Ripon’s own brass band has triumphed in the city’s competition.
Ripon Festivals’ Brass in Ripon competition was held at the cathedral for the 15th year and first prize was awarded to Ripon City Band.
With 12 bands competing from as far afield as Cumbria, Derbyshire and County Durham the competition lasted for six hours.
Judges Richard Evans, Coun Alan Skidmore and Ripon artist Lesley Sharman assessed the bands on their musical performance as well as entertainment value.
When the two points values were combined Ripon City Band, pictured above and Ireland Colliery Chesterfield band emerged tied on 218 points each, but with Ripon City Band two points ahead on musical performance they took first prize.
The Ripon ensemble also took prizes for best hymn for their performance of Amazing Grace, best march for Arnhem, and best soloist for principal cornet player Michael Lumsdon’s performance of The Nightingale. Ireland Colliery Band took second place and the prize for most entertaining performance.
Third prize went to Leyburn band, and the prize for best unregistered band was won by Burneside brass band from Cumbria.
Ripon City Brass Band are looking for new players, including a principal cornet player to replace Michael Lumsdon who moves on to play with leading northern band Reg Vardy. Drummers and tuned percussionists can contact Peter Gilby on 01765 600491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, July 23 the band will accompany flamenco jazz guitarist Eduardo Niebla in ‘My Yorkshire Road’ at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Ripon.