by Deb Lyons

As featured earlier on our website, on June 4th 2020 it had been announced by BAFTA, the British Academy of Film, Television and Arts, that the first programme in the recent Sky Arts “Battle of The Brass Bands” series was nominated for a prestigious 2020 BAFTA award in the ‘Sound-Factual’ category for television craft. The BAFTA Awards are industry leading and, until the pandemic this year, have always been staged in a major London venue such as the Royal Albert Hall, complete with red carpet and hundreds of television stars, presenters, celebrities and magazine photographers, televised every year on BBC1 and with hosts ranging from Stephen Fry and Graham Norton to Joanna Lumley.

The programme has won the BAFTA! In spite of strong competition in the category, it was officially announced on Friday July 17th that the brass band nominated programme featuring our MD Chris Wormald has won. Huge congratulations to all involved! The nominated programme of the Sky Arts brass band series about Whit Friday march contests features Chris not only being interviewed in the television studio retrospectively but also filmed adjudicating on the night of the contests themselves at Greenfield. Chris appears multiple times during the programme, providing insight, comment and context on how the contests work and the specific tasks and requirements of the adjudicators.

For an insight into the making of the Sky Arts BAFTA nominated programme, please click here;