Bailey Lane End Music Festival

The Bailey Lane End Music Festival is an annual competition held in the Forest of Dean and open to brass soloists, duets and groups of children of all ages.

Our aim is to encourage young players (often playing their first public solo) to take part and experience performing, though prizes are awarded in all nine solo, duet and quartet sections. We also encourage adults to play their first public solos in the open section.

Though the Band took on the running of the Festival in 2010 and focused on brass performance, the event had been in existence for many decades before that. Named after the nearby hamlet of Bailey Lane End, where the festival originated, the event at one time also included other musical forms, such as woodwind, strings and singing, an example of the long musical tradition in the Forest of Dean. Having been run from the Methodist Church in Bailey Lane End, in more recent years the event had then been held in Drybrook Band Room and Forest Church. It was this connection that led the organising committee to approach the band in 2009 and ask if we would take on the Festival. In honour of this long history the name of the event was maintained.

Music Festival 2024

The 54th Bailey Lane End Music Festival will take place on Saturday 18th May 2024, venue TBC.


CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 20th April 2024

Music Festival 2023

On Saturday 13th May the 53rd Bailey Lane End Music Festival took place. Congratulations to all the competitors and to the winners on the day!

We would like to thank our sponsors Wright & Round, who kindly donated prizes for each class. Established in 1875, Wright & Round are one of the oldest publishing house in brass banding with a catalogue in excess of 5000 titles.

Thank you to Five Acres High School for allowing us to use their hall and facilities for the event.

Thanks also go to our adjudicator Jack Lythaby, part of the current horn team at Tredegar Town Band and former competitor at the Festival.

We would also like to thank all the parents & teachers who make this event possible. We look forward to seeing you all again for the 54th Bailey Lane End Festival.


Full Results...

Class 1 - Junior Brass Solo under 11 years - Solo Shield

  1. Albert Barzillia
  2. Alfie Marr
  3. Jonah McKie

Class 2 - Junior Brass Solo 11 to 12 years - Morgan Electrical Services Trophy

  1. Sadie Davies
  2. Euan Bayfield
  3. Harry Appleby

Class 3 - Junior Brass Solo 13 to 16 years - The Fred Kettle Memorial Cup

  1. Connor Edwards
  2. April Donoghue
  3. Dougie Ray

Class 4 - Brass Duet 16 years and under - Piano & Violin Cup

  1. Sadie Davies and Dougie Ray
  2. April and Oliver Donoghue
  3. Ben and Scott Townsend, and Connor Edwards / Wren and Jonah Mckie

Class 5 - Junior Brass Quartet 16 years and under Quartette Shield

  1. Connor Edwards, Scott Townsend, April and Oliver Donoghue

Class 6 - Brass Solo Open 11 years and under 21 - Young Players Shield

  1. Connor Edwards
  2. Louis Thomas
  3. Anna Conroy

Class 7 - Duet - Adult and child under 16 years - ‘E. W. Annetts Trophy

  1. Connor Edwards and Elizabeth Forster
  2. Kerry Ford and Dougie Ray
  3. Louis Thomas and David Harding

Class 9 - Open Brass Solo - Gary Phillips Shield

  1. Craig Wintle
  2. Louis Thomas
  3. Connor Edwards

Class 10 - Open Brass Quartet/Quintet – Bailey Lane End Centenary Trophy

  1. Drybrook Band
  2. Parkend Silver Band
Music Festival 2022

Saturday 16th July 2022 saw the return of the Bailey Lane End Music Festival following a 2 year hiatus. Congratulations to all the competitors and to the winners on the day!

We would like to thank our sponsors Wright & Round, who kindly donated prizes for each class. Established in 1875, Wright & Round are one of the oldest publishing house in brass banding with a catalogue in excess of 5000 titles.

Thanks also go to our adjudicator Emily Harding, Principal Cornet at the British Army Band Tidworth and former competitor at the Festival.

We would also like to thank all the parents & teachers who make this event possible. We look forward to seeing you all again for the 53rd Bailey Lane End Festival.


Full Results...

Class 1 - Junior Brass Solo under 11 years - Solo Shield

  1. Sadie Davies
  2. Wren McKie
  3. Jonah McKie and Edith Knight

Class 2 - Junior Brass Solo 11 to 12 years - Morgan Electrical Services Trophy

  1. Millie Mckechnie
  2. April Donaghue
  3. Herbie Simpson

Class 3 - Junior Brass Solo 13 to 16 years - The Fred Kettle Memorial Cup

  1. Idris McKie
  2. Connor Edwards
  3. Thomas Lee

Class 4 - Brass Duet 16 years and under - Piano & Violin Cup

  1. Dougie Ray and Idris McKie
  2. Herbie Simpson and Millie Mckechnie
  3. Sadie Davies and Luna Arguelles Kelly

Class 5 - Junior Brass Quartet 16 years and under Quartette Shield

  1. Lydney Training Band

Class 6 - Brass Solo Open 11 years and under 21 - Young Players Shield

  1. Louis Thomas
  2. Connor Edwards

Class 7 - Duet - Adult and child under 16 years - ‘E. W. Annetts Trophy

  1. Kerry Ford and Idris McKie
  2. Connor Edwards and Elizabeth Forster

Class 8 - Open Brass Solo - Gary Phillips Shield

  1. Louis Thomas
  2. Elizabeth Forster

Class 9 - Open Brass Quartet/Quintet – Bailey Lane End Centenary Trophy

  1. Lydney Band
CONTACT US

If you have any questions about our the band or wish to book us for an event, please contact our Chairman - David Harding...

07891032057

SAFEGUARDING

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To raise a concern with the Band, please contact our Safeguarding Lead - Liz Sheridan...

safeguarding@drybrookband.co.uk

BAND ROOM

We are proud to have our own purpose-build built Band Room with rehearsal space, storage and kitchen facilities, thanks to the efforts of past members.

The Band Room, Drybrook, Gloucestershire, GL17 9JA

The Band Room is also available for hire. Please contact us to find out more.

REHEARSALS

The band rehearses twice a week at our Band Room in Drybrook. If you fancy a blow, please get in touch to arrange to join us.

Thursdays, 8.00pm - 10.00pm

Sundays, 7.00pm - 9.00pm