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Historical Brass Band Events

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4 June 1860
  • Gala + Band Contest - Temple Grounds, Lincoln

  • 25 June 1860
  • South Yorkshire Band Contest - Doncaster
    The second South Yorkshire brass band contest took place yesterday (Monday) in the grounds adjoining Nether Hall. The morning was wet, but the afternoon was fine, and great numbers attended. The bands from the neighbourhood of Leeds were the Leeds Spanish Leather Works, Ingledew's (Leeds), Cleckheaton, Bramley, Bradford, Dewsbury, &c. Of the seventeen entered fourteen competed. The contest lasted several hours, and the respective bands were loudly cheered. It was arranged that the Mayor of Doncaster (John Hatfield, Esq.) should present the cup subscribed for by the inhabitants to the best band; and that given by the licensed victuallers by Mr. Councillor Milner ; but this arrangement was carried out at so late an hour that we are unable to give the decision of the judges.

  • 25 June 1860
  • Band Contest - Zoological Gardens, Hull

  • 3 July 1860
  • Band Contest - Boston

  • 9 July 1860
  • Band Contest - Cremorne Gardens, Chelsea

  • 10 July 1860
  • National Brass Band Contest - Crystal Palace, Sydenham

    Arrangements have been made for a GRAND MONSTER BRASS BAND CONTEST on the above days, in which upwards of ONE HUNDRED BANDS from all parts of England are engaged to take part, comprising in all TWO THOUSAND BRASS INSTRDMENT PERFORMERS. Valuable Prizes, in Money and Cups, will be given by the Company; and, in addition, the principal Music's' instrument 3fakers In London have signified their intention to present several first-class instruments as special prizes.
    The Contest will commence each day at, Ten o'clock, and on both days the whole of the Bands will meet at Three o'clock precisely in the Handel Orchestra, and perform Mendelssohn's "Wedding March", Haydn's Chorus, "The Heavens are Telling", Handels "Hallelujah", "Rule Britannia," and "God Save the queen." A Monster Gong Drum, seven feet in diameter, manufactured expressly for the occasion, will accompany the combined bands.

    Admission, Tuesday, Half-a-Crown; Wednesday, One Shilling.

    NOTICE.-Excursion Trains will run from all principal towns on the Great Western, Midland, London and North Western, Great Northern, South Western, and other railways; for full particulars of which see the Companies' advertisements and bills.

    CRYSTAL PALACE - BRASS BAND CONTEST - In accordance with Regulation No. 5 the Leaders of the Brass Bands entered for this great Contest are instructed to attend at Exeter hall on MONDAY next, July 9, at 7 o'clock in the evening, to DRAW LOTS for CHOICE of PLATFORMS (which will be eight in number, situate in various parts of the Crystal Palace grounds), during the two days' contest. At this meeting Orchestra Tickets, including admission to the Palace, and railway passes, will be issued.
    On account of the unprecedented number of performers (nearly two thousand in number) who will be assembled together, and will be sufficient to entirely fill the Great Handel Orchestra, where each desk and performer will be numbered, no bands can be admitted to the Orchestra or Palace unless strictly conforming to the above regulation.-By order,


    Competition seems to be the order of the day. It was only on Monday that the prizes of the first national "tir" in England were distributed in the presence of an immense concourse of persons at the Crystal Palace, and on Tuesday a considerable number of persons assembled In the same pleasant locality to participate in the first great national contest between the brass hands of the country. It has not been uncommon in the provinces to have occasional and partial contests of this kind, but this is the first occasion on which anything like a general and national display has taken place. From ten o'clock a.m. no less than forty-four bands of brass instruments, divided into six compartments, performed in succession, before appointed judges, on platforms erected in various parts of the building. At three o'clock the members of these forty-four bands assembled to ether in the Handel Orchestra, and played the following selection:
    "Rule Britannia."; "Hallelujah", Handel, "Wedding March", Mendelssohn, "The Heaven's are telling" Haydn, "God Save the Queen"

    The effect of the combined legions of "blowers" (upwards of 1,200 strong) was tremendous. The organ, which accompanied them, and which on less exceptional occasions is apt to drown everything, was scarcely audible in the midst of the brazen tempest. Nothing less than the new "monster gong-drum," manufactured by Mr. Henry Distin - to wield the thunder of which required the united efforts of Messrs. Charles Thompson (of the Crystal Palace Band) and Middleditch (of the London Rifle Brigade)-could prevail against it. The pieces that pleased the most-perhaps because the best executed-were Mendelssohn's Wedding March and the National Anthem, both of which were unanimously encored. The whole performance was conducted, with wonderful vigour and precision, by Mr. Enderby Jackson, of Hull.

    After this colossal display, twelve bands, selected by the judges as the most worthy to contend for the prizes, out of the forty-four who bad bean beard in the morning (two from each platform), appeared In the Handel Orchestra, and
    alternately exhibited their strength. The Saltaire Band (maintained by Mr. Titus Salt, of Bradford, conductor, Mr. Richard Smith) played a selection from Lucrecia Borgia, the Cyfarthfa Band (supported by Mr. Crawshay, and from the ranks of which the late Jullien obtained Mr. Hughes, the celebrated ophicleide, and other excellent performers - conductor, Mr. R. Livesey) played a selection from Balfe's opera of The Bondman; the Deighton Mills Band (conductor, Mr. P. Robinson), a selection from Ernani; the Witney Band (conductor, Mr. J. Crawford), a selection from the Trovatore; the Stanhope Band (from the wilds of Cumberland, where they hear no music but their own - conductor, Mr. R. de Lacy), a selection from Preciosa; the Chesterfield Band (in the costume of the Chesterfield Rifles regiment of Sir Joseph Paxton - conductor, Mr. H. Slack) a selection from the Trovatore; the Stalybridge Band (conductor, Mr. J. Melling) the overture to Guillaume Tell; the Dewsbury Band (conductor, Mr. J. Peel) a selection from Preciosa; the Black-dyke Mills band (a subscription band, supported hy the wealthy proprietor of the mills-conductor, Mr. S. Longbottorn) a selection from Preciosa; the Ackrington Band (conductor, Mr. R. Barnes) the overture to Verdi's Nabucco); the Holmfirth Temperance Band (nurtured among the hills which separate Lancashire from Yorkshire - conductor, Mr. W. Roberts), selection from the Trovatore; and the Darlington Sax-horn Band (generally known as the Catholic band, and which plays sacred music exclusively - conductor, Mr. H. Hogett) the "Kyrie" and "Gloria," from Haydn's Mass, No. 2.

    All these various performances betrayed a more or less degree of merit, and were listened to with genuine pleasure. At eight o'clock the judges having fully deliberated, they pronounced the following decision: First prize, consisting of £40 in money, together with a splendid cup for the bandmaster, and a magnificent Champion centre bass in E flat, value 35 guineas, presented by Mr. H. Distin, to the Black Dyke Mills band. This is a private band, maintained, we understand, at the expense of Messrs. .J. Foster and Sons. Second prize, £25 to the Saltaire band, also a private band. Third prize, £15, to the Cyfarthfa (Welsh) band, maintained by Messrs. Crawshay, the large ironmasters. Fourth prize, £10, to the Darlington Sax Horn band. Fifth prize, £5, to the Dewsbury band. At three o'clock all the bands assembled in the Handel orchestra, and performed the following pieces: Rule Britannia; the Hallelujah Chorus, from Handel; Wedding March, from Mendelssohn; Haydn's chorus, "Heavens are telling" and "God save the Queen". The united bands were conducted by Mr. Enderby Jackson, of Hull, to whose activity and skill the success of the entire proceeding as a musical display is mainly to be attributed,

    As has been already observed, there was a very fair attendance on the part of the public, but not to the extent which might have been supposed on so novel an occasion. The coldness of the day and its threatening aspect no doubt kept many away who would otherwise have been present. As the contest, however, is to be continued this day, and the successful bands (with the exception of the Saltaire) are entitled to contend for the additional prizes, and as it is moreover to be a shilling day, greater numbers will avail themselves of the opportunity to be present at so interesting and so original a competition.

  • 10 July 1860
  • National Brass Band Contest - Crystal Palace, Sydenham
    The grand contest of the brass bands, announced for several weeks past to take place at the Crystal Palace, attracted nearly 7,000 persons, although the entrance fee was half-a-crown. The origin of these contests must be referred to Mr. Enderby Jackson, of Hull, a gentleman who has been for many years the most strenuous promoter of music as a recreation among the middle classes in the north of England. Some twelve or fifteen years since, when Mr. Jackson discovered that brass bands were formed by the workmen in the various large manufactories in almost every district of the North, he founded these contests, which were held at different periods in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, and several minor towns. So great was the success of these musical gatherings, that the idea of holding a gigantic meeting in the metropolis was the natural consequence, and an application to the directors of the Crystal Palace to allow a monster concert to be held there was forthwith acceded to. It was then resolved that a competition should take place among all the brass bands who chose to enter the lists, and that prizes should be awarded. Immediately ninety-nine bands sent in their application to be placed on the roll, and subsequently others were added, making in the whole one hundred and fifteen, Of course, the greatest share of the excitement arose in the northern counties, as these sent the majority of the bands with whom the contests originated; but other parts of England had their musical representatives, nor was the metropolis without its brazen cohort to do honour in its behalf. Whoever invented brass band contests must have agreed with that worthy into whose mouth Shakespeare puts the sentiment "Silence is only commendable in a neat's tongue dried, and a maid not vendible". And yet it would be a mistake to suppose that these contests are nothing but sound and fury, for, properly conducted, they may be made to afford real pleasure not to the connoisseur alone, but to the unlearned in matters musical. We are apt to associate something national with brass bands, There is a bold and warlike tone about them which stirs up the spirit of the multitude, and hence many persons would enjoy a fine march or a patriotic air played by a band of this description who would be insensible to those delicate refinements of the art which it requires a cultivated taste to appreciate. The directors of the Crystal Palace, therefore, were not wrong in supposing; that a national brass band contest would prove both exciting and attractive; and accordingly they resolved on carrying out the idea in that colossal fashion in which everything here is accomplished. Being the largest concert-room in the world, possessing an orchestra of unparalleled magnitude, end resources which it would be difficult to match, the Crystal Palace was surely the place for a monster contest. The idea once determined on, no means have been neglected for putting it into successful execution, and considerably more than 100 brass bands from all parts of England have responded to the invitation to join in this friendly act of emulation.
    The fete, which was opened under very cheering auspices yesterday, will be continued today, and altogether it is estimated that in that period no less than 115 brass bands will have shown their prowess and have submitted their abilities to the test of a metropolitan audience. Have our readers any notion of what a brass band contest is? First, we will tell them what it is not, and then we will explain how the present contest has been conducted at the Crystal Palace, which we hope will render the matter tolerably clear. It is not, then, as some ingenious people seem to suppose, the assembling of 50 or 100 bands upon one orchestra, each playing a different air, and the one that played the loudest or the longest receiving the prize. On the contrary, it is a perfectly business-like and skilfully contrived plan, whereby every band in succession goes through a severely critical ordeal, and has its pretensions decided on by a thoroughly competent tribunal, The plan adopted yesterday, and carried out with a punctuality which speaks volumes for the unflagging industry of Mr, Bewley, was this: At ten o'clock the palace and grounds were thrown open, and very speedily both began to fill; but, for a reason which will at once be understood, the lovely grounds were the favourite resort during the early part at the day, In different spots, at convenient distances, and on the most eligible sites, had been erected six substantial platforms. Upon four of these seven bands were appointed to play in succession one piece each, and on the other two eight bands were to play one piece each. To each platform were appointed three judges, whose names are a sufficient guarantee for the honesty, independence, and accuracy of the decisions at which they arrived. This portion of the programme having been accomplished, the whole of the bands assembled, at three o'clock, in the Handel Orchestra, and, under the able conductorship of Mr. Enderby Jackson, played in succession, "Rule Britannia," the "Hallelujah Chorus," Mendelssohn's "Wedding March," Haydn's chorus, "The Heavens are telling," and the "National Anthem," The effect of this performance was stupendous. The English are excessively fond of the chief places, not only in the synagogues, but elsewhere. They like, too, to hear and see everything, and are not often over regardful of their neighbour's comfort, so long as they secure their own, There were only a few reserved seats yesterday, and hence the British sightseer with his (and her) accustomed pertinacity had pressed forward to the front, and had early taken up the most commanding situations, But for once our friend reckoned without his host. The mighty rushing sound of the instruments fell with such fearful force upon his tympanum that he was glad to beat a rapid retreat, and to seek same safer and more sequestered spot. Speaking of the tympanum, by the way, recalls to our recollection a drum of another sort; to wit, that gigantic gong of Mr Distin's, seven feet in diameter, which may be fairly said to have distanced all its rivals. There it stood, propped up in the centre of the orchestra, as much superior to all other drums as the fountains at Versailles are to those in Trafalgar square, whilst two stalwart fellows hammered away at it with drumsticks as big as babies. indeed, so arduous were the exertions of these gentlemen that they had to be relieved in their labours, In return for the blows which were inflicted upon it, the gong gave forth most sonorous sounds, and we venture to say that so much good was never before got out of anything by pommeling. The 44 bands which appeared upon the orchestra numbered probably, about 900 instruments, and, as we have said, the effect was stupendous. That it was all that could be desired in an artistic point of view we will not pretend to say; but the precision which was achieved was really astonishing, and the grand swell of the crescendo passages was very fine. Regarded as a musical performance, we preferred the execution of Haydn's noble chorus "The heavens are telling"; but the suffrages of the audience were in favour of the "Wedding March" and "God save the Queen," which were re-demanded, and given a second time. Whilst these pieces were being played the judges summed up the merits of the various bands, and having selected two from each platform announced the twelve to be - The Dewsbury, leader, Mr. J. Peel; the Cyfartha, conductor, Mr. R. Livesey; the Witney, conductor, Mr. J. Crawford; the Saltaire, conductor, Mr. R. Smith, leader, Mr, W. Turner; the Black Dyke Mills, conductor, Mr. S. Longbottom, leader, Mr, T. Galloway; the Chesterfield, conductor, Mr. Slack; the Accrington, leader, Mr, Barnes; the Holmfirth Temperance, conductor, Mr. W. Roberts; the Stanhope, conductor, Mr. R. De Lacy; the Darlington Sax Horn, conductor, Mr. H. Hoggett; the Staley-bridge, conductor, Mr. J. Melling; and the Deighton, leader, Mr, P. Robinson. The eighteen judges then formed themselves into one body, and the twelve selected brands ascended the orchestra in rotation and played one piece each. This afforded the final test, The whole of the judges thereupon consulted, and at length announced the victorious bands in the following order: First. Prize £40 in money, together with a splendid silver cup for the bandmaster. Also a magnificent champion contrabass in E flat, value 35 guineas, presented by Mr. Henry Distin, 9, Great Newport-street, St. Martin's-lane, London - to the Black Dyke Band. Second prize £25 in money - to the Saltaire. Third prize - £15 in money - to the Cyfartha. Fourth prize - £10 in money - to the Darlington. Fifth prize - £5 in money - to the Dewsbury. Today the contest will be brought to a conclusion, and in the evening the presentation of the prizes will take place. Seven prizes will be awarded today in, addition to the five contested for yesterday, and it is anticipated that upwards of 70 bands will engage in the struggle.

  • 11 July 1860
  • National Brass Band Contest - Crystal Palace, Sydenham

  • 4 August 1860
  • Band Contest - Peel Park, Bradford
    A contest of brass bands took place in Peel Park, Bradford, on Saturday afternoon last. The day was fine, with the exception of a very high wind which prevailed during the greater part of the performance, and the assemblage of spectators was large, there being a great number of strangers present from the various neighbouring towns. There were two sets of prizes for competition, of equal value, the whole amounting to £60, and the arrangement was that each band should play one piece in competition for each series of prizes. There were eleven entries. The following are the bands which competed, the order in which they played, and the pieces which each played for the first sot of prizes: 1. Farnley Temperance Band, selections from "Martha"; 2. Dewsbury Band, selections from "Preciosa"; 3. Bowling Band, a selection from "Il Trovatore"; 4. Baildon Band, a selection from "Lucia di Lammermoor"; Wike Independent Band, a selection from "La Traviata"; 6. Dodworth Band, "Cavatina" with variations; 7. Heckmondwike Band, a selection from " Lucrezia Borgia"; 8. Keighley (Mariner's) Band, selections from "IlTrovatore"; 9. Scott's Operatic Band, grand selection from "II Trovatore"; 10. Cleckheaton Band, selections from "Lucrezia Borgia"; 11. Brighouse Band, selections from "Lucrezia Borgia".

    The bands then assembled, and altogether, to the number of about 200, under the conductorship of Mr. J. W. Dodworth, performed "Rule Britannia," which had a grand effect, and was loudly applauded by the large concourse of spectators. The competition for the second series of prizes next commenced, and the following is the order of playing, with the pieces played by each band: 1. Bowling Band, "Hallelujah Chorus"; 2. Cleckheaton Band, "Maritana"; 3. Wyke (Independent) Band, a selection from "Lucretia Borgia"; 4. Scott's Operatic Band, selection from "Ernani"; 5. Baildon Band, selection from "La Sonnambula"; 6. Keighley (Mariner's) Band, selection from "Lucrezia Borgia"; 7. Farnley (Temperance) Band, selections from "Lucrezia Borgia"; 8, Heckmondwike Band, a selection from "Ernani"; 9. Dodworth Band, overture, "Italiana et Algeria"; 10. Brighouse Band, "Hallelujah Chorus"; 11. Dewsbury Band, selections from "Ernani."

    The bands again assembled, and, under the leadership of Mr. J. W. Dodworth, performed "The National Anthem," which was loudly applauded, as were also the various pieces played by the several bands. The judges (G. A. Wielopolski Phillipps, of Liverpool ; G. A. Rungeling, of Liverpool ; and Francis Cottier) then came forward to the platform, and delivered to the Secretary, Mr. F. Tula), their decisions, which were as follow :-

    2. Heckmondwike Band £12
    3. Dewsbury Baud £8
    4. Dodworth £5
    5. Cleckheaton £3
    1. Keighley (Mariner's) £2

    1. Dewsbury Baud £12
    2. Baildon £8
    3. Cleckheaton £5
    4. Keighley (Mariner's) £3
    5. Heckmondwike Band £2

    The announcement of the prizes was received with loud cheers. The immense crowd then quietly dispersed. Great credit is due to the committee for the excellent arrangements which they had instituted, and which were carried out in their entirety. The whole of the bands were listened to with the greatest attention, and the whole proceedings were marked throughout by the most perfect order and the greatest regularity. We understand the committee have it in contemplation to have another contest in the course of a week or two.

  • 20 August 1860
  • Band Contest - Beechfield Cricket Ground, Sheffield Road, Barnsley
    On Monday last, a brass band contest took place at the Beechfield cricket ground, Sheffield-road. There were nearly 7,000 persons present. The amount of money given was £22, together with two silver cups, one of them being for the best band that never won a prize. The judge was Herr Brosang, bandmaster of the 84th; Mr. Henry Hopwood, of Hull, being referee. Each of the bands played two pieces. The admirable playing of the successful bands evidently gratified the large audience. The contest was divided into two parts, between which the bands combined and played the national anthem and "Rule Britannia" with great effect and in good time. All the bands having played their several pieces, considerable excitement prevailed as to the judge's decision. Before the award was made, so nicely balanced appeared to be the claims of the Heckmondwike and Doncaster bands that they were requested by the judge to play one of their pieces over again. This was done, and the judge's decision was then given as follows: First prize, £10, and silver cup, Heckmondwike band; second, £6, Doncaster Rifle band; third, £3, Gawthorpe Britannia band; fourth, £2, Gawthorpe Temperance band; fifth, £1, Conisbro' band. The special prize of a silver cup for the best band that never won a prize was awarded to the Gawthorpe Britannia band, the Doncaster band being disqualified from competing for it, having previously won several prizes.

  • 20 August 1860
  • Band Contest - Cricket Ground, Leicester
    On Monday week a brass band contest took place in the cricket ground, at Leicester, at which an immense concourse of people were present. The following bands entered :-Nuneaton, Melbourne, Melton Mowbray, Chesterfield, Midland Railway, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Burton-upon-Trent, Bradgate, Leicester, Calverton. The judges were H. Money, Esq., band master, 5th Lancers; T. Weston, Esq., Leicester; and H. Farmer, Esq., of Nottingham, and the following is their awards: Chesterfield, 1st prize, £12, Bradgate, 2nd, £8, Sutton-in-Ashfield, 3rd, £5, Derby Midland Railway band, 4th, £3, Burton-upon-Trent band, 5th, £2

  • 20 August 1860
  • Floral Fete - Malton
    MALTON AND DISTRICT GRAND FLORAL FETE - On Tuesday last, the annual exhibition of this society under the presidency of the Right Hon. Lord Feversham and other distinguished patronage, took place in the Lodge grounds, the residence of W. C. Copperthwaite, Esq. At one o'clock the children of the Sabbath schools assembled in the Market-place, and preceded by the Drum and Fife Band, went to the gala grounds. Shortly afterwards the members of the 1st North York Rifles, headed by their band, proceeded to the same place. It had been announced that there would be a band contest in the afternoon, but owing to several bands not having entered until too late no contest took place. The band of the 1st North York Rifles, that of the Driffield Rifles, and the Malton United Brass Band played in rotation select pieces of music. The attraction of
    the day was a balloon ascent by Mr. Coxwoll. At seven o'clock the balloon "Man" began its trial flight, and shot up almost perpendicularly for nearly three quarters of a mile, then took an easterly direction, and eventually arrived safe at Sherburn, near Scarbro', and about fourteen miles from Malton.

