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Report & Results: 2012 Brass Factor

The recent Brass Factor contest in Holmfirth really showed just where the best of British really can be found.

Brass Factor


The recent third edition of the innovative Brass Factor Competition proved to be a great success in Holmfirth’s packed out Picturedrome theatre.


This year’s event began with a moving commemoration of Thomas Wroe, a local soldier who was killed on active service in Afghanistan only a few weeks after his 18th birthday in September.

Two young members of the Yorkshire Regiment brought out the contest trophy to the main stage, before the audience, which included the Mayor of Kirklees David Ridgeway, observed a moment of silence in honour of his immense courage and ultimate sacrifice.


The Brass Factor evening raised over £300 for the benefit and welfare of officers and soldiers of the Yorkshire Regiment and their families.

Appropriately for a truly memorable British year, the ‘Best of British’ theme saw tremendous entertainment provided by the competing bands of Hade Edge, Hade-Edge Juniors, Slaithwaite, Delph, Skelmanthorpe and Emley, who contained players from the age of 8 to 65.

Brilliant Hade Edge

In the end, it was the brilliant creativity of Simon Wood and Hade Edge that captured the votes of the adjudication panel of David Hoyle, radio presenter at BBC Radio Leeds, former Children In Need presenter Jon Hammond, Oldham Community Radio presenter Gilbert Symes and the illustrious Simon Cowell of the banding world — Kevin Wadsworth.

They simply astounded the audience with their breathtaking performances of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’.


Hade Edge weren’t the only winners on the night either, as Skelmanthorpe B’s astounding 14 year old xylophone player, Ben Scholes claimed the ‘Bes Soloist’ Award and the cracking 9 year old Matthew Sykes of Hade Edge Junior Band received the title of ‘Best Young Player’.

Although there was plenty of friendly rivalry on show, the brilliant atmosphere and interaction of the audience meant that the prizes were a nice addition to a contest format that continues to grow.

The Brass Factor evening raised over £300 for the benefit and welfare of officers and soldiers of the Yorkshire Regiment and their families4BR


1. Hade Edge
2. Skelmanthorpe B
3. Emley Band


Hancock joins IBBSS tutor team

January 21 • Black Dyke star Zoe Hancock has joined the world class team of tutors at the International Brass Band Summer School in Swansea.


Seymour heads to Europe with top-six finish on his mind

January 21 • The experienced conductor Alan Seymour has taken the led as the new MD of BMP Goodshaw Band with the aim of claiming a top-six finish at the North West Area.


Wigston sponsorship link to provide community opportunities

January 21 • A new sponsorship link between Wigston Band and well known funeral directors G. Seller & Co. Ltd hopes to provide exciting musical opportunities for the local community.


Death of Graham Fitzpatrick

January 21 • The death has been announced of the former Parc & Dare solo horn player Graham Fitzpatrick.

Foden's Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Friday 26 January • RNCM. 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9RD M13 9RD

Regent Hall Concerts - The Countess Of Wessex's String Orchestra

Friday 26 January • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Youth & The Cory Band

Saturday 27 January • Halifax Minster HX51 1 QL

Tredegar Town Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Saturday 27 January • RNCM. 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9RD M13 9RD

Black Dyke Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Saturday 27 January • RNCM, 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9RD

Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

January 21 • We are a friendly non-contesting community band within easy reach of Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading. We look forward to an exciting year under our new MD, Steve Block, and urgently need cornet players, both front and back row, baritones and BBb bass..

Middleton Youth Band

January 21 • Training band musical director.. . Musical director required for our recently formed training band to start from February or as soon as possible.. Rehearsals are Mondays 5.45 -6.45pm and the first Saturday of the month 10 -11am

Northop Silver Band

January 21 • 2017 National Eisteddfod winners and Band Cymru semi-finalists are seeking applications for an assistant principle cornet, Bb Bass and a Baritone to help us fulfil our potential under our new MD John Doyle. . Easy travel links, located just off the A55.

James Chamberlain

BMus (Hons) PGCE
Conductor, Teacher