Bolsover Festival of Brass 2023 – Event Details

The Bolsover Festival of Brass contest will take place at a new venue in 2023 — and entries are now open.

Bolsover Festival of Brass takes place on the weekend of the 30th September and 1st October 2023

It has been confirmed that the 2023 Bolsover Festival of Brass contest will he hosted at a new venue later this year.

The popular entertainment contest was held at Shirebrook Academy in Derbyshire in 2022, but with increased interest from bands wishing to take part in the five-section live-streamed event, contest organisers have sought a new venue.

Sports Direct

The 2023 contest will now be held on the weekend of the 30th September & 1st October at the Sports Direct Arena, part of the Sport Direct UK Academy in Shirebrook. The company’s UK training base offers two large halls, excellent catering and logistic facilities and extensive parking.

Contest organiser Carole Crompton commented “We are delighted to be able to be able to host the contest at this new venue and thank the company for their support. Their Shirebrook base offers excellent facilities, including extensive parking.”

Entries are now open for the contest with bands in each section given the opportunity to perform their 20-minute entertainment programmes to a worldwide audience thanks to the support of sponsor Warwick Music Group.

British Open link

The contest also maintains its link to the British Open Championships, with the highest placed qualifying band receiving an invitation to the 2024 British Open Spring Festival.

The 4th, 3rd and 2nd Sections will be staged on Saturday 30th September with the 1st and Championship Section on Sunday 1st October.

Further details

Further details and entry forms can be accessed at:

Report & Results: 2022 Bolsover Festival of Brass – Coutesy – Iwan Fox

Report & Results: 2022 Bolsover Festival of Brass

The titles go to Longridge, Stannington, BD1 Brass, Whitworth Vale & Healey and the Syston Band as a worldwide audience enjoys the brass band entertainment on the weekend in Shirebrook.

Bolsover Festival of Brass
   The Longridge Band claimed the top section title and the invite to the 2023 British Open Spring Festival

Under MD Mark Peacock they took home the £700 first prize plus the trophies as newly crowned champion and ‘People’s Choice’ winners after also topping the on-line viewers vote sponsored by Warwick Music Group.

In addition, their solo cornet player Georgina Moulsdale deservedly claimed the ‘Best Soloist’ award.

Victory also saw the Northwest band secure their spot in the Senior Trophy at the 2023 British Open Spring Festival.

Longridge Buzz

Longridge opened with a choreographed upbeat arrangement of ‘Amazing Grace’ by soprano player John Atkinson, led by Georgina in sparkling fashion. Philip Harper’s ‘Nordic Polska’ and Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s ‘Aureum’ offered stylistic contrast before closing with Andrea Price’s cleverly realised ‘Buzz’ — a homage to the city of Manchester and its youthful musicians.

It certainly left a buzz in the hall as well as with adjudicator Alan Morrison, who felt that it rounded off what he told 4BR was “an intelligently conceived and delivered”programme.

A delighted winning MD also felt that his band had “given everything” after they had earlier performed the set in the First Section — eventually coming fourth. “I thrilled for the band,” he said. “Playing the programme twice in such a short space of time was difficult, but the players were brilliant.”


It was also enough to repel the energised challenge of runner-up Skelmanthorpe.

Martin Heartfield led his Yorkshire band in a set bookended by the vibrancy of ‘Los Hermanos de Bop’ and ‘Nightingale Dances’. Contrast came with the horn solo ‘Autumn Leaves’, ‘Cossack Fire Dance’ and Billy Joel’s tender ‘Lullaby’.

Third place went to Staffordshire as they continued their good form (they claimed a podium finish in the First Section) under guest conductor Leigh Baker.

They utilised the youthful talents of Composer in Residence, Samuel Shelley in a set that featured music that will appear on their forthcoming CD release — from the opening ‘Soaring through the Skies’ to the closing ‘Heroes of Our Time’ in homage to Covid-19 health and service workers.

Entertainment subjectivity

In his pre-results address, adjudicator Alan Morrison gave a precise analysis of the objective as well as subjective nature of ‘own-choice’ entertainment sets, outlining the balance he felt had to be struck between musical ambition and technical reality in picking pieces that showcased strengths rather than desires.

