News

Welcome to the website of the North of England Brass Band Championships. The website will develop over the coming month into comprehensive guide to the regionals championships to be held in The Dolphin Centre, Darlington on the 14th and 15th of March 2015.

We intend to provide updated news from around the North of England Brass Band movement, so if you have any items that you wish us to consider please get in touch through the website.

10th November 2014

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Alan Martin

It is with great sadness that the Kirkbymoorside band has to announce the death of Alan Martin. After suffering illness over the summer, Alan passed away peacefully during the early hours of Thursday the 16th October. One of its longest serving members Alan has also been an indefatigable administrator for the band. He was a band Trustee and has also been the band secretary for 32 years.
Alan’s love of the brass band began in his home town of Spalding in Lincolnshire when, at the age of 8 the strains of the local brass band attracted his attention. This interest flourished as Alan took up the cornet somewhat to the surprise of Alan’s dad who was a trained musician and highly respected church organist. Alan had always felt that his parents had harboured rather loftier musical ambitions for him but, Alan had got the brass band bug, an interest and pleasure which remained throughout his life.

Alan’s work as a local authority chartered civil engineer brought him and his young family to Pickering in 1974 whereupon Alan introduced himself to Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band. He immediately took up a position as one of the front row cornet team and soon threw himself into the day to day administration of the band.
He also became an enthusiastic and long serving member for the Yorkshire & Humberside Brass Band Committee as well representing bands on the North of England Area Committee. He could often be found on contest days serving as one of the backroom volunteers who are so greatly relied upon on contest days.Alan was a diligent and active member of the regional committee. As minute secretary his invaluable role will be sadly missed. He could be found every contest weekend on duty, backstage keeping order and directing bands to the registration. Alan was one of the longest serving members of the committee and a great friend to the banding movement.

26th October 2014

At The Annual General  Meeting of the  North of England Regional Committee, held on Sunday
26th October 2014, the following Officers were elected:

John Rummell   Chairman
Tony Griffiths    Regional Secretary
Teresa Harris      Treasurer
Jill Johnson         Minute Secretary
Registrar              Mavis Lloyd
Alan Hope           Publicity Officer

Committee members

Alan Tong
Peter Gilby
Tracey Reay
Julie Carmichael

Entry Forms for the 2015 Regional Contest to be held in the Gala Theatre, Durham will be issued very shortly.

All Bands should note that further details of the Contest will appear on the Regional website:
www.noebrassband.org.uk   as they become available.

9th July 2014

All Change in The North of England

The North of England Brass Band Championships 2015 will now take place on Saturday 14th March 2015 ( sections 1 and 3) and Sunday 15th March 2015, (sections 2, 4, and Championship).

The Championships will take place in the fantastic facilities of the Gala Theatre in Durham.

Regional Secretary ,Tony Griffiths said "the Gala offers us a new modern venue with excellent acoustics and fantastic facilities for bands and the general public. We hope that our event will flourish and become a popular destination event

"Listening to bands concerns we have been very actively working to secure alternative suitable venue that will take the regional contest forward in the 21st century. After much negotiation with various venues across the north of England, I am pleased to announce that the regional Contest will be held in The Gala Theatre, in the heart of the City of Durham. The facilities and acoustics are first class and we look forward to a strong professional working relationship with the management and staff of this venue. "

28th Febuary 2014

Geneva to sponsor the North of England Brass Band Championships

The North of England Brass Band Championships has announced that Geneva Instruments will be the associate sponsor of the regional contest on the 15 and 16th of March, in Darlington. The regional committee are delighted that Geneva have come on board, providing, some much needed sustainability to the regional event.

Regional Secretary Tony Griffiths said, Geneva support is a welcome boost for our contest. We look forward to developing a strong professional relationship with Geneva” Banding in the North of England remains strong. Our future development and sustainability is under scrutiny, and backing from companies such as Geneva is a welcome boost.

“Support from such a major international company enables us to look forward, with some confidence, both in the North of England and within the family of the National Brass Band Championships.”

Tim Oldroyd of Geneva said I am delighted that we are able to work with Tony and the team. The North of England Brass Band Championships is my local contest and I have enjoyed some special moments. Being associated will without doubt create interest in our instruments and I look forward to welcoming friends to our trade stand”

The whole team in the North of England offer a warm welcome to friends old and new on Saturday the 15th and Sunday 16th

24th Febuary 2014

Changes to Town Hall Parking

For more information please visit

http://www.darlington.gov.uk/dar_public/documents/_Place/PolicyRegeneration/Car_Park_Information_Leaflet.pdf or http://www.darlington.gov.uk/Transport/carparking/carparking.htm

17th Febuary 2014

PRS will take action on illegal recordings

The PRS for Music has informed 4BR that it is aware of the growing problem of illegal brass band recordings - and will be taking action. The Performing Rights Society for Music has informed 4BR that they will take action against any individual who uses social media platforms to illegally broadcast brass band performances.