  • 27 August 1860
  • Gala + Band Contest - Botanical Gardens, Sheffield

  • 28 August 1860
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Eastmoor, Wakefield
    EASTMOOR FLORAL AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - The ninth animal exhibition of the above society was held on Tuesday, in the Cricket-field, adjoining the borough market. The attendance of visitors was tolerably good, and the weather during the earlier part of the afternoon was fine, but about four o'clock the sky became overcast, and shortly afterwards the rain came down in torrents, which continued for a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes.
    An additional attraction in the shape of a brass band contest had been announced, but only four bands entered - the Gawthorpe brass band, leader Mr. Blackburn, which played selections from " Ernani" and "Martha"; the Wakefield Rifle Corps brass band, leader Mr. Wyun, which played selections from "La Traviata" and "Martha"; the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum brass band, leader Mr. Lofthouse, which played an overture from "Stradella" and another from the "Zauberflote"; and the Wakefield Forester's brass hand, known as Holmes' band, leader, Mr. Clegg, which played the "Hallelujah Chorus" and a selection from the duett "La Maseandria". The Rifle Corps band and the Asylum hand were required to play over again, the number of points obtained by each being equal. The Rifle band repeated the selection from "La Traviata" and the Asylum band gave an overture from "Tancredi" the first-named being the victor. The first prize was an instrument, value £8, with £8 added; the second, £6; the third £2; and the fourth, £1, the bands obtaining prizes in the order in which they stand above, The judges for the band contest were Mr. Peel, leader of the Dewsbury brass band, and Mr. Bowling, professor of music, Leeds. The whole four bands afterwards united in playing Rule Britannia and God Save the Queen, under the leadership of Mr. Wainwright, which they accomplished in fine style.

  • 29 August 1860
  • Gala + Band Contest - Abbey Grounds, Whitby

  • 1 September 1860
  • Grand Double Brass Band Contest - Peel Park, Bradford

  • 3 September 1860
  • Band Contest - Belle Vue, Manchester
    A contest took place at Belle Vue Gardens, Manchester, on Monday last. The following five bands competed: Sherwood Rangers (Yeomanry); Newark, conductor Wm. Lilly; Dewsbury, John Peel; Halifax (Volunteer Rifles), J. Dewhurst; .Albion (Heckmondwike, near Leeds); Deighton (near Huddersfield), Philip Robinson. The judges made the following award of the prizes; 1st, Halifax, £35; 2nd, Dewsbury, £15; 3rd, Sherwood Rangers, £10; 4th, Albion, £5; 5th, Deighton, £2.

  • 3 September 1860
  • Fete + Band Contest - Worcester
    The annual regatta fetes at Worcester came off on the Severn on Monday afternoon, and the weather being fine the sports were witnessed by large numbers of people from all parts. A brass band contest also came off, in which the Pershore Rifle Band was declared the victor.

  • 10 September 1860
  • Band Contest - Cricket Ground, Linthorpe Road, Middlesborough
    On Monday last, a brass band contest took place on the cricket ground, Linthorpe road, Middlesbro'. There were several bands entered - among them Bradford, Heckmondwike, Darlington Sax Horn, MaIton, Stanhope, and others, The contest lasted nearly the whole day, and at the conclusion the judges awarded the first prize, £12, to Bradford; the 2nd, £10, to Darlington; the third, £6, to Stanhope; and the fourth to the Hartlepool Artillery band,

  • 10 September 1860
  • Gala + Band Contest - Nottingham

  • 1861

    4 March 1861
  • Band Contest - Town Hall, Greenock
    GREENOCK COMPETITION - The rifle band competition, for prizes
    of £10 and £6, took place in the Town Hall on Monday right, and was listened to with much interest by a large and appreciative audience. A. temporary platform was erected on the top of the ordinary one, and on this elevation each of the three bands-the 7th Stirlingshire Rifles (Lennoxtown), the 4th Ayrshire Rifle Band (Largs), and the band of the Greenock Rifles - played select pieces of music alternately. Mr, Smalley, bandmaster of the 78th Highlanders, acted as umpire, and at the close awarded the first prize to the Largs band for the manner in which they played the "Trovatore" music, but in no other part of the programme were they so effective, showing that on this they had bestowed very special attention. The Greenock band received the second prize. They displayed not so much special as general efficiency, and in the legitimate role-a military hand, without any special conducting - acquitted themselves admirably. The Lennoxtown showed some excellent air playing, and, in the opinion of many connoisseurs present, were decidedly the favourite musicians. Altogether the programme was gone through in a most creditable manner. Let those who have gained, however, look well to their laurels, for there will probably be a return match, and this time on the score of general rather than particular merit. To further this purpose each band should get their music from the umpire a fortnight or three weeks before the concert, and this would more fairly bring out the ability and capability of each band.

  • 1 July 1861
  • Band Contest - Shrewsbury

  • 1 July 1861
  • Band Contest - Zoological Gardens, Liverpool
    VOLUNTEER BAND CONTEST - Yesterday afternoon a band contest took place in the Zooloplcal Gardems in connection with a gala held there for the benefit of the Liverpool United Friendly Tontine Societies. Unfortunately the weather was most unfavourable, rain heavily throughout the afternoon and evening; the attendance consequently, was but limited compared with what it would have been had the day been fine,
    The competition was restricted to the bands of the various rifle and artillery corps of Liverpool. It had been anticipated that the prizes would bring out a large body of competitors; indeed, it was publicly announced that 300 performers would be present. The number in attendance yesterday, however, fell far short of 300, only seven bands entering the lists for the prizes offered - a handsome silver cup of the value of ten guineas, furnished from the establishment of Mr. Meyer, Lord street, and £3 in money for the second best band. The motive which prompted the societies in question to offer these prizes will be at once apparent, and therefore little need be said about that. They had in view no doubt the double purpose of obtaining an addition to their funds by the speculation and furnishing an extra treat to the members and friends who were expected to assemble in large numbers on the occasion. But it may last be mentioned here that it is a matter of regret that contests of this description are not got up oftener, and that prizes on a more liberal scale and also more numerous have not been presented at other hands. Some of our volunteer bands are composed entirely of young musicians, many of whom were altogether ignorant of the art until they joined the service, and these contests would form a powerful incentive to them in gaining that knowledge of their instruments and of the science in general which is so necessary to make them really efficient performers.

    The competition was delayed for some time yesterday, in consequence of one or two little disputes respecting some of the Intending competitors being eligible and the unpropitious state of the weather, and the proceedings were not commenced until nearly five o'clock. The judges appointed were Mr. Wright, of Knutsford, Cheshire (bandmaster of the Earl of Chester's Yeomanry Cavalry), and Mr. Squire Greenwood and Mr. G. A. Phillips, of Liverpool. The Order in which the bands played, and the compositions they performed, were as follows:

    17th L.A.V. 13 performers. Mr. W. H. Longden bandmaster who was also the leader. - Quick March, "Heck Von Daobdstein" and "La Chateau Morceaux Polka". The majority of this band are very young men, and their playing did not betoken a long acquaintance with "the art divine." The first piece they performed was the march, in the commencement of which there was every indifferent attempt at an effective crescendo. The instruments generally were out of tune, the tenors and basses especially, and the leading cornet was near half a tone flat in some passages. The hand wore not happy in their selection either, "Hook Von Daobstein" being a poor rendition. They were not much more successful in "La Chateau Morceaux Polka," though it was played in better time and tune than the first-framed piece.
    111th L.R.V. 13 performers. Bandmaster and leader,_ Mr. Henry, Moore. Quickstep from the opera of Traviata and a quickstep including well known airs sung by the Christy's Minstrels. This band is composed of mere boys, who have only been in the service about eleven months, and as none of them had any knowledge of music when they joined, great allowance must be made in their case. In the Christy's .Minstrels quickstep they were not nicely together, and the baritones were sadly out of tone in some parts. But the quickstep of selections from "Traviata" was a most decided improvement upon their first essay, being well in tune and correct as to time; Indeed, looking at the character of the music - not by any means of a simple style - it was rather astonishing to find comparative novices in music displaying such an appreciation of so classic a composer. The manner in which they acquitted themselves in the second section of their performance did them and their instructor infinite credit. We shall not be far wrong In saying that, if they exercise diligence and perseverance, they will seem be enabled to take a most respectable position as instrumentalists.
    1st comp of 1st battalion L.B.V., 19 performers. Mr. J. B. Cooper ; leader, Mr. J Broadhurst.- - Slow march, "Pearl of Italy'," by M. Marie, bandmaster of the national guard of Paris, and a selection from the first act of the opera of 'Lucrezia Borgia," arranged by Mr. Broadhurst. This was doubtless the best band upon the ground, whether as regards its general construction or its ability and really musician-like taste of its members. Their first piece, commencing with a very beautiful adagio, replete with fine harmony and modulation, and succeeded by an effective encore movement, was admirably rendered, light and shade being imparted to the various passages with a skill and judgment that certainly were not equalled by any other band taking part in the contest. Their secon piecte, the selection from "Lucrezia Borgia," was also exceedingly good, and marked by the good taste and discernment which distingnIehed their first effort. Mr. Broadhurat's cornet solos. and Mr. Platt's E flat clarionet playing were greatly admired, and the same remark applies to the other soloists. Indeed, the entire performance of this excellent band, unmistakeably showing, as it did, the ability of the bandmaster, was listened to with evident satisfaction by the assembly.
    9th L.A.V. - Twelve performers. Mr. Joseph Monkhouse, bandmaster; Mr. William Swinnerton, leader. Selection from the opera of "Maritana" and duetto from the opera of "Trovatore". The better piece was given first. It is a very nice movement, and tolerably well arranged. Mr. Swinnerton played a pretty cornet solo, but the accompaniments were anything but in tune, the tenors especially being quite wide of the mark. The andante movement, however, was got through fairly upon the whole, but there was a slight hitch in passing to the presto passage. This part was somewhat marred by crescendo upon the chord of the seventh which could have had a good effect had it been nicely done - being given dreadfully flat. The concluding portion of the piece, however, was capitally played. Whatever were the defects in the first, they were amply atoned for in the second section of their display. The selection from "Maritana" did them credit. It was played well throughout, and there was a nearer approach to something like a correct interpretation of the ideas of the author. The unison passages particularly were brilliant and spirited. We cannot say much for the arrangement of the selection, though, and should imagine that it did not come from any master hand. Some of the most beautiful passages are spoiled by he disjointed, abrupt, medley-like manner in which hey are strung together, irrespective of scientific connection. It is but just to the band to state that :hey laboured under some disadvantage in consquence of the contra-bass man not being in attendance.
    51st L.R.V. 16 perfomers. Leader, Mr. James Twist "Number Three Quadrille," St. Claude, and a slow march, author's name not known. The quadrille was the first piece played, but it was not a very happy effort, the want of time and tune being quite apparent. The test piece was a slight Improvement upon the former, and the instruments were better together. Allowance must also be made for the performers, as they are principally very young men. They should study the cultivation of the ear, and pay greater attention to the effect of piano and forte than they appear to have done.
    12th L.A.V.2 performers. Mr. J. D. Richardson, bandmaster and leader. Quick step, "The Persia," by Mr. George Fish, of Manchester and "The Reigning Beauty Waltzes" by D'Albert. The playing of this band in the quick step was not everything that could be desired, the basses and tenors being open to the same unfavourable comment as in some of the former instances - too flat. One or two passages in the piece were nicely given. The waltzes were rendered in a pleasing manner.
    25th L.R.V. 15 performers. Mr Joseph Dattler bandmaster and leader. Selections from "Preclosa" and the well known "Charleston Quadrille,"- The exhibition of skill and taste made by this band' wad certainly of anything but a high order, and they cannot consistently be complimented upon the pleasure they afforded those with "ears musical" amongst the company. The instruments generally were fearfully out of tune, the worst being the E flat clarionet of the leader, which was not far off half a tone flat. We must also take exception to the arrangement of the music they played, which is neither marked by taste nor judgement. The construction of the band, too, is anything but first-rate. Perhaps the members are like some of the other performers alluded to, have only recently gained a knowledge of the elementary principles of music. It is to he hoped that. this is the case as there will be the greater chance of their improving.
    The playing of the band of the 25th completed the programme of the musical portion of the day's amusement,. and after a short deliberation the judges called upon the bands of the 1st battalion L.R.V. and that of the 9th L.A.V. to play again. The former played a nice selection "La Favorite," and the latter a selection from "Trovatore." Both were exceedingly well rendered. After another consultation by the judges, it was announced by Mr. Simpson, the manager of the gardens, that they had awarded the 1st prize to the band of the 9th L.A.V,. and the second to the band of the 1st battalion L.R.V.
    Mr. J. B. Cooper had, before the contest commenced, lodged a protest against Barrow, of Ditton, of the band of the 9th L,A.V., being permitted to play with them, on the ground that he lived in another county, and more then 15 miles from Liverpool, the conditions of the contest being that all the competitors should be bona fide members of volunteer bands belonging to Liverpool. In reference to this protest,. Mr Simpson said there had been some disphte on the point, but in had been shown that Barrow was on the books of the captain of the corps, and the judges had decided that it did not matter where he lived, he was entitled to play in the contest.

  • 2 July 1861
  • Club Feast - Chipping Norton
    CHIPPING NORTON - Tuesday last was the annual festival of the various Benefit Societies held in the town. At an early hour the streets were all astir, and re-echoed with the noise of erecting stalls, photographic booths, &c., whilst at each end and in the centre of the Market place, orchestras were prepared for the respective bands; soon the various sounds incident to a country merry-making filled the air, varied by the inspiriting strains of the different bands, which played lively tunes as they entered the town and marched to their several hostelries. At one o'clock the serious business of the day commenced, and the tables of the respective club houses were loaded with substantial fare, to which ample justice was done after partaking of which, and indulging "in the weed", the various bands took up their stations as follow: The Fifth Oxfordshire (better known as the Witney Amateur Brass Band) were engaged by the Tradesman's Union Benefit Society, and occupied an orchestra at the Blue Boar Inn, the head quarters of that Club; the Third Oxfordshire were stationed at the Fox Inn (the other end of the Market-place), being engaged by the Club meeting at that house; and the Little Compton Band were posted in front of the Unicorn Inn. During the afternoon and evening a large number of persons filled the square, listening to the music of the different bands, in reference to which it is but justice to state that the Fifth Oxfordshire band not only sustained their well-earned reputation, which placed them so high in the Crystal Palace band contest last season, but appeared to us to have improved, so that they may fairly be considered the best amateur band within a large circuit. The Third Oxfordshire and the Little Compton bands also acquitted themselves most creditably.

  • 5 July 1861
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Northernhay, Exeter
    The Volunteer Service Band Contest commenced on Thursday afternoon about five o'clock. When we say the the performances were infinitely superior to what had been expected by those unacquainted with the general efficiency of the Rifle Corps Bands we are not paying a very high compliment perhaps to the performers. Little more than a musical clamour was expected. The affair, in fact, was an experiment. But the committee of the society must have been as agreeably surprised as other spectators generally to listen to the excellent style in which the pieces selected were given, and it several instances they were so well given as to elicit the warmest commendation from the judge (Mr. J, Smyth, the well-known conductor of the Royal Artillery Band). The following is a list of the bands engaged:
    Brass bands: 3rd D,A.V. (Teignmouth), established 1858; 6th D.A.V. (Dart mouth), established September, 1860; 1st D.R.V. (Exeter division), established January, 1860; 1st D.R.V. (Exmouth division), established January, 1860; 4th D.R.V. (Modbury) established June, 1860; 18th D.R.V. (Okehampton), established Sept., 1860; and 27th D.R.V. (Colyton), established January, 1801.
    Fife and Drum Bands: 1st D.A,V. (Woodbury) ; 2nd D.A.V. (Sidmouth); and 5th D.A.V. (Exeter) In addition to these the bands of the Brixham Artillery, and the Bideford, Tavistock, and Kingsbridge Rifles entered but did not appear.
    The contest was conducted by the several bands consecutively playing a piece of music of their own selection, and a piece written for them by Mr. Smyth, the order of playing being first determined by ballot. The prizes amounted to £80, viz.: For brass bands: 1st prize, £20, and a silver cup, value £5, for the bandmaster; 2nd, £13; 3rd, £10; 4th, £7. For the drum and fife bands ; 1st prize, £10, and a £3 cup for the band-master; 2nd, £7; and 3rd, £5.

    These prizes were awarded to the successful competitors on Friday afternoon, after a grand concert in the Castle-yard , which was attended by upwards of 8,000 persons, by the president of the society (Sir J. T. B. Duckworth, Bart, the High Sheriff of Devon.) The appearance of the hon. and gallant bart. on the platform in the uniform of a deputy lieutenant was hailed with loud and general applause. As soon as it had in some degree subsided Sir John explained the way in which it was intended to award the prizes, and called upon Mr. Smyth to state to which of the brass bands he awarded the first prize.

    Mr. SMITH : No. one band - (Loud cheers)
    Sir JOHN DUCKWORTH said the applause showed that the assemblage knew very well what was meant by the number; but for the information of those who might not he mentioned that the successful band was the Exeter and South Devon First Volunteer Rifles - (Renewed cheering.) - Now for the
    second, Mr. Smyth!
    Mr. SMYTH: Number seven - (Cheers.)
    Sir JOHN DUCKWORTH: Number seven is the band of the Exmouth company. (Loud applause.) Now, the next!
    Mr. SMYTH: Number three band has the third. ("Hurrah!" and cheers)
    Sir JOHN DUCKWORTH: The Sixth Devon Artillery Volunteers, Dartmouth - (Renewed cheers.)
    Mr. SMITH : Number six has the fourth.
    Sir JOHN DUCKWORTH: The Modbury band - (Loud applause) - Here you will allow me to remark that I believe in the conditions recently published with regard to the competition it was stated that the committee would not undertake to give four prizes unless there were as many as ten competitors, yet they are so much gratified with what has occurred today, and the high excellence of the competition that has been carried on, that I can announce on their behalf that although there are only seven competitors for these prizes, they are happy to give the whole of the four prizes which they have advertised. (Great cheering.)
    He added that he was desired to state that four small prizes, raised by private subscription, would he presented to the four best solo performers, to be selected by Mr. Smyth.
    Mr. SMYTH awarded the prizes as follows:-Number one, B flat cornet, of number one band (Exeter Rifles), Donoghue; number two, B flat cornet, number seven (Exmouth), Turner; number three, Jarvis, of the Dartmouth band; number four, John Cove, of the Modbury band.
    The prizes were then severally presented to the bandmasters by the High Sheriff, and at the conclusion of the ceremony Sir JOHN addressed the victors. The hon. Bart. said he could not allow the occasion to pass without remarking that it was not merely the ordinary kind of band contest, but was peculiarly marked by the fact that all the bands were those of volunteer corps. Nor could be see so large a number of persons assembled without remembering that they had been brought together not so much by the circumstance that there was a contest of bands, as that the members of those bands were for the most part taken from amongst their own relatives and friends, and wore, as he had said, volunteers. This was a most significant and important consideration, and the day was one of great importance to the volunteers of the county. Ho had read recently, in a speech made by one of the leaders of the movement in London - whether Lord Elcho or not he could not say - that a band for a battalion was a sine qua non. There could be no difference of opinion as to the importance of maintaining the volunteer movement, and be hoped they would think the Horticultural Society had not done ill in giving the bands an opportunity of showing what they could do. (Cheers.) In conclusion, Sir John urged on all the importance of supporting the volunteer movement, complimented the several bands on their performances, remarking that they bad perfectly astonished him, and chewed that whether a volunteer was a member of a band, a rifleman, an artilleryman, or anything else, he undertook his duties con amore. (Enthusiastic applause.)
    Mr. Smyth was then called forward, and greeted with enthusiastic cheers.
    The two Exeter bands, accompanied by a number of members of their respective corps, and with the two silver cups carried aloft, then paraded the principal streets of the city, and everywhere received an ovation,
    It should he added that the silver prize cups were supplied
    by the Messrs. Ellis, of Exeter.

