The Contest

CCWBF was founded in 2010 by Lesley and Mark Howarth to provide a performance platform for brass and percussion players of Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond.

Our aim is to be inclusive of ability, background and age. We undertake to provide a relaxed and nurturing environment, encouraging and supporting all participants to be the best they can be. To this end, we appoint experienced and respected adjudicators, who provide constructive feedback to all performers. Each festival celebrates the most outstanding performances of the day.

2019 Contest Team


Sheila Allen (left)is a classroom music teacher and a private brass and piano tutor in Rugby, Warwickshire. She has played in brass bands all her life. She studied music in Huddersfield many moons ago under the tutelage of Philip McCann and is the current occupant of the Repiano Cornet seat in The Flowers Band in Gloucester.

Kirsty Hooper (right) is band manager of Royal Spa Brass in Leamington and a trustee of Royal Leamington Spa Brass and the Band Factory. She plays flugel with Royal Spa Brass and Cubbington Silver Band, and is a founder member of the Occasional Brass quintet.

Howard Gibbs

Andrew Bates