the 17th and Sunday 18th of November.

As yet we don’t have the full details of the competing bands, but as soon as we do we’ll out them up on the site.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: First Section

March 17 • Sandhurst Silver strike gold as they head to Cheltenham as champions alongside qualifiers Amersham

Ebbw Valley

Result: 2018 Welsh Regional Championship: First Section

March 17 • Ebbw Valley notch up another Area title success to head to Cheltenham with Burry Port Town at their side.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Second Section

March 17 • North Skelton power their way to Cheltenham with J36 at their side after they made light of the opposition in Durham to take the Second Section title.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: First Section

March 17 • It's Harrogate and Houghton who deliver the musical metamorphosis to head to Cheltenham.

Contest: London & SC Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Victoria Hall, Bolton

Saturday 17 March • 37 Knowsley St, Bolton BL1 2AS

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

March 17 • Musical Director due to work commitments, the Wakefield Metropolitan Band seeks applications for this position. 1st section band with a 5th place at the areas. We require someone with the drive and ambition to take us to the next level is this you ?

Walsall Brass Band

March 17 • WALSALL BRASS BAND are looking for Cornets, 1st Baritone, 2nd Euphonium, Bb Bass and Percusion.

Cheshire Constabulary Band

March 17 • We are urgently looking for a Tenor Horn, Cornet and snare drummers (for our Corps of drums). Smart friendly well run band with varied engagements, just one rehearsal a week. Open to all walks of life ( you do not need to work for the Police!)

Dave Collins

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