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



Draw 9.0 am

Start 10.30 am


Reflections on Swan Lake errata available for download

Band contest guidance notes available for download


Registry survey available for download





Anyone who has not yet purchased their tickets is encouraged to do so to avoid any disappointment.

The competition will see the reigning title holder, Black Dyke, who also are the current National and European champion, defend their title.

Tickets available from Symphony Hall website

or call 0121 780 3333


British Open Online Registry

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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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