REPORT & RESULTS: Brighouse Lions Festival of Brass

The 19th Festival of Brass, organized by Brighouse & District Lions, featured a record 30 bands in the March and Hymn Tune Contest on Sunday 1st July with some brilliant playing in the Town hall Square.

Playing to a packed crowd basking in glorious summer sunshine the Milnrow Band successfully defended the title they won the previous year. They were pushed hard by runners up Elland, with Hepworth taking third place. Section prizes went to Skelmanthorpe, Slaithwaite, Golborne and Gawthorpe’85; Elland Youth Band taking the Youth prize.

The opening event of the Festival was the Gala Concert on the Saturday evening featuring the Clifton and Lightcliffe Band conducted by John Clay in St Martin’s Parish Church. A marvelous evening’s music was enjoyed by the packed audience.
This years adjudicators were David Hirst and David Ashworth.


1. Milnrow
2. Elland
3. Hepworth

Best 1st Section: Skelmanthorpe
Best 2nd Section: Slaithwaite
Best 3rd Section: Golborne
Best 4th Section: Gawthorpe ‘85
Best Unregistered Band: Thurlstone
Best 4th Section Hymn Tune: Gawthorpe’85

Best March: Milnrow
Best Hymn: Milnrow
Best Principal Cornet: Marsden
Best Euphonium: Hade Edge
Best Soprano: Marsden
Best Trombone Section: Marsden
Best Soloist: Milnrow – Euphonium
Best Basses: Milnrow
Best Road March: Hepworth
Best Trombones on the Road March: Milnrow
Best Deportment: Wardle Anderson
Best Youth Band: Elland Youth
2nd Youth Band: Bradford Youth
Best Youth Soloist: Elland Youth – Cornet
Youth Deportment: Elland Youth
Youngest Player: Charlie Yates (9) Hebden Bridge Juniors

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