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

2015 Spring Festival date confirmed.

Saturday 9 May 2015................... 


Ultra modern band registry .... COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE

2014 sees the launch of the revolutionary British Open Online Registry. A new modern registration system for today's progressive bands and contests. The modern system eliminates the high costs associated with outdated manual card systems, and can therefore be provided completely free of charge.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.

No more outdated cards .. No More Worry .. No More Fees..


Black Dyke 162nd British Open Champions

‘Vita Aeterna Variations’
Composer Alexander Comitas


Request for return of British Open Solo Trophies

Holders of the following British Open Solo trophies are requested to contact Frank Hodges so that we can arrange the return of the trophies.


Senior Solos

The Harry Mortimer Trophy
The Association of Band Traders Trophy
The Bill Gaskell Shield

Intermediate Solos.

The David Brunsden Trophy
The James Shepherd Trophy
The William Halliwell Trophy

Senior Quartet

The Wigan Metro Trophy
The Eric Ball Trophy

Junior Solos

The NWCBBA Trophy
The Joseph  Pool Trophy
The British Open Trophy

Junior Quartet

The Lancashire Contests Cup
The Gordon Higinbottom Trophy
The William Haydock Trophy




The capacity audience enthralled by outstanding performances at the 2014 British Open.

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.