Read Full Article here

1st Febuary 2014

Chaucer’s Tune Errata - Section 2

Bar 7 : All crotchets should have staccato dots and accents
Bar 9: as above all crotchets should have staccato dots and accents
Bar before '2' - BBb Bass 2nd crotchet G natural
5 bars before ‘5’ – 2nd Cornet should be pp
4 and 3 bars before '5' - Baritone parts pp then cresc as band.
2nd bar of '6' - 3rd cornet & troms. accent on F’s as cornets.
'9' - sop & rep muted from ‘take mute’ to ‘Mute out’ mark before 10.
7th bar of '19' – trombones 'f' . – as on score.
5 before '25' - dynamic for the horns, Horns mf - cresc. begins a bar later at 25-3 for both Horns and Trombones.
4 before '27' – 2nd & 3rd cornets - f sub.
2 before '32' - These are semitone trills, Eb Soprano Cornet should play (written) F-Gb trill and the 1st Reps Bb-Cb
'37' - Euph should be 'mf'.
'44' - Fluge, & horn parts 'f'
'46' - Troms - straight mute 46 to bar before 47.
'46' - baritones dynamic p 2nd beat & on.
'53' - the quavers (bars 2/4/6/8) slurred.

28th th January 2014

Regional Test Piece Section Four: 2014

Three Spanish Impressions    A. Fernie        published  Obrasso-Verlag.
The following list of Errata has been issued, with apologies, by the composer and publisher of this work.    This list supersedes previous lists.

First movement ;
Page 1 - bars 1/2 and 5/6 - 2nd and 3rd cornets, Solo and 1st Horn - tied over bar-line
               bar 3 - Baritones - Cantabile (as Euph.)
Page 2 - bars 12/13 - Solo and 1st Horn - tied over bar-line
bars 13/14 - Solo and 1st Horn - phrased as 2nd /3rd cornets
             bar 15 - Solo Horn - first 2 notes tied
Page 3 - bar 21 - Baritones - forte
Page 6 - bar 46 - Horns 1 and 2 - mezzo piano
             bars 50-51 - 2nd cornet - last note in bar 50, A, tied over bar-line
               3rd cornet - last note in bar 50, F, tied over bar-line
                                 Horns 1 and 2 - tied over bar-line

Second Movement:
Page 8 -   bar 16 - Euph. and Basses - diminuendo
Page 9 -   bar 23 - Solo Cornet, lower part, first note G, not F#
Page 10 - bar 33 - Btrb./Timpani - mezzo forte
            bars 34 and 38 - Soprano, Solo Cornet, Baritone 1 and  Euph. - 1st note tenuto
P.11     - ** bars 44   Repiano Cornet    3rd beat should be quavers A♮  B♮  as per S.C.
**bar 45    Repiano Cornet   first crotchet C ♮, then A♮ & A♮ as written.
Page 12 - bar 56 - Trombone 2 - cresc. and dim, as Trombone 1. Bass trom. - mp, no cresc. & dim.
bar 58 - all the horns' last note should be F#
Page 14 - bar 72 - Timpani - piano
Page 15 - bar 90 - Soprano - straight mute in
Page 16 - bar 99 - Sop./Rep/ 2nd and 3rd cornets - mutes out for start  of third movement.
All the single C glockenspiel strokes bars 4,6,8,10, 12, 67, 69, 71, 73, 75 and 77 should have a beam off them as in bar 2 of this movement.

Third Movement;
Page 18 - bar 13 - Soprano - mezzo forte
bars 13/14 euph  F Natural as S.C.
               bar 18 - Percussion 2 - quaver on beat 1 (castanets)
               bar 19 - Percussion 3 - triangle, mezzo forte
Page 20 - bar 35 - Horns and Baritones - mezzo forte
Page 21 - bar 46 - Percussion 2 - as bar 18 (castanets)
Page 23 –bar 65 - Eb Bass, last beat, 1st quaver should be a B (not an A)  
bar 69 - Timpani - tacet
Page 24 - bar 71 - Timpani – tacet         **Bars 71 & 73 Cnts/ Troms crotchets: 2nd beat -  staccato
Page 25 - bar 89 -  Solo Cornets – tutti
Page 27 - bar 105  Solo cornets & repiano should be piano (p) -
Page 27 - bar 109 - Basses - first note tacet
Bar 110 – Bass trom. F minim not G.
Page 30 - bar 138 - 2nd Horn - rhythm same as Baritone 2 (dotted crotchet, three quavers)
Page 31 - bar 148 - 1st Trombone - rhythm same as all horns, baritones and other trombones
Page 32 - bar 158 - 1st Horn - last note A
Page 33 - bar 165 - 2nd Horn - rhythm same as rest of horn section.

