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National Championships of Great Britain

Championship Section Summary

Year Winners Conductor Test piece
2018 Foden's Russell Gray Handel in the Band (Dr Kenneth Downie)
2017 Brighouse & Rastrick Prof. David King Gallery (Howard Snell)
2016 Cory Philip Harper Journey of the Lone Wolf (Simon Dobson)
2015 Cory Philip Harper Spiriti (Thomas Doss)
2014 Black Dyke Prof. Nicholas Childs The Legend of King Arthur (Dr Peter Meechan)
2013 Cory Philip Harper Of Distant Memories, (Music in An Olden Style), (Edward Gregson)
2012 Foden's Allan Withington Daphnis et Chloé (Ravel, arr. Howard Snell)
2011 Brighouse & Rastrick Prof. David King Breath of Souls (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)
2010 Brighouse & Rastrick Prof. David King Terra Australis (Martin Ellerby)
2009 Black Dyke Dr. Nicholas Childs Torchbearers (Peter Graham)
2008 Black Dyke Dr. Nicholas Childs Concertino for Brass Band (Dr Kenneth Downie)
2007 Grimethorpe Colliery Allan Withington Music for Battle Creek (Philip Sparke)
2006 Grimethorpe Colliery UK Coal Allan Withington Les Francs Juges (Berlioz arr. Frank Wright)
2005 Leyland Russell Gray Eden (Dr John Pickard)
2004 Black Dyke Dr. Nicholas Childs ...all the flowers of the mountain.. (Michael Ball)
2003 Fairey FP (Music) Band Allan Withington Theme and Eight Variations from the Enigma (Op.36) (Edward Elgar arr. Eric Ball)
2002 Williams Fairey Allan Whithington Masquerade (Philip Wilby)
2001 Black Dyke Nicholas Childs Albion (Jan Van der Roost)
2000 Buy As You View Cory Robert Childs Harrison's Dream (Peter Graham)
1999 Foden's Courtois Nicholas Childs Concerto for Band No 1 (Op 44) (Derek Bourgeois)
1998 Brighouse & Rastrick Allan Withington Between the Moon and Mexico (Philip Sparke)
1997 Brighouse & Rastrick Allan Withington Legends & Myths on Alderley Edge (Peter Graham)
1996 CWS Glasgow Howard Snell Isaiah 40 (Robert Redhead)
1995 Black Dyke Mills James Watson Songs for BL (Elgar Howarth)
1994 Black Dyke Mills James Watson Theme and Cooperation (Joseph Horovitz)
1993 Williams Fairey Peter Parkes The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Derek Bourgeois)
1992 Grimethorpe Colliery Frank Renton The New Jerusalem (Philip Wilby)
1991 Desford Colliery James Watson Energy (Robert Simpson)
1990 CWS Glasgow John Hudson English Heritage (George Lloyd)
1989 Desford Colliery Caterpillar James Watson Odin (Arthur Butterworth)
1988 Desford Colliery Dowty James Watson Seascapes (Ray Steadman - Allen)
1987 Desford Colliery Dowty James Watson Harmony Music (Philip Sparke)
1986 Fairey Engineering Roy Newsome Diversions for Brass Band (Derek Bourgeois)
1985 Black Dyke Mills Major Peter Parkes Cloudcatcher Fells (John McCabe)
1984 Cory Major Arthur Kenny Dances and Arias (Edward Gregson)
1983 Cory Major Arthur Kenny Ballet for Band (Joseph Horovitz)
1982 Cory Major Arthur Kenny Contest Music (Wilfred Heaton)
1981 Black Dyke Mills Major Peter Parkes Blitz (Derek Bourgeois)
1980 Brighouse & Rastrick Derek Broadbent Carnival Overture (Anton Dvorak arr. Geoffrey Brand)
1979 Black Dyke Mills Major Peter Parkes Volcano (Robert Simpson)
1978 Yorkshire Imperial Metals Denis Carr Checkmate (Sir Arthur Bliss arr. Eric Ball)
1977 Black Dyke Mills Major Peter Parkes Connotations (Edward Gregson)
1976 Black Dyke Mills Major Peter Parkes Sinfonietta - The Wayfarer (Eric Ball)
1975 Black Dyke Mills Major Peter Parkes Un Vie de Matelot (Robert Farnon)
1974 Cory Major Arthur Kenney Fantasy for Brass Band (Malcolm Arnold)
1973 Brighouse & Rastrick James Scott Freedom (Hubert Bath)
1972 Black Dyke Mills Geoffrey Brand A Kensington Concerto (Eric Ball)
1971 Wingates Temperance Denis Smith Le Roi d'Ys (Lalo, arr. F. Wright)
1970 Grimethorpe Colliery George Thompson Pride of Youth (Gordon Jacob)
1969 Brighouse & Rastrick W. Hargreaves High Peak, Eric Ball
