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Yorkshire and Humberside Brass Band Association

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 2018 Contest will take place on Sunday 9th September 2018

starting at 10.00 a.m.



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".


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.


A one-way system operates on contest days from Hawes, as the lane accessing the village of Hardraw is extremely narrow and most bands arrive in coaches! Direction signs are placed on the route from Hawes.  If you are using satnav the postcode of the Green Dragon is DL8 3LZ.

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-arranged times - please contact the management at the Green Dragon Inn to arrange this.


As well as the meals and drinks served at the bar of the Green Dragon, there is on-site catering and a bar serving Theakstons’ beers and other drinks.


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-cream and/or midge repellent are likely to enhance your enjoyment of the day - the bands will play whatever the weather!


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.

For full results  and pictures of the 2016 contest click here

Hardraw Scar  2018 Contest - Preparations in hand!


Just a reminder that it's not that long till Hardraw Scar Contest. Already the Park Community Academy pupils are busy practicing so that they are ready to entertain the crowds during the lunch break at the contest on 9th September. Put the date in your diaries now and come and support them!

Order of Play

The following bands have entered and will start playing at 10.00 a.m. There will be a break for lunch during which the ever-popular band from  Park School will entertain us. After all bands have played, Shirland Welfare will be joined by players from all participating bands to play a selection of hymns and marches before the results are announced.