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National Championship of Great Britain (Fourth Section Final)

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

National Championship of Great Britain (Third Section Final) Crystal Palace (Grand Shield)

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Past Results

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Date Winner Conductor Test Piece
15th Sep 2018
16th Sep 2017
17th Sep 2016
19th Sep 2015
20th Sep 2014
21st Sep 2013
22nd Sep 2012
24th Sep 2011
26th Sep 2010
26th Sep 2009
27th Sep 2008
30th Sep 2007
24th Sep 2006
24th Sep 2005
11th Sep 2004
20th Sep 2003
21st Sep 2002
22nd Sep 2001
22nd Oct 2000
18th Sep 1999
19th Sep 1998
27th Sep 1997
21st Sep 1996
21st Oct 1995
1st Oct 1994
18th Sep 1993
3rd Oct 1992
5th Oct 1991
6th Oct 1990
7th Oct 1989
8th Oct 1988
3rd Oct 1987
4th Oct 1986
5th Oct 1985
6th 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
19th Sep 1953
20th Sep 1952
22nd Sep 1951
23rd Sep 1950
17th Sep 1949
2nd Oct 1948
4th Oct 1947

Great Britain National Contest National Championships

See Also

Contest Website:http://www.nationalbrassbandchampionships.com/

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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