Welcome to the

British Open Brass Band


Established 1853 ~ The oldest, and original brass band contest


The finest brass bands in Britain vie for the coveted prize - the British Open Champion title, including famous names such as Black Dyke, Grimethorpe Colliery, Cory, Brighouse and Rastrick, Fodens, and Faireys, which provide the audience with an enthralling day of music

163rd British Open

Brass Band Championship

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

5 September 2015

‘Reflections on Swan Lake’
Composer Stephen Roberts

Tickets on sale 13 May direct from Symphony Hall

Please apply only after 12 May - Thank you


British Open Online Registry

EASY @ your fingertips ....

A new modern registration system for today's progressive bands and contests. The online system eliminates the high costs associated with outdated manual card systems, and can therefore be provided completely free of charge. A 'fit for purpose' system that places bands in direct real-time control of their register 24/7.

Eliminates outdated cards & rules ..

No More Fees ..No more post ..No more form filling ..

No more problems ..




Established in 1853, the British Open is we believe the oldest brass band contest in the world.

Karyn and Martin Mortimer further the outstanding legacy of the Open, maintaining the traditions and musical excellence of what we believe to be the oldest musical contest in the world.

The first and foremost contest for British bands, the competition has increasingly attracted enthusiasts from all over the world.

The Open aspires to preserve the established custom of encouraging new compositions to extend and question the boundaries of brass music, and to provide enjoyable challenge to participants, and absorbing entertainment for the audience.


Karyn & Martin Mortimer Contest Orgainisers

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