Adjudicators for 2014

The importance of the Yorkshire Brass Band Championship is acknowledged by the committee in their use of two adjudicators for each section. The adjudicators sit in the same adjudication 'box' and agree the results before handing them to the scrutineers on stage. More details about many of our adjudicators and other useful adjudication resources, including performance assessment criteria, are available from the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators. The adjudicators for the 2013 contest are:

Championship Section

David Read and Stephen Roberts

David Read is one the country's most experienced and respected adjudicators, officiating at every major contest including over 50 appearances adjudicating at the National Finals, the British Open, and the All England Masters. In 1983 he was honoured by the Worshipful Company of Musicians who presented him with the Iles Medal in recognition of his outstanding services to Brass Bands, and in 1996 he received the English Masters Dedicated Service Award. For twenty years Stephen Roberts was hornist with the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, giving over two thousand concert and broadcasts in more than sixty countries. His successful performing career has always been mirrored by his composing, conducting and teaching activities. He is Associate Conductor and Composer in Residence of the English Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Orchestration & Arranging at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall. Stephen has adjudiated widely including at the British Open and National Finals.

David Read Stephen Roberts

First Section

Mike Kilroy and David Read

David Read also adjudicates the First Section of the Yorkkshire Championships. David moved to Yorkshire at an early age and commenced his playing career as a cornet player with the Askern Colliery Band, South Yorkshire, eventually joining the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band. He was the Champion Cornet Player of Great Britain three times and once outright Solo Champion. David was a member of the famous G.U.S. (Footwear) Quartet which achieved the hat trick of wins in the Great Britain Championship. Mike Kilroy began playing the tenor horn with Delph Band aged 8 progressing to Solo Euphonium five years later. Aged fifteen he joined the legendary CWS Manchester Band and came under the influence of the great conductor and teacher Alex Mortimer. Mike has held the principal euphonium seat of many of the country's finest bands including the famous Yorkshire names of Yorkshire Imperial Metals, Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse and Rastrick and YBS enjoying many successes at Major Contests in the UK and abroad during his playing career.

Mike Kilroy David Read

Second Section

David Horsfield and Dennis Wilby

David Horsfield has figured in every facet of the brass band movement for over fifty years; player, band trainer, adjudicator and music publisher. He is the youngest principal cornetist ever to wear the purple and gold uniform of the Brighouse and Rastrick Band at the age of sixteen and also played with Black Dyke for 7 years.To crown his musical career, he was a member of the famous Kings of Brass which was formed in 1995 and played its last memorable concert in 2001. Dennis Wilby was born in Horbury, West Yorkshire. He commenced playing the cornet at the age of seven, later becoming a professional trumpet player. During his 10 years with the BBC in Belfast, he was a member of the City of Belfast Symphony Orchestra, Grand Opera Society of Northern Ireland and a tutor at the Belfast School of Music. As an adjudicator, he has been in regular demand in Norway, Belgium, France, Ireland, throughout the UK and has officiated at all the Regional Championships and the National Finals.

David Horsfield Dennis Wilby

Third Section

Alan Morrison and Stan Lippeatt

Having served several top class brass bands, including Grimethorpe Colliery and Brighouse and Rastrick, as Principal Cornet in a playing career that spanned over 40 years, Alan Morrison now concentrates more on conducting brass bands. He has been Musical Director to the Brighouse & Rastrick Band and currently directs the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band from Hull as well as being Professional Musical Advisor to several other organisations. Stan Lippeat played Flugel Horn with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band for many years. A distinguished playing career brought many successes but Stan's proudest moment was performing the world premier of John Golland's Flugel Horn Concerto. As an adjudicator Stan has officiated at the National and Regional Championships, Belgium National Championships, Pontin's National Championships, Scottish Open and many other Brass Band contests throughout the UK.

Alan Morrison Stan Lippeatt

Fourth Section

Anne Crookston and Alan Morrison

Anne Crookston's brass banding career began with Newmains Band in Lanarkshire in 1979. She moved to CWS (Glasgow) Band in 1986 and success followed shortly, when the band became the first Scottish band to lift the National Championship title at the Royal Albert Hall in 1990. She moved to Whitburn Band in 1992 and remained the band's solo baritone until October 2010, when she left to pursue a career in conducting. Following a short spell conducting Kingdom Brass, Anne was appointed Musical Director of Whitburn Band in July 2011. For the past two years Anne has been invited to participate on the jury panel at the SIDDIS entertainment contest in Stavanger, Norway. Anne is joined in the box by Alan Morrison who also adjudicates in this section. In addition to his conducting work, Alan is an experienced music examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He also visits educational establishments giving recitals, masterclasses and external examining, and has adjudicated brass band contests at all levels at home and abroad, including the National Championships of Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, the US Open and European Championships.

Anne Crookston Alan Morrison