Ripon Contest

Brass in Ripon Entertainment Contest

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 outbreak and uncertain times ahead, we have had to cancel 2021 Brass in Ripon Entertainment Contest. We have not taken this decision lightly, but we have to put the health of musicians, public and volunteers first. Sorry for any inconvinience caused. We hope to see you all again in 2022. Take care.

As part of the Ripon Festivals programme, Ripon City Band organises an annual brass band entertainment contest that takes place in Ripon Cathedral. The contest is open to bands in 3rd section, 4th section and those unregistered including youth bands.

To enter this year's contest, please apply here

Each band must perform a march and hymn as part of their own choice, 20-minute entertainment programme. Please see contest rules here.

Starts @ 12 noon, Tickets are £5 per adult and £1 per child under 16 yrs and will be available on entry to the Cathedral on the day. For more information please contact Paulette Morton, Contest Secretary.

2020 contest entrants:




Barnoldswick Brass

Pat Jones


Darwen Brass



Dobcross Silver Band

Jason M Smith


Durham Constabulary Band

Dennis Noble


Leyburn Band

Rebecca Lundberg


Marske Brass

James Chisholm


Simply Brass

Stephen Hague


Skipton Brass

Jack Smith


Spennymoor Town Band

Fiona Casewell


Stalybridge Old

James Atkins


Summerbridge & Dacre

Charles Hindmarsh


Thurlstone Band

John Hopkinson


Trimdon Brass

William Harrison


West Yorkshire Police Band

Stephen Wood



Prize monies are:

1st place - £250 and the Rose-bowl 
2nd place - £150 and trophy 
3rd place - £75 and trophy
£75 and a trophy will go to the best 4th section/unregistered band not in the first three places
Best Youth Section band not in the first three places
Best Hymn - £50 and a trophy
Most Entertaining band 
Best March
Best Soloist
Best Euphonium Player
Best Percussion section 


Music: David Lancaster

Entertainment: Malcolm Dibb


2019 Results

  1.  Uppermill - Best March, Best Percussion, Most Entertaining Programme
  2.  Leyburn - Best Hymn and Best Solo
  3.  Shepherd Group Youth
  4.  Kippax
  5.  Lofthouse 2000 - Best Euphonium
  6.  Spennymoor Town
  7.  Thurlstone
  8.  Bilsdale
  9.  Trimdon Concert
  10. Backworth Colliery
  11. Ellington Colliery
  12. Skipton Brass
  13. Summerbridge & Dacre Silver
  14. Garforth Brass

2018 Results

  1. Leyburn Band, Best Hymn, Best Percussion Section
  2. Uppermill Band, Best March, Best Solo, Most Entertaining Programme
  3. Trimdon Colliery
  4. Shepherd Group Youth, Best Youth Section
  5. Huddersfield & Ripponden
  6. Thurlstone Band, Best 4th Section not in top 3
  7. Skipton Brass, Best Euphonium
  8. Durham Constabulary
  9. Ellington Colliery
  10. Marske Band
  11. Spennymoor Town 
  12. Bilsdale Silver

Contact us 

Richard Heath - Band Chairman

Linda Graham - Concert Secretary

Paulette Morton - Contest Secretary


Ripon Contest Trophy

2018 Ripon Contest Winners Leyburn Band

Ripon Band Crest