It has been confirmed that the Midlands Area Brass Band Championships will take place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March 2014
increase in insurance it has been necessary to add £10 on the entry fee to the Midland Regional Contest – from 2013 the cost for each Band to enter will be £120 (this entry fee will still include 30 Bandsmen’s tickets for access to the stage and both auditoriums). The ticket cost for supporters into both halls will remain the same as last year – £7 adults, £6 concessions and programmes will remain at £2
We know some Bands have been chasing the Entry forms to the Regional Contest, these should be available from Kapitol Promotions in mid November and will be sent out by the Regional Secretary as soon as they are received
Following the Midland Regional meeting held on the 3rd November at which the present Registration debacle was discussed at length, the Committee would like to make the following statement –
Firstly, we would stress that at no time was the opinion of the Midland Regional Committee sought by Kapitol Promotions before the setting up of the New Registry. Our first indication was a phone call the evening before the press release.
Secondly, the Midland Regional Secretary was not involved in, or had knowledge of, the recent conference call mentioned in the latest press release.
The owners of the Regional and National Championships are Kapitol Promotions and Regional Committees run their various contests on Kapitol Promotions behalf. We therefore have no alternative, if we are to continue to run the contests, than to comply with the latest rule change –
“The Regional Forum of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain this week voted to amend the ‘definitions’ and ‘Rule 17 (e)’ of National Rules so that, from 1 November 2012, the ‘Accredited Registries’ of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain are: ‘Brass Band Players Ltd. for bands based in England, The Scottish Registry for bands based in Scotland and The Welsh Registry for bands based in Wales.
Bands in the six English regions of the ‘National’ series must now immediately register with the new Brass Band Players registry. English bands failing to register with Brass Band Players Ltd. will not be eligible to compete in the Regional Championships or the National Finals.”
The Midland Committee will be writing to Kapitol Promotions listing it’s many concerns and a copy of this letter will be forwarded to Bands in the Midland Region shortly.
We therefore cannot give specific guidance to the Bands and can only refer them to Kapitol Promotions statement re. the new rule change.
Midland Regional Secretary
on behalf of the Midland Regional Committee
Following a meeting of the Kapitol Forum in London on 12th May, Burbage (Buxton) Band & Ireland Colliery Band have been invited by the Midland Regional Committee to move from the 4th Section to compete in the 3rd Section and Ibstock Brick Brass have been invited to move from the 3rd Section to compete in the 2nd Section, these all to take effect from 1st January 2013.
All three bands have accepted this invitation in writing.
These promotions will be in addition to those bands already promoted after the 2012 Contest.
These additional promotions are at the discretion of the Midland Regional Committee, with the aim of a gradual equalisation of the sections.
The area committee has released the following statement…
“Following the Midland Regional Committee Meeting on Saturday 24th March, it was agreed that a proposal to allow Regional Committees the ability to promote additional Bands to even out the numbers in sections, be presented to the next Forum Meeting”
For information, this is a request that has been put several times before (probably from other Regions as well!) but its something our Bands are asking for.