2014 Contest


Championship Section: First Section:

Test Piece: 'St Magnus' - Kenneth Downie
Adjudicator: David Hirst
1. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)*
2. East Yorkshire Motor Services (Alan Morrison)*
3. Felling (Stephen Malcolm)
4. NASUWT Riverside (Ray Farr)
5. Fishburn (Allan Ramsay)
6. Shepherd Group (Richard Wilton)
7. Easington Colliery (Phil Rosier)
8. Harrogate (Craig Ratcliffe)

Soprano: Reg Vardy
Cornet: Reg Vardy
Euphonium: Reg Vardy
Trombone: EYMS
Bass Section: NASUWT Riverside
Percussion Section: Reg Vardy

*Top 2 Qualify for National Final

Test Piece: 'Cry of the Mountain' - Howard Lorriman
Adjudicator: Kevin Wadsworth
1. York Railway Institute (Chris Hirst)*
2. Kirbymoorside Town (John Woodward)*
3. GT Group Peterlee (Joe Cook)
4. South Milford Brass (David Smith)
5. Cockerton Prize Silver (G Nicklin)
6. Ashington Colliery (David Kendall)

Basses: Kirbymoorside Town
Percussion: York Railway Institute
Trombone: York Railway Institute

*Top 2 Qualify for National Final 


Second Section: Third Section:

Test Piece: 'Chaucer's Tunes' - Dr Michael Ball
Adjudicator: David Hirst

1. Lockwood Brass (John Roberts)*
2. Ripon City (Malcolm Dibb)*
3. NASUWT Concert (Brian Tait)
4. Durham Miners Association
5. Murton Colliery (Lee Morris)
6. Billingham Silver (Vaughan Evans)

Euphonium: Lockwood Brass
Bass: Lockwood Brass
Soprano: Lockwood Brass

*Top 2 Qualify for National Final

Test Piece: 'Partita for Band' (Postcards from Home) - Professor Philip Wilby
Adjudicator: Kevin Wadsworth

1. East Riding of Yorkshire (Ian Scott)*
2. Ellington Colliery (Jonathan Fenwick)*
3. Houghton Brass (Tom Gibson)
4. Marske Brass (Alun Prest)
5. Ferryhill Town (Andrew Hall)
6. Trimdon Concert Brass (W Harrison)
7. Dunston Silver (Steven Archer)
8. Backworth Colliery (Colin Harris)
9. Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes (Paul Murrell)

Percussion: East Riding of Yorkshire
Cornet: Ellington Colliery

*Top 2 Qualify for National Final 


Fourth Section:

Sunday 16th March
Test Piece: 'Three Spanish Impressions for Brass Band' - Alan Fernie
Adjudicator: David Hirst

1. North Skelton (Dennis Noble)*
2. Swinton and District Excelsior (Robin Rutter)*
3. Bearpark and Esh Colliery (Tim Oldroyd)
4. Barton Community (Garry Oglesby)
5. Burneside Brass (Laurie Johnson)
6. Jayess Newbiggin (A. Griffiths)
7. Penrith Town (Ian Butterworth)
8. Craghead (Andy Hunter)
9. Skipton Brass (Adrian Lowes)
10. Knaresborough Silver (Steve Morland)

rincipal Cornet: North Skelton
Euphonium: Burneside Brass

*Top 2 Qualify for National Final


On Saturday the 15th of March, Our Contest will open with the 3rd Section and conclude with the 2nd Section Bands. We will confirm the start time but we anticipate it will be around midday. This will depend on entries.

On Sunday the 16th of March, Our contest will continue with the 4th section. The 1st section will follow and the Championships will conclude with the Championship Section.

List of Bands:

Championship Section: First Section:

Sunday 16th March
Draw 1.30pm
Commence after First Section results
Adjudicator: David Hirst

Easington Colliery (Phil Rosier)
East Yorkshire Motor Services (Alan Morrison)
Fishburn (Allan Ramsay)
Felling (Stephen Malcolm)
Harrogate (Craig Ratcliffe)
NASUWT Riverside (Ray Farr)
Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)
Shepherd Group (Richard Wilson)

Sunday 16th March
Draw 12 noon
Commence after Fourth Section results
Adjudicator: Kevin Wadsworth

Ashington Colliery (David Kendall)
Cockerton Prize Silver (TBA)
GT Group Peterlee (Joe Cook)
Kirbymoorside Town (John Woodward)
South Milford Brass (David Smith)
York Railway Institute (Chris Hirst)


Second Section: Third Section:

Saturday 15th March
Draw 1.30pm
Commence after Third Section results
Adjudicator: David Hirst

Billingham Silver (Vaughan Evans)
Durham Miners Association (Jason Smith)
Lockwood Brass (John Roberts)
Murton Colliery (Lee Morris)
NASUWT Concert (Brian Tait)
Ripon City (Malcolm Dibb)

Saturday 15th March
Draw 10.30am
Commence 12 noon
Adjudicator: Kevin Wadsworth

Backworth Colliery (Colin Harris)
Dunston Silver (Steven Archer)
East Riding of Yorkshire (Ian Scott)
Ellington Colliery (Jonathan Fenwick)
Ferryhill Town (Andrew Hall)
Houghton Brass (Tom Gibson)
Marske Brass (Alun Prest)
Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes (Paul Murrell)
Trimdon Concert Brass (W Harrison)


