2016 Contest

Results: North of England Brass Band Championships 12th and 13th March 2016

Championship Section:

Test Piece: Cambridge Variations (Philip Sparke)

Adjudicator: Mark Wilkinson

1. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)*
2. EYMS (Stig Maersk)*
3. NASUWT Riverside (John Berryman)
4. Fishburn (Joe Cook)
5. Easington Colliery (Chris Bentham)
6. York Railway Institute (Chris Hirst)
7. Shepherd Building Group (Richard Wilton)
8. Kirkbymoorside (John Woodward)

Best Soprano: EYMS)
Best Cornet: Philip Tait (Reg Vardy))
Best Euphonium: EYMS)
Best Trombone: NASUWT Riverside)
Best Bass Section: Reg Vardy)
Best Percussion Section: Easington Colliery

*Top two bands qualify bands for National Final

First Section:

Test Piece: Essay (Edward Gregson)

Adjudicator: Alan Morrison

1. Lockwood (John Roberts)*
2. Ripon City (Martin Hall)*
3. Harrogate (David Smith)
4. Westoe (Lee Morris)
5. GT Group Peterlee (Ian Langthorne)
6. Cockerton Silver (Michael Hardman)

Best Trombone: Lockwood Brass
Best Bass Section: Lockwood Brass
Best Percussion Section: Lockwood Brass

*Top two bands qualify bands for National Final

Second Section:

Test Piece: The Mermaid of Zennor (Philip Harper)

Adjudicators: Alan Morrison

1. Dunston Silver (Aidan Hodgson)*
2. Houghton Brass (Tom Gibson)*
3. Ashington Colliery (David Kendall)
4. East Riding of Yorkshire (Garry Hallas)
5. Durham Miners Association (Stuart Gray)
6. NASUWT Concert (Andrew Hunter)
7. Ellington Colliery (Jonathan Fenwick)
8. Billingham Silver (Vaughan Evans)

Best Euphonium: NASUWT Concert Bass Section: Dunston Silver Best Soprano: Ashington Colliery

*Top two bands qualify bands for National Final

Third Section:

Test Piece: A Cambrian Suite (Michael Ball)

Adjudicator: Mark Wilkinson

1. J36 Brass (Andrew Warriner)
2. Bearpark & Esh (Peter Elcoat)
3. North Skelton (George Nicklin)
4. Murton Colliery (Tom Maddison)
5. Marske (Alun Prest)
6. Ferryhill Town (Andrew Hall)
7. Kingsway Cleethorpes (Steve Askew)
8. Barton Community (Gary Oglesby)
9. Backworth Colliery (Colin Harris)
10.Trimdon Concert (Philip Tait)
11. Burneside Brass (Laurie Johnston)

Best Percussion Section: Bearpark & Esh
Best Cornet: John Squires-Evans (J36 Brass)

*Top two bands qualify bands for National Final

Fourth Section:

Test Piece: The Journal of Phileas Fogg (Peter Graham)

Adjudicator: Alan Morrison

1. Jayess Newbiggin (Andrew Griffiths)*
2. Knaresborough Silver (Steve Moreland)*
3. Swinton and District (Robin Rutter)
4. Penrith Town (Mark Wilkinson)
5. Beverley Brass (Peter Kench)
6. Spennymoor Town (Neil Davies)
7. Craghead Colliery (Jack Dodds)
8. Lanchester (Steve Robson)

Best Soprano Cornet: Craghead Colliery
Best Euphonium: Lanchester

Adjudicator's Commendation: Basses (Jayess Newbiggin)

*Top two bands qualify bands for National Final

Previous Details

The North of England Brass Band Championships will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 2016. Once again the championships will take place in the Gala theatre in the heart of the city of Durham.

The Address of the venue is:

The Gala Theatre
1 Millennium Place

The contest will host up to 42 brass bands from all over the North of England who compete in five sections, Championship, First, Second, Third and fourth over the weekend. Each band performs a test piece hoping to win the honour of representing the North of England in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

Order of Contest

Timings for the North of England Brass Band Championships 2016

Saturday 12th March 2016
Section Four Draw 10.30am start 12 midday prompt
Section One Draw 12.45pm starts 3-00 approx. to follow section 4

Sunday 13th March 2016.
Section Three Draw 8.30am start 10.00am
Section Two Draw 12 midday start 1.00pm approx. to follow section 2
Championship Draw 1.30pm start 3.00pm approx. to follow section 1

Percussion Layouts - all sections

Percussions layouts for Championship, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th sections can be downloaded here along with a a full list of percussion. A stage plan template for subission on the day of the contest is available to download.


The Adjudicators for the North of England Brass Band Championships have been confirmed. The experienced duo of Mark Wilkinson and Alan Morrison will sit in judgement at the contest, in the Gala Theatre, in the heart of the City of Durham.

