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 All events are in the UK unless otherwise indicated 
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July 2016

2 July
  • Whiston Festival of Brass - Whiston, Rotherham
  • 3 July
  • Brighouse March & Hymn Tune Contest - Town Hall Square, Brighouse, West Yorkshire. HD6 1EF
  • Harrogate Band - Yorkshire Festival Bandstand Extravaganza - Riverside Bandstand, Wetherby, LS22 6RF, 2.30pm
  • 9 July
  • Durham Miners' Gala - Durham City
  • English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble + Levens Choir - St George's Church, Kendal, 7.30pm
  • 10 July
  • Black Dyke Band - Harrogate Festival - Royal Hall, Harrogate, 7.30pm
  • 12 July
  • Harrogate Band - Great Yorkshire Show, Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
  • 16 July
  • The Durham Hymns - Centenary Choir + Brass Band - Durham Cathedral, Palace Green, Durham, 7.30pm
  • 17 July
  • Sherborne Town Band - Music in the Park - Pageant Gardens, Sherborne, 2.30pm
  • 24-29 July
  • Bolsover Brass Summer School - Heritage High School, Clowne. Participants have a varied week of activities following tutorials and full rehearsals including performing at some of the areas main tourist attractions at Hardwick Hall, Creswell Crags and Renishaw Hall which also includes guided tours of the attractions
  • 24 July
  • Harrogate Band - HappyGate Festival - Valley Gardens, Harrogate, 11am
  • 28-31 July
  •  Historic Brass Society Early Brass Festival - Northfield, Minnesota
  • 30 July - 27 August
  • Dartington International Summer School - Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon
  • 31 July - 6 August
  • 25th International Brass Band Summer School - University of Wales, Singleton Park, Swansea. Tutors: TBC. Details from Alison Childs, P.O. Box 42, Denshaw, Saddleworth, Oldham, OL3 5WQ. Tel: 01457 820138, 07802 771735, email admin@ibbss.com


  • August 2016

    1-5 August
  • The Brass Academy Summer Course - Yehudi Menuhin School, Millfield Lodge, Cobham Road, Cobham, Surrey. For brass players aged 8 - 18. Day and residential places.
  • 6 August
  • Harrogate Band - Royal British Legion - Bramhope Rugby Club, Leeds, LS16 9JR, 7.30pm
  • 7-13 August
  • Brass Band Summer School - Framlingham College, Suffolk.
  • 9-11 August
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - Brass Performer Summer School - RCS, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB. For ages 12 to 17. Course fee: £160.
  • 14 August
  • Sherborne Town Band - Music in the Park - Pageant Gardens, Sherborne, 2.30pm
  • 25 August
  • Band of the King's Division - Open Rehearsal - Blackpool Citadel. Details from 07827 330153


  • September 2016

    3 September
  • SWBBA Exmouth Brass Band Festival - Pavilion & Pavilion Gardens, The Esplanade, Exmouth. Entertainment contest.
  • 9 September
  • Harrogate Band - Proms on the Hill - RAF Menwith Hill, 7pm
  • 10 September
  • 164th British Open Championships - Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA, 10am. Tickets from 0121 200 2000
  • 11 September
  • Hardraw Scar Contest - Green Dragon Inn, Hardraw, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3LZ. A spectacular setting for a contest in the natural amphitheatre by the Hardraw Force waterfall. Entry forms and rules are available from www.yhbba.co.uk
  • 17-18 September
  • National Brass Band Championships Lower Section Finals (Sections 1, 2, 3 and 4) - Cheltenham Racecourse - Centaur Venue
  • 18 September
  • Sherborne Town Band - Music in the Park - Pageant Gardens, Sherborne, 2.30pm
  • 25 September
  • SCABA Own Choice Contest - The Hawth Theatre, Crawley. RH10 6YZ


  • October 2016

    2 October
  • Bolsover Festival of Brass - Heritage High School, Boughton Lane,Clowne, Chesterfield S43 4QG
  • 8 October
  • National Brass Band Championship Finals (Championship Section) - Royal Albert Hall, London, SW7
  • 15 October
  • Harrogate Band - Christian Aid - Holy Trinity Church, Kirkby Road, Ripon, HG4 2EY, 7.30pm
  • 16 October
  • Oxford District BBA Entertainment Contest - Marlborough School (MEC), Shipton Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1LP
  • 21-22 October
  •  Dutch National Brass Band Championships - Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 22-23 October
  • NWABBA Rochdale Brass Band Festival - Rochdale Town Hall
  • 22 October
  • SCABA Quartet & Ensemble Contest - St Paul's Catholic College, Burgess Hill
  • 29 October
  • Wychavon Festival of Brass - De Montfort School, Evesham. Please see website for details of prizes, entry fees and rules. Entries close September 5th 2016


  • November 2016

    5 November
  •  Siddis Brass Contest - Stavanger, Norway
  • South West BBA 70th Annual Championships - Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay
  • 6 November
  • YHBBA Annual Contest - Holmfirth Civic Hall, HD9 3AS. Own choice test piece + hymn
  • 13 November
  • Harrogate Band - Remembrance Service - Harrogate Cenotaph, 10.15am
  • Harrogate Band - Remembrance Service - Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Harrogate, 12.30pm
  • 20 November
  • Brass in Concert Championships - The Sage, Gateshead, NE8 2NR, 9.30am. Tickets from 0191 443 4661
  • Leicestershire Brass Band Association Open Contest - Burleigh College and Garendon High, Loughborough. For details see the website.
  • 26-27 November
  • Scottish Open Brass Band Championships - Perth Concert Hall
  • Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships - Perth Concert Hall
  • 27 November
  • Harrogate Band - Proms at the Swan - Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, 3pm


  • December 2016




    2017

    14-15 January
  • Butlins Mineworkers' Open National Brass Band Festival - Butlins Skyline Resort, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 1NJ.
  • 29 January
  • Brass at the Guild Championships - Guild Hall, Preston. Five sections. See: www.lancashirecontests.com
  • 11-12 March
  • North of England Regional Brass Band Championships - Gala Theatre, Durham, DH1 1WA
  • 30 April
  • SCABA Spring Contest - Five sections including Youth. Own choice test piece and march - Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, Sussex, BN3 4AH.
  • April/May
  •  European Brass Band Championships - Ostende, Belgium
  • 7 May
  • NWABBA Buxton Brass Band Festival - Four sections (4th, 3rd, 2nd, Championship and First combined) - Own choice test piece - Pavilion Gardens, St Johns Road, Buxton, SK17 6XN, 10am-7pm. Entry forms can be dowloaded from the North West Area Brass Band Association website or requested from Shirley Woodward, email: skwnwabba@aol.com
  • 21 May
  • SCABA Entertainment Contest - The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ. Own choice programme.
  • 9 June
  • Whit Friday March Contests - Saddleworth & Tameside, 4pm onwards.


  • 2018

    April/May
  •  European Brass Band Championships - Utrecht, Holland


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