That didn’t stop a wide variety of styles, inspirations and genres being showcased — from Enderby’s space themed set, South Yorkshire Police’s musical optimism programme and Wardle’s ‘Elements’ connection to fill the remaining top-six places, as well as the likes of the Broadway inspired ‘Sweet Charity’ feature of Derwent Brass and Chapeltown Silver’s ‘Stabat Mater’.

To enjoy the action again:

First Section:

With bands able to enter more than one section at the event, there were some testing stamina challenges for those who performed in both the First and Championship contests on the Sunday.

One was the in-form Stannington Band from Yorkshire. Fresh from their National Championship victory in Cheltenham they showed that they had plenty of musical reserves of strength to draw on as they added the Bolsover title with a bank balance boost of £500 with a confident title winning set under MD, Sam Fisher.

Stamina and swagger

Opening with the Beethoven inspired ‘A Fantasy of Joy’, they quickly changed inspirational track with Van Morrison’s classic 1970 pop hit, ‘Moondance’ played with nonchalant bass trombone swagger by ‘Best Soloist’ award winner Matt Doubleday.

The tenderness of Rebecca Lundberg’s arrangement of the hymnal ‘Lord of All Hopefulness’ led into the powerful excitement of ‘Hyperdrive’ by German composer Mathias Wehr to close.

The band had earlier in the day performed the set in the Championship Section (eventually coming joint ninth), before and hour or so later reprising it to claim First Section victory.

Speaking to 4BR at the event before the announcement of the results he said that he wanted to carry on “pushing the ambition” of his players as they now look forward to their Championship Section Area debut next year.

With adjudicator Roger Webster also highlighting the need to perform sets with musical balance as well as realistic ambition, it was York Railway Institute who finished runner-up.


MD David Lancaster led an engaging programme inspired by different tempos of perambulation — from the march of ‘Star & Stripes’ through to a ‘Hallelujah Parade’ to close as they just pipped the admirable consistency of Staffordshire (reprising their top section set) in third.

Behind them, there was much to enjoy with the variety on show, with the top-six places going to Longridge (who later claimed the Championship Section honours), Old Silkstone and Chapeltown Silver.

To enjoy the action again:

Second Section:

Sunday morning’s musical aperitif in the Shirebrook Academy Theatre was provided by a trio of excellent Second Section competitors.

There was no doubting the outstanding quality of the winner of the £300 first prize either, as BD1 Brass made the trip down from Bradford led by Jonathan Bates to provide adjudicator David Hirst and a worldwide audience with a ‘Robin Hood’ storybook programme delivered with considerable presentational as well as musical panache.

Rockin’ Robin

The MD’s arrangement of ‘Agincourt Song’ led into the dramatic ‘Battle for Sherwood Forest’. BBC Young Musician Brass Finalist Phoebe Mallinson was the outstanding ‘Best Soloist’ award winner on ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’ on flugel horn, followed by the euphonium and baritone feature ‘Under the Cover of Night’.

The finale from William Walton’s ‘Henry V’ suite was topped by the exuberance of ‘Rockin’ Robin’ as the titular hero was inspired by the Jackson Five to round off his, and the band’s triumph.


Although BD1 claimed a clear victory, there was a great deal to enjoy from podium finishers Shirebrook Miners Welfare and City of Cambridge.

Shirebrook bookend their confident set with the ‘New Colonial March’ and ‘ET Theme’ as well as works by Rodrigo and Gershwin, whilst City of Cambridge headed to the USA and baseball celebrations of ‘Fanfare for Fenway’ through to Martin Cordner’s ‘Americana’ to close.

To enjoy the action again:

Third Section:

Saturday’s entertainment came from the competitors in the Third and Fourth Section.

A commanding Whitworth Vale & Healey claimed a hat-trick of Third Section Bolsover titles, as under Alan Widdop they delivered a confident set that opened with the funky swagger of ‘Birdland’.


National Children’s Band cornet player Oliver Tattersall played with remarkable maturity to deservedly claim the ‘Best Soloist’ award with a touching rendition of Ben Holling’s popular ‘First Light’. The ‘Rocky’ film classic ”Gonna Fly Now’ was contrasted by Vinter’s ‘Elegy’ from ‘Entertainments’ before they closed with the finale from ‘William Tell’ to pick up the £250 first prize.


