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2011 Regional Championships

The full line up of dates has been finalised for all the 2011 Regional Championships — from Scotland to the West of England.



The full line up of dates for the 2011 Regional Contest has been announced.

Scotland & North West

First up this year is Scotland, where the bands will compete for European qualification and National Final glory at Perth’s wonderful Concert Hall on the weekend of the 26th/27th February.

On the Sunday of the same weekend, the bands in the North West will congregate at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.


The following weekend (5th/6th March) sees Bradford’s St George’s Hall host the Yorkshire Regional Championships, with the promise of a late Sunday night finish in the top section as usual.

Midlands & West of England

The Midlands and West of England Regional Championships will take place on the 12th/13th March at The Civic Hall and Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College in Bedworth and the Riviera Centre in Torquay respectively.

Wales, London and North

The whole qualification process in brought to close at three venues the following weekend (19th/20th), where bands from Wales, London & Southern Counties and the North of England battle it out for the honours.

Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall plays host to the band’s in the Principality as they battle for European and Harrogate qualification, whilst the Arts & Leisure Centre in Stevenage will accommodate the massive London & Southern Counties regional contenders and the Dolphin Centre in Darlington, the hopefuls from the North of England.

All bands are reminded that closing dates for entries are imminent, so contact should be made with regional secretaries as soon as possible4BR


All bands are reminded that closing dates for entries are imminent, so contact should be made with regional secretaries as soon as possible.


26th/27th February:

Perth Concert Hall

26th February: Sections: 2, 3 & 4
27th February: 1st & Championship

Contact: Tom Allan

or go to: www.sbba.org.uk

27th February:

North West:
Winter Gardens, Blackpool

27th February: All Sections

Contact: Peter Bates

or go to: www.nwrbbcc.org.uk

5th/6th March:

St George’s Hall, Bradford

5th March: Sections 4 & 2
6th March: Sections 1, 3 & Championship

Contact: Peggy Tomlinson

or go to: www.regional-contest.org.uk/­yorkshire

12th/13th March:

Civic Hall & Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College, Bedworth

12th March: Sections 1 (Civic Hall) & 3 (Technology College)
13th March: Sections 2 & Championship (Civic Hall) & Section 4 (Technology College)#

Contact: Lesley Bentley

West of England:
The Riviera Centre, Torquay

12th March: Sections 1st & 3rd (Forum) & 4th (Arena)
13th March: Championship & 2nd (Forum)

Contact: Brian Elliott

or go to: http:/­/­www.webba.org.uk

19th/20th March:

London & Southern Counties:
Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage

19th March: 1st & 2nd Sections
20th March: Championship, 3rd & 4th Sections

Contact: Dave Hobbs

or go to: www.regional-contest.org.uk

North of England:
The Dolphin Centre, Darlington

19th March: Sections 3 & 2
20th March: Sections 1, 4 & Championship

Contact: Alan Hope

or go to: www.noebbc.co.uk

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

19th March: Sections 3, 2 & 1
20th March: 4th & Championship

Contact: Philip Morris
Telephone: 02920 704325


Brass Bands England to help lead support of a nation's thanks

February 23 • Brass Bands England will help promote 'Battles Over' — a unique commemoration of the end of the First World War, 100 years to the day the guns finally fell silent.

David King

National Champions look for Odyssey repeat

February 23 • Brighouse & Rastrick will be opening their doors for a sneak preview of their 'Odyssey' preparations.


Strata build Regional hopes on new foundations

February 23 • Strata Brass will head to Huddersfield next weekend with a number of new signings in the ranks.


Radio: Sunday Bandstand

February 23 • More great music from Chris Helme in the heartland of Yorkshire banding

Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre SN14 8PG

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Chirst Church Ilkley

Saturday 24 February • Christchurch,. The Grove,. Ilkley LS29 9LW

Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre. Hayfield. Marshfield SN14 8PG

The Cobham Band -

Saturday 24 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall . 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton. KT7 0LQ KT70LQ

Milton Keynes Brass - "Blow away those Winter Blues"

Saturday 24 February • The United Reformed Church. High Street. Newport Pagnell MK16 0FH

Enderby Band

February 24 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE to join us after the Area Contest. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for a committed player to fill a key seat. We have a sensible mix of concert and contests throughout the year.

West Somerset Brass Band

February 23 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet and baritone section. We are a community band playing all over Somerset and hope to undertake a tour to France later in the year. If you can play whatever standard please make contact

The Corsham Band

February 22 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team

James Chamberlain

BMus (Hons) PGCE
Conductor, Teacher