A moment in banding history

Issue 5958

British Open title heads to Switzerland

All the trhills and spills of the Cheltenham Finals

Who will prevail in the London 'Gallery'?

 

National Youth Championships - LIVE from Peel Hall

Sunday 2 April, 2017

Kenny Crookston reports from Peel Hall

 

Junior Section

Adjudicators: David Thornton and Michael Golding

Test-pieces: Own-choice programme not exceeding 15 minutes playing time which must include at least one original piece of music composed for brass band and two verses of a hymn tune from the Red Hymn Book

Results: 

1. Wardle Academy Junior Band (Lee Rigg)

2. Fred Longworth High School (Helen Robinson)

3. Chalford Youth Band (Steve Tubb)

Best Instrumentalist: Euphonium - Chalford Youth 

Draw

1. Wardle Academy Junior Band (Lee Rigg)

2. Tewit Youth Intermediate Band (Steve Heninghem)

3. Macclesfield Youth Junior Band (Tim Grindey)

4. Fred Longworth High School (Helen Robinson)

5. Hawkley Hall High School (Steven Cavanagh)

6. Stockport Schools’ Intermediate Brass Band (Tom Ridgley)

7. Lancashire Youth Brass Band (Helen Minshall)

8. Lions Junior Brass Band (Tom Hancock)

9. Elland Junior Brass Band (Samantha Harrison)

10. Chalford Youth Band (Steve Tubb)

11. Denbighshire Music Co-operative Brass Band (John Powell)

 

11. Denbighshire Music Co-operative Brass Band (John Powell)

There’s been a lot of Prismatic Light around today, but Denbighshire’s was as well played as any. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was played with great aplomb by the talented young man on solo horn whose name we didn’t catch, while Slaidburn received the full Whit Friday treatment - no lack of commitment here! The hymn tune Maryton and a characterful Mack the Knife end the programme and the day’s music making in Peel Hall in some style. A great show from the only Welsh contender here today.

 

10. Chalford Youth Band (Steve Tubb)

Goff Richards’ The Spirit of Youth is the excellent opener for Chalford, followed by the little-played hymn Misericordia (which is beautifully phrased and controlled) and Darrol Barry’s upbeat and very rhythmic Brassed Off. Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair features the excellent, and very mature-sounding, Steven Parker on euphonium and the band finishes this fabulously well played programme with a bit of fun and games with The Muppet Show. We really enjoyed that!

 

9. Elland Junior Brass Band (Samantha Harrison)

Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s march The Big Top gets Elland off to a great start, followed by the hymn tune Whitburn, then Waltzing with Mary - that’s Poppins – in which we loved the trombone’s Tuppence a Bag! Uptown Funk was the band’s excellent finisher to a nicely chosen and performed programme.

 

8. Lions Junior Brass Band (Tom Hancock)

The march Vermont gets us underway, followed by a rather dark arrangement of Scarborough Fair, some great playing (and singing!) in Coldplay’s Viva la Vida. Aurelia is the hymn from the Red Book and The Beatles’ Hey Jude finishes off a well-disciplined performance of one of the day’s most attractive programmes.

 

7. Lancashire Youth Brass Band (Helen Minshall)

The well-known march Death or Glory opens the programme, followed by the excellent Ben Robinson on cornet in Share My Yoke. Rocky lightens the mood a bit, followed by the hymn tune Aurelia and Alan Fernie’s popular Prismatic Light to finish. Some cracking moments along the way and loads of young talent to build on for future years.

 

6. Stockport Schools’ Intermediate Brass Band (Tom Ridgley)

A lively start with Summon the Heroes which is followed by an ‘interesting’ arrangement of the euphonium solo Eventide, the little-heard march Mersey Way, an upbeat version of Pachelbel’s Canon, the hymn tune Aurelia and finishing with the popular African Funk. Plenty of enthusiasm around the stand and loads to build upon in the years ahead from this young band.

