FORMIDABLE FODEN'S - Full coverage from the 2021 National Brass Band Championships

Issue 6112

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Nationals judge hit by COVID

Saturday 18 September, 2021

Well wishes have been sent in the direction of performer, conductor and adjudicator, Steve Sykes, after he tested positive for COVID-19 on the eve of judging at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

The veteran musician was due to adjudicate the First Section final on Saturday, September 18, but was forced to pull out after receiving a positive result in a lateral flow test within 48 hours of attending the event. Steve's withdrawal means the First Section contest will proceed with two adjudicators, Alan Morrison and Sheona Wade.

Tim Jones, event manager at organiser Kapitol Promotions, commented: “We are, of course, incredibly disappointed that Steve Sykes cannot now adjudicate at this weekend’s Section 1 Final. However, the safety of all attending the Sections 1-4 Finals is at the forefront of everything we do this weekend, hence why we’ve stipulated that negative results from lateral flow tests are required by all personnel working or performing at our event.

"We are glad that the COVID-19 measures in which we’ve put in place are proving effective, and most importantly, we wish Steve Sykes a speedy recovery."


Read live commented on the First to Fourth Section contests on the British Bandsman website.