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Senior Trophy spot up for grabs in Kirkcaldy

Thursday 22 June, 2017

The organisers of the Fife Charities Band Association (FCBA) Open Contest have announced a new contesting link with the British Open Brass Band Championships.

On an initial trial basis, the Fife contest joins Brass at the Guild Hall, the Wychavon Festival of Brass and Bolsover Festival of Brass in offering an automatic invitation to compete in the Senior Trophy in Blackpool to the highest placed Championship or 1st Section band not already at the event

A Fife Charities Band Association spokesperson commented: “We are delighted that in 2017 we can now offer our competing bands a wonderful opportunity to secure a place at the Spring Festival - just three steps away from competing at the most prestigious brass band contest in the world. We are also very grateful to Martin and Karyn Mortimer for enabling our contest to become part of the qualification ladder, which shows that the British Open continues to reach out to ambitious bands who want to compete at the Spring Festival.”

A British Open spokesperson added: “We are also delighted to make this official connection with a Scottish contest that is popular with competing bands and audiences. We look forward to offering a warm welcome to the successful band in the Senior Trophy.”

The 72nd FCBA Open Contest will take place on Saturday, 30 September at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy, Fife, commencing at 10.00am. Each band must perform an own-choice march, hymn and test-piece. Closing date for the first 18 interested bands is 2 September, 2017 with further details at