GREENFIELD BRASS Band were part of a fantastic line-up as the unique ‘Brass Factor’ competition returned in November.
The award-winning contest saw six talented brass bands compete for the coveted title at events at The Engine Shed in Wetherby and The Picturedrome in Holmfirth.
Playing a 20-minute set each, the brass bands were evaluated by musical experts and celebrity judges, including former professional snooker player Willie Thorne, Emmerdale’s John Bowe and international English cricketer Ryan Sidebottom.
Brighouse-based brass band Elland Silver stole the Wetherby show and Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Brand were victorious at the Holmfirth event.
Brass factor judge and BBC Radio Leeds’ Yorkshire Brass presenter, David Hoyle commented: “The talent this year was astonishing, particularly the youth musicians, who really demonstrated their exceptional abilities.”
Brass Factor founder Alex Bray added: “The events were a huge success; the venues were packed out and the celebrity judges were exceptional.
“They provided real character to the evening, particularly Wille Thorne who did a sterling job of entertaining audiences.
“The audience certainly played their part too by cheering and jeering the judges throughout the night.
“We sold more tickets than any other year previous and everyone involved is really pleased with how both events turned out. Preparations are already under way for next year.”
Founded in 2010, Brass Factor’s aim is to celebrate brass music and bring together brass talent from across the country, whilst providing entertainment for eager audiences.
Mr Bray is keen to support charities and since its inception, Brass Factor has raised approximately £15,000 for worthy causes.
This year’s Brass Factor raised £600 for children’s charities Martin House Hospice and the Huddersfield Town Foundation.
Find out more about Brass Factor online: http://brassfactor.com