 

5. Hawkley Hall High School (Steven Cavanagh)

Small in number but big in quality, the band opens with Heroes and the hymn tune Lloyd before playing Highland Farewell and finishing with Uptown Funk – very tight and rhythmic, and some of the best playing of the day so far. By far the smallest group of the day but some fantastic, transparent playing from every one of 13 players. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that they can’t go to a contest through lack of players!

 

4. Fred Longworth High School (Helen Robinson)

Terrific opening in Prismatic Light with big, well-balanced sounds all the way, the hymn Angelus is well phrased, young Max Evans is on top form in the baritone solo Donegal Bay - what a sound from the young man! - and the band finishes with a movement from Kenneth Downie’s Music from Kantara, which is full of verve. A fine show overall!

 

3. Macclesfield Youth Junior Band (Tim Grindey)

 An excellent opener in the little-heard Stahl Himmel, which is followed in a rather detached style by the hymn tune Aurelia. The trombone solo Kid Shifter and a lively Lomond Hills Overture finish the programme in which the young players delivered 100% to the plan!

 

2. Tewit Youth Intermediate Band (Steve Henighem) 

An interesting programme in the march Home Again (we loved the percussion!), cornet solo Say Ye Who Borrow, Double Chocolate Rumba, the hymn Lloyd and finishing with Choo Choo Boogie. Some ‘traditional’ styles on display at times and loads of good committed playing around the stand.

1. Wardle Academy Junior Band (Lee Rigg)

Impressive big sounds from Wardle in Prismatic Light, which it followed with the hymn tune Angelus – very well controlled and we loved the tenor and flugel and horn sounds. Oregon (Jacob de Haan) is a great adventure across the wild west and the band is right on top of all the technicalities. It does get very ‘enthusiastic’ at times but some really good playing around the band.

 

 


 

Beginner Band Section

Adjudicators: Richard Marshall and Mareika Gray

Test-pieces: Own-choice programme not exceeding 15 minutes playing time

 

Result

Band of the Day: Wardle Junior Blast

Band with Most Potential: Macclesfield Youth Training Band

Highly Commended: Astley Training Band

 

Draw 

1. Macclesfield Youth Training Band (Liz Hudson)

2. Astley Training Band (Helen Minshall)

3. Wardle Junior Blast (Lee Rigg)

4. Stockport Schools’ Junior Brass Band (James Keirle)

5. Lions Beginner Band (Chris Thompson) 

 

5. Lions Beginner Band (Chris Thompson)

A smashing programme from Lions with Batman, La Volta, Gorebridge Galop, The Sand Between Your Toes and Highland Cathedral to finish. Everything in place and well played by all of the young musicians.

 

4. Stockport Schools’ Junior Brass Band (James Keirle)

A world tour takes from Stockport to Norway for Hall of the Mountain King, Russia for Troika and Swan Lake, then across the Atlantic to Mexico for La Cucaracha. Some lovely playing from the young musicians and plenty to build on in the years ahead.

 

3. Wardle Junior Blast (Lee Rigg)

Not a piece of music in sight and the band kicks off with Break Dance followed by the march True and Trusty and a cornet feature Have Fingers Will travel. My Heart Will Go On goes down well with Molly Clough the terrific horn soloist, Foolin About (featuring the trombones), Hey Jude (some terrific singing too!) and Snake, Rattle and Roll finish an energetic and brilliantly delivered programme. Great stuff from Wardle yet again.

 

 

2. Astley Training Band (Helen Minshall)

Two pieces from Stuart Johnson’s Mini Suite are followed by Trumpet Voluntary, with the fantastic Polly Scott on the cornet solo, the hymn Duke Street, some great fun in Sing Cuckoo, When the Saints Go Marching In and lively finish with Cool Calypso. A great show from this very smart and well-drilled young band.

 

 

1. Macclesfield Youth Training Band (Liz Hudson)

A great way to start the day with the young musicians on Macclesfield and their diligent teacher Liz Hudson! Air from the Peasant Cantata, a lovely waltz Doon the Watter, the Disney classic A Whole New World and the lively Speed It Up to finish. Terrific stuff, all well put together and bursting with enthusiasm.