Ripon City Band will be making a fourth successive visit to the National Brass Band Championships after taking second place in a regional contest.
Members of the group – led by musical director Malcolm Dibb – competed in Darlington at the regional championships on Saturday and the runner-up place has earned them a place at the national finals in September.
A spokesman for the group said: “A spirited performance of Chaucer’s Tunes written by Michael Ball found favour with the adjudicator, David Hirst.
“Second place was the band’s reward for all the hard work in preparing for the contest and with the £100 prize came the treasured invite to the national finals.”
The band will now be working hard in the coming months trying to raise the £4,000-plus cost of attending the finals and representing Ripon in this national contest.
The band has appealed for any organisation or individual feels who can help in any way to get in touch to discuss possible funding towards the trip.
Due to its success over the past two years, promotion now beckons for the band and is set to be promoted to the first section of the brass band world on January 1 next year,
The band’s busy concert season starts on Saturday, March 22 with a joint concert with the ever popular Harrogate Male Voice Choir performing on one of their rare visits to Ripon.
Holy Trinity Chich is the venue, with the event set to begin at 7.30pm.
Tickets priced £8 are available in advance from Alan’s Gallery and Kirkgate Yarns and by telephoning Peter Gilby on 01765 600491, or on the door.