Whit Friday
Oldham & Saddleworth
Date of next contest 9th June 2017



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Whit Friday Milestones

Greenfield Contest is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. And Scouthead & Austerlands are celebrating their 40th.

BBC Music Day Brass Band Award

The BBC are holding their third annual BBC Music Day in June. In celebration of this, they will be giving away a special BBC Music Day brass band award on Whit Friday in partnership with BBC Radio 2. They would like to invite all those taking part to enter.

BBC Music Day is back bigger than ever and this year we’re celebrating the POWER of music!

To help us celebrate we’re presenting a BBC Music Day award as part of the Whit Friday Contest on Friday 9th June to the brass band who best illustrates our theme of ‘the power of music’. This could be a story about how music has changed your lives as a band, it could be a story about how your music has had a positive impact on your community, or it could anything that links to our power of music theme.

Although BBC Music Day will fall on Thursday 15th June, the band chosen will be given the award at the Whit Friday Contest on the 9th June by Radio 2’s ‘Listen to the Band’ presenter, Frank Renton. As part of the award, ‘Listen to the Band’ will interview and pre-record a performance of the winning band which will be broadcast on Tuesday 13th June on Radio 2, leading up to BBC Music Day.

To be eligible to enter you must:

To apply for this award please click on this link or visit the BBC Music Day page and click on The Power of Music: brass band competition.

Paul Ashworth Trophy

Paul Ashworth at Lees contest

Scouthead & Austerlands contest is introducing a new trophy this year. The Paul Ashworth Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the champions of the fourth section, in tribute to their late chairman who died just a week before Whit Friday last year.

Paul was their Contest Chairman and a popular member of the Oldham & Saddleworth Area Committee. He had been a mainstay of the contest for many years. He completed 33 years on the Scouthead & Austerlands committee and became its chairman in 1998.

National Press Coverage for Saddleworth Whit Friday

See this excellent article - Whit Friday Brass Band Contest: a spectacle to treasure - in the Daily Telegraph. Don't omit to page through the photos.