Welcome debutants Spennymoor Town made the trip down from the North East to claim second place with a set that included the contest premiere of their opening item ‘Intrada’ written for them by composer Matthew Hunt, whilst their own talented 13 year old cornet player Michael McDonald also give a wonderfully mature performance of ‘First Light’.

Third placed Rode Hall Silver rounded of their set with the big band swing of ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’, whilst there were also solid shows from Ireland Colliery Chesterfield and Bakewell Silver.

To enjoy the action again:

Fourth Section:

The Fourth Section honours went to a delighted Syston Brass as they claimed the £200 first prize under Colin Jones with a variety-box set that had everything from Jamie Texidor to Barbara Streisand and even a flamboyant ‘Sweet Charity’ solo.

The Midlanders opened with ‘Amparita Roca’, followed by Helen Casewll donning a feather boa from her ‘Bag for Life’ for a super flugel rendition of the classic, ‘Big Spender’. A neat detour to the 70’s Sky folk rock of ‘Carillon’ and the thump of ‘All That Jazz’ led into the disco dance ‘Enough is Enough’ ‘Rhythm Explosion’ to close.


It gave them a commanding margin of victory, although each of their rivals also provided excellent entertainment.

They were led by runner-up, Newark Town Band as they showcased both their musical skills (with cornet player Tania Moonsinghe giving a fine rendition of ‘First Light’ to take the ‘Best Soloist’ award) and tap dancing talents (with a cracking ‘Singing in the Rain’ item complete with brollies).

Third place went to Littleborough’s space inspired set ahead of Matlock and Whitwell.

To enjoy the action again:

Worldwide appeal

With the festival once again being sponsored by Warwick Music Group and with a raft of additional sponsorship support from companies and local authorities, the event was once again live broadcast around the banding globe.

With a ‘Viewer’s Choice’ prize and social media interaction, it saw people from as far afield as the USA to New Zealand take the opportunity to enjoy the entertainment of offer over the two days.

A spokesperson for the contest told 4BR: “Our thanks go to all the competing bands and to our group of hard working volunteers and sponsors for their support. We will always endeavour to do what we can do to keep improving the event and welcome feedback as well as offers to assist us in putting a festival on that continues to reach cross the banding world.”

Iwan Fox


Championship Section:

Adjudicator: Alan Morrison

1. Longridge (Mark Peacock): 192
2. Skelmanthorpe (Martin Heartfield): 191
3. Staffordshire (Leigh Baker): 190
4. Enderby (Stephen Phillips): 189
5. South Yorkshire Police (John Davis): 188
6. Wardle Anderson Brass (Brad McCulloch): 187
7. Unite the Union (Jonathan Beatty): 186
8. Brunel Brass (Daniel Hall): 185
9= Derwent Brass (Jack Capstaff): 182*
9= Stannington (Sam Fisher): 182
11. Roberts Bakery Band (Paul Lovatt Cooper): 181
12= Newstead Brass (David Holling): 179*
12= Milton Keynes Brass (Jonathan Mott): 179
14. Chapeltown Silver (Colum O’Shea): 178

*Deducted 1 time penalty point

2023 Spring Festival invitation: Longridge
WMG Audience Viewers Award: Longridge
Most Entertaining Band: Skelmanthorpe
Best Soloist: Georgina Moulsdale (cornet) — Longridge

First Section:

Adjudicator: Roger Webster

1. Stannington (Sam Fisher): 98
2. York Railway Institute (David Lancaster): 96
3. Staffordshire (Leigh Baker): 95
4. Longridge (Mark Peacock): 93
5. Old Silkstone (George Newbould): 92
6. Chapeltown Silver (Colum O’Shea): 91
7. SPAL Sovereign Brass (Alan Gifford): 90
8. Milton Keynes Brass (Jonathan Mott): 89
9. South Yorkshire Police (John Davis): 88
10. Silk Brass (Tony Wyatt): 87
11. Rolls Royce Derby (Graham Cardwell): 86

Most Entertaining Band: York Railway Institute
Best Soloist: Matt Doubleday (bass trombone) — Stannington

Second Section:

Adjudicator: David Hirst

1. BD1 Brass (Jonathan Bates): 88
2. Shirebrook Miners Welfare (Ben Hewlett-Davies): 85
3. City of Cambridge (Philip Fisher): 84