  • 23 July 1861
  • National Brass Band Contest - Crystal Palace, Sydenham
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  • 25 July 1861
  • National Brass Band Contest - Crystal Palace, Sydenham

  • 3 August 1861
  • Band Contest - Peel Park, Bradford
    Another of these trials of musical skill, now so popular, took place in Peel Park, Bradford. The money prizes offered by the Park Committee amounted to £50, And a patent silver-mounted cornet, manufactured by Messrs. Townend and Son, of Tyrrel-street, Bradford, was presented by that firm to be contended for on the same occasion. Eleven bands had been registered as competitors, and ten of them appeared on the field of melodic rivalry. These were: No. 1, Dewsbury band - No. 2, Farmley Temperance; No. 3, Deighton; No. 4, Halifax Rifle Corps; No. 5. Bramley Temperance; No. 6, Cleckheaton; No. 7, Dodsworth's (Bradford); No. 8, Batley Operatic; No. 9, Baildon; No. 10, Heckmondwike Albion. In the order in which their names are here given, each band played the overture to "Nebuchadnezzar" (Verdi), after which they performed operatic selections of their own choosing; and at the close of the contest there was a simultaneous and very effective performance by the united bands of "Rule Britannia," the "Hallelujah" chorus from the "Messiah," and "God save the Queen." Mr. Brown, chairman of the Peel Park Committee, in announcing the decisions of the judges, said they were very highly pleased with the whole of the performances, and were sorry that each band could not get a prize. They commended Nos. 7 and 8, namely Dodsworth's (Bradford) and Batley bands, and awarded the prizes as follows: 1st prize (£20) to the Halifax rifle corps band, who also received the patent silver-mounted cornet given by Messrs. Townend and Son. Second prize (£15), Dewsbury band. Third prize (£10), Heckmondwike Albion band. Fourth prize (£5), Baildon band. The report of the awards was received with loud cheers, both on the part of the bands and the audience generally. The judges of the competition were Mr. Green, professor of music, and bandmaster of the Blue Coat Hospital, Liverpool; Mr. Woodhams, bandmaster of the North York rifle corps, Richmond; and Mr. Cottier, bandmaster, Liverpool. The last-named gentleman conducted the performance by the combined bands at the termination of the contest. Several professional musicians pronounced the meeting to be one of the best of the kind they ever attended, and one of them expressed his opinion that the playing was superior to that at the recent brass band contest at the Crystal Palace. The members of the Bradford Rifle Corps assembled in the park the same afternoon, and were engaged in battalion drill, with firing of blank cartridge, during a portion of the time occupied by the musical combat, so that the attention of the visitors was occasionally divided between the two. The weather was unfavourable, and that circumstance caused the attendance to be more limited than it otherwise would have been.

  • 5 August 1861
  • Band Contest - Northernhay, Exeter
    The concert and brass band contest on Northernhay, Exteter was as signal a success as that attempted to be held there about six weeks since, in connection with the summer exhibition of the Devon and Exeter Horticultural Society, was a failure. In many respects the two were perfectly antithetical. The fine weather, the crowded assemblage of visitors in both the afternoon and evening-sufficient, we should think, to satisfy the most extravagant expectations of the enterprising gentlemen by whom the concert was "got up "-and the eclat with which the whole passed off, so far at least its the public were concerned; these and many other features in these musical entertainments might be pointed out, if we wished to draw a contrast between these concerts. But we are afraid that such a contrast would only be favourable to the Monday concerts in those things over which neither of the committees of management had the slightest control. Altogether these brass band contests were as inferior to the volunteer band contests at the flower show, as the performances of the best trained of the competitors would be beside any of the respectable street bands, which may be heard any fine summer evening. We do not care to criticise performances where criticism would be nothing more than faultfinding. We do not, however, intend these observations to refer to Distin's concerts, which were passably good, though not, we suspect, what was expected from a ventil horn band which has, somehow or other, acquired what is called "celebrity." But even here we have a right to complain that the published programme was skipped in the morning in such a manner that not one visitor in half a dozen could at any moment depend that the piece being performed was that set down in the list. This is not as it ought to be, If a programme is published at al!, it should be adhered to with something like closeness, except under special circumstances. But in this instance the deviations were not occasional, but positively regular, and several of the pieces were altogether omitted. The programmes in reality were not programmes, but merely printed pieces of paper, the sale of which was little better than obtaining the money of the public under false pretences.
    The following were the bards entered for the contest. No. 1, Blandford; conductor, R. Eyers; No. 2, 2nd Gloucestershire Volunteer Engineers; leader, U. Richardson; No. 3. Kingsbridge; leader, John Cranch, jun.;No. 4, 2nd (Devonport) Devon Volunteer Rifles; leader, Michael Byrne; No. 5, 3rd (Teignmouth) Devon Volunteer Artillery; leader, T. Tucker; No. 6, Dawlish Rifle Corps; leader, W. Cotton: No. 7, 16th (Yeovil) Somerset Rifles; leader, John Pardy : No. 8 Torquay Volunteer Rifles; leader, Thomas Duke.
    The judges were - J. Smythe, Esq., B. M. Royal Artillery; Mc'Eleney, B. M. of the Carabineers; Wm. Baly, Esq., organist, Exeter. Final Referee, Mr. Enderby Jackson.
    The prizes (amounting altogether to nearly £40) were awarded to - First prize to No, 1 band; second, to No. 5 band; third, to No. 6 band; fourth, to No. 2 band; and fifth, to No. 6 band.

  • 12 August 1861
  • Band Contest - Arboretum, Derby
    The brass, band contest did not attract so large a number to the Derby Arboretum as was generally anticipated. This may be accounted for partly by the very numerous attractions lately demanding the patronage of the public here, and also by the peculiarity of altering the price of the tickets on the day of the fete from sixpence to a shilling, a custom as inconsistent as it is detrimental to the interest of the caterer. Seventeen bands, mainly from Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Staffordshire, entered the lists to contest for five prizes, but only twelve went through the trials. The majority of the bands assembled one after the other in the Market-place, and, being started one at a time, played up to the scene of their labours. The day was very hot and the town looked very lively. Having arrived at the gardens, the bands took up their position near the centre of the large green, which was flanked by several large refreshment tents.
    The judges were Charles Godfrey, jun., Esq., B.M., Scots Fusilier Guards; Henry Nickolson, Esq., B.M., Prince Albert's Own; and W. W. Woodward, Esq , organist; and they discharged their difficult and tiresome duty to the unequivocal satisfaction of the competitors. Seated in a small circular tent, completely shutting them out from seeing what band was playing, the judges made notes as each band performed its selection, and awarded the prizes without being able to say where the successful competitors came from. The contest, which offered nothing worthy of remark, was a prolonged one and was not over till dark. The following is the list of awards and music: 1st, £12 with silver-mounted baton for band-master, Heckmondwike Albion Band; leader, John Parker; conductor, John Brooke; selections from "Lucrezia Borgia" and " Precioso" 2nd, £10, Sixth Derby Volunteer Rifle Corps (Chesterfield); leader, Henry Slack; conductor, T. T. Trimnell; selections from "Guillaume Tell" and "Norma." 3rd, £6, Nottingham Ventil Horn Band; leader, A. Redgate - conductor, J. Carter; selections from "Rigoletto" and "La Somnambula." 4th, £4, Wyke Band; leader, J. Hobson; conductor, J. Crowther; the "Hallelujah Chorus" and a selection from "Zampa." 5th, £2, the Morley (near Leeds) Band; conductor, John Peel; selections from "Ernani" and "Il Trovatore."
    Several other bands played some of their selections with excellent effect, and amongst others we may mention Lord Vernon's 2nd Derbyshire Rifle Band, the Matlock Volunteer Rifle Band and also the Burton Rifle Volunteer Band, all of which were more or less applauded by the spectators, but they had to succumb in the race for prizes to superior skill. The Leicestershire Militia Band, under Herr F. Ptacek, played a selection of dance and other music for the enjoyment of those who were disposed to join in the pleasures of the dance.

  • 12 August 1861
  • Band Contest - Lower Arboretum, Ipswich
    The announcement of a Brass Band Contest to take place in the ground of the Lower Arboretum, Ipswich, in which it was stated eleven amateur bands from different parts of the Eastern Counties had entered the list for prizes, attracted a great deal of attention, and as the weather was beautifully fine, and for other reasons, the day bore somewhat the character of a general holiday, and large numbers of people, probably near 2,000, went to witness the contest. It was stated in the bills and advertisements that a first prize of £12, with a silver mounted baton would be awarded to the band proving itself best in the contest, and that to the second, third, fourth, and fifth, prizes of £10, £6, £2, and £1 respectively would also be awarded. It was further promised that the eleven bands which it was said had entered for the contest, would comprise in all not fewer than 230 performers, and that the bands would be combined after playing the first piece, and perform, in grand orchestra, "National, Volunteer, Artillery, and Rifle Corps March." The bands that were said to be entered for the contest were: Gawthorp Britannia, Flockton, 13th Suffolk Volunteer Rifles (Bury St. Edmund's), 2nd Essex Volunteer Rifles (Ilford), 8th Cambridgeshire Volunteer Rifles (Cambridge), The Order of Druids, and V. A. C. (Hull), Mr. Jackson's Band (Norwich), The 6th Essex Volunteer Rifles (Colchester), The 15th Suffok Rifles (Wrentham), Messrs. Towgood and Evans' band (Sawston), and The 11th Suffolk Volunteer Rifles (Sudbury). The contest was to be under the management of Mr. Enderby Jackson, manager of similar contests at the Crystal Palace. In the evening there was to be a Grand Fete Champetre and dancing in various parts of the ground, the whole to close with a "Magnificent Display of Fireworks" Visitors were to pay one shilling for admittance to the ground with the privilege of remaining till the whole fete was at an end, but if they left after the contest in the afternoon sixpence was to be demanded of them for re-admission in the evening. There were certain suspicions abroad that the affair would not be all that was promised, and those suspicions were not lessened when, at the latter end of the previous week, bills were issued offering the privilege of tickets at half price, if taken by Saturday evening.
    However, as the time of the entertainment drew nigh, the numbers we have stated repaired to the grounds. Four small bands having previously assembled on the Cornhill, played their way in succession to the Arboretum. On the ground a stand was erected for the performers, arid a small marquee close at hand for the judges, who were stated to be C. Douse, Esq., bandmaster of the Royal Horse Guards Blue : and J. Hanson, Esq., bandmaster of the National Volunteer Rifle Band. After some little delay the band of the Sudbury Rifle Corps, numbering 9, ascended the stand, and performed Verdi's overture to "Nabucco" the piece was executed carefully, and was received with some favour by the audience. Next Messrs. Towgood and Evans's band, from Sawston, Cambridgeshire, numbering also 9 performers, mounted the platform and played a selection from "Trovatore" The Colchester Rifle band, numbering 11, followed, and played a selection from "Stradella" and after them Mr. Jackson's Norwich band, to the number of 11 men, dressed in plain clothes, played the "Hallelujah Chorus" But here the contest came to a stop, for there were no more bands upon the ground. Some signs of dissatisfaction began to manifest themselves, and enquiries were made for the manager. He was found in the judge's marquee, and was described as "Mr. Marren" He had been expressing, in terms which did not quite carry conviction, to several gentlemen who had gained access to him, his mortification that the other bands had disappointed him. To the reporters he offered to produce proofs which would entirely exculpate him from all blame in the matter; for which purpose he proffered an invitation to them to meet him over a bottle of wine at the "Running Buck" Inn, the next morning - an invitation which caused some amusement among those gentlemen, Presently Mr. Mawer made his appearance among the company outside the marquee, and was at once called upon to answer for the failure in his programme, and a crowd was round him in a few minutes. He proceeded again to excuse himself, by saying that the bands had called off at the last minute, and he had received telegrams from two of them that very morning. He was profuse in his expressions of regret, but his statements did not quite give the satisfaction required. After a time he invited the Secretary to the Arboretum Committee and several other gentlemen into the marquee, to look at the letters of which he had spoken, and it was immediately crowded. The letters were produced, somewhat unwisely it appeared, for no stronger proof was needed than those letters that the entertainment was got up by the Manager in entire disregard of good faith to the public. One of the first letters produced was from Bury St. Edmund's, stating that the band would not be able to accede to Mr. Mawer's invitation to join in the contest - that letter was dated August 4, eight days before the contest. Other letters were dated the 5th, 6th, 9th, &c., and all were written in terms clearly proving that they had not previously engaged to attend, as some of them were simply answering in the negative the first invitation that had been given them. The man offered to prove that the bands had, previously engaged to attend, and opened a book, In which certain forms were filled up, of the number of men in each of the bands in question, with the names of the leader, conductor, &c.; but there was no signature, or guarantee whatever, on the part of the bands, to attend; and the production of the book, like that of the letters, was a mere insult to the understanding of those who were asked to inspect them, and proved the affair, beyond doubt, to be a reckless and unprincipled speculation.
    The bands afterwards played in combination, and again separately, with long intervals between each effort, during which the manager was surrounded in different parts of the ground by a considerable crowd, some of them expressing their indignation at being induced to attend under false pretences, but most of them only giving vent to a little good. humoured banter, from which the man continued to screen himself, by repeating the poor explanations already given. At one moment he became exasperated, when the affair was characterized to his face in rather plain but truthful terms, and he flew at one of his assailants; there seemed for the moment some danger of a disturbance in the grounds, and a suggestion was started by some, of dipping the manager in the lake, but the majority of the company were too respectable to proceed to such an extremity, and the threat was not carried into effect.
    The band prizes were awarded as follows: - First prize, Mr. Jackson's band; second, the Sudbury hand; third, the Sawston band; and fourth, the Colchester band.
    In the evening there was a display of fireworks, and it is somewhat surprising, and no slight mark of the good temper of the Ipswich audience, that there was an attendance of probably not less than 5,000 persons. The band which had won the first prize in the afternoon was again present.
    There is no doubt the whole affair would have been a great success, if all the bands named had attended; but there is no season to believe that half the numbers ever engaged to attend. It is a matter of some regret that the Committee of the Arboretum did not take more pains to ascertain the character of the parties who were thus permitted to come before the public under false pretences.

  • 26 August 1861
  • Gala + Band Contest - Botanical Gardens, Sheffield
    A grand contest took place in the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield. There were about 30,000 spectators. Twenty-six bands were entered, but only thirteen competed, viz.: Grange-Moor (Wakefield), Conisbro', Sheffield.Artillery Band, Horsforth, Meltham Mills, Wakefield Rifle Band, Heckmondwike Albion Band, Rotherham Rifle Band, Chesterfield Rifle Band, Wednesbury Rifle Band, Matlock Rifle Band, Dewsbury Rifle Band, and Doncaster Rifle Band. After playing the first time round, several tricks were performed by some malicious persons on the instruments of the Chesterfield band, and through the kindness of a Derbyshire band, one fresh instrument was procured. Despite these obstacles, they played so well that the judges awarded them the 1st prize (£20). The result was received with immense cheering. Heckmondwike Albion Band obtained the 2nd prize, £10; the Rotherham band the 3rd, £5; Dewsbury, the 4th, £3; and Doncaster, the 5th, £2. It is supposed some mistake has been made in the numbers of Rotherham and Dewsbury, and the prize money will be withheld until properly decided. Mr. Higham, of Manchester, gave a cornet to the band that got a prize which had never obtained one of £10, viz., Rotherham.

  • 10 September 1861
  • Fete + Band Contest - Temple Grounds, Lincoln

  • 2 October 1861
  • Concert - Longton Market
  • 1862

    26 May 1862
  • Band Contest - Rock Gardens, Scarborough
    The town of Scarborough appeared in holiday fashion, a large concourse of visitors being present on the occasion of a contest of brass bands. The following bands wore in attendance: Hartlepool, Farnley, Nafferton, Kirkstall, Scarborough, Oulton, Malton, Flockton, Dewsbury, Beverley, Batley, and Pudsey. The contest took place at two o'clock, in the large saloon of the Rock Gardens, in which nearly 4,000 persons were comfortably seated during the afternoon. The music performed consisted chiefly of selections from operas - the exceptions being the Oulton band, who played the Hallelujah chorus in Handel's "Messiah", and the Malton band, who played the two last choruses in the same oratorio. Several of the bands played exceedingly well, the opinion regarding one or two of them being in the minds of some gentlemen present that it is a difficult matter to meet with better bands even in the army. This remark may apply to the Kirkstall, Dewsbury, and Farnley bands, to which the first, second, and third prizes were awarded. The fourth and fifth prizes were taken by the Batley and Malton bands. The judges were Mr. Ernst Hartmann, bandmaster of the 10th Hussars, and Mr. Naylor, organist of the Parish Church and professor of music, Scarborough.

    A band contest was held at Scarbro', one of the bands entered being the First North York Volunteer band, which is also the band of the second battalion. An order for an inspection of Volunteers at Malton, by Lieut.-Col. Harman, on the day of the contest, was issued, which the band disregarded and proceeded to the contest. For thus absenting themselves the members are suspended until an inquiry shall take place. On the 11th inst. the battalion will be reviewed on Langton Wold.

  • 30 June 1862
  • Band Contest - Bristol
    A brass band contest took place at Bristol, in which the band of the Wednesbury Rifle Corps took the first prize, in a field of six. The prize gained consisted of £12 and a silver-mounted baton for the conductor, Mr. S. Cresswell. The playing of the Wednesbury band was pronounced to be first-rate, the first cornet playing being particularly fine. The band, on its return to Wednesbury on Tuesday, was met at the Railway Station by a great number of people, who accompanied them to their meeting house, Mr. Britten's, in Meeting Street, and when they separated for their several homes they were loudly cheered.

  • 14 July 1862
  • Band Contest - Teddesley Park, Penkridge
    The Volunteer Fete, which took place at Teddesley Park, was an event to which not only the members of the Stafford and Cannock Rifle Corps, for whose especial benefit the fete was projected, but, many others in the county, have looked forward for some weeks past with very considerable interest, and we are glad to be able to say that it has been a decided success.
    The feature of the most general interest, perhaps, was the Volunteer Band contest, which attracted the attention of large concourses of persons. This contest was carried on at intervals throughout the afternoon, the prizes offered being £10 and £6. The bands which took part in the competition and the pieces they played were as follows:

    Cannock - " Overture to the Caliph of Bagdad" and "Hallelujah Chorus"; Langton - selections from the opera of "Cinderella" and "The Stranger"; Lichfield - selection from "Attala" and the overture to "Fra Diavolo"; Stafford Rifle - march, "Retour" (Kaestner) and "L'Orago Galop" (Josef Gung'l); Etruria Artillery - selection from "Lucretia Borgia" and the overture to the "Caliph of Bagdad"; Newcastle Rifle, "Torquato Tasso" (Donizetti) and the overture "Les Fers aux Roses" (Mari). Mr. F. Heidleman, bandmaster of the Royal Dragoons, was the judge. At the conclusion of the competition, Mr. Heidleman decided that the Longton band was entitled to the first prize; but the merits of the Lichfield and Etruria bands were so nicely balanced as to render another performance necessary to decide which was must deserving of the second prize. Accordingly, these bands played again, and then the judge awarded the second prize to the Etruria band. The decisions of the judge were received by the friends of the successful competitors with loud applause.

  • 4 August 1862
  • Fete + Band Contest - Aston Park, Birmingham
    Yesterday commenced a two days' contest of brass bands, from almost all parts of England, in the ancient demesne of the Holtes at Aston. The delightful summer weather which has during the past fortnight - several months after date - deigned to smile upon us, put on its sunniest smiles, the sun shone forth with great brilliancy, and all was gay and animated to a degree. It had been announced that the bands intending to compete would muster at the Town Hail at half-past twelve o'clock, to proceed to the Park. This announcement drew forth an immense concourse of people, who lined not only the roadway, but the windows, and in many cases the very house tops, along a considerable portion of the line of route, It was not until almost two o'clock that the first burst of music was heard, and the leading band started. The people waited very good humouredly for the procession, passing time in harmless "chaff"; and at length it appeared. Each band played a selection of music as it passed on its way by New Street, High Street, Dale End, Stafford Street, Aston Street, and Aston Road, to the Park, which was entered by the Sycamore Avenue. The procession was marshaled in a very efficient manner by Mr. W. J. Lawson. The bands were accompanied to the Park by a large body of people who, with those already there, made up an attendance of seine 7,000 or 8,000. On their arrival in the Park, the bands took up their positions in various parts of the grounds, on temporary platforms, and discoursed sweet sounds during the greater part of the day. The company, gaily dressed in the brightest of summer attire, were scattered in all directions over the Park, and some of a quiet contemplative turn of mind sauntered in the Lower Grounds, by the quiet waters of the lakes, or amongst the flowers in the garden, whilst others wandered about in the Exhibition, amongst the curiosities from all parts of the world which are collected there. In the afternoon the competing bands took their places on the orchestras.

