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Issue 6112

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2021 BBE Award winners revealed

Tuesday 28 September, 2021

The winners of the 2021 Brass Bands England Awards have been revealed.

Awards were presented virtually to winners in six categories by BBE chairman Mike Kilroy at the Brass Band Conference on September 25, following selection by the Brass Bands England board of trustees and initial nomination by the banding public.

The awards exist to give credit to those who have made an exceptional contribution within the banding community and the wider community within which brass bands operate, whether through leading innovative creative projects, bringing about positive social change, championing inclusion and diversity, or inspiring a new generation of musicians.

Categories cover social impact, innovation, services to youth, and a lifetime achievement award. There was also the introduction of two new categories for outstanding contribution (including one for young banders), recognising those working tirelessly for the benefit of their organisation and its members, conquering challenges, or going above and beyond for their band.

BBE chairman Mike Kilroy said: “There is plenty to be recognised and celebrated within our wonderful sector and I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to present these awards today in front of our virtual audience. I’d like to thank everyone who submitted a nomination – in these challenging times it is more important than ever that we reflect on and celebrate good practice within our community.”


Brass Bands England Innovation Award: John Ward
Brass Bands England Social Impact Award: Astley Unlimited Band
Brass Bands England Outstanding Contribution Award: Samantha Harrison
Brass Bands England Outstanding Contribution Award (18 and Under): Matthew Hurst and Olivia Hurst
Brian W Hicks Memorial Shield for Services to Youth: Julie Allen MBE
Brass Bands England Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Evans

Each award winner will receive their own Brass Bands England Awards plaque to commemorate their achievements.