Best Soloist: Phoebe Mallinson (fluge) — BD1 Brass

Third Section:

Adjudicator: Nicholas Garman

1. Whitworth Vale & Healey (Alan Widdop): 88
2. Spennymoor Town Band (Fiona Casewell): 84
3. Rode Hall Silver (Nigel Butler): 82
4. Ireland Colliery (Chesterfield) (Sam Johnston): 80
5. Bakewell Silver (Sarah Fellowes): 78

Best Soloist: Oliver Tattersall (cornet) — Whitworth Vale & Healey

Fourth Section:

Adjudicator: Nicholas Garman

1. Syston Brass (Colin Jones): 87
2. Newark Town Band (Gary Wyatt): 82
3. Littleborough Brass (Ashley Higgins): 80
4. Matlock Band (Chris Banks): 78
5. Whitwell Band (Rob Deakin): 76

Best Soloist: Tania Moonsinghe (cornet) — Newark Town Band

Championship, 1st & 2nd Sections full and taking a reserve list only. Spaces still for 3rd and 4th Section.

The Organiser for Bolsover Festival of Brass (BFOB) is pleased to announce that the Championship, 1st and 2nd Sections for BFOB 2022 are now full and are taking details for waiting lists only for these sections.

Places still available in 3rd and 4th sections.

Bolsover Festival of Brass 2022
Venue – Shirebrook Academy
Common Lane, Shirebrook,
NG20 8QF

Saturday 1st October (Third & Fourth Section)
Sunday 2nd October (First, Second and Championship Section)

Bolsover Festival of Brass has now become independent and the 2022 entry form gives you full details on how and where to pay your entry fees.

We have a brand new website which will be officially launched soon but is operational and you can see and download everything you need from one single place.

Please see Bolsover Festivals Website

Rules and Entry Form below.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Bolsover Festival of Brass – RULES 2022

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Bolsover-Brass-Contest-Entry-Form- 2022

Get your entries in as soon as possible for 3rd and 4th Sections to avoid disappointment.


Bolsover Festival of Brass 2022 – Championship Section full and taking a waiting list – Places still available for other sections



The Organiser’s for Bolsover Festival of Brass (BFOB) are pleased to announce that the Championship Section for BFOB 2022 is now full and is taking details for a waiting list only for this section.

There are a few places left in the 1st and 2nd Sections.

Places still available in 3rd and 4th sections.

Bolsover Festival of Brass 2022
Venue – Shirebrook Academy
Common Lane, Shirebrook,
NG20 8QF

Saturday 1st October (Third & Fourth Section)
Sunday 2nd October (First, Second and Championship Section)

Bolsover Festival of Brass has now become independent and the 2022 entry form gives you full details on how and where to pay your entry fees.

We have a brand new website which will be officially launched soon but is operational and you can see and download everything you need from one single place.

Please see Bolsover Festivals Website

Rules and Entry Form below.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Bolsover Festival of Brass – RULES 2022

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Bolsover-Brass-Contest-Entry-Form- 2022

Get your entries in as soon as possible for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sections to avoid disappointment.


Format for Bolsover Festival of Brass 2022


Bolsover Festival of Brass and 2022 will see changes to make it a safer and improved experience.

Bolsover Festival of Brass 2022
Venue – Shirebrook Academy
Common Lane, Shirebrook,
NG20 8QF

Saturday 1st October (Third & Fourth Section)
Sunday 2nd October (First, Second and Championship Section)

Bolsover Festival of Brass has now become independent and the 2022 entry form gives you full details on how and where to pay your entry fees.

We have a brand new website which will be officially launched soon but is operational and you can see and download everything you need from one single place.

Please see Bolsover Festivals – Bolsover Festivals

Rules and Entry Form below.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Bolsover Festival of Brass – RULES 2022

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Bolsover-Brass-Contest-Entry-Form- 2022

The Bolsover Festival of Brass Championships offers a unique opportunity for bands to reach out to a worldwide audience.

It’s live-streamed broadcast has become a huge hit with competitors and audiences alike, as bands from Fourth to Championships Section levels provide their brand of contesting entertainment across the globe.