1968 Brighouse & Rastrick W. Hargreaves The Mastersingers, Wagner, arr. F. Wright
1967 Black Dyke Mills G. Brand Journey Into Freedom, Eric Ball
1966 GUS (Footwear) S. Boddington Le Carnaval Romain, Berlioz arr. F. Wright
1965 Fairey L. Lamb Triumphant Rhapsody, Gilbert Vinter
1964 G.U.S. S. Boddington Variations on a Ninth, Gilbert Vinter
1963 CWS (Manchester) A. Mortimer Belmont Variations, Sir Arthur Bliss arr. F. Wright
1962 CWS (Manchester) A. Mortimer The Force of Destiny, Verdi arr. F Wright
1961 Black Dyke Mills G. Willcocks Les Francs Juges, Berlioz arr. F. Wright
1960 Munn & Feltons S. Boddington Three Figures, Herbert Howells
1959 Black Dyke Mills G. Willcocks Le Roi d'Ys, Lalo, arr. F. Wright
1958 Fodens Motor Works R. Mortimer Variations on the Shining River, Edmund Rubbra
1957 Munn & Feltons S. Boddington Variations for Brass Band, Vaughan Williams
1956 Fairey Aviation G. Wilcocks Festival of Music, Eric Ball
1955 Munn & Feltons H. Mortimer Blackfriars, Edric Cundell, arr. F. Wright
1954 Fairey Aviation H. Mortimer Sovereign Heritage, J. Beaver, arr. F. Wright
1953 Fodens Motor Works H. Mortimer Diadem of Gold, G. Bailey arr. F. Wright
1952 Fairey Aviation H. Mortimer The Frogs of Aristophanes, Granville Bantock, arr. F. Wright
1951 Black Dyke Mills A. Mortimer Epic Symphony, Percy Fletcher
1950 Fodens Motor Works H. Mortimer Pageantry, Herbert Howells
1949 Black Dyke Mills H. Mortimer Overture Comedy, John Ireland
1948 Black Dyke Mills H. Mortimer On the Cornish Coast, Henry Geehl
1947 Black Dyke Mills H. Mortimer Freedom, Hubert Bath
1946 Brighouse & Rastrick E. Ball Oliver Cromwell, Henry Geehl
1945 Fairey Aviation H. Mortimer Overture for An Epic Occasion, Denis Wright
1938 Fodens Motor Works F. Mortimer An Epic Symphony, Percy Fletcher
1937 Fodens Motor Works F. Mortimer Pageantry, Herbert Howells
1936 Fodens Motor Works F. Mortimer Kenilworth, Arthur Bliss
1935 Munn & Feltons W. Halliwell Pride of Race, Kenneth Wright
1934 Fodens Motor Works F. Mortimer Comedy, John Ireland
1933 Fodens Motor Works F. Mortimer Prometheus Unbound, Granville Bantock
1932 Fodens Motor Works F. Mortimer A Downland Suite, John Ireland
1931 Wingates Temperance H. Moss Honour and Glory, Hubert Bath
1930 Fodens Motor Works F. Mortimer The Severn Suite, Edward Elgar
1929 Carlisle St. Stephen W. Lowes Victory, Cyril Jenkins
1928 Black Dyke Mills W. Halliwell A Moorside Suite, Gustav Holst
1927 Carlisle St. Stephen W. Lowes The White Rider, Denis Wright
1926 St. Hilda Colliery W. Halliwell An Epic Symphony, Percy Fletcher
1925 Marsden Colliery J. Greenwood Joan of Arc, Denis Wright
1924 St. Hilda Colliery W. Halliwell On the Cornish Coast, Henry Geehl
1923 Luton Red Cross W. Halliwell Oliver Cromwell, Henry Geehl
1922 Horwich RMI J. Greenwood Freedom, Hubert Bath
1921 St. Hilda Colliery W. Halliwell Life Divine, Cyril Jenkins
1920 St. Hilda Colliery W. Halliwell Coriolanus, Cyril Jenkins
1913 Irwell Springs W. Halliwell Labour & Love, Percy Fletcher
1912 St. Hilda Colliery W. Halliwell William Tell, Rossini arr W. Rimmer
1911 Perfection Soap Works W. Halliwell Les Huguenots, Meyerbeer arr. W. Rimmer
1910 Fodens Motor Works W. Halliwell Gems of Schubert, W. Rimmer
1909 Shaw W. Rimmer The Flying Dutchman, Wagner arr. C. Godfrey
1908 Irwell Springs W. Rimmer Rienzi, Wagner arr S. Cope
1907 Wingates Temperance W. Rimmer Gems of Schumann, arr. W. Short
1906 Wingate Temperance W. Rimmer Gems of Chopin, arr. W. Short
1905 Irwell Spring W. Rimmer Roland a Ronceveaux, Mermet
1904 Hebburn Colliery A. Holden Grand Selection: Mendelssohn, arr. C. Godfrey
1903 Besses o' th Barn A. Owen Die Meistersinger, Wagner arr. F. C. Shipley-Douglas
1902 Black Dyke Mills J. Gladney Hiawatha, Coleridge Taylor arr. C. Godfrey
1901 Lee Mount W. Swingler Gems from Sullivan's Opera No. 3, J. Ord Hume
1900 Denton Original A. Owen Gems from Sullivan's Opera No. 1, J. Ord Hume


