The Cory Online Brass Band Championships – 18/19 & 25/26 September 2020

Applications are now closed for the ‘Cory Online Brass Band Championships 2020’.

The contest will be broadcast online on 18/19 & 25/26 September 2020 (times and section order to be confirmed). It will be in an entertainment-style format to encourage innovation and creativity, and to build upon the success of the distance banding videos we have seen from hundreds of bands across the world in the last few months. The idea is to showcase the best of what the brass banding world has to offer in these difficult times, whilst keeping it fun, inclusive and as authentic as possible.

The contest will be broadcast for FREE through an easy-to-access platform, to be confirmed.

The Competing Bands

Aldbourne – England
Brass Band Leieland – Belgium
City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) M1 Band – Wales
Easington Colliery Band – England
Elland Silver Band – England
Enderby Band – England
Fountain City Brass Band – USA
Glenferrie Brass – Australia
Hitchin Band – England
Langley Band – England
Leyland Band – England
Michelmersh Silver Band – England
Redbridge Brass – England
Strata Brass – England
The Gus Band – England
Whitburn – Scotland

Flixton Band – England
1st Old Boys Band – Northern Ireland
Arkansas Musicworks Brass Band – USA
Bollington Brass Band – England
Brass Band of Northern Virginia – USA
Brilliante Brass – South Korea
BTM Brass Band – Wales
Chiltern Hills Brass Band – England
Downshire Brass – Northern Ireland
Drogheda Brass Band – Ireland
Freckleton Brass Band – England
Kingdom Brass    – Scotland
Lion City Brass Band – Singapore
Manx Concert Brass – Isle of Man
Milton Keynes Brass – England
Seindorf Arian Deiniolen – Wales
The Shirley Band – England

Ammanford Town -Wales
Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band – England
Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band – England
Fjell Brass – Norway
Gresley Colliery Band – England
Lochgelly Band – Scotland
Rockingham Band – England
Wantage Concert Brass – England
Wotton-under-Edge silver band – England

Gwaun Cae Gurwen Brass Band – Wales
Brass Band B10 – Germany
Cnl Brass Band – Australia
Dynamic Brass – Northern Ireland
Gillingham Imperial Silver Band – England
Hawk Green Band – England
Lostock Hall Memorial Band – England
Newcastle PCYC Brass Band – Australia
Regent Community Brass – England
Towcester Studio Band – England
Wroughton Silver Band – EnglandFOURTH SECTION / UNREGISTERED
Abbey Brass (Abingdon) – England
Amington Band – England
Ashover Brass Band – England
Askam Town Silver Band – England
Blackley Band – England
Cross Keys Silver – Wales
Dungannon Silver Band – Northern Ireland
Fakenham Town Band – England
Gresley Colliery Youth Band – England
Holmestrand Brass – Norway
King’s Lynn Town Band – England
London City Brass – England
Menai Bridge Band Porthaethwy – Wales
Poyntzpass Silver Band – Northern Ireland
Royston Town Band – England
Simply Brass – England
The Camping and Caravanning Club Brass Band – England
University of Bristol Brass Band – England
Whit Spirit – England                                        
Woodhouse Prize Band – England

Order of play and adjudicators to be confirmed.

With special thanks to: Arts Council Wales, Besson, Majestic, Wright & Round, paul Morgan, IMG (Indoor Music Games) and Thurrock Marching Brass for their support.

The Rules

  • Bands will be split into Sections 1-4, plus Championship level. When entering please select the section you wish to enter relevant to your current grading standard in your own country. Please note – we reserve the right to reallocate ungraded bands should it become evident that their standard is not comparable to others in the section they choose to enter.
  • Player registration is not required. Please compete within the spirit of banding though and avoid borrowing superior players from other bands just for the contest. It’s fine to borrow players of similar standard though.
  • Bands should limit themselves to a maximum of 35 players including percussion, and any other instrumentalist or vocalists you wish to use.
  • Each band is encouraged to submit up to a maximum of 10 minutes of video performances as a mini-programme. This should include introductions and announcements. Any major breaches of the time limit will be penalised and not broadcast. We would suggest 3 separate short videos to achieve this, but it’s up to each band how they present their programme. The contest is an entertainment style contest so it provides your band with the opportunity to be as creative as you like with your programme. There are no restrictions on the pieces or styles you perform – that’s entirely up to you!
  • The videos can be made of individual players performing, or groups, or a full band. We are aware that different countries will allow different types of activity (for example gatherings of people) at different times. Keeping within your own country’s rules is part of the challenge, which may be bigger in some countries than others! This will be taken into account by our judges, so countries where bands are not allowed to meet en masse will not be penalised because of these limitations. As long as you make your submission by video, it doesn’t matter how many of you are physically together.
  • If you have already created distance banding videos that have been shared across social media, we are happy for you to use them in your programme.
  • Each band will be offered the services of a Cory Band Mentor to guide them through the process, advising on everything from programme creation and recording a video, to performing your parts to maximum potential. This is an optional component, so please indicate your desire to take up this offer or not so we can assess supply and demand.
  • Videos will be required to be submitted by midnight on 4th September 2020. They will need to be 1080p quality and ‘ready to play’. We are unfortunately unable to offer video editing services. Full technical specifications, tips and an upload area will be made available upon confirmation of your place. 
  • Each section will be broadcast and judged separately
  • Adjudication will be open, and judged by Cory personnel. We plan on having some live comments immediately after each band from the panel with their initial thoughts, and bands will be judged on:
    • Quality of Performance
    • Programme Content
    • Presentation
  • There will be Special Awards in each section as follows:
    • Instrumental awards for every section including percussion
    • Welsh Theme Award for the band which includes the best Welsh music, composer or arranger (optional)
  • Full results will be available for each section after the event.


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