With outstanding support from the Warwick Music Group – the creators of the world leading plastic pInstrument range, the 2022 event will take place on the weekend of Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October at Shirebrook Academy in Derbyshire.

There are five sections of competition: Championship, First, Second, Third and Fourth, with all bands performing a 20 minute programme.

With outstanding catering and bar facilities, the event is open to all bands wishing to showcase their musical talents.

New worldwide impact for Bolsover Festival of Brass

The Bolsover Festival of Brass entertainment contest has announced that it has launched a brand new website which they hope will not only further enhance the competition’s worldwide profile, but will make it easier for bands to sign up to take part — including the 2022 event scheduled for October.


The festival has become a popular entertainment showcase for bands of all levels — boosted by its live-stream broadcast around the globe which is now supported by its key partner, Warwick Music Group.


The link to the British Open Championships means that the highest placed qualifying band in the Championship Section gains an invitation to the Spring Festival.

Be part of it

A spokesperson told 4BR: “We’re delighted to launch the new website which gives a real taste of what the event is all about — and how bands can be a part of it.

It’s packed full of information, great images and all the essential requirements about how to enter. The support we have gained from our competing bands has been incredible over the years and we wish to carry on building on the event’s success with them at the core and with the support of sponsors such as Warwick Music Group and others.”

2022 Contest.

The 2022 event will take place at Shirebrook Academy, Common Lane, Shirebrook, Derbyshire NG20 8QF on Saturday 1st October (1st to 4th Sections) and Sunday 2nd October (Championship Section) commencing at 10am running in two halls simultaneously on Saturday 1st October.

There are five sections (Championship, First, Second, Third and Fourth) with competing bands all performing a 20-minute programme of entertaining music with a featured soloist.

Further details

For further details go to:


Report & Results: 2021 Bolsover Festival of Brass

Report & Results: 2021 Bolsover Festival of Brass

Easington Colliery produced a heroic performance to claim the top honours at Bolsover with section titles going to Milton Keynes, Shirland Welfare, Whitworth Vale & Healey and Matlock.

   The top section title was claimed by Easington Colliery

It wasn’t only at the Royal Albert Hall that ‘Heroes’ inspired a band to a well-deserved victory on the weekend.

Less than 24 hours after Foden’s claimed the National title on Bruce Broughton’s filmatic set-work, Easington Colliery secured the Bolsover Festival of Brass accolades with a programme based on a heroic theme.

Led by MD Danny Brooks, who took the Major Peter Parkes Memorial Trophy as the winning conductor, the band also made their way back to the north east with the Wilson Bowden Developments Trophy and the Warwick Music Group Viewers Award in addition to a cheque for £700.

Outstanding stuff

It was a winning performance that certainly left its mark on adjudicator John Doyle, who called it ‘outstanding stuff’ in his written remarks.

‘A band in control and your MD has really considered the acoustic’, he wrote, whilst adding further praise for their ‘Best Soloist Award’ winner James McLeod, who gave a superb performance of ‘Metropolis’, written for him by composer Andrew Stevenson in 2014.

His contribution put the seal on a cleverly conceived set executed with ingrained confidence and polish — right from the opening bars of ‘Summon the Heroes’ by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, via ‘The Incredibles’, the euph solo, ‘Here’s to the Heroes’ from ‘Dances with Wolves’ and the PLC finale, ‘Walking with Heroes’.

Jazz help

Victory further boosts Easington’s collective confidence as they look towards their potential Scottish Open appearance next month, according to Band Manager Peter Lawson, and especially after a year in which the band has worked exceptionally hard to enhance their musical focus thanks to some jazz inspired help.

“We’ve been very fortunate over the last few years for the generosity of Michael Watt, the owner of the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. That has given us such a great foundation from which to build with Danny at the helm.

Michael is the first person who wants to know how we get on and is a huge supporter of the banding movement through the Durham Miners Gala. He won’t mind me saying that he is also a bit of a hero to us all here, so this contest victory was for him.”

High standard

Although the festival suffered with a number of withdrawals, the competitive standard in each section was encouragingly high thanks to the relaxed registration rules and the approach by MDs who opted for programmes with musical variety and inventiveness.

Runner-up Derwent Brass certainly showed that with their ‘Musica de los Muertos’ set arranged by conductor Jack Capstaff.

