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18th July, 2013. Death of Paul Fielden

It is with great sadness that we report that long serving Yorkshire committee member and banding stalwart Paul Fielden sadly passed away on the 7th of July. Paul will be fondly remembered by many players as an ever present steward back stage at the Yorkshire championships only slipping away for a few moments each championship weekend to play for his beloved Friendly Band. His commitment to banding and straight talking humour will be sorely missed by all involved in Yorkshire Banding and the Yorkshire committee.

7th October, 2012. National Championship Success

Yorkshire Bands competed with pride at the National Finals at Cheltenham racecourse. Unite the Union ( City of Sheffield) finished a great year by being crowned National Champions with their performance of Davorens VIVAT under the baton of Derek Renshaw. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel also claimed third place in the same contest. The third section saw an excellent runners up position claimed by Elland Silver band. Congratulations to all the Yorkshire representatives.

30th June, 2011. New Committee Members

YRBBC welcome new members to the organising committee. Robert Turnbull, Helen Tomlinson and Jane Clay join the team that are already working on the preparations for the 2012 championships.

5th May, 2010. Grading Tables and Photo Glalery

Grading Tables following the 2010 championship have now been updated on this site. Promotions and relegations take effect form January 2011. Many Photos from the contest are also now available in the gallery area. The photos were taken by Les Heywood over the weekend of the contest.

20th February, 2010. Small changes to timetable for the first section

Following the withdrawal of City of Bradford from the second section, the timings for the first section have been amended slightly so that the draw is now at 1300 and the estimated start time is now 1430

20th January, 2010. Youth Adjudication Panel

Once again the Yorkshire Regional Committee and 4Barsrest are teaming up to try and find the new generation of 21st century brass band adjudicators, with its Youth Adjudication Panel.

We are looking for 4 young people aged between 11 and 16 to come along to the Yorkshire Regional Championships on Sunday March 7th to judge performances of ‘Saint-Saens Variations’ by Philip Sparke in the 4th Section. On the day, the lucky quartet will have the chance to meet the composer Philip Sparke, who is also one of the official adjudicators, to gain some unique insights into his inspirations for the work. Philip’s fellow adjudicator Steve Pritchard-Jones will also be on hand to give the panel his own thoughts and tips on the adjudication process.

Regional Secretary Peggy Tomlinson said: "We are delighted to continue the youth adjudication initiative again this year. Feedback from the youngsters who have taken part in the previous for the previous two years has been exceptionally positive and we hope that the participants will be inspired to become the next generation of adjudicators and contest enthusiasts.. We are thrilled that both Steve and Philip have agreed to participate share their wealth of experience with the panel."

During the contest the panel will sit with the press on the first tier of St. George’s Hall with their own scores and mark sheets as the bands do battle on the stage below. On the day there is also a buffet lunch to enjoy and the panel, along with their parents/guardians will be VIP guests of the Yorkshire Championships with tickets for the whole weekend of the competition.

So, if you are interested in taking part in this exciting initiative then please contact Stuart Warriner from the Yorkshire Committee by e-mail at s.l.warriner@leeds.ac.uk

9th January, 2010. Entries, Precontest Gradings and Instructions Released

Details of the bands that have entered the 2010 contest have been released along with the pre-contest grading positions. Yorkshire are delighted to welcoming a new band, Clifton and Lightcliffe B to the contest for the first time this year. A total of 61 bands will compete over the weekend of the championships. The official instructions for bands are also available for download. They contain lots of important information to make sure the weekend passes as smoothly as possible.

2nd December, 2009. ABBA announce Regional Test Piece Workshop

OPEN HOUSE AT REGIONAL TEST PIECE WORKSHOP

Cleckheaton Sports Club, Bradford Road, Cleckheaton, Yorkshire BD19 5AG.

12.30.pm. SUNDAY 3rd JANUARY 2010.

The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators will be holding their Annual General Meeting during the morning of the above date at the Cleckheaton Sports Club. Following this meeting ABBA is joining forces with No2 Area of The National Association of Brass Band Conductors in promoting an Open Workshop covering the chosen works for Sections 4 -3 and 2 of the Regional Test Pieces for 2010.

This workshop which will commence at 12.30.pm, will be open to any interested party to attend. Each piece will be introduced by a member of ABBA who will outline the various points of interest from an adjudicating aspect. The Skelmanthorpe Band, Conductor John Roberts has been engaged for this workshop. Ample opportunity will also be given to members of the NABBC and anyone present to contribute both practically and verbally during the exploration of each piece.

It is proposed to allow 1hour 15mins. for each piece, with a break for light refreshments at some stage during the proceedings. This should result in a 4.30.pm finish.

There will be no charge for admission.

In promoting this workshop the two Associations are keen to encourage a large attendance.

It will provide an excellent opportunity for Players, Conductors, Adjudicators and all who have an interest in Competitions to exchange views on the many varied aspects of Contest Promotion, Preparation and Adjudication.

For further information contact Mal Brownbill by email or telephone.

Email. malbrownbill@hotmail.com

Telephone 01744 28642.

11th November, 2009. Ticket prices unchanged for 2010

We are pleased to announce that ticket prices for the 2010 contest will be unchanged. Tickets go on sale on the 4th of January.

7th October, 2009. Change of adjudicators

Some changes have been announced to the adjudicator line-up for Yorkshire 2010. James Gourlay has had to withdraw from adjudication due to professional commitments. Kevin Wadsworth will replace James and now adjudicate the first section alongside Lynda Nicholson. Yorkshire are delighted to welcome Philip Sparke, the composer of this year's test piece Saint-Saens variations, to the 4th section adjudication team. Philip will adjudicate alongside Steve Pritchard-Jones.

16th June, 2009. Programme for Yorkshire 2010 Announced

The programme for the 2010 Yorkshire championships has been announced. On Saturday the 6th of March the second and first section bands will compete while on Sunday the 7th of March the 3rd and 4th section bands will be followed by the Championship section.

16th June, 2009. Adjudicators for Yorkshire 2010 Announced

Adjudicators for the 2010 championships have been announced. Full details of all the adjudicators for each section can be found on the page.

15th June, 2009. Grading tables

Tables showing the grading position of bands after the 2009 contest results are now available in the gradings area. Promotions and relegations take effect from 2010.

27th February, 2009. New details on the website

The instructions for bands sent out to Band secretaries some time ago are now available for download from the site. In addition to procedures for the day these instructions list procedures for access for players with mobility difficulties and give lists of the percussion provided on the day.

19th February, 2009. Youth Adjudication Panel

Following the success of last year's initiative, the Yorkshire championships have once again teamed up with 4barsrest and The Bandsman to organise a youth adjudication panel at this year's contest. The youth panel will adjudicate the second section test piece: 'New World Sketches' by Dan Price. Before the contest starts the members of the panel will meet with the adjudicators of the contest, Mal Brownbill and Chris Wormald who will give the team insight into the judging process. Euphonium star Mark Bousie will also be on hand to offer insight throughout the day. All the panel's remarks and their results will also be published on 4barsrest after the event. More details on how to apply to join the panel are available on 4barsrest

13th February, 2009. Errata for Salute to Youth

Errata for the championship section test piece 'Salute to Youth' have been issued by Studio Music and sent out to all competing bands in Yorkshire by first class post today, Friday 13th of Feb.
A pdf version of can be downloaded here (1MB)