    The number one platform, the judges at which were Mr. H. Farmer and Herr Thomas, in front of the Hall, was occupied by the Farnley Iron Company's Band, numbering twenty-one performers, who, conducted by Mr. Ingledew, gave selections from the "William Tell" of Rossini and the "Torquato Tasso" of Donizetti; the Northampton Amateur Band, eighteen in number, who, conducted by Mr. Ashton, played selections from Verdi's operas of "Trovatore" and "Nabucodonosor"; Stokes Bridge Works Band, which, led by Mr. Bidcliff, performed the overture to Rossini's "Barbiere di Seviglia," and a selection from Haydn's "Creation"; Mariner's Keighley Band, bandmaster, Mr. Mariner, who gave selections from Zampa, by Herrold, and from Verdi's "Attila"; the Wednesbury 34th Staffordshire R. V. Band (18), bandmaster, Mr. Becchy, who gave the overture to "Des Fees Aux Roses" by Maria, and a selection from Verdi's "Nabucodonosor"; and the Heckmondwike Albion Band (19), bandmaster, Mr. Brooke, who played a selection from Weber's "Precioso" and the overture to Verdi's "Nabucodonsor".

    On No. 2 platform, the presiding judges were Mr. C. Godfrey, sen. bandmaster of the Coldstream Guards, and Mr. T. Martin, late bandmaster of the Fusilier Guards; and the competing bands were the Kirkburton Temperance Band (18), conducted by Mr. Charlesworth, which played the Hallelujah chorus from "The Messiah" and a selection from Verdi's "Ernani"; the Kirkstall Amateur Band (10), conducted by Mr. Jackson, which gave a selection from "Torquato Tasso" and, like the last, one from "Ernani"; the Black Dyke Mills Band (18) which performed under the leadership of Mr. Galloway, a grand selection from Auber's "Masaniello" and the overture to Mozart's beautiful opera of "Zauberflote"; the 20th West York Rifle band (Dewsbury), numbering 18, who, under the leadership of Mr. Peel went through a selection from Weber's "Preciosa" and the overture to Verdi's "Nabucodonosor"; Dodsworth's Bradford Band (18), who, led by Mr. Dodsworth, gave selections from Verdi's "Ernani" and Wallace's "Maritana"; the Matlock Volunteer Rifle Band (18), who, under their leader, Mr. Weston, gave selections from Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia" and from Rossini's "William Tell".

    On No. 3 platform, in the Sycamore avenue, the following bands played their competing selections: The 4th West York Rifle Band, numbering 18 performers, conducted. by Mr. I. Dewhurst, played selections from Rossini's "William Tell" and Bellini's "Somnambula"; the Meltham Mills Band (17), conducted. bv Mr. Deacon played selections from Bellini's opera of "Somnambula" and "Norma"; the 2nd West York Artillery Band (19), led by Mr. Sykes, gave a selection from "Un Ballo in Maschera" by Verdi, and another from the "Torquato Tasso" of Donizetti; the Bowling Artillery Band (18), under the leadership of Mr. Allen, also gave a selection from "Torquato Tasso" and from Wallace's "Lurline"; the last band on this platform - the 3rd Derbyshire Rifle (Chesterfield) Band - gave a grand fantasia from "Macbeth" by J. Breffaux, and a selection from Rossini's "William Tell". The judges of this group were Mr. Henry Synyer, bandmaster of the Birmingham Rifle Volunteer Band, and Mr. George Hayward, professor of music, Wolverhampton. The plan adopted by the judges was this: the judges of each platform chose the two bands in their divisions which in their opinion, stood highest. Two bands from each platform made a total of six, which six were called upon to play again, in order to decide which four should take the prizes. Whilst the judges were preparing the award, the bands massed together and formed one immense orchestra in the dell in the rear of the Hall. At about seven o'clock, Mr. Enderby Jackson, of the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, ascended the conductor's seat and led the immense band through a number of pieces, leading off with Meyerbeer's "Coronation March" followed by Tidswell's "General Jackson's Schottische", Mr. Enderby Jackson's "National Volunteer Artillery and Rifle Corps March", Mr. Henry Farmer "Rifle Galop", a sprightly composition, in which the bugles are introduced with a nice effect; the "Halleluja Chorus" from the "Messiah", which was given with great breadth and vigour; and concluding with Henry Leslie's fine arrangement of the "National Anthem". At the close of this performance the six bands chosen from the body commenced their playing off, Northampton leading in a selection from "Trovatore" in which the well known "Il Balen" "Ah che la Morte" and the "Miserere" especially, were given with beautiful effect. The excellent light and shade displayed in the performance of this band, was a matter of general remark. Their rapid pianos - points not usually found in the performance of any but finished musicians - were particularly fine. They were followed by the Chesterfield band, whose spirited rendering of a selection from "William Tell" won for them enthusiastic applause. At this period of the proceedings it had become so dark that it was impossible to proceed further, and it was announced that the. remaining four bands would "play off" this morning. In the evening there was dancing in the glass pavilion and on the platform, and there were other amusements in the course of the day. The contest continues today, and we understand the number of bands will be greater than that of yesterday.

    SECOND DAY - There is something about the words "Brass Band Contest" that is strikingly indicative of music gone mad. One sees the announcement plastered over all the walls in Birmingham, and straightway there is an idea formed of a wild clashing of brazen instruments - a great wrestling of sounds, as it were, each madly contending with the other. And yet, after all, the reality is quiet enough and orderly enough. Yesterday, indeed, the wind was wilder than the music. It caught off hats belonging to portly gentlemen, and whirled them amongst the flying dresses of the ladies; it played wicked tricks when the rain came with the weak umbrellas of young men who wear eye glasses; and while it seemed to blow asunder the very notes in cornet solos, and waft them away to a dim distance, it not unfrequently tore away the sheets of music from the stand, and sent them careering over the glades of the old park. At intervals, too, there were gusty showers, which drove the visitors in shoals into the refreshment rooms, under well-clad trees, and even beneath the boards of the temporary orchestras erected for the occasion. The weather being so unsettled, it was not surprising that there should have been fewer people present than on the previous day. Nevertheless, the bands who played for prizes rather than applause, acquitted themselves as well. Their selections, too, were equally well chosen. The bands performing on platform No. 1 were the 2nd West York Volunteer Artillery, who, under the direction of Mr. J. M. Sykes, played selections from "Robin Hood" and "Lucia di Lammermoor"; second, Ingledew's Leeds Band, who, under the direction of Mr.
    Ingledew, played selections from "Lucretia Borgia" and "Martha"; the 1st West York, who, under the direction of Mr. Turner, played selections from "Anna Bolena" and "Traviata"; the Cheetham Mills, who, under the direction of Mr. Deacon, played selections from "Guilliaume Tell" and "Giovanni D'Arci"; the Gawthorpe Britannia, who, under the direction of Mr. Sykes, played selections from "Lucretia Borgia" and "Ernani"; and the Kirkburton Temperance, who, under the direction of Mr. Charlesworth, played selections from "Martha" and "Lucretia Borgia" The second platform was occupied by the Sherwood Rangers, who, conducted by Mr. Lilley, played selections from "Robert le Diable" and "Ernani"; the Spon Lane Glassworks, who, conducted by Mr. Alexander, played a cavatina from "Anna Bolena" and a selection from "Martha"; the Cheltenham Amateur, who, conducted by Mr. Cooke, played a selection from "Melodique" and "La Fete des Lilas"; the Northampton Amateur, who, conducted by Mr. Ashton, played a selection from "Trovatore" and the overture from "Nabucodonosor"; Dodsworth's Bradford, who, conducted by Mr. Dodsworth, played the overtures to "Maritana" and "Bressant"; and the Selsden, who, conducted by Mr. Ogden, played a cavatina from "Ernani" and an aria from "Lucretia Borgia". On the third platform were the Bowling Artillery, who, under the direction of the bandmaster, Mr. Allen, played selections from "Norma" and "Traviata"; the Stokes Bridge Works, who, under the direction of the bandmaster, Mr. Hugh Betcliff, played selections from "Trovatore" and "Zampa"; the Hunslet, who, under the direction of the bandmaster, Mr. Dennis, played selections from "Traviata" and "Martha"; and the Matlock Volunteer (11th Derby) who, under the direction of the bandmaster, Mr. Weston, played selections from "Robin Hood" and "Ruy Blas". As to the playing generally - for our space will not allow of detail - we shall do best by transcribing the verdict of Mr. Godfrey, whose fifty-three years' service as bandmaster of the Coldstream Guards, fully entitled him to then position of President of the Judges. He says in a note appended to the prize list: "The efficiency of the brass bands in the provinces is now entirely established, and I do not hesitate to say that those present at this contest would be a credit to many regiments, and. are a pattern to bands of long standing in her Majesty's service. The only way in which I can account for this result is by citing the encouragement given in different parts of the kingdom to these competitions, and the great exertions of Mr. Enderby Jackson to bring them about." As we stated yesterday, there were six bands chosen by the Judges out of those who competed, as eligible to contest for the four prizes. Those who gained them on that occasion were the 29th West York, who took the first prize (£2O, for band, and silver three-pint cup for bandmaster, value eighteen guineas); 2nd, Black Dyke Mills band (£15 for band, and a three-half-pint silver cup, value 12 guineas, for band-master); third, 3rd Derbyshire Rifle (Chesterfield) Band (£10 for band); and fourth, Mariners' Keighley Band (£5 for band). The six selected to-day were, the Matlock, the Silsdon, the Heckmondwike, the Northampton, the Kirkburton Temperance, and Dodsworth's Bradford Bands. Of these, the Heckmondwike received the first prize (£12 for band, and silver quaint cup, for band-master, value 14 guineas); the Northampton, the second prizo (£8 for band); Dodsworth's Bradford, the third prize (£5 for band); and the Silsden, the fourth prize (£2, for band). After the general band contest a competition took place at the 2nd platform between solo players, for a first-class B flat cornet, manufactured by Messrs, H. Distin and Co.; for a tenor Vartel horn, and for a circular contra-bass, by the same makers. The competitors were, for the cornet, Messrs. Dodsworth, Alexander, Brookbank, Lilley, and Turner; for the tenor, Messrs. Greenwood, Slack, and Wood; and for the basso, Messrs. Bottomley, Wills, Stead, Tailor, Lilley, Stipson, Peel, Mudgley, and Preston. The players who took the .prizes were: In the cornets Mr. Turner, Mariners' Keighley Band; in the tenors, Mr. Wood, Mariners' Keighley Band; and in the basses, Mr. Lilley, Sherwood Rangers Band. Having given the prizes, it only remains to state that the whole of the bands united at shortly before six o'clock, and in the midst of rain and wind performed Meyerbeer's "Coronation March", H. Farmer's "Rifle Galop", the "Hallelujah Chorus" from the "Messiah", and "God Save the Queen" amidst loud applause. Under the direction of Mr. Enderby Jackson, who led the united bands, Mr. W. J. Lawson, the general manager, and the band committee, the arrangements for the convenience of the bands and the comfort of the visitors were all that could be desired.

  • 6 August 1862
  • Band Contest - Totnes Castle
    The volunteer fete champetre took place in the grounds of Totnes Castle, for the benefit of the 17th D. R. V. The unfavourable weather, especially in the latter part of the day, to a very considerably extent marred the general success of the fete. The prizes offered for the brass band contest excited great interest. The prizes were - First £12, second, £5, third, £3; for which the bands of the 4th D.M.R.V. (Modbury), 17th D.R.V. (Totnes), 12th D.A.V. (Devonport Dockyard), and 1st D.R.V. (Dawlish), entered. A. prize of £2 was also offered for the best volunteer field bugler-eight competitors entered-Peter Watts, 4th D.M.R.V. (Modbury); George Bartlett, 17th D.R.V. (Totnes); Mr. McKeer, 2nd D.R.V. (Plymouth); James Donoghue, 1st D.R.V. (Exeter); John Tanner, 23rd D.R.V. (Clindleigh); F. H. Panter, 1st D.R.V. (Dawlish); Mr. Chapple, 9th D.R.V. (Ashburton); William Boobier, 14th D.R.V. (Tiverton). The regulation required each band to play in the contest two pieces, one of their own selection and the other a piece composed by Mr. Winterbottom for the occasion. The bugle prize was awarded to Mr. McKeer, of the Plymouth Corps; but Mr. Boobier, of Tiverton, was also "honourably mentioned" by the judge (Mr. Winterbottom). The first prize in the brass band contest was awarded to the Dockyard band; the second to the Modbury band; and the third to the Dawlish band. The recently-formed Totnes corps band, if they did not carry off a prize, monopolized the compliments of the spectators, who formed their opinions rather on the relative proficiency of the performers - that is, taking into consideration the opportunities the competitors had had for attaining skill in the use of their instruments - than by their approximation to sonic absolute standard of perfection. The attendance, notwithstanding the weather, was very good, and the pecuniary result satisfactory. A. £5 note was sent to the secretary, through the post office on the grounds, by an anonymous friend, towards the expenses of the fete.

  • 18 August 1862
  • Band Contest - City Grounds, Bradford

  • 27 August 1862
  • Band Contest - Sneaton Castle, Whitby
    WHITBY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY - The twenty-seventh annual show of this society was held in a large field near Hanover-terrace, belonging to Henry Simpson, Esq., of Meadow Fields, occurring opportunity between hay time and harvest, and the day proving remarkably fine, there was a very large muster of the agriculturists of the neighbourhood, and to the multitude of those who "follow the plough" with their wives and daughters, there was added several of the "visitors" who are just at this season enjoying the bracing sea breezes on the West Cliff, while the attractions of a brass band contest, rural games, old English sports, fireworks, &c. combined to make a gala day. Cheap trips by rail, and steamboats by sea, brought numbers of strangers, and in the cattle show field, at the band contest, and in almost every part of the town all was bustle and excitement.
    The Whitby West Cliff Band enlivened the proceedings with some very good music; and refreshments were served under a spacious marquee. The show of implements was not remarkable for any novelties.At the close of the show, a dinner was provided at St.Hilda's Hall, Angel Hotel, and about 300 sat down to the table - W. J. S. Morritt, Esq., M.P. in the chair.
    At the band contest, the first prize was carried off by the Bramley band; the second by the Hartlepool band; and the third by the Whitby band.

  • 3 September 1862
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Rose Villa, Ripon
    RIPON FLORAL AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY'S FETE - the third annual show of this society took place in a spacious field situated at the back part of Rose Villa, near to the Studley-road. The weather during the early part of the morning was somewhat threatening, but shortly before noon it cleared up, and the sun shone in full splendour consequently the ground was thronged
    a gay and fashionable company, including all the principal families in the city and neighbourhood. The great attraction of the day was the brass band contest when nine bands entered the lists, vis.: Mirfield, Silsden (16th W.R.V.), Harrogate, Leyburn. Marriner's Band (Keighley), Bramley, 4th Durham V.A.C. (West Hartlepool), Yorkshire Hussars (Ripon), 12th N.R.Y.V.(Redmire), and Armley. There were four prize - 1st, £12, 2nd, £7, 3rd, £5, 4th, £3, and were awarded as follows: Marriner's Band (Keighley); 1st, Leyburn, 2nd; Bramley, 3rd; and Silsden, 4th. The playing, as a whole, was very good. The Yorkshire Hussars Band disqualified themselves by introducing a clarionet. The judge was Mr. W. Jackson, professor of music, Bradford, and previously of Masham. The weather having cleared up, the fireworks were proceeded with.

  • 8 September 1862
  • Band Contest - Belle Vue, Manchester
    At the annual brass band contest at Belle Vue, Manchester, the first prize of £30 was awarded to the Black Dyke Mills Band; the second prize of £15 to the Dewsbury Band; third prize of £8 to the Chesterfield Band; fourth prize of £4 10s. to the Bacup Volunteer Band; and the fifth prize of £2 10s. to the Compstall Bridge Band. The playing of all the bands was very creditable, and each had its peculiar admirers.

  • 9 September 1862
  • National Brass Band Contest - Crystal Palace, Sydenham
    Last year a new feature was introduced into the round of rational and recreative amusements provided for the public by the Crystal Palace directors, in the shape of a "Brass Band contest in which bands from all parts of England entered into a spirited competition for a number of prizes The success of this novel experiment was sufficiently decisive to warrant a repetition of it yesterday; and that the public was alive to the interest of the. proceedings was evinced by the fact that up to two o'clock 14,000 visitors had arrived, that number being considerably augmented in the course of the afternoon. Nearly 50 bands had announced their intention of taking part in the contest, but several of these subsequently withdrew their names, and the number actually engaged did not exceed 30. They were as follows: Hall-green Band, Dodsworth's of Bradford, Batley, Civil Service, Black Dyke, South Notts, Nottingham Saxe Tuba, Dewsbury (29th West York), Birmingham, Keighley (Mariners'), Brighton, Leyburn, Todmorden, Ealing, Deighton, Southampton (2nd Hampshire), Meltham Mills, Bromley, Sutton in Ashfield, Peterborough, Chesterfield, Newark (Sherwood Rangers), Mexborough, Barnet, 26th Middlesex, and Blandford. These wore divided into four separate "platforms" which were distributed over the different parts of the palace grounds. To each, also, three judges were appointed, and Mr. Enderby Jackson acted as final referee. In the preliminary competition by platforms, each band was required first to play a selection from Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable, arranged expressly for the contest by Mr. Jas. Smythe, Bandmaster, Royal Artillery, and, this over, each played music of its own selection. Of course this trial could only be decisive with regard to the results of the hands as opposed to each other in sections, and it was reserved for the best of the respective platforms to compete for the prizes at a later period of the day within the palace, and with congregated thousands of visitors for an audience. In the preliminary trial which filled up the time from 11 till 2, a considerable degree of skill was evinced by all the competitors, and the applause of the public was pretty generally, and certainly quite impartially, distributed.
    The termination of the platform playing was followed by a display of the smaller fountains, after which there was a general rush towards the centre transept and the great Handel orchestra, where at 3 was to commence a "grand united performance of all the bands, assisted by the buglers and drummers of her Majesty's Foot Guards". The lower galleries and the transept itself were crowded, with the exception of the reserved seats (at half-a-crown), for which, probably owing to the absence of the fashionable world from London at this season of the year, there was no great demand. Something like 700 performers had been expected, but the number did not apparently exceed 350 or 400, and when these wore first seated the monster orchestra wore a somewhat solitary and desolate aspect, which was, however, a little relieved by the admission into the higher regions of a few hundreds of spectators. Mr. Enderby Jackson raised his baton, as director, about a quarter past 3, and the programme was led off by the "Coronation March" from Le Prophete, in a manner which at once proved the bands to be masters of their profession; not a note was out of place, and the time was perfect. It is hardly necessary to add that the audience applauded emphatically. The "General Jackson Schottische" (Tidswell) followed, and, with its vocal refrain of "Our Brave Old General Jackson," was so well executed and so well received that if any Americans were present they must have taken it as a great compliment to the hero of New Orleans in particular, and. the American nation in general. Two cornet solos by Mr. Levy (Crystal Palace Orchestral Band) created a perfect enthusiasm among the audience, which was unreasonable enough to compel an encore from a wearied and self-sacrificing performer. In the "National Volunteer Artillery and Rifle Corps March," the bands, most of which belonged to the volunteer service, were quite at home; but they excelled themselves in the "Ride Galop" which followed. To give duo effect to this composition, a special corps of regimental buglers had been engaged to play the "calls" and "solos" under the direction of Mr. Henry Distin; and of all the performances of the united bands this was perhaps the most brilliant. But the great test of mastership was the "Hallelujah" of Handel, which was the most mighty effort of a Handel Festival, when 700 instruments and 2,000 human voices blended their tones together. It was an imposing performance, when it is considered that the 30 bands were strangers to each other, and had only had the advantage of one solitary hour of joint rehearsal. "Rule Britannia" and "God save the Queen" brought the united performance to a close; and the audience began to drop off, although the prizes were still left to the final competition of the bands selected by the judges from the "platforms", and which were thus announced, viz.: - Dodsworth's of Bradford, Black Dyke, South Notts, Nottingham Saxe Tuba, Dewsbury, Keighley, Deighton, Southampton, Sutton in Ashfield, Chesterfield, Newark, and Blandford. Each of these had now to play a piece of its own selection in the Handel orchestra, the destination of the prizes depending upon the success of the bands in this their final struggle for supremacy. The prizes were as follows, viz:

    First Prize, £30, together with free gift of handsome silver cup, ornamented with appropriate devices, valued at £20, for bandmaster, also, a magnificent champion circular centre bass, in E flat, splendidly electro-plated, manufactured and presented by the celebrated firm of Henry Distin and Co., price 35 guineas, for the band.
    Second Prize, £20, together with free gift of a set of Chappell's "Brass Band Journal" by Winterbottom, handsomely bound, &c. Presented by the firm of S. A. Chappell, for the band.
    Third Prize £15.

