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Band of the Year draw announced

The draw for the BrassPass.tv Band of the Year contest has been revealed.

Stoller Hall
  The contest will take place at The Stoller Hall in Manchester.

The organisers of the inaugural BrassPass.tv UK 'Band of the Year' contest have announced the draw for the event which will be held at The Stoller Hall in Manchester on Saturday 22nd June.

Nine bands will each perform a 30-minute programme of substantive own-choice repertoire that must include a solo item.

The open international adjudication panel will comprise Reid Gilje, Jan De Haan and Tom Brevik, who will decide who will take home with them the newly commissioned trophy plus the first prize of £5,000.

Major works

Major works to be performed include, 'A Lowry Sketchbook', 'Ascension', 'Fraternity', 'Triumph of Time', 'Gallery', 'Resurgam', 'As if a voice were in them', 'Explorers on the Moon' and a new work entitled 'Heroes'. Further programme details will be released in due course.

The organisers told 4BR: "These major works will be included in incredible programmes which will make for a mouthwatering day of contesting.

They added: "We are extremely grateful to Hammonds Band for taking the place at relatively short notice of Whitburn who have unfortunately had to withdraw from the event due to an unavoidable clash of local commitments."

The open international adjudication panel will comprise Reid Gilje, Jan De Haan and Tom Brevik, who will decide who will take home with them the newly commissioned trophy plus the first prize of £5,0004BR

Time place and to view

The contest starts at 10.00am. Following the announcement of the results there will be a Gala Concert featuring Black Dyke and guest soloist David Childs. Tickets for the Gala Concert, which are separate to the main contest tickets, are available at www.stollerhall.com

The contest which is sold out will be available exclusively live on brasspass.tv and then available on catch up.


1. Foden's
2. Flowers
3. Fairey
4. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery
5. Brighouse & Rastrick
6. Hammonds
7. Black Dyke
8. Cory
9. Tredegar

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