The Town Bands hopes of playing at the National Brass Band Championships for the third time in their 205 year history were ended on Friday. Event organisers Kapitol Promotions announced that the event scheduled to take place in September has been cancelled. Kapitol’s statement said, “Because of the current public health safety issues, regretfully we have had to cancel the Finals of the 2020 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse and the Royal Albert Hall, London. I would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this might have caused your band, but as you are aware the current circumstances surrounding the COVID- 19 pandemic are beyond our control and, obviously, public safety must be our first priority. “ The band qualified for the Championships in March at Perth the week before the country was hit by Covid-19 restrictions, and are obviously disappointed by the outcome, however, fully understand that the safety of all must be the priority. The event would have been attended by qualifiers from across the UK when around 80 bands play in four sections over the weekend. The band last attended the finals in Harrogate in 2010 under MD Alan Fernie and before that in 1964 in the Hammersmith Town Hall under Alfred Chapman. During the lockdown the band have been kept busy producing virtual performances including Jeannie’s Black E’e and The Banks of Allan Water and will continue this in the run up to the Common Riding. Please look out for further performances on our band Facebook page and on our YouTube channel. We will all do our bit to keep the Common Riding spirit alive.
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