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14 contenders set for lighting the Torch at Masters

There are 14 bands lining up this year at the All England Masters International Brass Band Championship in Kettering as Virtuosi GUS looks to make it a hat-trick of wins.

Virtuosi GUS
  Can Virtuosi GUS make it a Masters hat-trick this year?

The line-up of bands that will take to the stage in their bid to claim the 2017 All England Masters International Brass Band Championship title has been announced.

The event takes place on Sunday 28th May (starting at 10.00am) at The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering.

The set-work this year is 'The Torchbearer' by Peter Graham, with the defending champion Virtuosi GUS, aiming to make it a Masters hat-trick, up against 13 rivals that include Brass Band Willebroek from Belgium, who recently came fourth at the European Championships in Oostende.

Competing bands

Brass Band Willebroek (Frans Violet)
Bilton Silver (David Stowell)
Blidworth Welfare (Martin Heartfield)
City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)
Haverhill (Mark Ager)
Kidlington (Nigel Seaman)
Llwydcoed (Chris Turner)
Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
Ratby Co-operative (Marieka Gray)
Roche Brass (Garry Cutt)
Thundersley Brass (John Ward)
Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)
Wantage Silver (David Hirst)
Ware Brass (Phillip Littlemore)



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Concert - Grimethorpe Colliery: Bury St Edmunds Festival

Saturday 27 May • The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD


Middleton Youth Band - Middleton Band & The Houghton Weavers

Saturday 27 May • St Michael's Church. Townley Street. Middleton. M24 1BT M24 1BT


Hitchin Band - Hitchin Band at Abington Bandstand

Sunday 28 May • Abingdon Park Bandstand NN3 3HN


Contest: All England International Masters

Sunday 28 May • Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Dr, Kettering NN15 6PB


Concert - Fairey Band with Nidaros Band

Saturday 3 June • St Thomas Church. Buckingham Road, . Heaton Chapel,. Stockport SK4


York Railway Institute Band

May 21 • York RI Band (North of England Championship Section, MD Dr. David Lancaster), have immediate vacancies for Principal Cornet, Back Row Cornet and Flugel Horn players. Band members travel in from the West, East and South of York, so lifts are possible.


Stannington Brass Band

May 21 • Stannington Brass Band, Sheffield. 2nd Section National Champions, now 1st section. Ambitious, sociable band. MD Derek Renshaw. Due to current player leaving for music college we require a Solo EEb bass player we also require a 3rd percussion player


Loxley Silver Band

May 20 • Want to be part of the Loxley Band special project? There's still time to join us as we continue our exciting PRS For Music funded musical adventure — we particularly need tenor horn, baritone, BBb bass and tuned percussion players.


Sarah Groarke-Booth

BA (Hons) MA
Conductor, Adjudicator, Tutor