HARDRAW SCAR BRASS BAND FESTIVAL
Incorporating the Entertainment Contest organised by the Association in conjunction with and at the invitation of the Proprietor of the Green Dragon Inn
The 2017 Contest will take place on Sunday 10th September 2017
starting at 10.15 a.m.
Information for Visitors
The contest, made popular by the television series “A Band for Britain” takes place in a delightful setting in the grounds of the Green Dragon Inn within sound of the spectacular waterfall, Hardraw Force.
The contest begins at 10.15 am and generally ends in the late afternoon. Admission is by ticket, available at the entrance gate . Programmes are available on site.
Car Parking is located in an nearby field within a short walk of the Inn and the bandstand site. It is not possible to take vehicles onto the site. Disabled access may be possible at pre-
As well as the meals and drinks served at the bar of the Green Dragon, there is on-
The contest takes place in the open air, and while some seating is provided, it will guarantee your comfort if you bring your own chairs. Given the vagaries of summer weather in the Pennines, waterproof clothing, sun-
We do hope that you will enjoy your visit to Hardraw Scar contest and become one of our many regular visitors.
Car Parking Arrangements
A field adjacent to the Green Dragon is used for car parking. The farmer who owns the field does ask car owners to pay a small charge for the use of this facility.
Hardraw Scar Brass Band Contest 2016
There can be few better ways to spend a day than sitting in the middle of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales in dappled sunshine. When combined with the entertaining programmes of bands from across the North of England it was no wonder that the large and knowledgeable audience left the 2016 Hardraw Scar Brass Band festival smiling and promising to return again next year.
The eleven bands which competed on the day each played a 20 minute programme including a march and hymn tune for the music adjudicator David Lancaster who, despite playing and directing winning bands at the contest, was making his Hardraw Scar adjudicating debut. At the end of the contest David expressed how much he had enjoyed the day and indeed many individual items caught his ear.
In Section B (4th Section and Ungraded Bands) the best hymn tune prize was awarded to Shepherd Group Concert Brass while Tingley took the Best March and Solo awards. The overall prize for Section B went to Tingley band, directed by John Belton, who successfully defended their title from last year, pipping Hardraw debutants Thurlstone (who were also awarded the prize for best basses) into second place.
The entertainment prize at Hardraw is judged across all sections and this year was determined by Andrew Straiton and Will Stanford Abbiss from the organising committee of next year’s UniBrass competition that will take place in York. Old Hall Brass were the ones to capture the imagination of the students to take home the silverware on their first visit to Hardraw.
In Section A, Leyburn Band, who were followed by a film crew for the day, won the prize for best hymn along with the prize for best march by an ungraded band. The local band cherish coming to the contest each year, yet this was the first time they had led the traditional massed bands feature which characterises the end of the festival. Skelmanthorpe Prospect took the award for best solo and Elland Silver played the best march. The overall prize for Section A was retained by Elland Silver under the baton of musical director Daniel Brooks with Tintwistle and Shirland Welfare rounding out the top 3.
The contest is organised by the YHBBA in conjunction with the Mark Thompson who provides the magnificent setting at the foot of the Hardraw Force waterfall, local landowners and with the generous support of the Theakston’s brewery whose products also kept the audience and players hydrated on a sunny day!
For full results and pictures of the 2016 contest click here
In 1881 the first annual Brass Band Contest was held in the grounds of the Green Dragon Inn at Hardraw. For a short history of the contest click here. Since 1989 the contest has been organised by the Yorkshire and Humberside Brass Bands Association and takes place in what is probably the most spectacular setting for any such event. Brass Bands, ranging from the small village band to the Championship Section, present short concerts throughout the day and are judged both on the standard of their music and on the selection of their concert programme.
Each band’s programme has to contain a march and a hymn tune, and their performance is limited to about 20 minutes each. Occasionally bands may choose to perform the same pieces but the format of this contest means that the audience get to listen to a great range of music in the course of the day. The day is brought to a traditional close with a short concert by the massed bands, after which the awards are presented. For a list of placings and adjudicators click here.
Entry is by programme, which enables the audience to come and go as they wish during the day; bars and catering are readily available and the natural amphitheatre makes a stunning spot to spend a summer Sunday. In any case, it is a wonderful opportunity to listen to brass bands doing what they do best – entertaining an audience!
Over the last 20 years more than a hundred bands have participated in this contest, many of them local, others coming from all over the North of England.
On leaving his 'box' at the end of the 2003 contest the adjudicator made the following comments: "I am amazed to see so many people in attendance enjoying this thrilling experience. The setting in this beautiful gorge, surrounded by high cliffs, provides excellent acoustics and all bands did their very best to put on a wonderful show. Long may this unique and glorious event continue".
It is our pleasure to announce that entries can now be made to the iconic Hardraw Scar Brass Band festival for 2017. The contest will take place Sunday 10th of September 2017 beneath Hardraw Force near Hawes in Wensleydale. The contest which started 136 years ago is a favourite amongst bands.
Due to the popularity of the contest, as in recent years, a two stage entry process applies which involves the return of the entry form by the 14th of March. If sections are oversubscribed then places will be allocated by a draw.
There is one significant change for 2017 – Following discussions at the YHBBA the Hardraw sections have been changed so that Section B now includes 3rd 4th and ungraded bands, while section A is now 2nd, 1st and championship section bands. We hope this gives a more balanced contest within each section. As part of this reorganisation Leyburn and Otley will compete in Section B (should they enter and be awarded a place). A new trophy will be awarded to the best 4th section Band competing in Section B.
As ever, withdrawals cause chaos at this contest and disappoint the many visitors so please please have the conversation with your bands about player availability for the contest weekend as part of the entry process.
The YHBBA very much hope that the 2017 contest will once again be one to remember and the sun will shine on us once again! If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.