    The Keighley band led the way in this contest, followed by the South Notts, &c., and ultimately the prizes wore awarded as follows: - First Prize, Chesterfield; second, Black Dyke Mills; third, Keighley.
  • 1863

    23 May 1863
  • Band Contest - Park Hills, Wakefield
    The Whitsuntide holiday is being spent in the usual manner at Wakefield. There was a brass band contest in a field adjoining Park hills, the competing bands being the Farnley Ironworks Band, Dewsbury Rifle Band, Kirkburton Temperance Band, Dewsbury Borough Band, Leeds Artillery Band, Heckmondwike Albion Band, and Kirkburton Victoria Band. Mr. Stradiot, bandmaster (King's Own), was the judge. The first prize (£10) was won by the Heckmondwike Albion, the second (£5) by the Dewsbury Rifle Band, and the third (£3) by the Leeds Artillery Band. A trombone was won by Thomas Wood, of the Dewsbury Borough Band.

  • 11 June 1863
  • Band Contest - Asylum Grounds, Bootham, York
    The Yorkshire gala was continued yesterday, when the principal feature was the great band contest. The weather, which was exceedingly unpropitious in the early part of the day, the rain falling heavily and the wind blowing in such gusts as to endanger the safety of the large number of tents, turned out fine in the afternoon, and excursion trains having run from nearly all the neighbouring and far off West Riding towns, there was an immense concourse of persons present, some estimating it at from 18,000 to 20,000 persons. The hands were represented by those from the towns of Batley, Bramley, Farnley, Heckmondwike, Northallerton, Saltaire, Scarbro', and West Hartlepool, and the gross amount for which they competed was £60, and £2 to each unsuccessful band ; the judges were Mr. Thomas Smith, of York, and Herr Harke, of the 16th (Queen's) Lancers. The contest resulted as follow: Batley (conductor, Mr. R. Smith), £2; Bramley (conductor, Mr. Whitley), 1st, £26; Farnley (conductor, Mr. R. Smith), £2; Heckmondwike (conductor, Mr. Brook), 4th; Northallerton (conductor, Mr. T. Wheldon, jun.), 3rd, £12; Saltaire (conductor, Mr. B. Smith), 2nd, £16; Scarbro' (conductor, Mr. It. Smith,) £2; West Hartlepool (conductor, Mr. T. Woods), £2. At the conclusion of the contest, the whole of the bands joined in the performance of Handel's Hallelujah chorus. In the evening, Mr. Coxwell, the scientific aeronaut, made an ascent in his balloon, "The Evening Star," and the whole of the proceedings were brought to a close by a magnificent display of fireworks by Mr. Geo. Randel, of London.

  • 29 June 1863
  • Monstre Band Contest - Zoological Gardens, Liverpool
    The brass band contest, which from the time of its announcement has awakened interest amongst musicians and the public generally, came off at the Zoological Gardens. Independently of the novelty of the fete, the fineness of the weather no doubt contributed materially to swell the attendance, the gardens being filled throughout the afternoon with a large number of visitors anxious to enjoy to the full the various amusements provided for them. The proceedings may almost be said to have commenced outside the grounds, the several bands having assembled according to previous arrangement in the open space adjoining St. George's Hall. No fewer than twenty-two were entered, a considerable being from this town and the immediate neighbourhood, whilst the others, and, as the result proved, many of them the best, came from the manufacturing districts - a fact proving the zest wherewith the operatives generally cultivate the art of music.
    Upon the formation of a procession they marched to the gardens, attracting en route considerable attention by their playing. On their arrival they separated into three portions-one being located in the space comprising the dancing platform, another taking up its position upon the bowling-green, and the third in the theatre. After performing for some time separately, they were brought together immediately in front of the orchestra, and the whole body of instrumentalists numbering about 400, played a selection of music under the leadership of Mr. Enderby Jackson, the band-contestt manager to the Crystal Palace Company, Sydenham. By this arrangement the judges were enabled to select the best bands, nine in number, composed of the 34th Staffordshire (Wednesbury), 29th West York R.V. (Dewsbury). 1st Albion (Heckmondwike), 25th Lancashire R.V. (Liverpool), 1st West York A.V. (BramIey), Wyke Operative Band (Yorkshire), Compstall Band (Cheshire), 4th Lancashire RV (Bacup) and 1st Tilsden R.V. These were then allowed in succession to perform the pieces they had previously chosen. Here the contest in reality commenced and it is but justice to say it was conducted with considerable spirit by the instrumentalists. Not only were the pieces well played so far as mere manipulation was concerned, but with an appreciation of the music which showed the players to be far more intimately acquainted with the classical compositions than might reasonably have been anticipated. At the conclusion of the band contest, the competition commenced for the cornet-a-piston soloists, the whole of whom, without exception, displayed a commendable proficiency in the art. The judges having arrived at their decision, the following prizes were awarded: First - £15 together with free gift of handsome three-pint cup, in aluminum gold, oxidised and burnished, from the manufactory of Messrs,.Wilkinson and Co., Birmingham - the Dewsbury Band. (This band performed upon instruments manufactured by Mr. F. Besson, of London. Second prize, £12 - the Albion Band, (Heckmondmike). Third prize, £8, the Compstall Band (Cheshire). Fourth prize - Band of the 34th Staffordshire R.V. (Wednesbury). A special prize of £6 (to the best band belonging to Liverpool and Birkenhead, provided it did not win one of the general prizes enumerated above) - band of the 25th Lancashire R. V., Liverpool, To the best cornet-a-piston player an electro-plated cornet, presented by Messrs. Distin and Co. of London - James Melling, bandmaster of the the Compstall Band. A richly-plated cornet-a-piston was also presented to the best cornet player by Mr Besson and Messrs. Hime and Son, the winner being Joshua Senior. The judges were Messrs Godfrey, B. M. Coldstream Guards; Thomas Martin, late B. M. 5th Fusiliers; .Alfred Crowe, B. M. 14th Hussars; Henry Synyer, 1st Battalion, Warwick, Birmingham; W. Wright, B. M. Yeomanry Cavalry, Knutsford. Referee, Mr. Enderby Jackson, who, with Mr. Goodfrey sen., awarded the prizes. A number of amusements of an attractive character constituted the remaining portion of the evening's programme.

  • 6 July 1863
  • Band Contest - Jephson's Gardens, Leamington
    Matlock Volunteer Band won second prize

  • 21 July 1863
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Denby
    The Brass Band Contest was a decided success, the excellent music performed being a source of great gratification to all. There were three prizes; 1st, a splendid electro-plated cornet (by Besson), value £13 13s; 2nd, a tenor E flat saxhorn (also by Besson); 3rd, £2 10s. The band of the Matlock Rifles carried off the first prize by a beautiful performance of selections from Lucrezia Borgia and William Tell. The second prize was awarded to the band of the Clay Cross Rifles, and the third prize to the Railway Iron Works Band, from Litchurch, Derby. The Belper Temperance Drum and Fife Band performed at intervals during the afternoon, the music being of a high class for juvenile performers. Great credit is due to Mr. H. Mitchell, band-master, for the state of efficiency at which his amateurs have arrived. Altogether we think the public much indebted to the committee for affording such an excellent day's amusement.

  • 25 July 1863
  • Band Contest - Alexandra Gardens, Leeds
    A BRASS BAND CONTEST took place at the Alexandra Gardens, Leeds. The early part of the day was not very promising, and in consequence there was but a very meagre attendance. The gardens are admirably situated on the Roundhay road, and command an extensive view of the surrounding scenery. The contest commenced early in the afternoon, and was not concluded until dusk. The judges were Dr. Spark, Leeds, and Mr. Crow, band master of the 14th King's Hussars, stationed at Manchester. The judges were accommodated with a private tent, and the contest was carried on with the greatest fairness, Notwithstanding that the arrangements were such as to give satisfaction to fair competitors, we understand that not less than three bands offered bribes to Mr. Rayner, the manager, and we are glad to announce that the offers were indignantly rejected. The following bands contested: Batley Brass Band, conductor Mr. Benj. Hirst, leader Mr. John Brooke; Heckmondwike Albion, conductor Mr. John Brooke; Gawthorpe Britannia, leader Mr. John Briggs ; Farnley Iron Works' Temperance Band, conductor Mr. John Emmett, leader Mr. Wm. Jasper; Leyburn Brass Band, band-master Mr. Robert de Lacy; Kirkstall Brass Band, conductor Mr. H. Jackson; Bradford (Dodsworth's), band-master J. W. Dodsworth; Dewsbury Borough Band, conductor Mr. Frank Auty, leader Mr. Charles Auty. The contest was carried on with much spirit, the various bands eliciting great applause, and there was considerable speculation as to the result. The first prize, £8, and a silver-plated euphonium, value twenty-two guineas, was awarded to the Heckmondwike band; 2nd prize, £6, and a silver-plated baritone, worth £19 19s, to Leyburn; 3rd, £4, and a challenge cornet, worth £12 12s., to Dodsworth's (Bradford); 4th, £2, and a flugal horn to the Dewsbury borough band ; and the 5th, £1, and a cornet to the Farnley Iron Works Temperance band. At the termination of the contest Smith's model brass band played terpsichorean music for the remainder of the evening, to the evident enjoyment of a large concourse of visitors. The euphonium forming part of the first prize is the gift of Mr. Besson, of 198, Euston road, London, and is a very handsome and rich toned instrument. In their report the judges referred to the Heckmondwike as an admirable band, and as having "earned its laurels bravely". The bands gaining the second and third prizes were also referred to as being worthy of great commendation, "the members exhibiting fine qualities as executants". The award seemed to give satisfaction to the contesting bands and to the audience, and everything passed off harmoniously.

  • 28 July 1863
  • Great National Band Contest - Crystal Palace, Sydenham
    Twenty-one bands competed, but the number was reduced to the following twelve, after the preliminary trials of skill: The Brighton, Civil Service, Albion Mills, Blandford, Kirkstall, Matlock, Leyburn, Compstall, Dewsbury, Darlington, Doncaster, and Kirkburtton. After a prolonged competition, the prizes were awarded as follows: - First prize, £30, together with free gift of superb massive cup, worked in aluminium gold, oxydised and burnished, ornamented with appropriate devices, for bandmaster; also a magnificent champion circular contre bass, in double B fiat, with three rotary cylinders, splendidly electroplated; manufactured and presented by the firm of Messrs. Henry Distin, and Co. military musical instrument makers; Blandford Band. Second prize, £20, Dewsbury Old Band; Third prize, £15, Matlock Bath Band; Fourth prize, £10, Darlington Band.

    The door of the Palace will open at 9, and the Contest commence in the grounds at 10 o'clock precisely.
    At 3 o'clock the whole of the Bands will assemble on the Great Orchestra, and perform the following programme:

    1. National Volunteer Artillery and Rifle Corps March - E. Jackson.
    2. General Jackson's Schottische - Tidswell
    3. Wedding March - Mendelssohn
    4. Das Musikfest Waltzer - E. Jackson
    5. Chorus, Hallelujah - Handel
    6. God Save the Queen

    Conductor - E. JACKSON

    Admission, One Shilling; Children, half-price.

    The following Volunteer and other Bands are entered to compete:

    1st Newcastle-on-Tyne
    1st Sussex
    1st West York, Pudsey, Leeds
    3rd Dorset
    3rd Dorset, Bridport
    4th L.V.R.C., Bacup
    6th Sussex
    8th Essex
    10th Tower Hamlets
    11th Staffordshire
    15th Durham
    20th Durham
    25th Kent
    30th Middlesex, Ealing
    36th Middlesex
    37th West York
    Albion Heckmondwike
    Blandford (Dorset)
    Buttershaw Mills
    Civil Service (21st Middlesex)
    Colchester Town
    Compstall (Cheshire)
    Dewsbury Old Band
    Doncaster V.R.C.
    Eagley (Lancashire)
    Gawthorp (near Wakefield)
    Halliwell Jubilee
    Kirkburton Temperance
    Kirkstall (near Leeds)
    Manchester and Sheffield Railway Co. Loco. Dep.
    Matlock, Bath
    Meltham Mills
    Messrs. Parritt and Withams, Armley
    New Holland
    NorthaIIerton Young Men's Temperance
    Norwood United
    Rothwell Sax Horn
    Royal Park, Leeds
    South Hetton
    Springhead Shipley
    United Shelley (near Leeds)
    V.R.C., London
    Victoria, Kirkburton
    Victoria, Wolverhampton
    West Hartlepool Operatic

  • 29 July 1863
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Moira, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch
    The annual exhibition of plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables, was held in the Park adjoining the Moira Baths, at Moira. The show was extensive and superior in character. No less than fifteen marquees were occupied for different purposes connected with it; whilst three more were appropriated for refreshments. The tents were supplied by Mr. Hobson, of Derby; and the creature comforts by Messrs. Goodman and Smith, and Mr. Love, of the Queen's Head, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The sum of 200 guineas was given away in the shape of prizes in the floral and horticultural department of the fete; and £35 were given in various sums to the successful competitors In the brass band contest, which formed an interesting and popular feature in the programme. The Midland and the North Staffordshire Companies ran special trains from places near and remote, and about 10,000 persons were conveyed to the scene of the day's proceedings.

    Prince Albert's Own Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry Band (by permission of Colonel the Right Hon, the Earl Howe) was engaged for the occasion, and directed by Mr. Nicholson, the bandmaster. The members of this band played with great spirit and skill the following selection of music:

    Wedding March - Mendelssohn. .
    Valse, "Garendon" - Mrs. A. De Lisle.
    Overture, "Zauberflote" - Mozart.
    Grand Selection, "Robert le Diable" - Meyerbeer.
    Polka, "Eclipse" - Koenig (Cornet Obligato, Mr. W. Seal.)
    Grand March, composed for the opening of the International
    Exhibition, 1862 - Auber.
    Galop, "Early Morn - J. P. Clarke
    Overture, "Bohemian Girl" - Balfe.
    Operatic Selection. "Un Ballo in Maschera" - Verdi.
    Quintett, "Blow Gentle Gales" - Bishop
    &c., &c., &c.

    For the contest the following bands were entered, and performed the pieces specified:

    1. Midland Amateur Band, Leicester - Selection, "La Figlia del Reggimento" Exhibition March - Auber.
    2. Matlock Volunteer Rifle Band - "Guglielmo Tell", "Lucrezia Borgia"
    3. Bow Bridge Brass Band, Leicester - Selection. "Lurline" - Wallace, Overture, "Nabuco" - Verdi.
    4. Wednesbury Rifle Band - Selection, "Nabuco" - Verdi, Selection, "Lurline" - Wallace.
    5. Globe Tube Works Band, Wednesbury - Selection, "Lucrezia Borgia." Selection. "Il Trovatore"
    6. Gresley and Swadlincote Garibaldi Brass Band - "Fill the Shining Goblet" Selection, "Lucrezia. Borgia."
    7. The Leicester Temperance Brass Band - Selection, "Norma" - Bellini. Overture, "Bohemian Girl" - Balfe.
    8. Railway Ironworks and Victoria Foundry Brass Band, Derby - Selection, 12th Mass, "Gloria" - Mozart. Selection, Opera, "Attila" - Verdi.
    9, Loughborough Rifle Corps Band - Chorus, "The Heavens are
    Telling." Overture, "The Bohemian Girl" - Balfe.

    The Judges - Mr. Henry Farmer, of Nottingham; and Mr. W. W. Woodward, of Derby - were shut up in a tent adjoining the platform during the performance, as is usual in such cases, in order to secure a decision which might be relied upon as founded strictly on the merits of the bands.

    The prizes were awarded as follows: 1st prize (£12, Matlock Volunteer Rifle Band; 2nd (£10), Wednesbury Rifle Band; 3rd (£6), Bow Bridge Brass Band, Leicester; 4th, (£3), Loughborough Rifle Corps Band; 5th (£2), Leicester Temperance Brass Band; extra prize (£2), Midland Amateur Band, Leicester.

    The whole of the bands joined in playing some popular Anthems, &c., at the beginning and finish of the contest.

  • 30 July 1863
  • Gala + Band Contest - Richmond, Yorkshire
    A spirited band contest took place at Richmond, in the beautiful park of Mr. Smurthwalte, Temple Grounds, under the auspices and for the benefit of the North York Volunteer Band of that town. The occasion was made a general holiday amongst the inhabitants, and a gay and fashionable company was attracted, there being about five thousand people present. Seven bands contested, the whole of whom played admirably. Four prizes were awarded, the Leeds Model Band taking the first of £15; Dodsworth's Bradford Band second, £8; Arkengarthdale Band third, £3; and the Leyburn Saxhorn Band fourth, £1. The awards appeared to give the greatest satisfaction. The playing of the Leeds band was loudly applauded at the end of each piece. The great beauty of the grounds, situated on the banks of the Swale, and surrounded on every side by great trees in fine foliage, adding much to the attraction of the contest.

  • 1 August 1863
  • Band Contest - Gilmorehill Gardens, Glasgow
    Nineteen bands, comprising upwards of 400 performers, appeared to contend for prizes amounting to £40. A gathering of between five and six thousand turned out to witness the proceedings, which passed off with the greatest good order and success. The three judges were Messrs. A. Miller, Dalkeith; J. Walker, Stirling; and Signor Operte, Glasgow. They were unanimous in their award of the prizes, which were - 1st prize, £15 in money, and a cornet, value £7, 7s, to the Whins of Milton Band, Stirling; 2nd prize, £10 in money, and a cornet, value £2, 10s, to Hawick Band; and 3rd prize, £5 in money, to 25th Battalion Band, L.R.V., Glasgow. After the Queen's Anthem by all the bands, Mr. Lawson announced the decision of the judges, and delivered the prizes to the respective bands, which seemed to give general satisfaction.


    Campsie Baud
    Dumbartonshire Rifle Battalion Band
    Falkirk Camelon Brass Band
    Falkirk Iron Works Band
    Glasgow 1st L.R.V. Band
    Glasgow (2nd Administrative) Battalion L.R.V. Band
    Glasgow 5th Battalion L,R.V, Band
    Glasgow 10th L.R.V. Band
    Glasgow 25th Battalion L.R.V. Band
    Glasgow Blind Asylum Band
    Glasgow St. RolIox Brass Band
    Glasgow Townhead
    Hawick Band
    Kilbarchan Rifle Band
    Newmains Band
    Omoa Brass Band
    Pollokshaws Brass Band
    Whins of Milton Band
    Wishaw 57th Rifle Volunteers

  • 17 August 1863
  • Band Contest - Royal Park, Leeds
    The Order of Druids' demonstration and brass band contest took place at the Royal Park, Leeds. The demonstration by the Druids was intended to be an imposing spectacle, but the rain which fell about noon interfered with the arrangements, and the interest became centred in a contest between the following brass bands: Dewsbury Borough, Deighton, Wike, Bramley 1st West V.A.C., Barnsley 37th W.Y.R.C., Dodsworth's Bradford, Baildon, and Kirkburton Temperance. The first prize was £12; second, £8; third, £5; and fourth, £3; and a beautiful aluminium gold cup, manufactured by Messrs. Wilkinson, of Birmingham, was presented to the master of the band that won the first prize. The judges were Mr. Thos. Martin, late bandmaster Royal Fusileers London; and Mr. Jackson, of Bradford. The same defect that was noticed so prominently in the contest at the Crystal Palace a short time ago was perceptible here - want of style in the solo playing, and in this particular the Yorkshire bands appear to be deteriorating. At the conclusion of the contest the prizes were awarded as follows: the 1st to Bramley, Mr. C. Auty taking the cup; 2nd to Dodsworth's Bradford ; 3rd to Baildon; and the 4th to Deighton. The following persona, selected from the above-named bands, competed for a valuable copper bronze cornet, mounted with German silver, and presented by Messrs. H. Distin and Co., London: - S. Bentley (Baildon), J. W. Dodsworth (Bradford), F. Auty (Dewsbury), A. Jackson (Deighton), T. Lawson(Bramley), and Edwd. Wray (Barnsley). The cornet was awarded to Edwd. Wray, he having manifested greater power of expression than his competitors, though Bentley and Lawson were superior to him in quality of tone. The other entertainments consisted of balloon ascents, an assault-at-arms, display of fireworks, &tc., and the entire proceedings, which wore under the management of Mr. Enderby Jackson, of Hull, were of a satisfactory character. In consequence of the unpropitious state of the weather the attendance of spectators was not large.

  • 31 August 1863
  • Fete + Band Contest - Aston Park, Birmingham
    The brass band contest in Aston Park, postponed from Monday to yesterday on account of the weather, did not take place, for reasons which have yet to be explained by the person or persons responsible, On going to the Park, yesterday, we saw posted near the entrance an announcement that no band contest was to take place that day, and upon proceeding further discovered that the whole of the bands entered to compete, with the exception of one or two, had left the Park, which was now almost deserted. The only signs of life existed in the dell, near the lower grounds, where a platform had been erected, and upon it four or five kilted Highlanders were engaged in performing a melancholy sword dance in the presence of some two hundred people only. In addition to their performances, a number of very unwholesome street Arabs were engaged in running races with up balanced in spoons - while blindfolded - and in thrashing each other, and an old gentleman who ran amongst them tinkling a small bell, These performances appeared to afford lively satisfaction to the few people scattered round. To explain the failure of the contest is impossible; as no authentic information on the subject could be obtained.


