Adjudicators for 2015

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 2015 contest are:

Championship Section

Lt. Col. Graham Jones and Nigel Boddice

Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones started his military career as a musician in the Royal Artillery Band where he studied the harp under the world-renowned harpist Maria Kachinska. In 1981 Graham was selected to become a Bandmaster and has directed many of the country's leading milatary bands including being appointed Director of Music, Coldstream Guards. Nigel Boddice was principal trumpet with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for 20 years and currently enjoys a busy schedule of conducting across Europe. He has adjudicated at many of the world's prestigious contests including at National Championships in the UK, Denmark, Norway and New Zealand as well as adjudicating at the European Championships.

Graham Jones Nigel Boddice

First Section

Nigel Boddice and Lt. Col. Graham Jones

Nigel Boddice has also had a highly decorated career in music education. For his special association with the young brass musicians of West Lothian, he accepted the inaugural presentation of the Mortimer Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London and for his prolific presentation of contemporary music he was honoured by the Scottish Composers Society. In recognition of his input and work with the youth of Scotland generally, and West Lothian in particular, Nigel was awarded the MBE in the 2005. Since retiring from the Army in November 2011 after a glittering career spanning almost 40 years of service, Graham Jones is as busy as ever conducting, adjudicating and organising music events around the world. In 2015 he will co-ordinate the musical element of the Battle of Waterloo commemorations for Waterloo 200 both in mainland Europe and here in London.

Nigel Boddice Graham Jones

Second Section

Simone Rebello and Kevin Wadsworth

Simone Rebello began percussion lessons at the age of 12 and played with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain before studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with Distinction and winning several awards including the Phillip Jones Award. A distinguished solo career that has seen her recording 3 solo albums, touring extensively nationally and internationally, appearing on UK and international radio and television and winning a collection of awards and prizes including the Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year in the Performing Arts. Kevin Wadsworth started his playing career on cornet at the age of 6, and is probably best known for his time as Principal Horn for the Black Dyke Mills Band, joining them at the age of 14 and becoming its youngest ever player. In the intervening years he has secured his reputation as one of the finest horn players of his generation. His contest achievements as a player include 7 National Championships and 6 British Open Championships. His final 'National' victory, still playing solo horn, with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, coming 35 years after his first.

Simone Rebello Kevin Wadsworth

Third Section

Leigh Baker and Dr. Robert Childs

Leigh Baker joined the Brighouse and Rastrick Band on euphonium in 1990, but it was on Solo Baritone that Leigh really made his mark. His illustrious playing career with Brighouse lasted 19 years and saw Leigh lift every major contest prize (apart from the elusive British Open) and perform throughout the UK, Europe and North America. Leigh's composing and arranging work is prolific and his award winning (including 2 Brass in Concert awards), entertaining music is featured by many bands throughout the world. Robert Child's illustrious playing career has included perfromances in the Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House. In 1985 Robert was awarded the coveted title 'International Euphonium Player of the Year' and together with his brother Nicholas is regarded as one of the finest euphonium players of his generation. In May 2000, Robert was appointed the Professional Musical Director of the Cory Band a relationship that went on to provide numerous contest successes at the National, British Open and European Championships.

Leigh Baker Robert Childs

Fourth Section

David Thornton and Sandy Smith

Two of the country's finest brass players join forces to adjudicate the fourth section. David Thornton's work within the brass band field has seen him at the top flight for already over a decade. Holding solo euphonium positions with the Fairy Band, the Black Dyke Band and Brighouse and Rastrick, he has won European, National and British Open Titles. Sandy Smith's illustrious career has included 10 years as principal horn at Black Dyke as well as competing with Whitburn and Grimethorpe contributing to many contest victories around the world. Sandy is also in demand as a musical director and his arrangements are enjoyed by bands across all sections.

David Thornton Sandy Smith