Ripon City Band

Located in the North Yorkshire city of Ripon, we are proud to be a 1st Section brass band. There has been a brass band in Ripon for many years and the current band’s history can be traced back to 1860.  The band is fortunate to have its own band room in the centre of Ripon, just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral and on the banks of the River Skell.

Ripon City Band is a traditional brass band; we enjoy playing hymns and marches but we are also comfortable playing overtures and popular music. This versatility ensures that we can perform at all kinds of different events and in any venue. We are equally at home under a bandstand or on a village green, inside a hotel or under canvas. We organise our own fundraising concerts but we are always happy to provide music for any event, however large or small, with a small ensemble or the full band, taking centre stage or providing the background music.

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 outbreak and uncertain times ahead, we have had to cancel 2021 Brass in Ripon Entertainment Contest. We have not taken this decision lightly, but we have to put the health of musicians, public and volunteers first. Sorry for any inconvinience caused. We hope to see you all again in 2022. Take care.

Contact us 

Richard Heath - Band Chairman

Linda Graham - Concert Secretary

Eleanor Stokes - Training Band Leader

Paulette Morton - Contest Secretary


Latest News

Ripon Contest 2020

As part of the Ripon Festivals programme, Ripon City Band organises an annual brass band entertainment contest that takes place in Ripon Cathedral. The 2020 contest will take place on the 30th May. The contest is open to bands in 3rd section, 4th section and those unregistered including youth bands.

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Where to find us

1a St Agnesgate, Ripon, HG4 1QR

Music Stand Sponsor

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