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Issue 5959

BRIGHOUSE AND RASTRICK PAINTS THE BRIGHTEST PICTURES AT THE RAH

WHAT'S ALL THE PALAVER WITH PALANGA?

SAGE GATESHEAD PREPARES FOR OUTSTANDING BRASS IN CONCERT LINE-UP

National Finals - 2nd Section - LIVE!

Saturday 16 September, 2017

Test-piece: Music of a Legacy (Steven Ponsford)

Adjudicators: Paul Holland and Tom Davoren

Kenny Crookston reporting

Pictures: John Stirzaker

 

Results

1. Boarshurst Silver (James Garlick) North West

2. Glossop Old (Duncan Beckley) Midlands

3. Dalkeith and Monktonhall (James Chamberlain) Scotland

4. Delph (Philip Goodwin) North West

5. Otterbourne (Melvin White) West

6. Worsbrough (John Hopkinson) Yorkshire

7. Amersham (Paul Fisher) London & SC 

8. Flixton (Ian Brownbill) North West

9. Bodmin Town (John Maines) West

10. Wakefield Metropolitan (Richard Larder) Yorkshire 

11. Foss Dyke (Michael Howley) Midlands

12. Helston Town (John Berryman) West 

13. Grimsdyke (Sharon Broughall) London & SC 

14. Houghton (Neil Gibson) North

15. Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson) Scotland

16. Abergavenny Borough (Sean O'Neill) Wales

17. Penclawdd (Tony Small BEM) Wales

18. Ashington Colliery (David Kendall) North

 Best Soloist: Nigel Fielding, soprano, Glossop Old

 

In the BB Frame

1. Boarshurst Silver (James Garlick) North West

2. Flixton (Ian Brownbill) North West

3. Dalkeith and Monktonhall (James Chamberlain) Scotland

4. Delph (Philip Goodwin) North West

5. Glossop Old (Duncan Beckley) Midlands

6. Otterbourne (Melvin White) West

 

 

18. Bodmin Town (John Maines) West

Last band of the section and it’s another one to start well and the horn sound is terrific. Some tuning issues in the first allegro but the overall picture is tidy and secure as it eases nicely into the cadenzas. Terrific trombone and his colleagues follow in similar vein - possibly the finest cadenzas of the day overall. Final section seems to tire a bit, but this has been very good overall.

 

17. Flixton (Ian Brownbill) North West 

Excellent opening sounds - well balanced, but another to suffer from small clips. Lovely treatment of the melodic passages and the individual contributions are all very good. Allegro - again nice and transparent and we hear a mature and well-assembled band sound throughout (excellent basses!). Intonation not 100% accurate in the upper band as it enters the cadenza section, in which all three deliver well. Occasional blips as it progresses but these are minor in comparison to the overall quality. A real contender.

 

16. Abergavenny Borough (Sean O'Neill) Wales

Quite an untidy opening although the band sound is big and clear. Lovely sounds follow in andante but again there are a few untidy moments. Great energy in allegro and the band is at its best here, but the lapses soon reappear as it winds down to the cadenzas. More fine music-making in the slow section and a lovely finale follows. Some great music in this but just a pity about the lapses.

 

 15. Penclawdd (Tony Small BEM) Wales

 

An untidy opening and the problems continue as it progresses. Intonation and ensemble not always 100% but the dynamics are well handled. Nice work from the trombones in the andante but again the tuning is a near-constant issue. Good work all round in the following allegro and the cadenzas are well delivered. Quite light in volume towards the end but it is secure and balanced. Some good moments but a high error count could be costly today.

 

14. Worsbrough (John Hopkinson) Yorkshire

Quite untidy at times in the opening section. Melody develops nicely but the intonation problems are ongoing. Quality picks up in allegro but again there are lapses and the tuning and precision in the following andante is poor. Good sounds follow and there are some good individual contributions, but this is one that could struggle today.

 

13. Glossop Old (Duncan Beckley) Midlands

Well-measured open is quite understated at times but none the worse for that. Nice dynamic contrasts and there is plenty of clarity on the ensemble. Trombones not 100% together at Piu Mosso but although the following allegro section is very good it is possibly just on the edge of the band’s technical capabilities for tempo. One or two small insecure moments as it leads into the cadenzas, which are all very good. Nice style and delivery in andante and the finale is nearly all secure, if slightly unbalanced at times. A good performance that could be in the judges’ mind today.

 

12. Dalkeith and Monktonhall (James Chamberlain) Scotland

Bright and tight to open and it is well shaped through the melodic section. An occasional clip or two just takes the polish off slightly but the sound and clarity are very good. Allegro is well handled and the cadenzas are all delivered with aplomb. Builds nicely through the andante and the control of the quieter sections is notable. Remains strong to the end - just the odd ragged edge on the sound but this has been very good indeed.

 

11. Houghton (Neil Gibson) North

 

Healthy big sounds to open from this largely young band. It’s nearly all clean and we hear good attention to all the detail in the precise ensemble. Nice transition into andante, which is well measured but with the tiniest hint of poor intonation in the middle of the band. Plenty of detail comes through in the allegro. Minor tuning issues as it enters the cadenza section, where the security lapses briefly. Builds nicely to the end of a very good show. A definite contender but the occasional lapses might just keep it away from the very top for us.

