The outstandingly innovative and popular Tubular Brass ensemble, comprising top players from across the instrument disciplines, will give the end-of-contest Gala Concert before the Awards Ceremony at next weekend's Championship Section Final. Attendees of the Finals can experience Tubular Brass as part of their all-day ticket.
Philip Morris, Contest Organiser &...read more
Samantha Harrison, formerly of the successful Elland Silver Band, has been appointed as a fifth member of the Music Panel that selects the test-piece for the British National Finals and Regional Championships.
Announcing the appointment, Philip Morris said: "Samantha is an experienced cornet player and conductor who has worked with bands at...read more
A grand total of 74 brass bands (the best of the best after having qualified from the eight regions earlier in the year) made the trip to Cheltenham to compete at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain on the weekend of the 16th & 17th September 2017.
Proceedings began the...read more
Howard Snell, the composer of the set test-piece "Gallery" for the Championship Section Final of the National Brass Band Championships, has emailed Kapitol Promotions with the second errata of the work. Please see below:
Bar 50 - 2nd & 3rd Cornets slurs missing (as Repiano)
N/A - MOVEMENT NOT TO BE...read more
The Sections 1-4 Finals will be providing live music in the "social hub" of the Racecourse complex for the first time! The saxophone group "Sax for Fun" will be performing on both the Saturday & Sunday afternoons in the Winged Ox Bar (between 3pm-6pm both days), so make sure to head...read more
Are you coming to the Championship Section Final this year? Do you pride yourself in being "tech-savvy"? If so, read on...
We require a Social Media Co-ordinator on contest day at the Royal Albert Hall this year. The role will consist of regular and varied social media updates, showcasing the Championship Section...read more
There are only a couple of exhibition spaces left at the 2017 National Finals (Sections 1-4), held at The Centaur @ Cheltenham Racecourse over the weekend of 16th-17th September. These exhibition spaces are a great way in which to promote your company, with thousands of brass band enthusiasts passing through the...read more
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We are...read more
rooms4groups would like to offer our congratulations the all the Bands that have qualified for the National Finals in Cheltenham and London!
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For the last few years, the National Championships has provided musical entertainment before the Results Ceremonies of Section 2 (Saturday) and Section 3 (Sunday) of the Sections 1-4 Finals at Cheltenham, with ensembles such as The Wallace Collection and Boobs & Brass wowing expectant audiences in the Centaur auditorium.
This year is...read more
The National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain has announced that Geneva Instruments will no longer be sponsoring the contest series.
Philip Morris, Director of Kapitol Promotions stated: "Unfortunately, this year we were unable to come to a sponsorship agreement with Geneva Instruments regarding the Finals of the National Brass Band Championships...read more
The National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain realise the importance of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators' work in promoting and supporting the art of brass band adjudication, including nurturing the next generation of adjudicating talent. Therefore, the "Nationals" has once again agreed for four Trainee Adjudicators to be present...read more
Tickets for the Championship Section Final of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain 2017 go onsale on Friday 19th May, at 10:00am. Please contact the Royal Albert Hall Box Office directly on 0207 589 8212 to purchase tickets, as none are available directly from Kapitol Promotions....read more
NATIONAL FINALS 2017 TEST PIECES
Announcing the music selection for the 2017 National Finals, Philip Morris (Chairman of the Kapitol Promotions Music Panel) commented: "The Music Panel has been careful to select music for each section that it thinks will be challenging, but very enjoyable to rehearse and perform".
Test piece: GALLERY...read more
Section Four - PETITE SUITE DE BALLET (Eric Ball)
Published by R Smith & Co
This composition consists of four ‘miniatures’, simple in construction, yet not without technical demands upon the players. The music is for a ballet which so far exists only in the imagination! Like most ballet, it has a...read more
Section Three - HINEMOA (Gareth Wood)
Published by R Smith & Co
Commissioned by the New Zealand Brass Band Association to commemorate 100 years of contesting in New Zealand. This work was used at the 1980 National Brass Band Championships held in Christchurch, New Zealand, during the Centennial Celebrations. Hinemoa, the beautiful...read more
Section Two - MUSIC OF A LEGACY (Steven Ponsford)
Published by SP&S
This piece pays tribute to the vast heritage of Salvation Army brass band music. Written in one movement, it is rhapsodic in nature and quotes references from just a few of the many iconic pieces from the past, progressing naturally...read more
Section One - TOURNAMENT FOR BRASS (Eric Ball)
Published by R Smith & Co
Eric Ball's work is not descriptive in terms of its title - the "tournament" being within the band itself. The work is split into three movements:
Trios and duets
Solos (Theme and Variations)
This music will set no problems...read more
Championship - GALLERY (Howard Snell)
Published by Rakeway Music
Originally commissioned for the 2015 Scottish Open contest, the title ‘GALLERY’ refers to six pictures - four of them by Scottish artists. Each picture has a movement, in addition to which there is a very short introduction. They are all linked, though there...read more