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Overhead shot of Durham University Brass Band performing at UniBrass 2019

The UniBrass Contest

The University Brass Band Championships of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The highlight of our calendar is the annual UniBrass contest – a spectacular festival of entertaining performances that welcomes university bands of all skill levels. The only event of its kind in the world, UniBrass forges strong links between universities whilst keeping young brass musicians involved in live music.


During the day, you can witness captivating performances from bands that span dance, spoken word, and of course music. And as the sun sets, the event transforms into an spectacular gala concert and unforgettable gala concert social event, where hundreds of students join together, singing along to the tune of Slaidburn. It's an experience you won't want to miss!

Run by students for students, UniBrass is the is the University Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, an annual entertainment contest, with bands judged on both their musical ability and how entertaining they are within their 20 minute performance. university brass bands compete in two sections to win the prestigious title of UniBrass Trophy Champion or UniBrass Shield Champion.

UniBrass 2025 will be hosted by the Cardiff University. More details will be available soon on the via the Participant and Watch tabs. 

Audience Information

Event details if you're coming in person, or online

RNCM Brass Band at UniBrass 2019 - Credit Finnian Shardlow & Charlotte Thomson, Seren Bangor

Participant Information

Contest details for band members

Three Euphonium/Baritone Players performing against black background

Past Contests

The contest’s history and past results.

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