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2018 Spring Festival details announced

The list of bands competing at the 98th British Open Spring Festival have been announced by the contest organisers.

Spring
  There are prizes and qualification spots up for grabs at the Winter Gardens

The British Open Championship has announced details of the competing bands that will take part in the 98th British Open Spring Festival at Blackpool's Winter Gardens on Saturday 12th May.

Start times

The Grand Shield will get underway at 10.00am, with the Senior Cup at 10.45am and Senior Trophy at 11.15am. The adjudicating team comprises Paul Andrews, Nigel Boddice MBE, Ryan Breen, Garry Cutt, Michael Fowles and Roger Webster. The pairings for each section will be announced on the day.

Tickets will be available on the day from the Box Office: Adults £12.00 and concessions £7.00.

F: First half draw
S: Second half draw

The Grand Shield:

Test Piece: The Triumph of Time (Prof Peter Graham)

First Prize: £800 and Grand Shield
Second Prize: £600
Third Prize: £400
Fourth Prize: £300

Draws: 9.00am & 12.30pm
Commences: 10.00am

Aldbourne (tbc) (F)
Ashton-under-Lyne (Philip Chalk) (F)
Camborne Town (Kevin Mackenzie) (S)
City of Cardiff (Mellingriffith) (tbc) (F)
East Yorkshire Motor Services (Stig Maersk) (S)
Filton Concert Brass (Tom Davoren) (S)
Friary Guildford (Chris King) (F)
Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths) (S)
Hepworth (Leigh Baker) (F)
Jaguar Land Rover (Dave Lea) (F)
Kirkintilloch (Dr David Thornton) (F)
Milnrow (Mark Bentham) (S)
NASUWT Riverside (Prof Nicholas Childs) (F)
Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Ben Dixon) (F)
Rainford (Gareth Brindle) (S)
Reg Vardy (Russell Gray) (F)
Thoresby Colliery (Ian McElligott) (S)
Tongwynlais Temperance (tbc) (S)
Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke) (S)
Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs) (S)


The Senior Cup:

Test Piece: Diadem of Gold (Bailey arr, Frank Wright)

First Prize: £600 and Belle Vue 100 Guinea Challenge Cup
Second Prize: £400
Third Prize: £300
Fourth Prize: £200

Draws: 9.45am & 1.00pm
Commences: 10.45am

Aveley & Newham (Aveley & Newham) (F)
Blackburn & Darwen (Neil Samuel) (S)
Burry Port Town (Christopher Bond) (S)
Dalmellington (Richard Evans) (S)
Goodwick Brass (Matthew Jenkins) (S)
Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt) (S)
Jackfield (Simon Platford) (F)
Kingdom Brass (Ian Porthouse) (F)
Llwydcoed (Chris Turner) (F)
Lydbrook (Glyn Williams) (S)
Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan) (S)
Northop Silver (John Doyle) (S)
Oldham Band (Lees) (John Collins) (S)
Ratby Co-operative (Mareika Gray) (F)
Skelmanthorpe (tbc) (F)
St Dennis (Darren Hawken) (F)
Staffordshire (tbc) (S)
TCTC Group (Jef Sparkes) (F)
Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) (John Roberts) (F)
Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Russell Gray) (F)


The Senior Trophy:

Test Piece: A Kensington Concerto (Eric Ball)

First Prize: £600 and Senior Trophy
Second Prize: £400
Third Prize: £300
Fourth Prize: £200

Draws: 10.15am & 1.20pm
Commences: 11.15am

BTM (Jeff Hutcherson) (S)
Bon Accord (Stephen Malcolm) (F)
City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey) (F)
Derwent Brass (Keith Leonard) (S)
Downshire Brass (Michael Alcorn) (S)
Drighlington (tbc) (F)
East London Brass (Jayne Murrill) (S)
Ebbw Valley Brass (Gareth Ritter) (S)
Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks) (S)
Fishburn (David Hirst) (F)
Mardsen Silver (Alan Widdop) (F)
Mount Charles (tbc) (F)
Redbridge (Richard Ward) (S)
Roberts Bakery (Paul Lovatt-Cooper) (F)
Roche Brass (tbc) (S)
Shepherd Group (Richard Wilton) (S)
SPAL Sovereign Brass (Trevor Jones) (S)
Tylorstown (Gary Davies) (F)
Unison Kinneil (Colin McKenzie) (F)
Vernon Building Society Poynton (tbc) (F)
Wantage (Paul Holland) (S)


Further information on the British Open can be found at the following link:

http:www.thebritishopen.net/



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