Recent News

Read the latest news and press releases from SWBBA.

Artistic Development with Philip Harper / Sep 18

It's now the last chance to buy your tickets to Brass Bands England's first "Artistic Development Workshop" with Philip Harper on 29th September. Tickets must be bought in advance. Find out more here...

Exmouth Contest, 1st September 2018 / Jun 18

Has your band entered? The closing date is looming (6th July), and there are still a few places left at this popular entertainment contest. Schedule and entry forms can be found under the Events tab. Don't miss it!

Mid-Winter Brass Workshop 10/11 Feb 2018 / Nov 17, Updated Jan 18

JANUARY UPDATE: Entries have now closed for this increasingly popular workshop. The 'Cory Theme' tutor team (brainchild of Brian Elliott) proved so popular that we additionally recruited Helen Williams, Flugel Cory to join the team allowing us to increase the number of attendees.

Places are going quickly for this increasingly popular Association Workshop held at West Buckland School, North Devon. The tutors this year will be Philip Harper, Tom Hutchinson and Glyn Williams giving the workshop a distinct 'Cory Theme'. Unfortunately places will be limited so get your applications (available from this website under the Events, Training tab) in quickly to avoid disappointment.

West of England Regional Finals 10/11th March 2018 - Dates / Nov 17

The venue this year once again is the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay which has provided an excellent home for the finals for many years. As well as the facilities of the Riviera Centre itself, Torquay provides plenty of hotels and attractions to the the weekend and enjoyable one for all the family. Many of the competing bands stay for the weekend, practising beforehand and celebrating afterwards. The Riviera Centre is located close to the sea front and is well signposted. Alternatively the postcode is TQ2 5LZ.

Section Date and Times are now available although all timings are currently provisional.

  • Championship Section: Sunday 11 March, not before 1530 - Stage Forum - Test Piece: Odyssey (Kevin Norbury)
  • First Section: Saturday 10 March, not before 1430 - Stage Forum - Test Piece: Brass Metamorphosis (James Curnow)
  • Second Section: Saturday 10 March, 0930 - Stage Forum - Test Piece: Ex Terra Lucem (Jonathan Bates)
  • Third Section: Saturday 10 March 1000 - Stage Arena - Test Piece: Napoleon on the Alps (Philip Harper)
  • Fourth Section: Sunday 11 March 0900 - Stage Forum - Test Piece: World Tour (Dr. Rodney Newton)

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