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National Championship of Great Britain (Championship Section Final)

Qualifying contest for European Championships

Bands qualify for this contest from London and Southern Counties (Championship Section), Midlands Area (Championship Section), Midlands (North) Area (Championship Section), Midlands (South) Area (Championship Section), North of England Area (Championship Section), North Wales Area (Championship Section), North West Area (Championship Section), Scottish Area Qualifying Contest (Championship Section), Scottish Championship (Championship Section), Welsh Area (Championship Section), West of England Area (Championship Section), Yorkshire Area (Championship Section).

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Past Results

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Date Winner Conductor Test Piece
2nd Oct 2021
10th Oct 2020 No Contest. Cancelled due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
12th Oct 2019
6th Oct 2018
14th Oct 2017
8th Oct 2016
10th Oct 2015
11th Oct 2014
12th Oct 2013
20th Oct 2012
15th Oct 2011
9th Oct 2010
17th Oct 2009
11th Oct 2008
20th Oct 2007
28th Oct 2006
15th Oct 2005
16th Oct 2004
18th Oct 2003
19th Oct 2002
20th Oct 2001
21st Oct 2000
16th Oct 1999
17th Oct 1998
18th Oct 1997
19th Oct 1996
21st Oct 1995
15th Oct 1994
16th Oct 1993
17th Oct 1992
5th Oct 1991
6th Oct 1990
7th Oct 1989
8th Oct 1988
3rd Oct 1987
4th Oct 1986
6th Oct 1985
7th Oct 1984
8th Oct 1983
2nd Oct 1982
3rd Oct 1981
4th Oct 1980
6th Oct 1979
7th Oct 1978
8th Oct 1977
9th Oct 1976
11th Oct 1975
5th Oct 1974
6th Oct 1973
14th Oct 1972
9th Oct 1971
10th Oct 1970
11th Oct 1969
12th Oct 1968
14th Oct 1967
15th Oct 1966
16th Oct 1965
17th Oct 1964
19th Oct 1963
20th Oct 1962
28th Oct 1961
15th Oct 1960
24th Oct 1959
25th Oct 1958
26th Oct 1957
27th Oct 1956
29th Oct 1955
16th Oct 1954
17th Oct 1953
1st Nov 1952
27th Oct 1951
28th Oct 1950
12th Nov 1949
16th Oct 1948
1st Nov 1947
19th Oct 1946
6th Oct 1945
23rd Sep 1939 No Contest. Cancelled due to war, and not run again until 1945, when the contest was run with the newly instituted areas/nationals format.
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
Sep 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
26th Sep 1903
27th Sep 1902
28th Sep 1901
21st Jul 1900
Years Band
1987 1988 1989 Desford Colliery Caterpillar
1982 1983 1984 The Cory Band
1975 1976 1977 Black Dyke Mills
1947 1948 1949 Black Dyke Mills
1936 1937 1938 Fodens Motor Works
1932 1933 1934 Fodens Motor Works

Great Britain National Contest National Championships

See Also

Contest Website:http://www.nationalbrassbandchampionships.com/
History of the Nationals Contest:http://www.ibew.org.uk/misc02d.htm


The current Nationals contest began in 1900, but there was a previous 'Nationals' contest run 40 years earlier:

Enderby Jackson's Great National Contest.

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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