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Crystal Palace (Grand Shield)

The Grand Shield was the Second Section National Finals contest. It ceased in 1938, two years after the Crystal Palace was destroyed, but restarted in 1945. For results from 1945 onwards see National Finals Second Section.

The winners from 1904 to 1938 are as engraved on the trophy itself. The Crystal Palace Grand Shield is the one now used for the Spring Festival in Blackpool.

National Championship of Great Britain (Fourth Section Final) Crystal Palace (Junior Cup)

Past Results

All events have been added for this extinct contest.

Date Winner Conductor Test Piece
24th Sep 1938
25th Sep 1937
26th Sep 1936
28th Sep 1935
29th Sep 1934
30th Sep 1933
1st Oct 1932
26th Sep 1931
27th Sep 1930
28th Sep 1929
29th Sep 1928
24th Sep 1927
25th Sep 1926
26th Sep 1925
27th Sep 1924
29th Sep 1923
23rd Sep 1922
24th Sep 1921
25th Sep 1920
1914 No Contest. Cancelled due to war, and not run again until 1920.
27th Sep 1913
28th Sep 1912
30th Sep 1911
1st Oct 1910
25th Sep 1909
26th Sep 1908
28th Sep 1907
29th Sep 1906
30th Sep 1905
1st Oct 1904

Great Britain National Contest National Championships

Contest Group Notes

Bands qualify for these contests from their Area (Regional) contest in the spring:


The regionals/nationals contesting format dates from the contest's post-war resumption in 1945, when a three-section national grading system (Championship, Second, and Third Sections) was introduced, with the Fourth section being added in 1947. In 1992 the additional "First Section" was interpolated between the Championship and Second Sections, giving us the current five-section structure.

The contributing regions have mostly remained static since they were laid out, with some exceptions. Between 1985 and 1993 the Midlands area was run as two separate areas, North Midlands and South Midlands. North Wales bands were originally classified in the North West area, but between 1991 and 1994 a separate North Wales area was run. From 1995 (and in some cases a year or two earlier) North Wales bands have competed in the Welsh area.
In addition to these structural changes, minor boundary changes have occurred over the years. From 1986 to 1993 bands in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk were placed in the South Midlands region, afterwards returning to the L&SC region from which they had come. From that year, 1994, Hampshire bands were moved from the L&SC region to the West of England region, and, further North, the then county of Humberside was at the same time attached to the North of England region. This followed an earlier migration of North Yorkshire bands to the same region, both being removed from the Yorkshire region (which was known until the mid 1960s as the North Eastern region).

Prior to World War Two, the National Championship was run as a single festival with multiple sections on the same day, often referred as the Crystal Palace festival. In this format it ran in the years 1900-1913 and 1920-1938.

The first contest in this series was held in 1900, and proved such a success that it was then held annually until 1913. In 1906 it expanded to six sections - Championship, Grand Shield, Junior Cup, Preliminary Shield, Preliminary Cup, and Consolation Cup.

After World War One, the contest resumed in 1920, initially with four sections - Championship, Grand Shield, Junior Cup, and Junior Shield. In 1922 this was expanded to five sections by splitting the Junior Shield into A and B contests, and in 1923 to six by similarly splitting the Junior Cup, with a further expansion to seven sections taking place in 1929 with the addition of a C division to the Junior Shield. In 1938, the final contest before World War Two, the format was again expanded, this time to ten sections, by splitting each Junior Shield section into two, giving rise to section names such as "Junior Shield - B (2)". When the contest resumed in 1945, it was with the quite different regionals/nationals format described above.

The inaugural 1900 contest was not the first British national contest. In the four years 1860 to 1863, impresario Enderby Jackson organised contests of similar scale with the same aim, also attracting bands from across the country to the Crystal Palace, albeit with a somewhat different contesting format, one that involved qualification stages taking place earlier in the day in the same venue.





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