Brass Factor began in 2010 as a concept to help encourage the next generation of brass band players to continue playing for many years to come. By taking the tradition of brass bands, mixing it with the latest trend in talent show formats, we have created events which have broken the mould of traditional brass band events ... Six brass bands compete in the talent show style competition in front of an all-star panel of judges at our Holmfirth and Wetherby venues. Each band is required to play a 20 minute entertainment programme, which slightly varies from your traditional brass band music. Once all the bands have played, the audience and judges then vote to see which brass band has the Brass Factor.​​​​​​​‘


‘Established 1853 ~ The oldest, and original brass band contest ... The finest brass bands in Britain vie for the coveted prize - the British Open Champion title, including famous names such as Black Dyke, Grimethorpe Colliery, Cory, Brighouse and Rastrick, Fodens, and Faireys, which provide the audience with an enthralling day of music.‘ British Open Festival held Early SeptemberSpring Festival Early May.


'The "National", as it is often referred to, is brass banding’s equivalent of the football league – a first-past-the-post Championship involving some 600 bands in eight "Regional" qualifying heats staged up and down the UK, plus two "Finals" events.'


'Since its modest beginnings over 30 years ago, NCBF - National Concert Band Festival has developed and grown in size and prestige until now it is recognised as the largest, most active, enterprising Festival for wind instrument musicians who play in wind bands or big bands throughout the UK ... It must be stressed that the purpose of adjudication is to measure the band’s attempt to achieve a particular level of performance, and not to make comparisons between two different bands’ performance ...'


'Held during the first week of August every year, the National Eisteddfod is a celebration of the culture and language in Wales. The festival travels from place to place, alternating between north and south Wales, attracting around 150,000 visitors and over 250 tradestands and stalls ... Traditionally a competition-based festival, attracting over 6,000 competitors every year, the festival has developed and evolved over recent years, and whilst the competitions form the central focus for the week, the Maes (site) itself has grown and developed into a vibrant festival with hundreds of events and activities for the whole family ...'


'Every year since 1993 the Rotary Club of Comber has organised the NI Young Musician of the Year event to encourage aspiring young musicians to improve their performance skills in public ... Well over 1000 young musicians have appeared from all over the province, singing or playing everything from a tin whistle to a tuba, impressing audiences and adjudicators alike. Many have gone on to successful musical careers, while those who have chosen alternative paths have a priceless gift to entertain others.' Held Late February.


Also indexedRotary Club of Comber

‘The National Young Musician Competition is a well-organised established and successful competition promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. There are four stages to the competition, each designed to support and encourage the development of musical talent. Some stages may have more than one round. The competition is open to all levels, grades and styles of young instrumentalists and vocalists.’


Also indexedRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland

‘The Royal National Mòd is organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach (The Highland Association) which was founded in Oban in 1891 and has HM The Queen as its Patron. Famous for celebrating our Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage, Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival provides opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature.‘


Also indexedAn Comunn Gàidhealach | The Highland Association

‘If you need something to motivate the players in your band to work towards a mutually enjoyable goal and simultaneously improve their standards, then the Scottish Concert Band Festival offers you and your band an annual festival in your area to perform in ... SCBF has four Regional Festivals in Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, with a National Final in the fabulous Perth Concert Hall. This is a non-competitive festival with a performance class to suit every band's level of ability and experience.‘ National Finals held Mid March.


‘The University Brass Band Championships of Great Britain (UniBrass) is the world's only inter-University brass band contest, bringing together hundreds of young people annually for a day of music ... In addition to our work producing the annual university brass band championships of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the UniBrass Foundation also carries out a range of other work to support brass banding at the university level.’


Also indexedUniversity Brass Band Championships of Great Britain

‘The Council of WEBBA is responsible for the organisation of the annual West of England Regional Finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain ... We also engage with the other councils, associations or bodies that govern other areas of the Amateur Brass Band Movement throughout the United Kingdom, constantly seeking to maintain and improve the standards of the Regional Finals ... The Council is comprised of representatives from the Cornwall, Gloucestershire, South West and Wessex Brass Band Associations, who work together to progress the aims of the organisation.’


Results for the Annual Contest held Mid March amongst almost 100 Bands who are Members of the five Local Associations within the Region: Bucks & District; East Anglia; London & Home Counties; Oxford & District; Southern Counties.


‘The Midlands Area Brass Band Championships are one of the most hotly contested competitions in the UK. Each year, over 80 bands compete in the five sections for the chance to represent the area at the National Finals ... and to determine the grading positions for the following year ... The regional championships is an independant contest run by the regional committee.‘


Also indexedMidland Area Brass Band Championships

'The North of England Brass Band Championships attract bands from Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire,(formally Humberside), North Yorkshire, Northumberland, and Tyne and Wear. Each band will compete in their respective graded section for the honour of representing the North of England, at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.'


‘The Regional Committee is an autonomous body responsible for the organisation of the North West Regional Championships, which determine the bands who qualify for an invitation to the finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, owned by Kapitol Promotions Ltd. Any band whose bandroom is located within the boundaries of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Isle of Man, Lancashire, Merseyside and Northern Ireland is eligible to compete in the North West Regional Championships.’ Championships held Late February.


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'SBBA has been looking after the interests of Scotland's brass bands since 1895 ... SBBA has vastly widened its horizons in recent years and now boasts over 100 member bands, of which 20 per cent are youth bands. Having been a male-dominated activity for many years, brass banding in Scotland has also seen a huge growth in female participation, which has now reached 44 per cent. The SBBA also encourages the advent of new ensembles covering all age groups ...' The Association organize the Scottish Open Brass Band Championships and the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships.


Also indexedScottish Open Brass Band Championship | Scottish Youth Brass Band Championship

‘Bands will be competing across all sections seeking the honour of representing Yorkshire at the finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. With some of the finest Bands in Britain such as Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery, Rothwell and many others all competing in the Championship Section, few contests are so fiercely competitive.’ Held Early March.


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