The 2023 National Festival will take place at:

RNCM NCBF National Festival 2019

Royal Northern College of Music
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th April 2023

National Festival 2022/23 Dates

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Sunday 6th November 2022
WARWICK - Warwick Hall
Closing date: 5th October
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Saturday 12th November 2022
LONDON - The Muse, Watford Grammar School
Closing Date: 11th October
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Sunday 20th November 2022
TELFORD - Haberdashers' Abraham Darby Academy
Closing Date: 19th October
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Sunday 27th November 2022
OLDHAM - Crompton House Academy
Closing Date: 26th October
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Sunday 4th December 2022
NOTTINGHAM - Nottingham High School
Closing Date: 3rd November
Sunday 22nd January 2023
SCOTLAND - Garnock Community Campus, Glengarnock
Closing Date: 21st December
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Regional Festival Finder

Bands enter into their local ncbf regional festival where they perform in front of their peers, parents, audience, and ncbf adjudicators who offer feedback based on the ncbf Award Criteria. Bands are not competing against each other but are critiqued against the various aspects of performance and are awarded a certificate signifying their success: Platinum, Gold Silver or Bronze. Read more about the ncbf festival here

About NCBF

Since its modest beginnings over 30 years ago, NCBF - National Concert Band Festival has developed and grown in size and prestige until now it is recognised as the largest, most active, enterprising Festival for wind instrument musicians who play in wind bands or big bands throughout the UK.

The ncbf celebrates and promotes the music and activities of wind bands / jazz bands by holding regional festivals across the UK and a National Festival. The organisation aims to provide unique performing opportunities in a friendly, welcoming and musically enriching environment.

Festival Classes

A Festival, Not a Competition

What Students Get Out of NCBF

Why Band Leaders Get Involved

Regional Festival Results

NCBF National Concert Band Festival Awards

National Festival Results