2022 West of England Regional Championships to go ahead


2022 West of England Regional Championships to go ahead

Following cancellation a week ago, an alternative venue to the Riviera International Centre, Torquay, currently being used as a Covid vaccination centre, has been identified for the 72 bands entered into this year’s West of England Regional Championships.

This year’s West of England Regional Championships will be promoted and presented by Kapitol Promotions Ltd. on 2 and 3 April at the home of the Section
1- 4 National Finals, The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, at which Kapitol Promotions and West of England Brass Band Associations (WEBBA) will jointly undertake the planning and delivery of the two-day event. The format for the Championships will remain as previously announced: Sections 4, 2 and 1 will compete on Saturday 2 April, and Sections 3 and Championship on Sunday 3 April. Band secretaries will be advised of timings and contact points for further details as soon as possible.

Said John Woods, Chairman of the WEBBA: “With the experience and influence of Kapitol Promotions Ltd., I am thrilled to announce that the 2022 West of England Regional Championships will now go ahead and its qualifying bands will be represented at the this year’s National Finals. Although this short period of uncertainty about the Championships, as the country emerges slowly from the pandemic, has been frustrating for everyone involved and WEBBA’s bands may have to their alter their future plans, I hope that, we can now all pull together to stage this event for the competing bands and to give audiences the enjoyment of live brass band music.

“Our thanks to Kapitol Promotions for helping to find a way forward and we look forward to welcoming all of the West of England bands in Cheltenham on 2 and 3 April. We wish them all good luck with their preparations.”

Philip Morris, Managing Director, of Kapitol Promotions commented: “The strength of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain rests on its ‘first-past-the-post’ qualification system for the nation’s bands. Kapitol is therefore delighted to support the WEBBA through these challenging times, to ensure that its Regional Championships can go ahead and that we can look forward to welcoming its qualifying bands to the 2022 National Finals – sections 1-4 at The Centaur on 17 and 18 September and the Championship Section at London’s Royal Albert Hall on the provisional date of 15 October. We sincerely hope that bands and audiences support this all-important 2022 ‘Regional’ and are looking forward to working with the WEBBA to present the Championships.