National Concert Band Festival
Since its modest beginnings in 1985, NCBF - National Concert Band Festival has developed and grown in size and prestige until now it is recognised as the largest, most active, enterprising Festival for wind instrument musicians who play in wind bands or big bands throughout the UK.
The greatest credit is due to the musical instrument makers – Boosey and Hawkes – who had the initiative and enterprise to start an annual Festival, which now has become the model and bench-mark for quality music making for wind bands and big bands.
The music they play, from annually up-dated Repertoire Lists, has been chosen to reflect the great wind music written by composers of the past, as well as the increasing large amount of music being written for wind instruments by highly skilled and successful living composers. Performances are assessed at Regional events throughout the country by experts who award Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
The highest awards also carry an invitation to take part in the National Festival – two days of non-stop music making, which in recent years has been held at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester; the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow and The Sage Gateshead