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NCBF hits 30 !!!
Is it really 30 years since the National Concert Band Festival was started by Boosey & Hawkes?

Now firmly established at the UK’s largest wind band & big band festival, it is a landmark venture of national status.

If you have ever played in or directed a band that has participated in a Regional Festival and/or a National Festival over the last 30 years, then Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 April is THE weekend to be at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

With a special visit from the Central Band of the RAF and the RAF Squadronaires and a vast Trade Show, you will be spoilt for choice in deciding what to see and hear.

Over 40 wind bands and big bands from across the UK will each be performing their 20 minute programme to renowned adjudicators in the Concert Hall and Opera Theatre.

Come and join us in Manchester on April 11th and 12th and meet, hear and see what is really happening with bands today.

Tickets for this special NCBF 30th Anniversary Nationals and/or the Saturday evening Gala Concert from the Central Band of the RAF are available NOW from the RNCM Box Office 0161 907 5555 or

Repertoire Lists 2014 / 2015

The lists for the season are now available by clicking the link to the right.

To support and encourage new British composers there is a requirement for this season for all Wind Bands to programme at least "one" programme item by a British composer from the repertoire list. The online version is searchable to show British Composers and new publications for 2014 / 2015.

ncbf continues to champion its support for British composers and publishers and this coming season a composers initiative is being established in conjunction with R. Smith & Co.
Once again, come and enjoy taking part in our 30th Anniversary – see you somewhere in the UK.

New to ncbf?

Find out more about who we are, what we do and how you can get involved by taking a look at this special NCBF introductory video.

ps Keep an eye out because you may even spot someone that you know!

Festival Information

Festival information and contact details are available now

Repertoire List

View and download the current repertoire lists for all classes

Festival entry form

Entry forms are available here and can be submitted online


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