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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.

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Sunday 21 January • Christ Church, Sude Hill, New Mill, Holmfirth HD9 7BL

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January 16 • We are looking a Bb BASS PLAYER to join our happy throng. 2nd section area piece is one you will love.. Rehearsals are on a Wednesday in our own bandroom and are well attended.. Good book of contests and concerts planned but we keep a realistic view.

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January 16 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.

Marshfield Band

January 15 • CONDUCTOR WANTED: We are a 4th section standard non-contesting band from the village of Marshfield near Chippenham. We perform at a variety of events in the region throughout the year and are seeking a new committed local conductor to lead us.

Alan Fernie

Arranger, composer, adjudicator, conductor