Yorkshire Area Double Champions


After what has seemed like a long run up, we have yet again become Yorkshire Regional 3rd Section Champions. We have qualified to appear again at the National Finals in Cheltenham on the 27th September 2020, by playing the test-piece “Endurance” and been promoted to the 2nd Section from Jan 2021.

The British Bandsman Magazine said of our performance…

Draw 5 Kippax (Stephen Tighe)

Kippax start with a version that gives the theme more space than we have heard, making the contrast too.

Var.1 more marked. The flow continues nicely and the detail comes across in the hall...

Var. 2 Good ensemble and a beautifully clear Sop solo. Dynamic shaping keeps the music alive and interesting.

Var. 3 really excellent balance between back row quavers and Baritone off beat phrase showing the clear contrast. Excellent fanfares as the detail comes across 

Great solo work in Var. 4 show a great depth of talent in the band – the duet work is particularly balanced and accompaniment keeps restrained to let them do so. Solo cornet makes the hairs on my arm stand on end in this beautiful acoustic, Basses lending some solid foundations helps too.

Top percussion work in the final section not overpowering but solid playing as has been the case throughout.

Glorious sounds to finish from the Cornets not sounding over blown. This is the performance to beat now ladies and gents.

But no one did beat us, so the band now has a piece of history to be proud of. The Full Results were;

1. Kippax (Stephen Tighe)*
2. Lofthouse 2000 (Andrew Whitaker)*
3. Emley Brass (Garry Hallas)
4. Maltby Miners Welfare (Terry Clifford)
5. Dinnington Colliery (Jonathan Beatty)
6. Gawthorpe Brass '85 (John Edward)
7. Clifton & Lightcliffe (John Clay)
8. Huddersfield & Ripponden (Adam Bell)
9. Oughtibridge (Gavin Somerset)
10. Deepcar Brass (Cathryn O'Shea)
11. Armthorpe Elmfield (Raymond Kilcoyne)

*Qualify for National Final

Best Instrumentalist: Nigel Darbyshire (cornet) — Kippax
Best Percussion: Maltby Miners
Youngest Player: Rhiannon Catley aged 11 of Maltby Miners


As you can see, the band’s principal cornet player Nigel Darbyshire also picked up the best instrumentalist Prize and our MD Stephen Tighe, was awarded a new trophy celebrating the life and work of legendary Brighouse and Rastrick Soprano Star Roy Roe. Roy was a friend of Stephens and in fact Stephen had a period of playing for Brighouse too and has adjudicated with Roy in the past. 

We had a great day, having boarded the coach very early at 06:30 in the morning. We had a brief rehearsal at the Huddersfield University Oastler Building and Bernice managed to draw number 5 out of the bag which meant we had lots of time and didn’t need to rush! The band played well and we had time to relax and chill after the performance.

Stephen was pleased with our performance and thanked everyone afterwards. We all convened to the pub and when the results were announced we were all there as one and rejoiced in the historic Double Championship achievement. Please see the videos and hear our performance on the video below.

We now look forward to the National Finals with a strength of purpose and self belief!

Come and see the Yorkshire Champions on Sunday 12th April at Kippax Band Club for their next concert! Doors open 7pm.


Band chairman: Colin Moss 

Band secretary: Emma Cassells

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