It brought a new flavour to classic works from Mussorgsky to Saint-Saens via a Dave Brubeck inspired ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ amongst others, as it not surprisingly claimed the Margaret Allsopp Memorial Trophy as ‘Most Entertaining Performance’.

Interesting repertoire

The final podium spot in a contest filled with interesting repertoire, excellent soloists and confident ensembles went to Skelmanthorpe led by Martin Heartfield with a well-worked reprise of the ‘Freedom’ inspired set first used in the UK by Flowers Band at Brass in Concert in 2018.

The final top-six places went to well thought out sets from Roberts Bakery, Staffordshire and Unite the Union.

Just before the results, adjudicator John Doyle gave a witty but telling appraisal of the nine performances heard on the day, pointing out that the bands that managed to control their dynamics, balance and tuning is the lively acoustic managed to enhance their well-chosen programmes further.

“There were lots of great performances,”he said, “but two stand out ones. The winner just had something more — something bit more musical.”

First Section:

With the event allowing bands to compete in more than one section, it was heartening to see a number take the opportunity to test their musical stamina on the day.

Milton Keynes Brass had earlier opened the Championship Section, but returned a few hours later to give a reprise of their ‘Tales & Legends’ set under MD, Jonathan Mott to secure a clear cut First Section victory.

Opening with ‘The Tale of Czar Sultan’ by Rimsky Korsakov, they segued into the classy bass trombone solo ‘Friend Like Me’ played by Martyn Potts, before heading from the Middle East to Scotland for the ‘Lament’ from Peter Meechan’s ‘Macbeth’ which featured an evocative ‘Best Soloist’ contribution from flugel player Dave Lewis.

They rounded off with the exciting colours and rhythms of PLC’s ‘Tale of the Dragon’ to claim the £500 first prize, the ‘Most Entertaining Performance’ and winner’s trophies.

The Langley Band’s neatly packaged ‘Movies’ set — that packed in everything from Tom & Jerry to Dracula under the baton of Cliff Parker, came runner-up, with the Staffordshire Band (who also played in the Championship Section) in third under Craig Williams with their ‘Western’ theme which moved neatly from the opening ‘Silverado’ to the closing ‘Children of Sanchez’ with confidence.

Second Section:

Although there were only three bands in the Second Section, there was much for the audience in the Stubbinwood School Hall, the audience at home enjoying the live-stream coverage and adjudicator Ian Brownbill to enjoy.

The wonderfully conceived ‘Band Holiday’ set inspired by Shirland Welfare’s recent trip to the West Country resorts of Paignton and Torquay saw the Midlanders claim the £300 first prize under MD, Lynden Cooper.

The bold opener ‘On the Quarter Deck’ led into the witty Freddie Mercury fun of ‘Seaside Rendezvous’ before featuring their talented young trombonist Luke Newborough on ‘ti’l all the seas run dry’.

A cracking rendition of the popular sea shanty ‘The Wellerman’ led into the high powered energy of ‘Dance of the Russian Sailors’ to end.

It proved just enough to give them a narrow single point victory over their rivals, Audley Brass, who brought us a timeline set from ‘The Final Countdown’ to ‘Wall of Sound’, whilst third placed Rockingham featured a new commission from Philip Harper called ‘Out of the Ashes’ as well as a fantastic ‘Best Soloist’ award winning performances of ‘Stardust’ by trombonist Daniel Garland.

Third Section:

Whitworth Vale & Healey claimed the Third Section honours and the £250 first prize with an excellent performance under Richard Milton played with confidence from start to finish.

The north west band opened with ‘Starburst’, before showcasing their command of different genres with ‘Don’t Know Him Now’ featuring their excellent ‘Best Soloist’ award winner David Tattersall.

A classic bit of Elgar Howarth and his ‘Hogarth’s Hoedown’ contrasted with Peter Graham’s ‘Meditation from The Triumph of Time’ featuring soloists Rachel Dyson and Gillian Mastyla, before they closed with a great dollop of musical schmaltz and ‘One Voice’ by Barry Manilow.

It was super stuff — as was the bold set from Littleport Brass, who finished just a point behind.

They opened with the up-tempo ‘Valero’ before moving through diverse items such as the ‘Goldcrest’ march and Ben Hollings ‘Lake of Tenderness’ before closing with the finale from ‘Glorifico Aeternum’.