    Sir; In your impression of .today, I find a paragraph referring to the above postponed affair, and, as a member of one of the disappointed bands, I beg to say, in justice to Mr. Jackson, that we received a telegram from him about ten o'clock on .Monday morning, informing us there would be no contest until fairer weather; consequently we did not attend on Monday, but a member of our band was in town in the evening of the same day and saw placarded notices to the effect that the contest would take place on the following day, whether wet or dry. Also, it being stated in your columns, and in the Gazette, we, at personal loss as well as inconvenience, got the Members of our band together and started, arriving at, the Town Hall about noon. Shortly after we were accosted by a . gentleman with a black beard (whose name I failed to discover, but who was in reality the old gentleman who tinkled the bell, to whom you refer), who requested us to wait at the Town Hall till a quarter to one, and he would have the Fusiliers there by that time, and we should go in procession to the Park, but never informed us there was to be no contest. Consequently we made our way to the Park, preceded by the Dodsworth and followed by the Oulton Band and Highland Pipers. After our arrival there, I enquired of Mr. Black Beard how the affair was going to terminate, and he informed me we must apply to the committee, which we presume is wholly constituted by Mr. Jackson, and he was not to be found; and whatever he may think of it himself I consider he has acted very meanly in the affair by refusing to pay the rail carriage of the attending bands, and especially those from Yorkshire, two of which, influenced by the placarded notice of Monday evening, stayed all night, and thus augmented their expenses; and in the hope that this may (if you will kindly insert it) come under the notice of members of brass bands, my advice to all would be to decline all the competitive invitations of Mr. Jackson in future. But, sir, my impression is we can compel him to pay our railway carriage, as I have a letter in my possession which I received from Mr. Jackson, wherein he says he would do so.Hoping you will insert the above in your widely circulated paper,
    I remain yours, &c.,
    September 2, 1863

  • 31 August 1863
  • Band Contest - Cheltenham Grounds, Harrogate
    A band contest took place in the Cheltenham Pleasure Grounds, Harrogate - at which; however, the handsome prizes offered failed to attract a large number of competitors, and the weather was so unpropitious that the attendance of spectators was small. The prizes offered were £20 and a silver cup to the first band, £10 to the second, £6 to the third, and £4 for the fourth. Only four bands entered, namely, Dodsworth's, Bradford, Marriner's, the Leyburn, and the Ripon. The judge was Mr. Hinchcliffe. Marriner's band entered the ground, but being dissatisfied with some part of the arrangements, declined to compete and withdrew. The .prizes were awarded as follows: 1st, Bradford; 2nd, Leyburn; 3rd, Ripon. The band of the Harrogate Rifle Volunteers played with the others, but did not compete. There were two prizes offered for the first solo players; the first was taken by C. Joicey, of the Leyburn band, and the 2nd by Ackroyd Horner, of the Bradford. After the contest there was a balloon ascent by Mr. Youens, in the "Volunteer," which took a course in the direction of Leeds.

  • 2 September 1863
  • Gala + Band Contest - Ripon
    Ripon Floral and Horticultural Show. The principal attraction of the day was the Studley Pleasure-grounds. In the brass band contest eleven bands competed, viz., the South Hetton; 1st West Riding Artillery, Bramley; Mirfield; Silsden; Leyburn; Kirkstall; Mariners' Band, Keighley; Farnley Iron Company's Temperance Band, Richmond, 17th West Riding Volunteer Band, Knaresborough, Yorkshire Hussars, Ripon. Mr. B. Clarke, band-master of the 16th Lancers, York, acted as judge, and awarded the prizes as follow: 1st, First West Riding Artillery, Bramley; 2nd, Marriner's Baud, Keighley; 3rd, Silsden; and 4th, Kirkstall. These awards gave entire satisfaction both to the public and the bands engaged. The balloon formed a great attraction. The disappointment in the non-ascent on the previous day (which arose from a slight accident over which the manager had no control), made yesterday's ascent doubly attractive, From an early hour in the afternoon partial ascents were made by several ladies and gentlemen, under the direction of Captain Orton. At five o'clock a gun was fired as the signal for the final 11 ascent, the band struck up "I'm off to Charlestown," and away went the balloon, with Captain Orton, accompanied by Mr. Larkum, manager of the Ripon Gas Works, and amidst the deafening cheers of the spectators. The balloon rose rapidly, and took the direction of Thirsk. It was in sight for half an hour, but up to the time of the train leaving Ripon no intelligence had been hoard of the place of its descent. The proceedings of the day terminated with a grand ball.

  • 5 September 1863
  • Temperance Band Contest - Highfield Lane, Keighley
    The temperance brass band and solo contest took place in two fields in Highfield lane, Keighley. The judge was Mr. Wm, Jackson, of Bradford. The prizes were awarded as follows: Brass band contest - 1st prize, £10, Craven Amateur, Silsden; second prize, £6 and a cornet value £5 5s. (presented by Mr; Higham, of Manchester, to the best band contesting which had never won a prize at any previous contest), Merrall's, Springhead, Haworth; third prize, £4, Crosshills; fourth prize, £2, Bingley Rifle. In the solo contests, a flugal horn, value £13 13s, was presented by the Keighley Temperance Society to Mr. Robert Stephenson, of Bingley, for showing the best taste in the contest; a cornet, value £8 8s., was also presented by Mr. Besson, of London, to Mr. H. Jackson, of Kirkstall, for taste and execution.

  • 9 September 1863
  • Grand Show + Band Contest - Birkenhead Park

    To give additional eclat to the proceedings it was determined to have a band contest for prizes ranging from £3 to £15. Six bands entered into competition, each party playing its own tunes, but between the parts the whole played "The Hallelujah Chorus" in harmony, which had a fine effect, and elicited a round of applause. The judges were Mr. C. Burke, bandmaster of the 49th regiment, and Mr. S. E. Crowe, bandmaster of the 14th hussars, and they awarded the prizes as follows: Ist prize £15, Compstall Bridge, near Stockport; 2nd £10, Liverpool Press Guard; 3rd £5, Liverpool Amateurs; 4th £3, 1st Cheshire Artillery (Captain W. Laird's). The other competing bands were 1st Cheshire Engineers (Captain Hornblower's); and the 35th Cheshire Rifles, Bromborough Pool

  • 10 September 1863
  • Band Contest - Bedale
    First prize was awarded to the Leeds (late Smith's) Model Prize Band, led by Mr. C. Rogers.

  • 10 October 1863
  • Band Contest - Agricultural Hall, Wolverhampton
    Thirteen brass bands competed for various prizes in the Agricultural Hall. The performers numbered about 200. The arrangements were carried out by Mr. Metcalf. Mr. John Kelly, the bandmaster of the First Staffordshire Militia, was the judge; and the prizes were awarded as follow: First prize, a silver cup, to the Wolverhampton Victoria Quadrille Band; second prize, a silver cup, to the West Bromwich Rifle Volunteer Band; third prize, a silver medal, to the Bilston Excelsior Temperance Band; the fourth prize to the Hall Green Euphonic Band; and the fifth to the Oldbury Carriage Works' Band. A competition then took place between nine performers for a cornet a-piston which Mr. S. Besson, of London, had sent to be given upon the occasion. For some time a disturbance existed as to the awarding of the prize; but it was afterwards amicably arranged and a fight prevented by the prize being given to Mr. Hyde, the leader of the Bilston Excelsior Band.
  • 1864

    24 June 1864
  • Well Dressings and Band Contest - Buxton
    The anniversary of the establishment of free wells in Buxton by the Duke of Devonshire, was celebrated. Thursday morning broke with a cold drizzling rain, which continued throughout the day, with transient intervals of sunshine. From an early hour the railway companies poured in their thousands of excursionists who appeared to be ill-prepared for the inclement weather. The decorations were on a more extended scale than hitherto. Several fine arches graced the principal approaches to the town and the entrance to the Crescent, the latter by far the best, extending from the terrace walks to the roof of the hot baths. The inns and houses were also decorated, and the town generally wore a very gay and animated appearance. The Compstall Bridge and Buxton bands performed in various parts of the town, while the Morris dancers, composed of ten little girls dressed in white, with blue Garibaldi jackets and white straw hats, showed to great advantage. On Friday, the band contest took place, and the weather was more genial. The contest, which took place in a field belonging to the late Mr. E. W. Wilmot, at Burbage, commenced at one o'clock, and was not decided until five. Each band played two pieces of its own selection. The following contested: Compstall Bridge (Temperance), Halifax (Rifle), Denton, High Lane, Chesterfield, Bakewell, and Matlock (Rifle). Nearly 3,000 persons were on the ground. The judges were Mr. Henry Nicholson, of Leicester; and Mr. J. C. Burck of the 49th Regiment, Manchester, who awarded the first prize to Chesterfield, while Bakewell and Matlock were to play off the "tie" for the second place. This decision was, however, withdrawn, the judges stating that they had made a mistake, and for Bakewell they substituted Compstall Bridge. The Secretary objected to this course, and the awards eventually stood as follows: Chesterfield, first, £12; Matlock, second, £8; Compstall Bridge, third, £3. The bands at the close gave a magnificent performance of the "Hallelujah Chorus" and "God Save the Queen". On Saturday upwards of 800 children marched through the town in procession, headed by the Compstall Bridge Band, and were treated with plum cake, &c., in the Crescent.

  • 25 June 1864
  • Band Contest - College Green, Glasgow
    A GRAND CONTEST MARCH, composed expressly for the occasion, and which will be played by an Orchestra numbering over 500 Instrumentalists, from the most proficient Volunteer and other Bands in Scotland, and for which a SENSATION MONSTER DRUM has been made, at considerable expense, to give effect to the number of Instruments.

    The competition commenced at mid-day, and during the two or three succeeding hours the number of persons present was not very large, but as the afternoon advanced the attendance greatly increased. Mr. H .D. Douglas, musical instrument maker, undertook the management of the contest, which is intended to he followed by other demonstrations of a similar kind, with the view of increasing the efficiency of the Volunteer and other bands in Scotland. On Saturday prizes were awarded to the value of £77, chiefly in the shape of musical instruments. In all twenty-five bands arranged to take part in the day's proceedings, and after a lengthened contest, which appeared to give satisfaction to those who wore present, the prizes were awarded as follows: 1st prize, City of Edinburgh R.V.; 2nd, 19th Lanarkshire R.V.; 3nd, 7th Dumfriesshire R.V.; 4th, Dumbartonshire R.V.; 5th, Hawick Brass Band; 6th, 1st Renfrewshire (Greenock) RV.; 7th, 25th Lanarkshire R.V.; 8th, Auchtermuehty Brass Band; and 9th, 2nd Administrative L.R.V., Glasgow.

  • 28 June 1864
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Leicester

  • 20 July 1864
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Loughborough
    The Horticultural Show and Band Contest at Loughborough took place in the beautiful grounds connected with the Grammar School at that place. The flower show was a great success, but the band contest was a failure as regards the number of bands entered, only four entering the arena of competition, viz., Chesterfield, Matlock, Wednesbury, and Loughborough. The order of playing was as above described, and the selections were the same as at previous contests at Buxton and Leicester. The playing of the different bands was very good, and the judges (Mr. H. Farmer, of Nottingham, and Mr. Cradburn, organist, of Loughborough), gave their award as follows: Chesterfield, First Prize, £20; Matlock, Second, £10; Wednesbury, Third, £6; Loughborough, Fourth, £4

  • 30 July 1864
  • Band Contest - Anlaby Road, Hull
    A brass band contest was held in a field on the Anlaby-road, Hull,
    under the management of Mr. H. Alderson. The prizes were awarded as follows: First prize (£14), Kirkstall band, Second (£9), Chesterfield Band, Third (£5), 3rd Lincolnshire Volunteer Artillery Band, Fourth (£2), Hull Rifle Band.

  • 8 August 1864
  • Band Contest - West Hartlepool
    Thousands of people flocked to the town from the various places in the neighbourhood to witness and listen to a musical contest; which took place in the New Market. At one o'clock the Foresters' Order, attired in their regalia, headed by bands of music, paraded the streets and drew up at the New Market, and at two Mr. James, bandmaster of the 8th Hussars, who officiated as judge, took his seat in a caravan, and the Trimdon band was the first to mount the platform to compete for the prizes, followed by the Middlesbro', West Hartlepool Operatic, Horsforth, Bradford, Leyburn, Fourth Durham Artillery, and Kirkstall bands. Each band performed two selections, and the result of the judge's decision was as follows: 1st, Kirkstall, near Leeds, £10; 2nd, Bradford, £5; 3rd, West Hartlepool, £3; and 4th, Leyburn, £2. The announcement was made by Mr. John Foxton, auctioneer, and it was received with acclamation. There, were thirty-three entries for solo playing, which would not be finished before a late hour.

  • 16 August 1864
  • Band Contest - Longton
    In connection with the Congleton Wakes there was a brass band contest, in which sixteen bands from different parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire contested, and which took place at Daisy Bank, the residence of Mr. E. Williamson. The Longton Rifle Corps band, which had been successful in three previous competitions, carried off the first prize, a beautiful silk banner, and £15, in money. The other prizes were won as follows: Consall Bridge band, second, £8; Kidsgrove third, £5; and Mow Cop, fourth, £3.

  • 26 August 1864
  • Band Contest - Skipton Castle
    The tenth annual exhibition of the Craven Agricultural Society was held at Skipton, and proved one of the most successful in the annals of the society. The prizes at the brass band contest were awarded as follows: 1st, Black Dyke Mills (Queensbury); 2nd, Fourth Lancashire Rifle Volunteers (Bacup); 3rd, Leeds Model Band; 4th, Kirkstall; 5th, Spring Head Band (Haworth); 6th, Dodsworth's Band (Bradford). The solo prize, a valuable electro-plated cornet, was awarded to Henry Jackson, of Kirkstall Band.

  • 27 August 1864
  • Band Contest - Batley
    The exhibition of the Batley Floral and Horticultural Society was brought to a close by a brass band contest. The attendance of the public was exceedingly large. Five bands contested, and the judges (Dr. Spark, of Leeds, and Mr. James, band-master of the 8th Hussars) awarded the first prize to the Heckmondwike Albion, the second to the Dewsbury, the third to the Black Dyke Mills, and the fourth to the band attached to the works of Messrs. M. Oldroyd and Sons, Dewsbury. The decision appeared to dissatisfy a large majority of the people present, and a sort of indignation meeting was held on the ground, when a show of hands was taken on the position the bands ought to hold. The Black Dyke band was declared, by an overwhelming majority, to be entitled to the first prize, and the Heckmondwike Albion to the third. The conduct of the judges in leaving a tent in which they wore placed before the conclusion of the contest was severely commented upon by a member of the committee, amid much cheering. The proceedings, which threatened to become disorderly at one time, passed off pleasantly at the close, for the Birstal Rifle band having struck up some lively music, the good folks began to choose their partners, and whiled away the hours in dancing.

  • 31 August 1864
  • Band Contest - Birkenhead Park
    Wirral Farmers Club Autumn Show - Towards noon, however, the weather cleared up; in the afternoon the sun shone forth brilliantly and there was a large attendance of visitors. The ground, too, assumed quite an animated appearance, and there being a band contest, the excellent playing of the musicians contributed largely to the entertainment of the company. 1st (£5), 5th Cheshire Artillery Volunteers; 2nd (£3), 2nd Cheshire Rifle Volunteers; The sum of £2 was granted to the band belonging to the Liverpool South Corporation Schools

  • 5 September 1864
  • Band Contest - Belle Vue, Manchester
    The annual brass band contest at Belle Vue Gardens. The weather was fine and excursion trains brought a considerable number of visitors. There were no fewer than 25,000 persons in the gardens. The contest took place in the music hall, which was excessively crowded. The names of the bands that entered for competition are: 1. Newark Sherwood Rangers; 2. Black Dike Mills; 3. 34th Staffordshire Rifle Volunteers, Wednesbury; 4. Batley; 5. Matlock Volunteer Rifles; 6. 4th West York Rifle Volunteers, Halifax; 7. 57th Rifie Volunteers, Ramsbottom; 8. Liverpool; 9. 4th Lancashire Volunteer Rifles, Bacup; 10. Stalybridge Old Band; 11. 2nd Cumberland Artillery Volunteers, Carlisle; 12. Leeds Model; 13. Heckmondwicke Albion; 14. 12th West York Volunteer Rifle Corps, Silsden - together consisting of about 280 performers. The 2nd Cumberland did not appear. The judges awarded prizes as follows: First prize of £30, 4th Lancashire Volunteer Rifles, Bacup; second of £15, Stalybridge Old Band; third of £9, Leeds Model; fourth of £5 10s., Matlock Volunteer Rifles; fifth of £4, Black Dike and sixth of £1 10s, 34thStaffordshire Rifle Volunteers, Wednesbury.

  • 7 September 1864
  • Band Contest - Knutsford
    In the course of the afternoon the other attractions of the show were increased by a brass band contest which proved, however, rather unsatisfactory to the competitors, only the second prize being awarded, and that was obtained by the Warrington Volunteer Band. The receipts at the gate amounted to nearly £700, and there could not have been far short of 15,000 visitors.

  • 29 October 1864
  • Band Contest - Agricultural Hall, Wolverhampton
    Mr. H. J. Metcalfe, of Wolverhampton, held his second annual Brass Band Festival and Contest in the Corn Exchange of that town, when prizes of the value of £60 were competed for. As an introduction to the contest, the bands, of which the following are the names, amalgamated, making a total of about two hundred performers, and played "The Federal Army Grand March" - Wolverhampton Victoria Operatic and Quadrille, Bilston Excelsior Temperance, Wednesfield Prince of Wales Temperance, Bilston Newton or Catholic, Willenhall Volunteer Rifle Corps, Bilston Operatic and Quadrille, Tipton Volunteer Rifle Corps, Billaton Albert Edward Maine Law, Smethwick Volunteer Rifle Corps, Oldbury Euphonic Temperance, Shiffnal Prince of Wales, Walsall Volunteer Rifle Corps, Hall Green Euphonic, Walsall (James's Ironworks), Pelsall Havelock Temperance, West Bromwich Volunteer Rifle Corps, Walsall (Messrs. Lambert's Tube Works), Wednesfield Excelsior, Pelsall Sax-horn, Rushall Temperance.

    Mr, Metcalfe himself conducted, and the judge was Mr. Charles Carey, master of the band of her Majesty's 3rd Regiment, whose decision was advertised to be final. The performers all played upon the same class of instrument as that for which they competed. The soprano cornet was the first prize competed for, and Mr. Wolverson, of the Willenhall Volunteer Rifle Corps, received the prize, The next contest was for the Cornet-a-Piston, which was won by Mr. J, Perkins, West Bromwich V.R.C. - The Tenor Sax was won by Mr, J. Rudge, Bilston Excelsior. - The Euphonium was won by Mr C. Watkiss, Shiffnal Prince of Wales. - The next prize contended for was the Bombardon, which was won by Mr. C. Withouse, Smethwick V.R.C. The prizes were then distributed to their respective winners, who were respectively greeted with loud cheers by their comrades upon their ascending the platform to receive their instruments.
  • 1865

    7 April 1865
  • Band Contest - Accrington

  • 15 May 1865
  • Band Contest - Wednesbury
    To the Editor of the Birmingham Daily Post - Sir, In your impression of to-day's Post I see you notice the brass band contest which took place at Wednesbury. It seems rather strange that the report does not say that the public were satisfied as regards the distribution of the prizes. I expected it would have done this; but it seems to me the party who wrote the said report thought the better plan would be not to venture anything on this head, but to keep in safe grounds, for fear of unpleasant replies. The awards, Mr. Editor, I can assure you, were given against all calculations. In fact, both myself and nearly every person on the grounds were perfectly astounded when the awards were made known; in fact, some, or I may say all, of the most noted bands of the district, well known to be first-class bands, and which from their playing, were put down for the first prizes by every person on the grounds, were thrown completely out, and the hands whom every one expected would not get prizes, got them. In fact, the best bands were either passed by unnoticed or the judges must have been asleep while they were playing; and so great is the disappointment that a great many people do not believe there was a judge on the grounds at all. In conclusion, allow me to state that I have been actively engaged in the musical profession for the last fourteen years, and that during the last four years have never had at any time less than eight bands under my instruction at one and the same time, which you must admit allows me something of a standing as regards judging the qualifications of the several bands there present; and I can assure you that I was never, in my experience of music, so much astonished as when the awards were made known. Hoping, Mr. Editor, that you will kindly insert this, as I am expected by numerous parties to write in answer to the report in your columns, I remain, yours truly, H. J. METCALFE, 96 Bilston Street, Wolverhampton.

