Ripon Contest

After a great deal of consideration and discussion, we have taken the difficult decision not to run Ripon Contest at this time.

Having recently moved to our new home, a few miles north of Ripon at the Old Chapel in Melmerby, we are putting all our efforts into creating a first class rehearsal venue for ourselves, our training band and potentially the wider community. We have great plans for the space and are working hard to make the plans a reality.

Being outside of Ripon will mean considerable changes to the way we are able to run Ripon Contest in the future and it will take a great deal of work to achieve the right formula. We will be using our time away from the contest to find a way forward that is workable for everyone.

Thank you for your understanding and support.





2022 - Brass in Ripon Entertainment Contest

After much discussion, the committee has taken the difficult decision not to run Ripon Contest in 2022. There are a number of factors that have led to this decision which we hope you will understand:

  • Covid numbers. All bands are currently affected by players having to isolate after a positive test, including Ripon City. No one can say when this situation will improve.
  • The Queen’s 70th Jubilee. Falling on the same weekend as the Queen's Jubilee (Saturday, June 4th), bands may already be committed to local celebratory events or have players taking advantage of the extra day’s holiday. This, as well as players having to isolate because of Covid infections, may make planning for the contest difficult.
  • Band Room Relocation. We are very fortunate to have secured a new home for the band which we are naturally very excited about. The Old Chapel, Melmerby, a few minutes drive north of Ripon, once renovated to suit our needs will undoubtedly be a real positive for the band’s future. We are undertaking much of the work required ourselves and feel that it would be unrealistic to expect it to be ready in time to host the contest. Without a suitable base to work from, running the contest as we’d like to would be impossible. 

Looking ahead, we very much look forward to welcoming bands back to the Ripon Contest in 2023.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Contest Secretary Paulette Morton



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

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

To enter this year's contest, please apply here

Each band must perform a march and hymn as part of their own choice, 20-minute entertainment programme. Please see contest rules here.

Starts @ 12 noon, Tickets are £5 per adult and £1 per child under 16 yrs and will be available on entry to the Cathedral on the day. For more information please contact Paulette Morton, Contest Secretary.

2020 contest entrants:      EVENT CANCELLED 




Barnoldswick Brass

Pat Jones


Darwen Brass



Dobcross Silver Band

Jason M Smith


Durham Constabulary Band

Dennis Noble


Leyburn Band

Rebecca Lundberg


Marske Brass

James Chisholm


Simply Brass

Stephen Hague


Skipton Brass

Jack Smith


Spennymoor Town Band

Fiona Casewell


Stalybridge Old

James Atkins


Summerbridge & Dacre

Charles Hindmarsh


Thurlstone Band

John Hopkinson


Trimdon Brass

William Harrison


West Yorkshire Police Band

Stephen Wood



Prize monies are:

1st place - £250 and the Rose-bowl 
2nd place - £150 and trophy 
3rd place - £75 and trophy
£75 and a trophy will go to the best 4th section/unregistered band not in the first three places
Best Youth Section band not in the first three places
Best Hymn - £50 and a trophy
Most Entertaining band 
Best March
Best Soloist
Best Euphonium Player
Best Percussion section 


Music: David Lancaster

Entertainment: Malcolm Dibb


2019 Results

  1.  Uppermill - Best March, Best Percussion, Most Entertaining Programme
  2.  Leyburn - Best Hymn and Best Solo
  3.  Shepherd Group Youth
  4.  Kippax
  5.  Lofthouse 2000 - Best Euphonium
  6.  Spennymoor Town
  7.  Thurlstone
  8.  Bilsdale
  9.  Trimdon Concert
  10. Backworth Colliery
  11. Ellington Colliery
  12. Skipton Brass
  13. Summerbridge & Dacre Silver
  14. Garforth Brass

2018 Results

  1. Leyburn Band, Best Hymn, Best Percussion Section
  2. Uppermill Band, Best March, Best Solo, Most Entertaining Programme
  3. Trimdon Colliery
  4. Shepherd Group Youth, Best Youth Section
  5. Huddersfield & Ripponden
  6. Thurlstone Band, Best 4th Section not in top 3
  7. Skipton Brass, Best Euphonium
  8. Durham Constabulary
  9. Ellington Colliery
  10. Marske Band
  11. Spennymoor Town 
  12. Bilsdale Silver

Contact us 

Keith Graham - Chairman

Linda Graham - Secretary

Paulette Morton - Contest Secretary




Renovation of The Old Chapel, Melmerby

   We are extremely grateful to our project supporters who are helping us along the way. 

                 Ripon Scrap Fund     The Ripon Girls' Club                                     

Ripon Contest Trophy

2018 Ripon Contest Winners Leyburn Band