Instructions for Bands arriving and departing The Gala Theatre

The Gala Theatre is a purpose built music and performance venue. We hope all bands will have the best possible performance experience. We ask for your cooperation with the instructions below to ensure the smooth running of the event.

      1. Bands arrive and proceed, with their instruments to the second floor studio one at the front of the building. There are lifts for those who need them. Each band will ‘set down’ in a designated area of the studio and will be met by a member of the contest team. He or she will be identified by an official badge and they will make themselves known to you. Please make sure all your instruments and belongings are within the area provided.
      Registration will take place at the far end of studio one
      2. According to the draw, your band will be taken from the studio ready for your performance to the second studio on the same level. The room is adjacent to the auditorium. Please note that this is not a full rehearsal facility and therefore we will not provide stands etc. It is intended as a ‘warm up’ facility. The technical people at the Gala will not give me a categorical guarantee that sound will not carry into the auditorium, so we reserve the right to suspend this facility at any point . After a short time, you will be escorted down to the performance level where you will be held in, (dressing room 4) prior to your stage performance. Lift facilities are available if needed.
      3. On conclusion of the band before, you will be invited to take the stage and perform. Percussion and stage set up will take place before you band takes the stage
      4. On conclusion of your performance you will be escorted from the stage back to the studio on the 2nd floor. Disabled performers will be directed back through to the back stage lift as there is level access from the stage. Once you have returned to the studio we ask that you vacate your area and remove your instruments as soon as possible.

All areas will be clearly marked and your designated official will answer any issues you may have during this process. We hope that these instructions will minimize any problems and make the transition to the new venue a positive experience.

Venue and "On the Day" Information

Public access to the main hall is via the main entrance on the main concourse, millennium place. Parking is available near the Gala on the riverside. There may be a charge for this. You can access lifts through the NCP multi story adjacent to the premier inn, direct to the level required for the Gala Theatre.

Coach parking is available on the riverside car parks. Claypath, the street adjacent to the Gala is closed to through traffic although you may be able to drop off with your coach

The Draws will be held in the control room which is situated on the upper level adjacent to the studio. Entry to the draw will need a delegate pass. One pass per band will be provided via post later.

All bands will be given wrist bands, (30 free per band) and can be collected from the control room on the day. This will give bandsmen in uniform access into the theatre on the day that they contest. This arrangement will be strictly enforced

A List of percussion will be provided prior to the contest. Bands will be able to view percussion on stage during the adjudicator change over as per usual. Timpani will be fixed between the trombones and basses, but a degree of flexibility will be given for other instruments, within reason, to suit the number of percussionist bands are using. Please note the four minute rule will be enforced. Please bring to the draw your stage and percussion plans.

A warm up facility is provided Please note that this will not be a full rehearsal facility. The contest management reserves the right to suspend this at any point over the weekend.

All results will follow each section, and remarks will be available in the control room 20 minutes after their announcement. A delegate pass will be needed to collect remarks

An issue has come to light with the legality of any recording, (audio or video) made at the championships, and then broadcast on the internet via individual band web sites. Please respect our request not to take photographs or record performances. We will not be held responsible for any possible actions taken with bands on this issue

North of England 2016 Band Entry list

Championship Section

Band Conductor
Easington Colliery C Bentham
Fishburn J Cook
Kirkbymoorside J Woodward
NASUWT Riverside J Berryman
Reg Vardy R Gray
Shepherd BG R Wilton
York Railway Institute Band C Hirst

8 bands Entered

Section One

Band Conductor
Cockerton Silver Band M Hardman
GT Group Peterlee I Langthorne
Harrogate TBC
Lockwood J Roberts
Ripon City M Hall
Westoe L Morris

6 bands Entered

Section Two

Band Conductor
Ashington Colliery D Kendall
Billingham Silver V Evans
Durham Miners Association S Gray
Dunston Silver Band A Hodges
East Riding of Yorkshire Band TBC
Ellington Colliery Band J Fenwick
Houghton Brass T Gibson
NASUWT Concert Band A Hunter

8 bands Entered

Section Three

Band Conductor
Backworth Colliery Band C Harris
Barton Community Band G Oglesby
Bearpark and Esh P Elcoat
Burneside Brass L Johnston
Ferryhill Town Band A Hall
J36 Brass A Warriner
Kingsway Cleethorpes S Askew
Marske A Prest
Murton Colliery Band T Maddison
North Skelton G Nicklin
Trimdon Concert P Tait

11 bands Entered

Section Four

Band Conductor
Beverley Brass P Kench
Craghead Colliery Band J Dodds
Jayess Newbiggin Band A. Griffiths
Knaresborough Silver S Moorland
Lanchester S Robson
Penrith Town M Wilkinson
Spennymoor Town N Davies
Swinton & District R Rutter

8 bands Entered

Total Bands: 42