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Live action from the 2018 New Zealand National Championships

The 2018 New Zealand National Championships are underway at the moment in Blenheim — with the prestigious Champion of Champions title up for grabs.

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  The 2018 New Zealand National Championships are taking place at the moment.

The 138th New Zealand Brass Band Championships are underway in Blenheim at the moment — and you can enjoy the action thanks to the live-streaming led by the irrepressible 'Handsome' Tim Kelly and brassbanned.com

It is free, but you can support his efforts with an optional payment if you wish.

Champion of Champions

Today's action comes from the prestigious Champion of Champions event — first held in 1927, and which sees the very best performers (all individual instrumental National champions in their own right) bidding to lift the Errol Mason Memorial Trophy.

Mason was one of the great post war figures in New Zealand banding — a multiple National Solo Champion on cornet (including two hat-tricks) and the winner of the Champion of Champions title on no less than six occasions — including gaining 99 marks out of 100 in winning in 1971.

He also won the renowned Australian Ern Keller event three times, and conducted Continental Airlines Auckland to success at the Australian Nationals in 1983 and the New Zealand Championships in 1986. He died in 1987.

It's followed up over the next three days with action from all the major competitions, so why not join Tim and the team in Blenheim.

Go to: https:/­/­brassbanned.com/ and then pick Hall 1

Live-streaming schedule

Thursday 12th July:

7.30pm: Champion of Champions (8:30am UK)

Friday 13th July:

8.30am: (Hall 1) B Grade Sacred Item & Test (9.30pm UK)
1.00pm: (Outdoors) Parade of Bands (2.00am UK)
3.30pm: (Hall 2) C Grade Sacred Item & Test (4.30am UK)
4.30pm: (Hall 1) A Grade Sacred Item & Test (5.30am UK)

Saturday 14th July:

9.00am: (Hall 1) B Grade Own Choice (10.00pm UK)
9.30am: (Hall 2) C Grade Own Choice (10.30pm UK)
2.00pm: (Hall 2) D Grade & Youth Contests (3.00am UK)
5.00pm: (Hall 1) A Grade Own Choice (6.00am UK)

Sunday 15th July:

2.00pm: (Hall 1) Premiere Brass: In Concert (3.00am UK)



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Martin Smith

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fOOTCRAY

Footscray-Yarraville prepares for European homage

July 20 • Footscray-Yarraville City Band prepares for an emotional tour of Europe with a fund raising initiative to help them on their way.


Roberts Bakery Band - Bluedot Festival

Saturday 21 July • Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. . The University of Manchester. . Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL


Medway Band - Higham Church Annual Prom

Saturday 21 July • St. Marys Church. 1 Abbey Farm Cottages . Church Street. Higham. Rochester . ME3 7LS


Lofthouse Brass Band - Oxenhope Railway Station

Sunday 22 July • Oxenhope Railway Station, The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth BD22 8NJ BD22 8NJ


Tendring Brass - Opening Night Concert of the Frinton Mission 2018

Saturday 28 July • Greensward,. Frinton on Sea,. Essex CO13 9DN


Lofthouse Brass Band - Filey Bandstand

Sunday 29 July • Filey Bandstand, The Crescent, Filey YO14 9JS YO14 9JS


Blidworth Welfare Band

July 20 • *PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM* A great opportunity has arisen for a first class Euphonium player to join one of the UK's most upwardly mobile Championship section bands. The successful candidate will be a regular solo feature at concerts, contests and recordings.


Arrow Valley Brass

July 20 • The Band seeks cornet players, front and back row to add to a band steadily improving under Andy Culshaw.. The band is friendly and welcoming and has a good mix of concerts and competitions. . Main rehearsal is on Sunday morning in Inkberrow, Worcs.


Loxley Silver Band

July 19 • Musical Director - We are a friendly, contesting band currently holding a strong position in the fourth section. We have a varied concert/engagement programme in place and we are looking for a Musical Director who can help us to move onwards and upwards.


Christopher Houlding

MMus, GGSM, LRAM
Conductor, Performer, Educator