Obrasso-Verlag
In the light of the recent problems caused to Section Four bands with this work, as an act of good faith the publishers make the following offer to all Section Four competing bands:
Obrasso-Verlag offer to send, free of charge, to all Bands participating at the 2014 Section Four Regional Contests, one Brass Band piece published by Obrasso-Verlag, including postage to their home address.

 Bands will be requested to supply direct to Obrasso-Verlag the following details before March 31st 2014:
-  orders by e-mail / fax / or by Obrasso's website directly to Obrasso.
-  full Band Name, Band Secretary or Band Manager responsible and full home address & title of work chosen.
Orders via UK resellers can not be considered.
This offer closes March 31st 2014.
Alan Hope
Secretary, Kapitol Music Selection Panel.   28th January 2014.

14th January 2014

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 returns to the North of England to take charge of the 3rd and 1st section. “Regional Secretary Tony Griffiths said “We look forward to a warm Northern welcome to David and Kevin. Both are well respected friends of the regional banding scene.” The level of support from bands in the region has been excellent for the contest this year. We thank bands who have entered and remind the few still to enter to send their entries by the 31st of January.

Regional Test Piece Section Four: 2014


Three Spanish Impressions    A. Fernie   published  Obrasso-Verlag.

The following list of Errata has been issued, with apologies, by the composer of this work:

First movement ;

Page 1 - bars 1/2 and 5/6 - 2nd and 3rd cornets, Solo and 1st Horn - tied over bar-line
bar 3 - Baritones - Cantabile (as Euph.)

Page 2 - bars 12/13 - Solo and 1st Horn - tied over bar-line
bars 13/14 - Solo and 1st Horn - phrased as 2nd /3rd cornets
bar 15 - Solo Horn - first 2 notes tied
Page 3 - bar 21 - Baritones - forte
Page 6 - bar 46 - Horns 1 and 2 - mezzo piano
bars 50-51 - 2nd cornet - last note in bar 50, A, tied over bar-line
3rd cornet - last note in bar 50, F, tied over bar-line
Horns 1 and 2 - tied over bar-line

Second Movement;

Page 8 -   bar 16 - Euph. and Basses - diminuendo
Page 9 -   bar 23 - Solo Cornet, lower part, first note G, not F#
Page 10 - bar 33 - Btrb./Timpani - mezzo forte
bars 34 and 38 - Soprano, Solo Cornet, Baritone 1 and  Euph. - 1st note tenuto
Page 12 - bar 56 - Trombone 2 - cresc. and dim, as Trombone 1. Bass trom. - mp, no cresc. & dim.
Page 14 - bar 72 - Timpani - piano
Page 15 - bar 90 - Soprano - straight mute in
Page 16 - bar 99 - Sop./Rep/ 2nd and 3rd cornets - mutes out for start  of third movement.

All the single C glockenspiel strokes bars 4,6,8,10, 12, 67, 69, 71, 73, 75 and 77 should have a beam off them as in bar 2 of this movement.

Third Movement;

Page 18 - bar 13 - Soprano - mezzo forte bars 13/14 euph  F Natural as S.C.
bar 18 - Percussion 2 - quaver on beat 1 (castanets)
bar 19 - Percussion 3 - triangle, mezzo forte
Page 20 - bar 35 - Horns and Baritones - mezzo forte
Page 21 - bar 46 - Percussion 2 - as bar 18 (castanets)
Page 23 - bar 69 - Timpani - tacet
Page 24 - bar 71 - Timpani - tacet
Page 25 - bar 89 -  Solo Cornets - tutti
Page 27 - bar 109 - Basses - first note tacet
Page 30 - bar 138 - 2nd Horn - rhythm same as Baritone 2 (dotted crotchet, three quavers)
Page 31 - bar 148 - 1st Trombone - rhythm same as all horns, baritones and other trombones
Page 32 - bar 158 - 1st Horn - last note A
Page 33 - bar 165 - 2nd Horn - rhythm same as rest of horn section.

 

Addition

Second Movement
Page 12   bar 58 - all the horns' last note should be F#

Third Movement
Page 23   bar 65 - Eb Bass, last beat, 1st quaver should be a B (not an A)
bar 105 - Solo cornets & repiano should be piano (p)
bar 110 - Bass Trombone - F not G!

Alan Hope

Kapitol Music Selection Panel

1st January 2014

Happy New Year! Now the festivities are over the hard work begins and the countdown to the contest continues for us all. Entries for the contest has been very positive up to now, but can I remind you that the closing date for the contest is Friday 31st of January 2014. Pease ensure that you have you entry in in good time so we can finalise time for the weekend. The regional committee look forward to welcoming bands to Darlington on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March 2014.

December 2013

Entry forms have now been posted and followed up with an email to all bands on our grading list. Please complete and return ASAP, but before the closing date of 31st January 2014. If you have not received the form please contact me with your up to date contact details and I will contact you. Any problems get in touch, we can help.