    To the Editor of the Birmingham Daily Post - Sir, As sergeant of one of the bands that was awarded a prize at the late contest at Wednesbury, I beg to state, in reply to Mr. H. J. Metcalfe's letter in the Daily Post of the 18th instant, that the band in which I played would not have objected to have taken the verdict of the majority of the musical profession of the ground, and they are satisfied the public were of opinion that they were entitled to a higher prize than they obtained. At the same time, they do not dispute the decision of the persons appointed as judges, knowing there is always a great difference of opinion in such matters. It is a poor and paltry argument that our and other bands are unknown, and therefore were not expected to beat the "most noted good bands" in the district - taught, no doubt, by Mr. Metcalfe. I must give him credit for one quality, at least, as a band instructor: he knows how to sound his own trumpet - Yours respectfully, BAND SERGEANT

  • 25 May 1865
  • Well Dressings and Band Contest - Buxton
    The annual brass band contest took place at Buxton. Six bands competed, viz.: The Compstall Bridge Band; the Staleybridge Band; the Denton Band; the Bakewell Band; the Clay Cross Band; and the Matlock Rifle Band. The prizes were awarded as follows: 1st prize, Matlock Rifle Band, £15; 2nd prize, Clay Cross Band, £10; 3rd prize. Staleybridge Band, £5. The judges were Mr. Henry Nicholson, of Leicester and Mr. Henry Farmer, of Nottingham.

    The 17th D.V.R. (Clay Cross) Band, had the honour of carrying away the second prize (£10). This is only the second brass band contest in which the band has had the honour of competing, and they have taken a prize each time, viz., Denby, 1863, £9 9s; Buxton, 1865, £10; at the latter place the band (conductor, Mr. W. Sipson) had the honour of conducting all the bands in playing the National Anthem.

  • 21 June 1865
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Ripon (Studley Park and Fountains Abbey)
    The attendance at this fete was remarkably good. Eight excursion trains were run from various places, and not a few availed themselves of the opportunity of visiting Fountains Abbey. The principal feature in the day's amusement was a brass band contest; there were four prizes offered, for which five bands competed. The following is the order in which the prizes were awarded; 1st, Dodsworth Band (Bradford); 2nd, York Rifle Band; 3rd, Highgate Mills Band; 4th, Knaresborough Band. The Cleckheaton Band was unsuccessful. Mr. Wm. Jackson, of Bradford, was the judge. The proceedings, as on the previous evening, concluded with dancing, and a display of fireworks by Professor Randles. (note: Cleckheaton Band did not compete - it was the Scholes Band that was unsuccessful)

  • 23 June 1865
  • Band Contest - Lofthouse in Cleveland
    7th Annual Contest

  • 29 June 1865
  • Gala + Band Contest - Sconce Hills, Farndon Road, Newark

  • 1 July 1865
  • Band Contest - College Green, Glasgow
    Twelve of the Prize Bands of Scotland will form One Monstre Orchestra, and perform "The Soldiers' Chorus" from "Faust" as a Grand Opening, at One o'clock precisely.

  • 24 July 1865
  • Band Contest - Hull

  • 26 July 1865
  • Band Contest - Stalybridge

  • 7 August 1865
  • Band Contest - Castle Grounds, Nottingham

  • 8 August 1865
  • Fete + Band Contest - Lancaster

  • 11 August 1865
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Clitheroe

  • 14 August 1865
  • Band Contest - Kirkstall Abbey
    Kirkstall feast - amongst the entertainments provided for the occasion was a brass band contest open to all amateur and volunteer brass bands in England (Kirkstall excepted). There were ten bands entered, and with the exception of the Farnley Iron Company and the Heckmondwike Albion bands, the rest of the bands entered appeared. Each band performed two pieces; and on the conclusion of the first trial the combined bands played the "Hallelujah Chorus" and after the second the "Gladiator March". The bands who contested played in the following order, and the pieces selected for performance were chiefly operatic: - Bramley Artillery band, Armley brass band, Dodsworth's band (Bradford), West Hartlepool Operatic band, Oldroyd's (Dewsbury) band, Marriner's (Keighley) band, Black Dyke band, and Matlock Volunteer Rifle band. Before the awards were published a contest took place for a Jupiter cornet, value £9 9s, for which the following entered, one only allowed from each band: W. Rushworth, Black Dyke; J. Senior, Bramley; W. Ward, Dodsworth's; J. Naylor, Matlock; T. Hogg, West Hartlepool; C. Binns, Armley; D. Wilkinson, Dewsbury. It may be said that the playing of the bands was in every instance very good, but of course there were degrees of excellence, and the judges - who were Mr. G. Ruskoff bandmaster, 15th. Hussars; Mr. Thos. Martin, bandmaster, East York militia; and Mr. J. Deacon, bandmaster, 1st York militia - made their selections thus: In the band contest 1st prize (£28 16s), Matlock band; 2nd (£14 14s), Black Dyke; 3rd (£5), Marriner's; 4th (£2), was divided between Dodsworth's and West Hartlepool. For the cornet contest the prize was awarded to Mr. J. Naylor the leader of the Matlock band, the two first prizes thus going to the Matlock band. At the close of the musical contest balloon ascents and an exhibition of fireworks, and other amusements, concluded the proceedings.

  • 15 August 1865
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Denby
    In addition to the exhibition a grand brass band contest took place, the names of the bands being the Matlock, the Ilkeston, and the Sutton-in-Ashfield. The first prize, a silver cornet, value thirteen guineas, was awarded to the Matlock; the second, a baritone, value ten guineas, to the Ilkeston; and the third, a euphonium, value seven guineas, to the Sutton-in-Ashfield. Tom Godrich, the celebrated comic singer, also appeared in character, and performed at intervals, much to the gratification of all. The amusements concluded with a grand display of fireworks by Professor Chadwick, of Ilkeston. Tea and other refreshments were provided by Mrs. Hewitt, of the Union Inn.

  • 18 August 1865
  • Band Contest - Skipton Castle

  • 24 August 1865
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Burnley

  • 30 August 1865
  • Band Contest - Oldham

  • 2 September 1865
  • Band Contest - Keighley
    Saturday was remarkably fine, and the attendance of visitors was as large if not larger than on the previous day. The brass band and the illuminations in the streets formed a very great attraction. The brass band contest, the first prize of which consisted of £12 in money and a bombardon in B flat, value £16 16s., was awarded to Kirkstall band; the second prize (£7 in money and a tenor horn in B flat, value £9 9s.) was won by the Black Dyke Mills band; the third prize (£5 in money and a soprano cornet in E flat, value £7 7s.) by the Saltaire band; and the fourth (£3), by Dodsworth's band, Bradford. The Jupiter cornet, value £9 9s., presented by Mr. F. Besson, of London, was awarded to Mr. Jackson, leader of the Kirkstall band, as the best solo cornet player in the contest. Each competitor for this prize was allowed to make his own selection.

  • 12 September 1865
  • Band Contest - Matlock Bridge
    The following noted Prize Bands will compete -

    Bacup 4th Lancashire Volunteers
    Dewsbury Old Band.
    Kirkstall Prize Band (near Leeds.)
    Dodsworth's Band (Bradford.)
    Wednesbury - 34th Staffordshire Volunteers
    Staleybridge Old Band
    Stockport Yeomanry Cavalry
    Leeds Band
    Sutton-in-Ashfield Band
    Bakewell Band

    Prizes to the amount of £50, will be given in Money, and a £13 13s. Electo-Plated Cornet, by Besson.

  • 20 September 1865
  • Band Contest - Birkenhead Park

  • 1866

    16 June 1866
  • Band Contest - Sandyflat, Maryhill, Glasgow

  • 25 June 1866
  • Band Contest - Hull

  • 3 July 1866
  • Temperance Band Contest - Aston Park, Birmingham

  • 3 July 1866
  • Band Contest - Aston Park, Birmingham
    The annual festival of the local Bands of hope took place, The leading features of this (in the estimation of teetotalers) great affair, are a procession and a miscellaneous entertainment in the Lower Grounds at Aston. With regard to the former - the procession - it was everything that could be desired, speaking from the total abstinence point, There were hundreds of children - some of them very pretty - dressed up in colours more striking than harmonious. There were also hundreds of men and boys, called "crows", dressed, after the manner of the girls, in the most outrageous hues; the whole marching to the sound of drum and fife, brass, and concertina bands. Banners, bearing suggestive mottoes, floated over the heads of the youngsters, and, with the sun shining overhead, the picturesque column wound its way from Bingley Hall to Aston. The route lay along Broad Street, Easy Row, Paradise Street, Now Street, High Street, Dale End, Stafford Street, Aston Street, Gosta Green, Aston Road, Park Road, Trinity Road, to the Lower Grounds. The procession was made up of the following societies - Perserverance (Graham Street), Smethwick, Lodge Road, and Islington, accompanied by the Great Bridge Havelock brass band, and the Model drum and fife band;

    The most important part of the entertainment was a band. contest. The following drain and fife bands entered: Coleshill Street, Lawrence Street. Legge Street, Lawley Street, and The Model. The 1st prize, of £4, was awarded to the Model Baud; the 2nd prize, of £2, was gained by the Lawrence Street Band; and the 3rd prize, of £1 was carried off by the Lawley Street Band. Then followed a brass band contest, in which three bands entered: the Spring Hill, Birmingham Saxhorn, and Great Bridge, The 1st prize, £10, was awarded to the
    Great Bridge Band; the 2nd prize, £5, to the Spring Hill Temperance Band; and the 3rd prize, £3„ to the Birmingham Saxhorn Band. The superintendent was Mr. Arundel, The proceedings terminated about eight o'clock,

  • 16 July 1866
  • Gala + Band Contest - The Mounts, Wednesbury
    A Band Contest took place at Wednesbury, at the conclusion of which the judge, Mr. D. Godfrey, of the Grenadier Guards, before announcing his decision, delivered a short address to the assembled bands, in the course of which he remarked that he had no knowledge of any of the bands competing, or the order in which they played, his decision therefore would be given entirely without bias or prejudice, and he bad no difficulty whatever in arriving at the following conclusion:

    1st CLASS.
    1st prize - Matlock Rifle Corps - £15
    2nd - Chesterfield - £8
    3rd - Great Bridge Havelock - £4
    Lichfield Rifle Corps
    Etruria Artillery

    2nd CLASS {For bands formed within three years)
    1st prize - Clay Cross Rifle Corps - £8
    2nd - Lloyd's Axle and Tyre Works - £4
    3rd - Old Park Iron Works - £2

    With regard to the contest, Mr. Godfrey proceeded to say that some of the bands played exceedingly well, but he would venture to suggest to the second class that they were attempting to play selections of music too difficult for them. The Matlock band played the following selections: Herculaneum (F. David) and Macbeth (Briffaux). A prize cornet, valued at six guineas, was also competed for, and easily won by Mr. John Naylor, leader of the Matlock band. The following also competed: - Mr. Marriott (Etruria), Mr. Rogers (Lloyd's), Mr. Silvester (Great Bridge). Mr. Creswell (Old Park); and Mr. Bedsmore (Lichfield). We heartily congratulate the Matlock band on its victory - a victory indeed well deserved. Having, during the last two years, beaten every amateur band with which it has measured its strength, it may fairly claim to be one of the best in the provinces. Mr. Geo. Knowles, the band-master, has not only provided the band with first-class music, but also with the very best quality of instruments, manufactured by Mr. F. Besson, London, the best maker of the day.

  • 17 July 1866
  • Gala + Band Contest - Woodbridge
    To the Editor of the Ipswich Journal - Sir, You published last week a letter from the conductor of the Sudbury Band, complaining of the managers of the recent Woodbridge Band Contest, the umpire, and the successful band. The former two parties are competent to defend themselves, if they care to do so; but on the part of the Bungay band I beg permission to assure your correspondent that we had no "Circular Bass" (whatever that may be), we knew nothing of the managers or the umpire, we assumed that they would conduct the proceedings with fairness and gentlemanly feeling, and we found no reason to doubt this, although our own very modest anticipations were more than realized, and the Sudbury band took only a fourth prize.
    I know little of the usages of such contests, but in this town we do a little cricket, and at that game it is, I believe, a rule that if exception be taken to an umpire, it must be before the play or not at all. Moreover, if a side has lost a match, and then quarrel with their opponents, disparage the umpire, and impeach his decisions, we are accustomed to think they really want a little training, not only in their play, but in their temper, taste, and manners.
    I am, Sir, obediently yours,
    Bungay, July 25th, 1866. Edgar Ray Childs
    To the Editor of the Ipswich Journal - Sir Will you permit me to make a few observations relative to the Woodbridge Band Contest and the criticism that have appeared on it in your Journal. It is there stated "the verdict passed in many cases did not accord with the award of the judges," When due allowance is made for prejudice and want of musical knowledge, it is not surprising that there should be some ground to differ from the opinion of the most competent of judges; that which does surprise and withal bears an amusing significance is that the critic is sparing of praise in proportion to the success of the respective bands. The band that took the first prize is represented as the black sheep of the whole, whilst those who failed, or took a low prize, are lauded with flattery. How is this? Is it to be attributed to the above mentioned prejudice, or is it the mistake of some amateur fiddler or pianist, or is it only an amiable attempt to soothe the Irritation of disappointment that the conquered might feel? If to the latter it has had a directly opposite effect, for it seems to have stirred up the bitterest black drop in Mr. Samuel Attfield. That gentleman seems to think himself aggrieved, and concludes his letter by remarking that the award of the discerning public was entirely in their favour.
    To every one this will be news, for beyond their personal friends no one ever expected the first prize to be taken by the Sudbury band, not even Mr. Attfield himself, as confessed by him previous to the contest. This band has become so inflated with its success at the Ipswich Contest, where there was only a couple of tenth-rate bands to beat, that they have formed opinions of themselves altogether absurd. Mr. Attfield's allusion to the difficulty of his selection is a fair proof of want of judgment, whilst his assertion that it is unusual to allow drums at a contest is incorrect. But why this jeremiad over drums. Does he after all regret the absence of his own? It may help to reconcile Mr. A. to the judge's award when be is informed that Mr. Smith was sent and highly recommended by Mr. Winterbottom. the bandmaster of the Royal Marines.
    As to the Woodbridge band playing harsh and discordant (Mr. A. says not a word of what the Journal did give it credit for, namely, having performed the second piece skilfully which atoned for the first), I have but one answer, it is, that if Mr. Attfield will find one "man of good standing and reputation in the musical world," and allow me to find another (as judges), the Woodbridge band will meet the Sudbury at any time and for any amount they themselves shall think fit to name. The result of such contest I think I can foresee, and in imagination hear one of the Sudbury leaders exclaim to the other (for they have two leaders)
    "Mine eyes smell onions;
    I shall weep anon.
    Good Tom-Drum
    Lend me a handkerchief."
    Should Mr. Attfield feel inclined to take up the gauntlet he can communicate his wishes at his earliest convenience to
    Your obedient servant,
    W. H. Stephenson
    July 26. 1866. Bandmaster 3rd S.R.V.

  • 4 August 1866
  • Gala + Band Contest - Kirkstall Abbey
    A brass band contest came off in the Kirkstall Abbey grounds, when the following bands contested, namely: Spink Well Mills Band, Mr. H, Jackson, leader; Dewsbury Old Band, Mr. J. Peel, leader; Buttershaw Mills Band, Mr. W. Calvert, leader; Heckmondwike Albion Band, Mr. J. Brook, leader; and Dodsworth's Band, Mr. J. W. Dodsworth, leader. Each band played two pieces, after which the judges (Mons. J. Riviere, musical director, Adelphi Theatre, London, and Mr. A. Keonig, bandmaster, 13th Hussars, York,), awarded the prizes as follows: First, £14, Heckmondwike; second, £9, Dewsbury; third, £5, Spink Well Mills; fourth, £2, Dodsworth's. A solo cornet, value £5 5s, was next contested for by the leaders of the respective bands, and was gained by Mr. H. Jackson, Spink Well Mills.. The decisions of the judges gave every satisfaction to those taking part in the contest; as also to the visitors, of whom, however, there was not a very numerous attendance, the weather being very unfavourable for out-door recreation. The contest manager was Mr. J. H. Wright, of Kirkstall. Various entertainments - such as walking at pole over the river, climbing greasy poles, balloon ascents, &c. were provided,

  • 18 August 1866
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Drighlington
    The twelfth annual exhibition of the Drighlington and Adwalton Agricultural and Floral Society was held in a field at the former place, lent for the occasion by Mr. John Hague, of Crow Nest, Dewsbury. There was a total absence of cattle and sheep, but in other classes the entries were numerous.

    In the afternoon and evening a brass hand contest took place on the ground, for which five bands entered. The judges were Mr. George Haddock, of Leeds, and Mr. Samuel Naylor, of Adwalton; and they awarded the first prize (£12 and a silver cup, value £5 5s, for the band-master) to the Heckmondwike Albion; second (£8), Dewsbury Old Band; third (£4), Frawdon Band, Colne. The attendance was very large.

  • 20 August 1866
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Guiseley
    The seventeenth annual exhibition of the Guiseley Agricultural Society took place, and notwithstanding heavy rain which fell throughout the afternoon, there was a large number of visitors.
    A great attraction to the show was a brass band contest,which had been arranged for, but the unfavourable weather and the damp and soft state of the ground marred the enjoyment which would otherwise have been experienced. Six bands - Kirkstall, Farnley, Ingledew's (Leeds), Heckmondwike, Baildon, and Dodsworth's (Bradford) competed for the various prizes, which were awarded by the judge, Mr. A. Koenig, bandmaster of the 13th Hussars, York, as follows: - First (£I2) Kirkstall, second (£6) Heckmondwike, third (£4) Dodsworth's. A bugle for the best cornet player was won by Mr. H. Jackson, leader of the Kirkstall band.

  • 1 September 1866
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Keighley
    The second day's show of the Keighley Agricultural Society took place in the society's grounds, in Skipton road. The weather was again favourable, and the attendance was very good. The receipts at the gate wore upwards of £160, against £375 taken on Friday. The show of dogs was large, there being an increase over the number exhibited last year. The leaping of the ponies was quite a feature of the day, and gave much amusement. There were five entries in the brass band contest, and prizes were awarded to the whole of them in consequence of the Spinkwell and Calder Band obtaining the first prizes in each contest. The streets were on Friday illuminated, and were thronged with visitors to a late hour.

    Double Brass Band Contest - First contest, piece of own seclection; second, piece at sight. The Spinkwell and Calder Band obtained the first prize in both contests, but, according to rule, it had to give way in the second prize to the second-best; 2; Spring Head Band: 3, Bradford Model Band; 4, Kildwick Band; 5, Marriners' Juvenile Band,

  • 3 September 1866
  • Band Contest - Belle Vue, Manchester
    The annual brass band contest took place at the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, when the followings bands competed: - Wednesbury band, Staffordshire: Heckmondwike Albion band, Yorkshire; Clay Cross Volunteer band, Derbyshire; Chesterfield, Derbyshire; Todmorden Amateur band; Trawden band, Dodworth's band, Bradford; 4th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers, Bacup; Healey Hall band, near Rochdale; 57th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers, Ramsbottom; Dewsbury Old band; Wyke band, near Cleckheaton, Yorkshire; Kirkstall band, near Leeds; 17th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers, Burnley; 7th Dumfriesshire Volunteers, Langholme; Denton Original band, Sowerby band, Liverpool Amateur band, and the Matlock Bridge band. The bands consisted severally of 20 performers, and were required to play, in addition to pieces chosen by themselves, a selection from "L'Africaine" arranged by Mr. Grosse. The judges were Mr. P. Godfrey, bandmaster, Coldstream Guards; Mr. Wm. Winterbottom, bandmaster, Royal Marines, Woolwich; Mr. A. Phasey, of Her Majesty's Theatre; and Mr. Williams, bandmaster, Scarborough. They awarded the first prize, £30, to Dewsbury; the second, £17, to Matlock Bridge ; the third, £11, to Healey Hall ; the fourth, £8, to Bacup; and the fifth, £4, to Chesterfield. The performances, which commenced at one o'clock in the afternoon, and did not conclude until about half-past ten, were, on the whole, exceedingly good. An immense concourse of persons attended the contest.

  • 8 September 1866
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Gomersal
    The twenty-sixth annual exhibition of the above society took place in Mr. Knowles' park, Gomersal. It was a subject of regret by the supporters of the society that there was not a large gathering of the public, for by way of affording an additional attraction a brass band contest was announced to take place, but the weather was so threatening and the grass so wet with recent rain, that but few people liked to run the risk of getting cold. The bands present were the Dewsbury Old Band, Spinkwell and Calder Mills, and Heckmondwike Albion.