Fourth Section:

Sunday 16th March
Draw: 8.30am
Commence 10.00am
Adjudicator: David Hirst

Barton Community (Garry Oglesby)
Bearpark and Esh Colliery (Tim Oldroyd)
Burneside Brass (Laurie Johnson)
Craghead (Andy Hunter)
Jayess Newbiggin (TBA)
Knaresborough Silver (Steve Morland)
North Skelton (Denis Noble)
Penrith Town (Ian Butterworth)
Skipton Brass (Adrian Lowes)
Swinton and District Excelsior (Robin Rutter)

Important Documents:

Documents Downloads
Funding Poster 22.14 Download
Letter to all band with instruction for 2014 contest Download
Percussion plan for section one two three and four 2014 Download
Percussion provided for 2014 contest Download
St Magnus Areas percussion plans for 2014 areas Download
Stage plan document for all sections 2014 Download
Survey pre contest 2014 Download


Our Next Championships will be held in The Dolphin Centre, Darlington. Co Durham on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March 2014.


Test Pieces:

Section Name of Music  
Championship St Magnus Published by SP&S Kenneth Downie
First Section Cry of the Mountain Published by Obrasso Verlag Howard Lorriman
Second Section Chaucer’s Tune Published by Novello Music Publisher Michael Ball
Third Section Partita for band (Postcards from Home) Published by Rosehill Philip Wilby
Fourth Section Three Spanish Impressions for Brass Band Published by Obrasso Verlag Alan fernie



The experienced duo of David Hirst and Kevin Wadsworth have been announced as the adjudicators for the forthcoming North of England Brass Band Championships, to be held in Darlington’s Dolphin Centre on the 15th and 16th of March. David, an experienced conductor and adjudicator at all levels of banding will cast his musical ear on the highly competitive 4th, 2nd and Championship Section.

Kevin Wadsworth

kevinKevin started his playing career on cornet at the age of 6, retired at 7, came out of retirement at 8 and is probably best known for his time as Principal Tenor Horn player for the world famous Black Dyke Mills Band, joining them at the age of 14, becoming its youngest ever player, and in the intervening years secured his reputation as one of the finest horn players of his generation.

Kevin was accepted into the National Youth Brass Band at the age of 12, and was the first recipient of the Pye Records award for the outstanding soloist within that band. He attended King Alfred's College, Winchester from 1970-73 during which time he was a founder member of the City of London Band, and the only member who was not a music student at one of the various London schools of music.

His contest achievements as a player include 7 National Championships and 6 British Open Championships. His final 'National' victory, still playing solo horn, with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, coming 35 years after his first—testament to his enduring excellence as a performer at the highest level of banding.

He has played with such eminent musicians as Andre Previn, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Edward Heath, and has also conducted world famous performers such as Nigel Kennedy and Julian Lloyd Webber. He was principal horn with Kings of Brass throughout their ten year existence and co-presented BBC Radio's G.M.R. Brass for five years.

He has tutored international music schools in UK, Norway and Switzerland whilst his conducting career has proved to be highly successful both in the UK and abroad with numerous contest successes to his name with leading bands.

An executive member of ABBA, the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators - and its Vice Chairman, his adjudication work includes numerous solo and band competitions, with many years at the famous Whit Friday March contests in UK, Pontins, Butlins, Wilkinsons Championships, Brass Factor, Brass in Concert, the Scottish Open Championships, BBL Northern Ireland Championships, UK Regional and National Championship Finals, Swiss & British Solo Championships, English National Championships.

Away from music he is a keen biker with his various motor cycles.

David Hirstdavid hirst

David Hirst began his musical career at the age of ten with the local village band playing cornet: he made rapid progress on the instrument, and, at the age of fourteen was accepted into the Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band on the solo cornet bench.

Two years later David joined the Black Dyke Mills Band on Soprano Cornet, where he had four successful years including wins at the British Open, National and World Championships.

In 1972 David began studying music at the University of Huddersfield, being taught trumpet by Maurice Murphy. A growing interest in Orchestral and Big Band playing led him to being one of the early members of the James Shepherd Versatile Brass.

In 1978 David rejoined the Black Dyke Mills Band on Soprano cornet enjoying further contest success.

By the mid ‘70s he was conducting various village bands before being appointed in 1980 as the Musical Director of the Andrews Heat for Hire Band. After five successful years he then took over as Musical Director at the Lewington Yamaha Band followed by two years as the Resident Conductor at Black Dyke conducting the band during their historic tour of Australia in 1988.

In 1990 David returned to the Yorkshire Imperial Band conducting them at the British Open, All England Masters and as prize-winners at the “Brass in Concert” competition over three successive years.

In 1994 David was invited to join the ‘World Famous’ Brighouse & Rastrick Band as Resident Musical Director, relinquishing this position in 2005 after 11 years. During this period the Band were National Champions (1997 and 1998), European Champions (1998) and All England Masters Champions (1997 and 2001) in addition to Yorkshire Area Champions (1995, 1997 and 2003).

Since leaving B&R David has been guest conductor with Grimethorpe, Faireys and Fodens, and is regularly invited to undertake ‘contest preparation’ workshops with bands of all standards.