Midlands Regional Brass Band Championships of GB 2023

The ‘Nationals’, as it is often referred to, is brass banding’s equivalent of the football league – a first-past-the-post Championship involving some 600 bands in eight ‘Regional’ qualifying heats staged up and down the UK, plus two ‘Finals’ events.

The National Brass Band Championships, which have existed since 1945 in their current format, are split into five sections: Championship Section, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th sections – and eight qualifying regions in the UK. These are the London and Southern Counties Region, the Midlands, the North of England, the Northwest, Scotland, Wales, West of England and Yorkshire.

Depending upon the number of bands entered into each section in each region, the top two, three and sometimes four placed bands qualify for a place in the ‘Finals’, held in the autumn each year at the Centaur in Cheltenham in September for 1st to 4th Section Bands, and the Championship Section Final is held in London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, in October.

The Midlands Area covers Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, The West Midlands, Hereford & Worcester and Shropshire.

The 2023 Midland Regional Championships will be held at The Core Theatre, Corby Cube in Corby, Northamptonshire.

The reigning Midland Regional Championship Band are the Desford Colliery Band and the photo shows them outside the Royal Albert Hall in London.



The Theatre