2020 NCBF National Festival Information


The Royal Northern College of Music informed NCBF 15th March: “Following the developing situation around COVID-19, no public events will take place at the RNCM until further notice. All box office sales and services have been suspended until at least after the Easter period (Monday 14 April) – a full refund for tickets purchased will be issued when services are resumed.”

Regrettably, in these circumstances NCBF have no alternative but to cancel the 2020 Nationals – as most of you are aware, NCBF ‘take-over’ all the facilities of the RNCM for the Nationals weekend and therefore in the current situation it will not be possible to re-schedule the festival in this season/academic year.

Thank you for your continued support.

Keith Allen - ncbf Festival Director

RNCM NCBF National Festival 2020

To Book

RNCM Box Office: 0161 907 5555

Via the RNCM website or in person at the Box Office


Day Ticket: £7.00

Concession: £5.00

Family (2 adults & up to 3 children): £20.00 (only available at the RNCM Box Office in person)

ncbf 2020 Nationals Festival | Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th April 2020

Great value for a full weekend of live Wind Band and Big Band performances.


NCBF in conjunction with the RNCM are monitoring the current health concerns and will advise if there is any change to the festival

NCBF 2020 Nationals | Saturday 4th April 2019

Royal Northern College Music 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

Concert Hall

Wind Bands

0930 Oldham Council Youth Wind Band (YWB)
1005 Werneth Concert Band (CWB)
1040 Warwick School – The Super Tonics (JWB)
1110 co-operative Junior Wind Band (JWB)

1140 Presentation of Awards

1210 Ballyclare High School Wind Band (SWB)
1245 Warwick Schools Foundation – Camerata SWB)
1320 co-operative Youth Wind Band (YWB)
1355 Brookfield Music Centre Principal Wind Band (YWB)

1430 Presentation of Awards

1530 Woodley Concert Band (CWB)
1605 Burton Borough School Concert Band (SWB)
1640 North Ayrshire Schools Training Band (JWB
1715  Stafford Grammar School Concert Band (SWB)

1750 Presentation of Awards

1820 Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire Wind Orchestra (YWB)
1855 Haberdashers Abraham Darby Showband (SWB)

1930 Presentation of Awards


Big Bands

1000 Altrincham Grammar School for Boys Swing Band (SBB)
1035 Brookfield Music Centre Jazz Band (YBB)
1110 Warwick School Jazz Lab (SBB)
1145 Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra (YBB)

1220 Presentation of Awards

1320 Warwick School Little Big Band (JBB)
1355 Burton Borough School Big Band (SBB)
1430 Stafford Grammar School Big Band (SBB)
1505 Warwick School Big Band (SBB)

1540 Presentation of Awards

1615 Haberdashers Abraham Darby Jazz Band (SBB)
1700 University of the West of England Big Band (CBB)
1740 Haberdashers Abraham Darby Junior Jazz Band (JBB)
1815 The Kris Nock Big Band (OBB)

1845 Presentation of Awards

NCBF 2020 Nationals  | Sunday 5th April 2019

Royal Northern College Music 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

Concert Hall

Wind Bands

0920 Wardle Academy Wind Band (SWB)
0955 Manchester University Wind Orchestra (OWB)
1030 Newark & Sherwood Concert Band (CWB)
1105 Durham University Concert Band (OWB)

1140 Presentation of Awards

1210 North Ayrshire Schools Senior Concert Band (YWB)
1245 Bolton School Joint Senior Concert Band (SWB)
1320 Kew Wind Orchestra (OWB)

1355 Presentation of Awards

1455 Chiltern Concert Band (CWB)
1530 Inverclyde Schools Wind Orchestra (YWB)
1605 The University of Warwick Wind Orchestra (CWB)
1640 Strathclyde University Concert Band (CWB)

1715 Presentation of Awards

1745 Cardiff University Symphonic Winds (OWB)
1820 University of Nottingham Wind Orchestra (OWB)
1855 Northamptonshire County Youth Concert Band (YWB)

1930 Presentation of Awards


Big Bands

1145 Edge Grove Jazz Band (JBB)
1230 Wrekin College Jazz Band (SBB)
1315 East London Big Band (CBB)
1400 Cardiff University Big Band (OBB)

1445 Presentation of Awards

1545 Northampton School for Boys Big Band (SBB)
1630 Nottingham High School Big Band (SBB)
1715 Northamptonshire County Youth Big Band (YBB)
1800 Herts Big Band (CBB)

1845 Presentation of Awards