Weston-super-Mare Contest

Competitors at the Contest perform an Own Choice Test Piece in graded sections.

2018 Weston-super-Mare "Own Choice" Contest

Refurbishments to the ballroom at the Winter Gardens and creation of a Law and finance centre have now been completed by Weston College. The venue is open for business and is welcoming students and visitor's after its £15m revamp to bring it into the 21st Century.

SWBBA had been hoping to stage the annual own choice contest at the venue in 2018 to take advantage of the neo Georgian ballroom with its domed ceiling now treated with an acoustic solution to dampen echo and refurbished walls uplighters and plasterwork.

Unfortunately, with only 46% of the original site now available for hire it is apparent there is insufficient space to run a contest where historically 35 bands and their supporters have gathered.

"The rooms available for band changing and registration/control room and catering are not ideally located for us" said vice chairman of SWBBA John Woods.

We have major concerns for the smooth running of the event and an expectation that all bands would need to use a single staircase to access a band room twice - once to perform and again to leave after performing. Coupled with the fact that this is adjacent to the public entrance to the auditorium we feel this is unworkable.

Whilst this is regrettable, SWBBA will continue to work with local Weston Brass to seek a more suitable alternative venue in North Somerset in the hope that it will be able to once again stage the contest in 2019.

Previous Results

Championship & First Section

Year Winning Band, Winning Piece [Conductor]
2018 Contest Not Held
2017 Contest Not Held
2016 Contest Not Held
2015 Verwood Concert Brass, Paganini Variations [Kevin Smith]
2014 Leicestershire Co-op, Journey into Freedom [G Jacklin], Full Results »
2013 Sandhurst Silver, Tallis Variations [I McElligott], Full Results »
2012 Jackfield (Elcock Reisen), Full Results »

Second Section

Year Winning Band, Winning Piece [Conductor]
2018 Contest Not Held
2017 Contest Not Held
2016 Contest Not Held
2015 Blaenavon Town, Chaucer's Tunes [Jamie Jones]
2014 Ebbw Valley Brass, Purcell Variations [G Ritter], Full Results »
2013 St. Keverne, The Plantagenets [G Churcher], Full Results »
2012 Lympstone South West Telecoms, Full Results »

Third Section

Year Winning Band, Winning Piece [Conductor]
2018 Contest Not Held
2017 Contest Not Held
2016 Contest Not Held
2015 Hucknall & Lynby MC Brass, Kaleidoscope [Paul Whyley]
2014 Ebbw Valley Brass, Partita (Postcards from Home) [G Ritter], Full Results »
2013 Pontypool Brass, Land of the Long White Cloud [O Farr], Full Results »
2012 Bream Silver, Full Results »

Fourth Section

Year Winning Band, Winning Piece [Conductor]
2018 Contest Not Held
2017 Contest Not Held
2016 Contest Not Held
2015 Newport Borough Brass, Dimensions [Robin Hackett]
2014 Newport Borough, Oregon [R Hackett], Full Results »
2013 South Molton Town, Devon Fantasy [G Taylor], Full Results »
2012 Severn Tunnel, Full Results »

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