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11th January, 2017. Youth Adjudication Panel

The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA) are pleased to announce that we are, once again, to run a joint initiative with the Yorkshire Regional Brass Band Committee (YRBBC) in the promotion of the ‘Young Adjudicators Scheme’ at the Yorkshire Regional competition at the Town Hall, Huddersfield on Saturday 4th March.
The ‘Young Adjudicators’ will be mentored by Nicholas Garman of the AoBBA Executive committee, and will adjudicate the Fourth Section test piece “St Andrew’s Variations” by Alan Fernie.
The official adjudicators are Marieka Gray and Sandy Smith who will both meet with the young adjudicator’s panel to discuss their adjudications.
The ‘Young Adjudicators’ will be provided with:

After the prize presentation ceremony refreshments will be provided for the young adjudicators and their mentors. Any accompanying parent/guardian(s) are also welcome to partake of refreshments.
There are three/four places for young people up to the age of 18 years who wish to test their adjudicating skills under the guidance of Nicholas Garman. Anyone who wishes to participate should contact:
Peggy Tomlinson Yorkshire Regional Secretary Tel 0114 2468102 e-mail:

5th March, 2016. Massed Blast!

Hebden Bridge Junior band suffered badly in the recent floods losing lots of equipment and music when their band room was flooded. They are holding a massed blast on Saturday 12th of March in St. Georges Square Hebden Bridge so why not come and shw your support. Bring a stand nd banner from your band and a folding chair. Performances are at 1230-1345 and 1515. Donations welcome. For more info and a copy of the music contact

24th March, 2015. Updates to Yorkshire Results 2015

Following the Yorkshire Regional Championships on 7th/8th March the Regional Committee found it necessary to look into possible discrepancies with regard to player registration with two competing bands. After investigation both bands were found to be in contravention of rule 9(a) of the National Rules of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain and were notified of their disqualification from the regional championships. Both bands lodged an appeal which were heard by the Regional Committee on 21st March. The appeals were not allowed and therefore Black Dyke Band are disqualified from the Championship Section contest and Hatfield Band are disqualified from the First Section contest of the Yorkshire Regional Championships 2015.

On behalf of the committee, Peggy Tomlinson, Regional Secretary stated "This is a most regrettable situation for all concerned. I can only hope that this serves as a stark reminder to all bands to double check player registrations well before contest day, giving time to rectify any problems, and making sure they are in order."

Peggy Tomlinson
Regional Secretary/Contest Controller.

27th February, 2015. Youth Adjudication Panel

The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (ABBA) and the Yorkshire Regional Championship Committee have announced that they are to host a Youth Adjudication Panel initiative at the forthcoming Yorkshire Area contest in Bradford.
Fourth Section
Leading on from the proactive role taken by ABBA with the recent live broadcast Fourth Section test piece workshop featured on 4BR, the new initiative will see four youngsters (up to the age of 18) take what could be the first enjoyable step on the road to becoming a leading contest adjudicator.
The four lucky participants will be mentored by ABBA Secretary David Hirst throughout the Fourth Section contest, which takes place on Sunday morning, 8th March, (9.00am start) at St George’s Hall.
Judge's box
They will listen to all 11 bands on ‘An English Pastorale’ by Dean Jones, sat in front of the official adjudicator’s box in the auditorium, and will use the same remarks and results sheets as David Thornton and Sandy Smith to help them in their own judgment process. Each lucky youngster will also be provided with a full score of the work.
After prize presentation ceremony, the Youth Panel, alongside David Hirst, will then meet up with the judges to discuss how things went, to pick their brains and ask questions, and to find out more how they made their decisions - all over refreshments that will be laid on.
Free tickets
The Yorkshire Regional Committee will also give free tickets to the youngsters and their parents/guardians on the day, to stay and listen to the bands competing in the Championship Section on Sunday evening - and will give them each a CD recording of the band that they picked as the winners in the Fourth Section.
If you are interested—then please get in touch with Regional Secretary Peggy Tomlinson to find out more details. e-mail Tel: 0114 2468102

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. Philips 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. Georges 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

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


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


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.