Black Dyke Band - Symphony Hall

Sunday 20 January • Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA


Grimethorpe Colliery Band - Grimsby Auditorium

Sunday 20 January • Grimsby Auditorium . Grimsby Auditorium, . Cromwell Rd, . Grimsby, . North East Lincolnshire . DN31 2BH DN31 2BH


Foden's Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Friday 25 January • 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9RD


Regent Hall Concerts - Canon Brass (brass quintet) from the Royal College

Friday 25 January • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London . W1C 2DJ


Black Dyke Band - International Staff Band of Salvation Army - RNCM

Saturday 26 January • Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD


Nailsworth Silver band

January 18 • Vacancies have arisen for a front row CORNET and EB BASS to complete our area line up. We rehearse on Mondays in our own bandroom. Friendly well attended rehearsals. It's our centenary year so CD, concert with Tom Hutchinson and trip to France booked.


Chinnor Silver

January 17 • We are looking for CORNETS AND Bb BASS to complete our area line up. we rehearse on wednesdays in our own bandroom which are well attended and have a good atmosphere.. Realistic book of concerts and contests


Drighlington Band

January 17 • We are keen to fill our final remaining vacancies prior to the Yorkshire Regional Contest & are looking to recruit Eb/BBb bass & percussionists. if you fancy a change for the New Year & are looking for a friendly band, then please get in touch.


James McLeod

BMus (hons)
Euphonium Soloist, Teacher and Conductor