    Brass Band Contest - Mr. John Elwood, of Manchester, officiated as judge, and he made the following award: - 1st prize, £10, Dewsbury Old Band; 2nd, £6, Heckmondwike Albion Band; 3rd, £3, Spinkwell Mills (Dewsbury) Band. The last two bands had to play off for second place.
  • 1867

    20 May 1867
  • Band Contest - Clay Cross
    A band contest behalf of the funds of the Clay Cross Rifle Volunteer Band, came off, and was a complete success. The contest was held in a field adjoining the residence of Charles Binns Esq., and upwards of 4,000 persons paid for admission. The following bands competed: Matlock, Wednesbury, Nottingham Sax-Tuba, Dewsbury, Todmorden, Farnley Iron Company's, Leeds Model, Stainland, Bradford Model, Dodsworth, and Healey-Hall. The judges were Mr. Nicholson, of Leicester, and Mr. Farmer, of Nottingham. Some very excellent pieces were performed by each band. The judges awarded the prizes as follows: - Matlock R.V.C. (leader, Mr. Naylor), 1st prize, £20; Dewsbury band (leader; Mr.Peel), 2nd prize, £12; Dodsworth's band (leader. Mr. Dodsworth), 3rd prize, £8; Stainland band (leader, Mr. Jackson), 4th prize, £4; Healey-Hall (leader, Mr J. Law), 5th prize, £2. The Saynor family were in attendance, and enlivened the proceedings by their excellent performances. Other amusements were also provided. The weather turned out wet in the latter part of the day, much to the disappointment of the visitors. The contest lasted till after seven o'clock. At the close the whole of the bands, with the exception of the Wednesbury, played "God bless the Prince" as arranged by Mr. W. Sipson, and the National Anthem. Mr. W. Sipson acted as conductor.

  • 11 June 1867
  • Band Contest - Belle Vue, Manchester

  • 12 June 1867
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Ripon

  • 29 June 1867
  • Floral Fete + Band Contest - Nelson

  • 30 July 1867
  • Dog, Poultry Show + Band Contest - Hartlepool

  • 12 August 1867
  • Band Contest - Denton
    A Brass Band Contest took place at Denton, near Manchester, and most of the celebrated bands from Yorkshire and Lancashire competed. Although we cannot congratulate the Matlock band on having achieved complete success, it is still highly gratifying to find that it is superior to such bands as Dewsbury, SaItaire, and other first-class bands. The prizes were awarded as follows: 1st Prize, £20, and tenor horn, Bacup; 2nd prize; £14, Matlock;. 3rd prize, £8, Dewsbury; 4th prize, £5. Saltaire; 6th prize, £3, Healy Hall (Rochdale). Three other bands were unsuccessful,

  • 15 August 1867
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Burnley

  • 17 August 1867
  • Gala + Band Contest - Royal Park, Leeds
    The Ancient Order of Foresters (Leeds district) held their annual gala at the Leeds Royal Park. In point of numbers (the weather being unfavourable for out-door attractions) the gathering was a failure, not more than 1,200 persons being present. Notwithstanding this drawback, the programme was carried out in its entirety, and. those present had no occasion to lament the very scanty attendance of visitors. The principal attraction was a brass band contest, which was carried out under the superintendence of Mr. H. Nicholson, of Leicester, who officiated as judge. The following bands took part in the competition: Heckmondwike Albion; Buttershaw Mills, near Bradford; Colne; New Holland, Lincolnshire; and Elland Upper Edge. The respective bands having played their allotted parts - which consisted of selections from Verdi, Balfe, Wallace, Gounod, &c. - the prizes were awarded as follow: First, £15, Heckmondwike; second, £8, Buttershaw; third, £5, Colne; fourth, £2, Elland. A display of fireworks, by Professor Dyer, of London, brought the gala to a close.

  • 24 August 1867
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Greenhill, Rochdale
    On the grounds of Mr. W. E. Roydes, Greenhill, Rochdale, fourteen brass bands contested for prizes offered by the Whitworth and Rochdale Agricultural Society. During the day Athletic feats took place for prizes. The weather was everything that could be wished, and it is estimated that no less than 12,000 or 13,000 persons were present. The prizes offered to the brass bands were, first, £25; second, £15; third, £10;.fourth, 15. Mr. F. Godfrey, bandmaster of the Coldstream Guards, London; and Mr. J. P. Clarke, bandmaster of the 54th Regiment, Manchester, were the judges. The following bands contested; Heckmondwike Albion Band, near Burnley; Elland Upper-edge Band, near Halifax; Meltham Mills Band, near Huddersfield; Wednesbury 34th, L.R.V. Band, Staffordshire; DeIph Band, Saddleworth; Luddenden Oats Royd Mills Band, Yorkshire; Colne Band, near Burnley; Healey Hall Band, near Rochdale; Dewsbury Old Band; Burnely 17th L.A V.; Denton Original Band, near Mancheater; Rawden Band, near Burnley; and Chesterfield 3rd Battalion Band, Derbyshire. After playing two pieces of their own selection, the first prize was given to the Chesterfield band, the second to Healey Hall, the third to Wednesbury and the fourth to Heckmondwike.

  • 24 August 1867
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Wakefield
    The annual meeting of this soeiety.was held in the Belle Isle Fields, Sandal-road, Wakefield. The show ground was pleasantly situated, and surrounded by fine stretches of wooded country. There were no cattle; but in every other respect the show was a most successful one. The town looked gay, decked cut with flags and banners, and the bells in the parish church tower kept up a continual chime. The fine weather drew immense crowds of people to the show ground. The exhibition included horses, poultry, sheep, pigs, butter, agricultural produce, plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables; and, to crown the whole, a brass band contest, for which there were 14 bands entered. The bands were the West York Rifles, Barnsley; Scholes; Kildwick; West York Rifles, Dewsbury; Shipley; Wakefield; Oulton; Wike; Mirfield; Bradford Model Band; Flockton; Brighouse; Newchurch (Lancashire); and Prince of Wales, Gawthorpe.
    An electro-plated cornet was given by Mr. Besson, of London, for the brass band contest, &c.an extra prize on this account. The brass band contest was not concluded until about eight o'clock. The result was as follows: First prize £9, and Mr. Besson's cornet, valued at £9 9s., Wakefield band, conducted by Mr. W. Lofthouse; second, £6, Bradford Model Band, conducted by Mr. Frank Galloway; third, £3, Barnsley Rifle Volunteer Band, leader, Mr. George Wray ; and 4th, £2, Brighouse Band, leader Mr. W. Whitaker. At the close of the contest the fourteen competing bands united arid played the National Anthem in excellent style, on the Grand Stand. An encore was asked for and given, after which the judges gave their decision and shortly afterwards the ground was cleared.

  • 30 August 1867
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Skipton Castle
    The thirteenth annual meeting of the Craven Agricultural Society was held at Skipton. As in former years, the extensive grounds adjoining the Castle were set apart for the show, and afforded admirable facilities for displaying the stock to the best advantage. Independent of the attractions of the show, amusements of a most varied character were provided in the show ground. A brass band contest was a source of never-failing interest.

    The band contest was taken part in by the following bands: 1, The Keighley (35th Airedale West York Rifle Volunteers); 2, Kirkstall: 3, Heckmondwike (Albion); 4,.Colne; 5, Kildwick; 6, Bacup (4th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers); and 7, Buttershaw Mills. The first prize, £26 5s, was awarded to No. 6; the second, £12 12s, was awarded to No. 3; the third, £6 6s, to No. 1: and the fourth, £3 3s., to No. 2.

  • 5 October 1867
  • Band Contest - Avenham Park, Preston
    The festive proceedings in connection with the opening of Preston new town hall and public Park were resumed on by musical competition amongst 15 bands. In Avenham Park there was a grand brass band contest, bands from the following places playing: Over Darwen, Wedensfield, West Derby, Staffordshire (13th rifles), Todmorden, Bacup, Compstall, Saltaire, Healey Hall, and Heckmondwike. This contest was witnessed by a large number of persons. The judges were Mr. Martin, bandmaster 8th hussars, Manchester; Mr. Gladney, Bellevue, Manchester; and Mr. Prince, late bandmaster 17th regiment. After the general competition in Avenham Park, there was a contest by the solo cornet players belonging to seven of the bands for a beautiful electro-plated cornet and case (by Curtois), given by Mr. A. Chappell, New Bond-street, London. The contest was concluded about half-past five o'clock. Afterwards the Mayor of Preston, with a party of ladies and gentlemen, arrived upon the ground, and when they had taken up their positions on the platform where the bands played, Mr. J. Norwood, the manager of the contest, announced the awards of the judges as follow: 1st prize (£40), Bacup band; 2nd (£15), Saltaire; 3rd (£10), Heckmondwike; 4th (£5), Healey Hall. Cornet prize: Mr. William Ellis, Over Darwen band.
  • 1868

    30 May 1868
  • Band Contest - Colne

  • 25 June 1868
  • Gala + Band Contest - Lofthouse in Cleveland
    A grand brass band contest took place in the Hall Grounds, at Lofthouse. The Lofthouse people have a gala, on an extensive scale, every year, and generally a band contest, which usually attracts a large gathering, and yesterday was no exception to the rule. Cheap excursion trains were run from Halifax, &c., to Saltburn-by-the-Sea, which at present is the nearest railway station. The committee offered four prizes; the first being £14 and a ten guinea cornet, embracing the latest improvements; £8 for the second; £6 for the third; and £2 for the fourth prize. Eight bands entered for competition, the whole of which contested. Each band performed one piece, of its own selection, and then the whole of the bands united, and played with wonderful precision, considering the immense number, "The Heavens are telling." Another piece was then performed by each band, and the judge (Mr. Hy Milburn), declared Heckmondwike band 1st; Felling 2nd; Saltaire 3rd; and Bramley 4th. The unsuccessful bands were Chester-le-street, Stanhope, Marske, and Trimdon Colliery. The weather was all that could be wished, and the thousands present enjoyed themselves to their heart's content.

  • 18 August 1868
  • Fair + Band Contest - Elland
    At the Elland annual fair, a brass band contest took place. Five bands entered the lists; namely, Brighouse, Buttershaw Mills, Elland Upper Edge, Dewsbury Old; and Heckmondwike Albion bands. Each had to play two selections. Mr. B, J. Smythe, of the Royal band, Woolwich, was the judge. The first prize, £14, was awarded to the Dewsbury Old band; the second prize, £7, to the Heckmondwike Albion; and the third, £4, to the Buttershaw Mills band. A solo cornet competition also took place for a "Star Jupiter" cornet, value £10 10s., given by the ladies of Elland. The instrument was won by Mr. E. Auty, of the Dewsbury Old band.

  • 22 August 1868
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Greenhill, Rochdale

  • 28 August 1868
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Skipton Castle

  • 31 August 1868
  • Band Contest - Raike's Hall, Blackpool

  • 5 September 1868
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Brierfield
    Brierfield and Pendle Agricultural Society

  • 5 September 1868
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Wakefield
    The fourth annual exhibition of the West Riding Agricultural Society was held in the Belle Isle Fields, Sandal road, Wakefield. The weather was remarkably fine, and the show was the moat successful ever held in the district. The inhabitants of the town thronged to the show ground in thousands, while cheap trips brought great numbers of persons from all parts of the West Riding. One of the principal attractions was a brass band contest. Upwards of £66 in money and instruments were offered in prizes, and the contest was open to all England (Wakefield bands excepted). The performances of the bands, six in number, were listened to by a vast concourse of people. The following bands took part in the contest: The Birstal Volunteers, Elland Upper Edge, Shelley United, Brighouse, Flockton, and the Barnsley bands. A cornet was offered for the best solo player on the cornet, and there were five competitors. At the band contest the following were the successful competitors: 1st prize, value £16, Brighouse Band; 2nd, value £9 9s., 37th West York Rifle Volunteers, Barnsley; 3rd, value £8 8s., Birstal Rifle Volunteers; 4th, £2 2s,, Shelley United. Solo cornet contest: 1st prize, £10 10s., Charles Auty, Birstal Band; 2nd, T, Marsden, Elland Upper Edge; 3rd, E. Wray, Barnsley.

  • 7 September 1868
  • Band Contest - Belle Vue, Manchester
    The Matlock Volunteer Band were again successful at the Belle Vue Band Contest. Sixteen bands were entered, but eleven only competed. The prizes were awarded as follows: 1st prize (£26), Burnley 17th L.R.V.; 2nd (£15), Heckmondwike Albion; 3rd (£12), Black Dyke Mills; 4th (£8), Meltham Mills; 5th (£5), Matlock Volunteer Band. The judges were Mr. James Waterson, bandmaster of the First Life Guards; Mr. S Hughes, Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and Mr. George Carr, bandmaster of the 6th Battalion Rifle Brigade, Prince Consort's Own, Chester. Previous to the judges' decision being given, the Matlock and Compstall bands played a second time. Mr. John Naylor, conductor of the Matlock Band, also carried off the second prize (an electroplated and gilt cornet, of the value of nine guineas, presented by Mr. Higham, Manchester), for the cornet solo, for which there were fifteen competitors.

  • 7 September 1868
  • Fete + Band Contest - Wednesbury

  • 9 September 1868
  • Band Contest - Douglas, Isle of Man
    The first athletic sports ever held at Douglas, Isle of Man, were in every way a great success, fully 3000 persons having assembled for the purpose of witnessing them. The first item on the programme was a brass band contest. The prizes were: first, £10; and second, £5. Messrs. Pew and Richardson, formerly of the Covent Garden Opera Company, and Mr. J. F. Cottier, formerly professor of music, Liverpool, officiated as judges. Only two bands contested, namely, the band of the West Derby (Liverpool) Volunteer Fire Brigade, and the Isle of Man Artillery Corps Band. The West Derby band was awarded the first, and the Manx band the second prize.

  • 16 September 1868
  • Band Contest - Glossop

  • 17 September 1868
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Middleton

  • 19 September 1868
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Morley

  • 1869

    31 May 1869
  • Gala + Band Contest - Hull

  • 24 June 1869
  • Gala + Band Contest - Lofthouse in Cleveland

  • 7 August 1869
  • Gala + Band Contest - Middlesborough

  • 7 August 1869
  • Gala + Band Contest - Morley

  • 21 August 1869
  • Show + Band Contest - Paddock, Yorkshire
    In addition to the show there was a brass band contest for which there were eleven entries, but only eight bands competed. The prizes were: 1st, £10 in cash, and a B-flat cornet value £10 10s., manufactured by Messrs. Beason and Co., of London; 2nd, £6 in money and a B flat slide trombone, value £7 7s., by the same makers; 3rd, £3 in money and a side drum; and 4th, £1 10s. Each band played two pieces of its own selection, and the following is the result of the contest: 1st, Dewsbury Old Band; 2nd, Meltham Mills; 3rd, 29th West York Rifle Volunteer Band, Dewsbury; and 4th, 34th West York: Rifle Volunteer Band, Linthwaite.

  • 27 August 1869
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Harrogate

  • 30 August 1869
  • Band Contest - Raike's Hall, Blackpool
    The third annual brass band contest took place at BIackpool. Fourteen bands entered, but only ten took part in the contest, and these were the following: Accrington, conductor Mr. R. Smith; Black Dyke, Mr. W. Rushworth; Besses o' the Barn, Mr. W. Hutton; Bury, Mr. J. Hazlitt; Colne, Mr, James Duerden; Darwen, 2nd L.R.V., Mr. W. Ellis; Dewsbury, 29th W.R. , Mr. B. Jackson; Dewsbury Old, Mr. John Peel; Matlock Bridge, Mr. J. Naylor; Newchurch, Mr. O. Holdsworth; Trawden, Mr. H Whittaker. Mr. J. Ellwood, conductor of the Earl of Ellesmere's band, Worsley; Mr. Batley, of WorsIey; and Mr. Range, of Blackburn, officiated as judges. The prizes were awarded as follows: First (£47), Matlock; second. (£27 12s,), Darwen; third (£18), Trawden; fourth (£5), Colne; fifth (£3), Dewsbury, 29th W.R.

  • 4 September 1869
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Wakefield
    The second day's show in connection with the Great West Riding Agricultural, Horticultural, and Floral Society, was held in the Manor House Field, Borough Market, Wakefield. For the brass band contest there were the following entries: Dewsbury Old Band, twenty performers; 41st West York Rifle Band, Mirfield, twenty-one performers; Deighton Band, near Huddersfield, eighteen performers; Dewsbury Rifle Band, twenty-two performers; Brighouse Old Band, twenty performers; Meltham Mills, near Huddersfield, twenty-one performers; Shelley United, eighteen performers. At the close of the contest, at nearly seven o'clock in the evening, the judges gave their decision as follows: First prize, Dewsbury Old Band, £27 6s; £10 10s in money and a bombardon. Second prize, Dewsbury Rifle Band, £17 17s; £6 6s in money and a baritone. Third prize, 41st West York Rifle (Mirfield) Band, £11 11s; £3 3s in money and a soprano cornet. Fourth prize, Meltham Mills Band, £10 10s; a new desideratum cornet

  • 6 September 1869
  • Band Contest - Belle Vue, Manchester
    The sixteenth annual brass band contest took place. The company was principally composed of excursionists from Leeds, Mossley Hill, Bacup, Bradford, Blackburn, Colne, Holmfirth, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Maple, Rotherham, Hull, Liverpool, and intermediate stations. The prizes for competition amounted to £166, and were apportioned thus: First prize £30, an E flat soprano cornet, value nine guineas, and a brass drum, presented by Mr. J. Higham, of this city, of the value of 14 guineas. Second prize, £15, a monstre bombardon, in double B flat, value £21, presented by Mr. J. Higham, and a tenor slide trombone, value £10. 10s., presented by Mr. S. Arthur Chappell, of London. Third prize, £12, a bass slide trombone, value £10 10s, and an E flat tenor horn, value £9. 9s., presented by Mr. S. Arthur Chappell, Fourth prize, £8, and a euphonium, with new proportions and four pistons, value £12 12s., presented by Mr. Higham. Fifth prize, £4, and a B flat cornet, value £9. 9s., presented by Mr. J. Higham. The instruments presented by Mr. Chappell were manufactured expressly by Antoine Courtois, of Paris. Nineteen bands were entered, and 13 competed. The conditions were for amateurs only, each band to play a selection from Meyerbeer's opera, "Le Prophete", arranged by Mr. Winterbottom, bandmaster of the Royal Marines, Woolwich. The following bands competed in the order given: Stalybridge, 13th C.R.V. band, 19 performers, Alexander Owen conductor; Longsight Steam Shed Band, 19 performers, J. Fotheringham conductor; 34th Staffordshire R.V., Wednesbury, 20 performers, A. W. Gilmer conductor; Linthwaite band, near Huddersfield, 20 performers, Edwin Swift, conductor; Stalywood Band, Stalybridge, 19 performers, William Taylor, conductor; Besses o' th' Barn Band, 19 performers, Walter Chapman, conductor; Matlock Volunteer Rifle Band, 20 performers, John Maylor, conductor; Denton Original Band, Denton, 20 performers, Alfred W. Gilmer conductor; Bacup Band, Bacup, 20 perfomers, Alfred Lord, conductor; Burnley 17th L.R.V., 19 performers, William Harrison, conductor; Meltham Mills, near Huddersfield, 20 performers, John Berry conductor; Compstall Band, Compstall, 19 performers, A W Gilmer conductor; and Black Dyke Mills, Halifax, 20 performers, Samuel Longbottom conductor. The judges were Alfred J Phasoy, bandmaster o fSt George's Rifles; Mr. Daniel Godfrey, bandmaster Grenadier Guards; and Mr. Wellington Guernsey, composer and professor of music, London. The prizes were awarded as follows: Bacup Band first; Matlock Volunteer Rifle Band, second; Burnley 17th L.R.V., third; Besses o' th' Barn Band, fourth; and Linthwaite Band, fifth.

  • 7 September 1869
  • Flower Show + Band Contest - Wortley & Armley
    This show was brought to a close by a brass band contest, the competitors being the Dewsbury Old Band, Black Dyke Mills Band, Leeds Model Band, and Mr Porritt's Armley Band. The judge was Mr. J. S. Jones, master of the band of the Fifth Dragoons, now stationed in Leeds. The whole of the hands played their various pieces in a first class style; and received the well merited applause of the numerous company present. The Dewsbury band took the first prize of £15; Black Dyke second, £10; and the Leeds Model third, .£5. After the band contest, there was a solo soprano cornet contest, in which there there were five competitors; Mr. Charles Anby, of the Dewsbury Old Band taking the prize, value £8.8s. After the contest, the whole of the bands contesting played unitedly Handel's "Hallelujah", "Rule Britannia", and the "National Anthem".

  • 16 September 1869
  • Agricultural Show + Band Contest - Middleton

  • 27 September 1869
  • Band Contest - Four Acres, West Bromwich