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New contest is Bold as Brass

Thursday 6 January, 2022

Bands in the Second to Fourth sections are being invited to get involved in a new contest, delivered by Brass Bands England.

The Bold as Brass Contest is free to enter and sees BBE partnering with the National Coal Mining Museum of England in Wakefield, where the event is due to take place on Saturday, June 25.

Competing bands will be asked to perform a road march lasting up to six minutes (it can be performed stationary if preferred), and a 20-minute entertainment performance (seats available) within the museum site.

Performances will be adjudicated and there will also be a People’s Band Award based on audience votes at the event, which aims to provide bands with an enjoyable day out and an opportunity to connect with new audiences of different ages and interests, in a unique heritage setting which marries the cultural traditions of mining and banding.

A range of non-cash prizes will be awarded, contributed by BBE, to support bands’ development. Trophies will be awarded to the best overall band and the best band in a range of categories. A non-competitive section will allow bands who just want to come and perform to do so, with the option to still be able to benefit from the adjudicators’ feedback without being ranked.

Alex Parker, partnership and development manager at BBE, commented: “After a hugely successful trial event in 2021, it looks likely that brass bands will become an ongoing presence at the National Coal Mining Museum’s heritage site, and this is your chance to be one of the first bands to perform.

“The contest will prove an enjoyable and social day out for both audiences and players, with food and drink being served and plenty of opportunity to enjoy other bands perform. I always enjoy visiting and brass bands provide the perfect accompaniment to the cultural offering on site. Why not book to go underground in the free mine tour while you are there?”

Bands can enter via the BBE website by midnight on Thursday, April 14. To support bands to take part in the contest, £50 will be granted to the first six bands that apply. Successful recipients will be told by May 1. 

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