Black Dyke – British Open Champions 2006
September 2006

The 2006 British Open Championship was held in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Saturday 9th September 2006. Playing Philip Wilby’s Vienna Nights the winning band gave a stunning interpretation under the baton of conductor Dr Nicholas Childs and became worthy winners and one of the very few bands of recent times to retain the title. Full results are listed below.

Test piece: Vienna Nights
Composer: Philip Wilby
Adjudicators: David Read, Nigel Boddice, Michael Ball


1. Black Dyke – Dr. Nicholas Childs
2. Buy As You View Band – Dr. Robert Childs
3. Desford Colliery (Aggregate Industries) – Nigel Seaman
4. Scottish Co-op – Allan Ramsay
5. Fairey Band – Simon Stonehouse
6. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery – Russell Gray
7. Kirkintilloch – Steve Bastable
8. YBS Band – Prof. David King
9. Grimethorpe Colliery (UK Coal) – Allan Withington
10. Whitburn – Andrew Duncan
11. Hepworth (Lanson Homes) – Mark Bentham
12. Brighouse & Rastrick – Ian McElligott
13. Fodens Richardson – Garry Cutt
14. Rothwell Temperance – David Roberts
15. Sellers International – Philip McCann
16. Aveley and Newham – Nigel Taken
17. Reg Vardy – Ray Farr
18. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel – Chris Houlding
19. Ashton under Lyne – Philip Chalk

Best instrumentalist:
Joseph Cook – Eb Bass, Black Dyke

Best soprano:
Peter Roberts, Black Dyke