There was also further cause for celebration for the Ratby organisation on a memorable weekend as the ‘Mid Band’ took third place cheered on by supporters (and their MD) who made the trip back from London.

Fourth Section:

There was a great atmosphere to savour in the Fourth Section as the four contenders gave everyone an early morning lift.

In the end it was the Matlock Band led by Chris Banks that claimed the £200 first prize with a cracking set that opened with the exotic sounds of ‘Salsa tres Prado’ before their fine soprano soloist Trevor Milner led the way with ‘Spanish Eyes’.

Tom Davoren’s atmospheric ‘Embers’ showed great contrast before closing with the final section of Jacob de Haan’s ‘Oregon’.

Just a point behind them came an equally confident Golborne Brass (who played in two sections giving two separate programmes) who produced a fun packed ‘Contest Day’ themed set.

It featured the appropriate ‘How do you like your eggs in the morning’ as well as a quite brilliant ‘Me and My Shadow’ song and dance routine led by cornet players Gareth Jones and Mark Blakeson to claim the ‘Best Soloist’ trophy.

Third placed Ilkeston Brass were on fine form with a set that included a special ‘Fanfare for Ilkeston’ written for them by Paul Lovatt Cooper , whilst Loxley Silver also produced plenty of fine playing with a performance that included the Goff Richards favourite ‘Doyen’ and ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ to close.

Broadcast day

Although overall competitive numbers were down for understandable reasons, the event continued to showcase its competitors to the widest possible audience thanks to the livestream broadcast sponsored by Warwick Music Group.

James Parkinson and his colleagues ensured that every performance was beamed across the banding globe with encouraging viewing figures and a great uptake in their interactive ‘Viewers Award’ prize.

And with some great food and catering outlets on site, trade stands and sponsor support, the new venture at Shirebrook Academy School proved to a be a popular new addition to the contesting calendar.

Iwan Fox

Championship Section:

Adjudicator: John Doyle

1. Easington Colliery (Daniel Brooks) — 97
2. Derwent Brass (Jack Capstaff) — 96
3. Skelmanthorpe Band (Martin Heartfield) — 94
4. Roberts Bakery (Paul Lovatt-Cooper) — 93
5. Staffordshire Band (Craig Williams) — 92
6. Unite the Union (Jon Davis) — 91
7. Milton Keynes Brass (Jonathan Mott) — 89
8. Newstead Band (Jim Davies) — 88
9. Harrogate (Andrew Baker) — 87

Best Instrumentalist: James McLeod (euphonium) — Easington Colliery

Most Entertaining Band: Derwent Brass
Warwick Music Viewers Vote Award: Easington Colliery

First Section:

Adjudicator: Ian Brownbill

1. Milton Keynes Brass (Jonathan Mott) — 93
2. Langley Band (Cliff Parker) — 90
3. Staffordshire Band (Craig Williams) — 89
4. Strata Brass (Alex Webb) — 88
5. Rolls Royce Derby (Graham Cardwell) — 86

Best Instrumentalist: flugel horn — (Milton Keynes)

Second Section:

Adjudicator: Andrea Price

1. Shirland Welfare Band (Lynden Cooper) — 87
2. Audley Brass (Tom Hancock) — 86
3. Rockingham (Adam Whittle) — 85

Best Instrumentalist: Daniel Garland (trombone) — Rockingham

Third Section:

Adjudicator: Andrea Price

1. Whitworth Vale & Healey (Richard Milton) — 87
2. Littleport Brass (Ian Knapton) — 86
3. Ratby Mid Band (Garry Perrin) — 80
4. Golborne Brass (Joshua Hughes) — 78
5. Ireland Colliery (Richard Windle) — 75
6. Cubbington Brass (Kieron Howe) — 70

Best Instrumentalist: David Tattersall (cornet) — Whitworth Vale & Healey

Fourth Section:

Adjudicator: Andrea Price

1. Matlock Band (Chris Banks) — 74
2. Golborne Brass (Joshua Hughes) — 73
3. Ilkeston Brass (Geoff Hawley) — 69
4. Loxley Silver (Thomas Mercer) — 60

Best Soloist: Gareth Jones & Mark Blakeson (Golborne Band)