 

10. Amersham (Paul Fisher) London & SC 

Back up and running and off to a good start for Amersham. Just a hint of poor intonation in the opening melody but the sound is well balanced, with tight ensemble all round. There is a sense of purpose about the music-making and only the odd blip detracts from a very well-directed show, especially in the andante. Perhaps lacking in overall clarity in the allegro, Excellent trombone and euphonium cadenzas, and the cornet matches them for confidence. Good committed final section and the energy builds to the end of a very good show overall.

 

9. Foss Dyke (Michael Howley) Midlands 

Last one before the break and it’s off to a healthy start with good attention to dynamics. Nice flowing melody sets the scene nicely and, apart from the odd clip, the overall picture is very good. Just the occasional moment of untidiness in the allegro, but the music is well shaped. Some insecurity in the cadenza section and there are some tired sounds towards the finale, with the tuning also suffering. A lot to commend in this but one that just fell away in the latter part of the piece for us.

 

8. Wakefield Metropolitan (Richard Larder) Yorkshire 

Robust and dynamic opening with some lovely sounds emerging in the melody. There are a few clips though. Very nice work, especially from the euphoniums in the andante, but there is a lot of insecurity in the conclusion of that section. Very energetic allegro and it is mostly well handled. Terrific trombone cadenza and the euphonium follows with style. Great sounds in the final sections but this is a performance that just suffered from a lack of confidence at times.

 

7. Ashington Colliery (David Kendall) North

Some rushing near the opening detracts slightly from the overall picture but the band sound is very good. Melodic sections are well played but the andante reveals less confidence in some of the solo lines. Lack of dynamic contrast could also impact on the overall result. Some very good playing from around the band but one that never really came alive for us.

 

6. Grimsdyke (Sharon Broughall) London & SC 

Less tidy than some to open but it soon gets into its stride in the melody and the dynamics are well observed. Some rushing going on in the animated parts though. Terrific work from the young lady on soprano in the allegro, while others contribute well here around the stand. We loved the style of the trombone cadenza and the band seems to have settled well in the following melodic passages. Sound stays strong to the end a good show overall.

 

5. Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson) Scotland 

Less dynamic to open than some previous bands and the detail is slightly harder to decipher, but the overall sound is well balanced. It continues well but some of the solo lines lack confidence, while dynamic contrast is at a premium. Excellent trombone cadenza, and euphonium are also right on the money. Better overall sounds towards the end of the piece, but the lack of dynamic contrast earlier in the work may impact one the outcome.

 

4. Boarshurst Silver (James Garlick) North West

 Real quality in the ensemble to open - tight and dynamic with a nice melodic flow. Not without the occasional blip but the attention dynamics and attack is very noticeable. Trombone intonation isn’t perfect before H but again the band’s quality speaks loudly through the allegro vivace. Cadenzas are all played with ease and the overall quality is maintained to another ‘driven’ finale. A possible leader!

 

3. Otterbourne (Melvin White) West

 

Good work in the opening with just the odd clip near the top. Full band sound is robust and there is maturity and authority in the playing. Intonation not 100% but there is plenty to of quality to add to the score too. Nicely controlled close to andante and the allegro has purpose, with good attention to dynamics. We loved the Toccata announcement! Declamando solos are well handled and the accompaniment is nearly secure. Lovely style at M but again the tuning isn’t 100%. We like the energetic build to the final bars of a very good show.

 

2. Delph (Philip Goodwin) North West

Mature and well-balanced sounds to open and the ‘Celebration’ motifs all come through clearly. Wilfred Heaton is alive and well too! Nice control in andante and we hear some high-quality sounds, although the intonation isn’t perfect. Great solo work and the cornet shines especially. Stylistic Maestoso and the end is strong and well balanced. A very good show all round.

 

1. Helston Town (John Berryman) West

The West of England contender kicks off the contest weekend here in Cheltenham with Steven Ponsford’s Salvation Army medley, which is sure to bring a smile to many in the audience. Nice sounds to open, with just a slight drop in precision in the ensemble occasionally. One or small individual flaws in the andante but it is well led and the following allegro is pretty solid. Just the occasional dip in intonation. Good work from the soloists in Declamando and the band stays strong to the end of an excellent opener.

 

Draw

1. Helston Town (John Berryman) West

2. Delph (Philip Goodwin) North West

3. Otterbourne (Melvin White) West

4. Boarshurst Silver (James Garlick) North West

5. Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson) Scotland 

6. Grimsdyke (Sharon Broughall) London & SC 

7. Ashington Colliery (David Kendall) North

8. Wakefield Metropolitan (Richard Larder) Yorkshire 

9. Foss Dyke (Michael Howley) Midlands

10. Amersham (Paul Fisher) London & SC 

11. Houghton (Tom Gibson) North

12. Dalkeith and Monktonhall (James Chamberlain) Scotland

13. Glossop Old (Duncan Beckley) Midlands

14. Worsbrough (John Hopkinson) Yorkshire

15. Penclawdd (Tony Small BEM) Wales

16. Abergavenny Borough (Sean O'Neill) Wales

17. Flixton (Ian Brownbill) North West

18. Bodmin Town (John Maines) West