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



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 The modern system eliminates the high costs associated with outdated manual card systems, and can therefore be provided completely free of charge.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No more outdated cards ..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..

Amendments to judging panel for 26th April

Two changes to the panel of six judges that will adjudicate in the Spring Festival at Blackpool later this month have been announced..

Due to unforeseen business commitments, Dr Robert Childs and Allan Ramsay have had to stand down from their adjudicating duties and have been replaced by Ian Brownbill and John Doyle.

The contest controller, Frank Hodges thanked both Ian & John for stepping in at short notice.

The list of adjudicators who will judge the various qualifying contests is therefore Derek Broadbent, Ian Brownbill, John Doyle, David Horsfield, Mike Kilroy and David Read MBE.

162nd British Open Band Championship
6th September 2014

‘Vita Aeterna Variations’
Composer Alexander Comitas

Tickets available 6th May, exclusively from Symphony Hall Birmingham Box Office
Ticket Hotline 0121 345 0600
Group Bookings
FREEPHONE 0800 358 7070 (10am – 5pm Monday to Friday)





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.