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Friday 25 June, 2021

The adjudicating team has been confirmed ahead of the 2021 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

The line-up, which includes one woman – Sheona Wade – will run the rule over competing bands in Cheltenham and London later this year.

Robert Childs, Stephen Cobb and Rob Wiffin OBE will judge the Championship Section while Alan Morrison, Steve Sykes and Sheona Wade will adjudicate the First Section. Running the rule over Second Section bands will be Nicholas Garman, Steve Pritchard-Jones and David Hirst. Alan Bourne, Mark Wilkinson and Glyn Williams will adjudicate in the Third Section and Martin Heartfield, John Maines and Jonathan Pippen will judge bands in the Fourth Section.

]Robert Childs and Rob Wiffin are no strangers when it comes to judging the Championship Section contest, while Stephen Cobb will be in the box at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time, having previously adjudicated at the British Open.

Philip Morris, director of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, commented: “As always, we have been careful to appoint a breadth of experience to the Finals’ adjudication boxes again this year.

“Stephen Cobb’s wide expertise of brass bands, along with directing them as director of music and creative arts for The Salvation Army UK and bandmaster for The Salvation Army’s flagship International Staff Band, will add weight to the wide and deep expertise of both Robert Childs and Rob Wiffin at the Championship Section Final.

“Tickets for the Royal Albert Hall Final are now on sale from the venue’s box office and arrangements about purchasing tickets for the Cheltenham Finals will be announced in due course.”

Meanwhile, event organiser Kapitol Promotions also revealed that it has appointed Tony Griffiths, regional secretary, North of England Brass Band Championships, as its health and wellbeing officer for the 2021 competitions.

The Finals for the First to Fourth sections take place at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, on September 18-19 and the Championship Section Final at the Royal Albert Hall, London, takes place on October 2.