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

High demand for British Open tickets



We are delighted by the demand for tickets just three weeks after they have gone on sale.

Stephen Roberts' latest Opus, 'Reflections on Swan Lake' which will be the set test piece appears to have captured the imagination of audiences.

The circle has a couple of seats remaining whilst the majority of the tickets that are available are in both the upper tier and the stalls with only a sprinkling of seats available in the choir area.



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

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 The online system eliminates the high costs associated with outdated manual card systems, and can therefore be provided completely free of charge.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Eliminates outdated cards & rules ..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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