2015 Contest

Results: North of England Brass Band Championships 14th and 15th March 2015

Championship Section:

Test Piece: 'The Torchbearer' - Peter Graham
Sunday 15th March

Adjudicator: Paul Cosh

1. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)*
2. NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)*
3. Fishburn (Joseph Cook)
4. East Yorkshire Motor Services (Alan Morrison)
5. Easington Colliery (Chris Bentham)
6. Felling (Huw Thomas)
7. Shepherd Group (Richard Wilton)
8. York Railway Institute Band (Chris Hirst)
9. Harrogate (Craig Buchan)

*Top 2 bands qualify for National Final

Individual Awards:
Best Soprano: NASUWT Riverside
Best Cornet: Reg Vardy
Best Euphonium: Reg Vardy
Best Trombone: NASUWT Riverside
Best Bass Section: Reg Vardy
Best Percussion: Reg Vardy

First Section:

Test Piece: 'A London Overture' - Philip Sparke
Saturday 14th March

Adjudicator: Paul Cosh

1. Kirkbymoorside Town (John Woodward)*
2. Westoe (Huw Thomas)*
3. Cockerton Prize Silver (Michael Hardman)
4. Ripon City Band (Malcolm Dibb)
5. GT Group Peterlee (Nick Hall)
6. Ashington Colliery Band (D Kendall)

*Top 2 bands qualify for National Final

Individual Awards:

Best Trombone Section: Kirbymoorside Town
Best Bass Section: Kirbymoorside Town
Best Percussion Section: Kirbymoorside Town

Second Section:

Test Piece: 'Variations on Maccabeus' - Kevin Norbury
Sunday 15th March

Adjudicator: Paul Cosh

1. Lockwood Brass (John Roberts)*
2. NASUWT Concert Band (Andrew Hunter)*
3. Durham Miners Association (Stuart Gray)
4. East Riding of Yorkshire Band (Ian Scott)
5. Billingham Silver Band (V. Evans)
6. Ellington Colliery Band (Jonathan Fenwick)
7. Murton Colliery Band (Lee Morris)

*Top 2 bands qualify for National Final

Individual Awards:
Euphonium: Lockwood Brass
Bass: Lockwood Brass
Best Soprano: Durham Miners Association

Third Section:

Test Piece:'Evolution, Five States of Change' - Philip Sparke
Saturday 14th March

Adjudicator: Mike Kilroy

1. Houghton Brass (Tom Gibson)*
2. Dunston Silver Band (Steven Archer)*
3. Ferryhill Town Band (Andrew Hall)
4. North Skelton Band (Dennis Noble)
5. Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes (Steve Askew)
6. Barton Community Band (Gary Oglesby)
7. Trimdon Concert Brass Band (W Harrison)
8. Marske Brass Band (Alun Prest)

*Top 2 bands qualify for National Final

Individual Awards
Cornet: Houghton Brass
Percussion: Dunston Silver

Fourth Section:

Test Piece: 'An English Pastorale'- Dean Jones

Adjudicator: Mike Kilroy

1. Knaresborough Silver (S. Morland)*
2. Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band (Tim Oldroyd)*
3. Backworth Colliery Band (Colin Harris)
4. Craghead Colliery (Jack Dodds)
5. Penrith Town Band (Ian Butterworth)
6. Swinton & District Excelsior (Robin Rutter)
7. Jayess Newbiggin Band (Andrew Griffiths)
8. Spennymoor Town (Jean Davidson)
9. Beverley Town Band (Peter Kench)

Lanchester (Lewis Wilkinson) Disqualified **

*Top 2 bands qualify for National Final

Individual Awards
Best Principal Cornet: Knaresborough Silver
Best Euphonium: Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band


The 2015 Championships will take place in The Gala Theatre, in the heart of the historic city of Durham. The venue is adjacent to many bars and restaurants and close to the heart of the city and historic Cathedral. There are many quality hotels close by and the river wear runs by the venue.

Registration and Entry Information:

Test Pieces:

Section Name of Music  
Championship Symphonic Variations on a Theme by Eric Ball - The Torchbearer Peter Graham
First Section A London Overture Philip Sparke
Second Section Variations of Maccabeus Kevin Norbury
Third Section Evolution—Five States of Change Philip Sparke
Fourth Section An English Pastorale Dean Jones


Timings for the North of England Brass Band Championships 2015

Saturday 14th March 2014

Section one                 Draw 10.30am            start 12midday prompt
Section three               Draw 12.30pm starts 2-00 approx. to follow section 1         

Sunday 15th March 2014

Section two     Draw 8.30am  start 10.00am
Section Four    Draw 12 midday start 1.00pm approx. to follow section 2   
Championship Draw 1.30pm  start 3.00pm approx. to follow section 1

