Championship Section Schedule

presents the 

Championship Section Final

National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain 2018


Saturday 6 October

The Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 2AP




TEST PIECE - Handel in the Band (Kenneth Downie)

ADJUDICATORS - Paul Holland | Alan Morrison | Luc Vertommen


Draw - 08:30       

Doors Open - 09:15      

Contest Starts - 10:00



For the purpose of the 2018 Finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, The National Rules in their latest form will apply. These rules can be downloaded from our website (



Brass Band Players for bands based in England, the Scottish Registry for bands based in Scotland and the Welsh Registry for bands based in Wales.

Registration of all players is the responsibility of the band management.



In the event of errata being issued by the publisher or composer, it will appear on our website first. Please only refer to the official errata that appears on our website.



Percussion will once again be supplied by Ev-Entz - please keep referring to our website for details of the percussion supplied, as a list will be published (together with the specification of the instruments) when details become available. Please note: only the percussion instruments provided onstage must be used (bands cannot bring on their own instruments). Bands can however provide their own Side Drum and Stand, and must provide their own sticks and beaters. Percussion & Seating Plans, which will be emailed to all competing bands, are to be submitted at the Draw.



Tickets can only be purchased directly from the Royal Albert Hall Box Office, who can be contacted by visiting or on 0207 589 8212.





The order of play will be decided by a Draw at 08:30 backstage. (Due to ongoing building works, the RAH cannot yet confirm which room will be available for this purpose. This information will be communicated to all competing bands closer to the time).

Access to the Draw can be gained through the Stage Door. Please note only one representative per band will be allowed at the Draw. Every representative is requested to be present five minutes before the Draw is scheduled to take place, and Delegate tickets will be issued at the Draw. Mobile phones are not allowed at the Draw.

Please let the Contest Controller know at the Draw if any of your band members need assistance.



Drop-off point at Kensington Gore.



In order to gain access to the Royal Albert Hall, all players must show their Performers Passes on arrival at Door 1. These passes will be posted out to you in due course (which unfortunately do not allow access to the auditorium). There may be extra security checks as players enter the backstage area, so players will be expected to give their full co-operation to ensure the smooth running of the event.



Dressing room allocation will be displayed on the notice board adjacent to the Green Room. Please ask your band to take note of the officials on the day. Also, please note that only band playing members plus conductor will be allowed backstage.

Neither Kapitol Promotions Ltd or the Royal Albert Hall accepts responsibility for bands' belongings or equipment.



The Kapitol Promotions Stage Management Team and Ev-Entz Percussion Crew will set the stage for your band, using the Plans that your representative submits at the Draw. Please listen to their instructions, as this will help with the efficient running of the event.


The band drawn number one will be required to play the National Anthem (God Save The Queen, No. 61 from "The Extended 120 Hymns for Brass Band").



The outline of the contest day is as follows:

09:30 - Band No. 1 in registration

09:55 - Band No. 1 onstage

09:58 - Band No. 1 performs the UK National Anthem

10:00 - Contest commences

18:20 - Band No. 20 comes offstage

18:40 - Gala Concert

19:20 - Results Ceremony


Time-permitting, there will be a short break for the adjudicators after band number 10. The Results Ceremony will immediately follow the Gala Concert, and the event is estimated to finish at approximately 19:50 - with the Royal Albert Hall to be cleared by 20:20.



This will be undertaken by the Contest Controller and two contest management officials, and may be verified by a band representative appointed at the draw.



A representative from each band is requested to report backstage before the conclusion of the Gala Concert for the Prize Presentation. The stage party will consist of the band representatives, the set test-piece composer, the three adjudicators, a representative from each of the sponsors, a Director from Kapitol Promotions, the Contest Controller, and the Honorary President of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.


The band representatives will be invited onstage for the presentation in alphabetical order. Representatives must be appropriately dressed for the presentation, in smart band-branded clothing.



The results will be announced as follows: 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, Best Instrumentalist and 1st. The contest prizes are detailed below:


BEST INSTRUMENTALIST - Trophy donated by Brass Band World Magazine

THIRD PRIZE - Cheque for £1000.00 & the Denis Wick Trophy

SECOND PRIZE - Cheque for £1500.00 & the NCC Trophy

FIRST PRIZE - Cheque for £2000.00, the Challenge Trophy, the Stanley Boddington Memorial Trophy for winning conductor & pennant


Due to health & safety concerns raised by the Royal Albert Hall last year, there will only be a short time period of 15 minutes for the winning band to have official photographs taken onstage - after which, security staff from the Royal Albert Hall & Kapitol Promotions will ensure that the stage is cleared. In the event of your band winning, please ensure that all band members adhere to the above request.



Adjudications can be collected from the Draw room approximately 15 minutes after the Results Ceremony, on production of the Delegate card issued at the Draw.



Any form of recording a band's performance is not permitted in the Royal Albert Hall, unless approved in writing prior to the contest by the Contest Management. The use of flash photography is also not permitted. World of Sound will be recording each band's performance - please contact World of Sound directly on or 01933 445430 for more information.



If you need any advice regarding these arrangements, or if your band has any players that will require assistance on the day, please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, you can let us know of any problems at the Draw. If you need any assistance on the day, please contact me at my office (backstage, Principal Dressing Room 3) or speak to any Kapitol Promotions or Royal Albert Hall official.


Please visit our website ( for further details and other news about the Regional and National Championships.


Finally on behalf of myself and all at Kapitol Promotions Ltd, may I wish you and your band a very successful weekend, and look forward to meeting you on the day and receiving your comments about the event.


Kind regards,

Philip Morris

Managing Director, Kapitol Promotions Ltd

Contest Controller                                                    

07786 371603

02920 700943 (office hours Mon-Fri 09:30-15:30)