Registration for UniBrass 2017 has now closed! We are delighted that the contest at Harrogate International Centre will be the biggest ever, hosting 22 bands from across the country. Along with our previously established competing bands, it’s a very warm welcome to the University of Chichester, Nottingham Trent, Royal Northern College of Music and Zone One Student Brass, who will all be joining us for the first time this year. We are thrilled that UniBrass is continuing to attract the attention of new bands, and that holding the contest over two sections has allowed the contest to continue to grow.
As well as this, we can today announce that the gala concert for the 2017 contest – also to be held in the HIC – will be performed by the Cory Band. Cory are based in South Wales, and have been ranked the world’s number one brass band for ten consecutive years. Their latest victory came just last weekend, when they retained the Brass in Concert Championship at Gateshead. They are now European, British Open Champions, National and Brass in Concert champions, cementing their reputation as the world’s best. Currently under the baton of musical director Philip Harper, they are sure to offer a phenomenal concert at the end of the contest day on February 18th. The Cory Academy also remain our partners for education workshops, which will take place during the contest day in the HIC.
Tickets for both contest and gala concert will go on sale next week, supported by Brass Bands England. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for the latest info. Special rates will be available for those purchasing tickets for contest and gala concert together, so we hope many people will be tempted to stay a little longer to catch the best brass banding has to offer. UniBrass will also give 10% cashback to any brass bands bringing a group of ten or more spectators, so make sure to spread the word!
Also look out for this year’s UniBrass crowdfunder, launching very soon!