Instructions and Details


Band Entry List

Subject to further alteration

Championships section
Easington Colliery Chris Bentham
East Yorkshire Motor Services Alan Morrison
Felling TBA
Fishburn Joe Cook
Harrogate TBA
NASUWT Riverside David Roberts
Reg Vardy Russell Gray
Shepherd group  Richard Wilton
York Railway Institute Band Chris Hirst


Section One
Ashington Colliery Band D Kendall
Cockerton Prize Silver Michael Hardman
GT Group Peterlee Nick Hall
Kirbymoorside Town John Woodward
Ripon City Band Malcolm Dibb
Westoe  TBC


Section Two
Billingham Silver band V Evans
Durham Miners Association Stuart Gray
East Riding of Yorkshire Band Ian Scott
Ellington Colliery Band J Fenwick
Lockwood Brass John Roberts
Murton Colliery Band Lee Morris
NASUWT Concert Band: Andrew Hunter


Section Three
Barton Community Band Gary Oglesby
Dunston Silver Band Steven Archer
Ferryhill Town Band Andrew Hall
Houghton Brass T Gibson
Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes Paul Murrell
Marske Brass Band A. Prest
North Skelton Band Dennis Noble
Trimdon Concert Brass Band W. Harrison


Section Four
Backworth Colliery Band Colin Harris
Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band Tim Oldroyd
Beverley Brass Peter Kench
Craghead  Jack Dodds
Jayess Newbiggin Band Andrew Griffiths
Knaresborough Silver S Morland
Lanchester Lewis Wilkinson
Penrith Town Band Ian Butterworth
Spennymoor Town Jean Davidson
Swinton and District Excelsior Robin Rutter



The Adjudicators for the North of England Brass Band Championships have been confirmed.

The experienced duo of Paul Cosh and Mike Kilroy will sit in judgement at the contest, held for the first time in the Gala Theatre, in the heart of the City of Durham.

Paul Cosh, first, second and Championship sections
Mike Kilroy, Third and fourth section

Mike Kilroy

Mike began playing the tenor Horn with Delph Band aged 8 progressing to Solo Euphonium five years later. Aged fifteen he joined the legendary CWS Manchester Band and came under the influence of the great conductor and teacher Alex Mortimer. Mike has been principal euphonium of Wingates, Yorkshire Imperial Metals, Leyland DAF, Fairey Band, Grimethorpe Colliery and Brighouse and Rastrick. From 2002 Mike was Principal Euphonium of Desford Colliery Band before taking up the position of Principal Euphonium with YBS now Hammonds Saltaire Band in March 2008 enjoying many successes at Major Contests in the UK and abroad during his playing career.

He has appeared as a guest player and soloist with many of the country's top bands and has been featured as a soloist at Gala Concerts and festivals across the world. He has recorded three solo albums and provided tracks for commercial TV and Radio, including music for Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue's engagement on the Australian Soap 'Neighbours'. Mike has been awarded many solo prizes including the "Outstanding instrumentalist award" at The New Zealand National Brass Band Championship in 1999.

Mike has conducted several bands in Great Britain and abroad and has adjudicated many competitions in Europe and the UK when his busy schedule has allowed.

Having retired from playing in 2009 Mike wishes to continue his lifelong involvement in Brass Bands making a positive contribution to the movement which has been such an important part of his development musically, socially and professionally. He regularly contributes articles and reviews to the Brass band press and endeavours to promote and encourage the participation in and the development of this unique pastime, Brass Banding.


Paul Cosh's playing roots are in Brass Bands. He learnt the cornet at his local Boy's Brigade Band in Sherborne, and when the Sherborne Town Band was formed it was natural for him to join, as his father was the founding chairman. During this time Paul was also a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

Alongside his professional career, as a trumpet player, Paul has always maintained his links with the brass band movement. He has conducted many of Britain's finest bands including, Sun-life, Desford, Flowers, Wingates, Parc and Dare, and Hanwell, winning both the London and Welsh areas.

As a member of ABBA, he is a respected adjudicator and has officiated at the Nationals at the Royal Albert Hall, The British Open, Brass in Concert, the Yorkshire, Welsh and London areas, Siddis in Stavanger and the Belgian Nationals. Paul is delighted to have been invited to adjudicate at the North of England Area Championships.

After studying the trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music, Paul developed a highly successful professional career making regular appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1987 until 2005 he was a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
In the world of popular music Paul worked with many stars, including Elton John, George Michael, The Jam, Bryan Ferry and Diana Ross and played on the soundtracks of many films including Ghandi, Star Wars and Superman 2.

In 1984 Philip Jones appointed him Professor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and on leaving the BBC Symphony Orchestra Paul continued his work there. For many years he was Musical Director of the Guildhall Brass Band and received critical acclaim for performances of much of the contemporary brass band repertoire. Paul is a renowned teacher and clinician with an international reputation and has worked with students and professionals of all brass instruments.