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UniBrass 2019 Adjudication Team Announced

With less than 3 months to go until UniBrass 2019, the Organising Committee are excited the four people who will be making the all important decisions to see who will be walking away with the trophies on contest day.

The Trophy Section will see 11 bands competing , including new band the University of Salford Brass Band, under the watchful eye of Anne Crookston and Alan Morrison.

The Shield Section will also see 11 bands compete for title, with the decisions down to Alan Fernie and Sheona White.

A record 22 bands have signed up to take part in next year’s contest, the allocated sections are below. The contest draw will take place on Wednesday 7th November at 8:30pm and will be livestreamed on the UniBrass Facebook page.

We’re thrilled that all four adjudicators have agreed to be part of UniBrass’ biggest contest yet and can’t wait to welcome them to Bangor on 2nd February. For more information on the adjudication team, and the contest, visit our 2019 contest page

Don’t forget that you can sign up to our newsletter for updates on the contest and the committee’s activities leading up to the contest! http://www.unibrass.co.uk/newsletter/

UniBrass Venues Announced

UniBrass are delighted to announce that the 2019 championships will be held across two venues at Bangor University on 2nd February 2019. The Trophy section will be held in Theatr Bryn Terfel in Pontio, Bangor University’s Arts and Innovation Centre, with the Shield section to be held in the Hugh Owen Hall in the Management Centre. Both venues are in close proximity to the university’s Main Arts Building where the bands will come together for the results ceremony and social. More details about the event will be announced soon.

About the venues, UniBrass 2019 Chair Sam Hartharn-Evans said: “We’re excited to be able to showcase the excellent venues that Bangor University has to offer, we hope that by using Pontio as the centre of the contest we can make UniBrass 2019 an event for the whole community in Bangor.”

We are also pleased to be able to offer audience members reduced rates on accommodation in partnership with the Management Centre on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd February. The Management Centre offers 54 rooms of Visit Wales 4* Graded Accommodation situated less than 200m from the Main Arts Building. It is also the host of the Shield section, and so is perfectly situated for anybody wishing stay overnight for UniBrass. All guest bedrooms are en-suite with complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi, and digital flat screen televisions, and there are single, twin, double and king executive rooms on offer. The Management Centre has a range of food and drink options through the on site 1884 restaurant, bar and lounge, and is a perfect place to relax after a long day at the contest, It is even close enough to nip back during the day! For further details see our Facebook page or contact the Management Centre directly state booking reference BK53745 for our reduced rates.

If you would like to keep up to date with the latest news about UniBrass, head over to our website and our social media for updates.

UniBrass heads to Bangor!

UniBrass are pleased to announce that next year’s contest will be held on 2nd February 2019 at Bangor University. Once again we will be welcoming university brass bands from around the country to Bangor to compete across two sections; the Trophy and the Shield. Full details about the contest will be announced in due course. We look forward to welcoming you to Bangor and to making UniBrass 2019 the biggest contest yet.

To celebrate the release of the contest logo the Organising Committee are running a competition to name the dragon featured on the 2019 contest logo. If you would like to enter please contact us at marketing@unibrass.co.uk or via social media with your suggestions for a name. Entries close at 12 noon on 14th July. The winner will be announced on 16th July and will receive a UniBrass contest t-shirt.

In the meantime, if you have any queries about the contest, feel free to contact us at contact@unibrass.co.uk and keep up to date by following our us on social media:
Website: www.unibrass.co.uk
Facebook: @unibrass
Twitter: @UniBrass
Instagram: unibrass

Brass in the Park


Summer Festival poster Logo

Whilst students enjoy several months holiday over the summer, a well deserved break from studying, many miss the student lifestyle, friends and of course their university brass band! With that in mind the UniBrass Foundation is keen to keep people playing over the long summer months and, as such, are delighted to announce it’s first summer festival, Brass in the Park!

Taking place on Saturday 1st September on Oxford’s Merton Field, Brass in the Park is a great way to end the holidays and an ideal chance for student brass bander’s to come together for a day’s brass banding and socialising. Not a student? No problem, everyone from the brass band community is welcome, come along and enjoy a great day out with friends and family, all completely free! As well as the first ever UniBrass scratch band the Foundation will also be putting on food and refreshments to turn this park job into a great day out. With a brass band, BBQ and hopefully some sun, what more could you want!

Players of all ages and standard are invited to join members of the UniBrass Foundation, and current contest organising committee to play. Either sign up in advance at: unib.co.uk/summer-signup or just bring your instrument along on the day.

The music will start at 11AM and carry on all day, with food and drink available throughout.

Owen Farr to host Test Piece Workshop


Credit John Stirzaker britishbandsman.co.uk (275)

We are delighted to announce that the brilliant Owen Farr will be hosting our free workshop again this year! The workshop will be running from 10.30am-2.30pm on the day of the UniBrass contest - 17th February 2018 - at the University of York campus. The workshop will culminate in a short lunchtime performance in the main auditorium of the Barbican, a short walk from the University.

The workshop is open to brass and percussion players of all ages, with a playing ability of approximately grade 3 and up. It will focus on improving your skills through examining the test piece ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’. This is a fantastic opportunity to receive free tuition from one of the top players in the UK, and to perform in front of an excited and supportive audience of brass band fans. Workshop participants will receive free entry to the rest of the UniBrass contest, and an opportunity to receive discounted ticket prices to our evening Gala Concert!

To reserve your place in the 2018 workshops visit: unib.co.uk/workshops

Tickets for the UniBrass contest are still available at unib.co.uk/tickets

Photo: 2017 UniBrass Workshops, John Stirzaker