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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 - 4th Section - LIVE!

Saturday 16 September, 2017

Test-piece: Petite Suite de Ballet (Eric Ball)

Adjudicators: Stan Lippeatt and Mark Wilkinson

Kenny Crookston reporting

Pictures: John Stirzaker

 

Results

1. Newmains and District (Michael Marzella) Scotland

2. City of Norwich (Andrew Craze) London & SC

3. Seindorf Arian yr Oakeley (John Jones) Wales

4. Jayess Newbiggin (Andrew Griffiths) North

5. Brindle (Keith Richmond) North West

6. Hatherleigh Silver (Matthew Green) West

7. Dysart Colliery (Ross Brotherston) Scotland

8. Clifton and Lightcliffe ‘B’ (John Clay) Yorkshire

9. Regent Community (Chris Bearman) London & SC

10. Allerton (Adam Taylor) North West

11. Thornton Cleveleys (Stephen Craig) North West

12. Saltash Town (Robert Julian) West

13. RAF St. Athan Voluntary (Alan Bourne) Wales

14. Huddersfield and Ripponden (Adam Bell) Yorkshire

15. Shanklin Town (Malcolm Lewis) West

16. Watford (Ian Graves) London & SC 

17. Corby Silver (Catherine Fountain) Midlands

18. Cleobury Mortimer Concert (Saphran Ali) Midlands

19. Fairfield (Buxton) (Charles Kitchen) Midlands

20. Trimdon Concert (Tina Mortimer) North

Best Soloist: John Stirling, euphonium, Newmains and District

Youngest Cornet Player: Matthew Early (sp?) - Saltash

 

In the BB Frame

1. Seindorf Arian yr Oakeley (John Jones) Wales

2. Allerton (Adam Taylor) North West

3. Newmains and District (Michael Marzella) Scotland

4. Thornton Cleveleys (Stephen Craig) North West

5. City of Norwich (Andrew Craze) London & SC

6. Corby Silver (Catherine Fountain) Midland

  

 

20. Thornton Cleveleys (Stephen Craig) North West

 

Last band of a long but enjoyable day, Thornton gets off to a fine start. Well balanced and rhythmic all the way through the opening movement. Merest hint of untunefulness as Pas Seul gets underway and it reoccurs later, despite being beautifully played otherwise. Fine control too in Menuet, but again the tuning isn’t 100% all the way through - a real pity as this is top notch otherwise. Excellent euphonium opens the final movement but we don’t hear every detail as it progresses. Some really excellent playing from Thornton but it was perhaps missing that final layer of polish.

 

19. Jayess Newbiggin (Andrew Griffiths) North

Lively to open but it perhaps needs to plant its feet on the ground a bit as there is a fair bit of rushing. Slight lack of confidence in Pas Seul and although we like the style in Menuet there are a few blips. A nice feel about the opening to the final movement but again there is an occasional feeling of rushing, as well as some disjointed background semiquavers. Stronger to finish but just a few flaws too many to figure highly.

 

18. Hatherleigh Silver (Matthew Green) West

Tidy opening finds the detail in the dynamics - very well controlled. Some glitches in the opening of Pas Seul affect the confidence for a few bars. Nicely back on track though and the cornet soloist is excellent to close. Menuet has style but intonation is also a factor. Ensemble opens very well and middle band semiquaver detail is played with ease. Moves well to the conclusion of a performance that perhaps left some of its real quality in the bandroom. Could be close to the frame though.

 

17. Saltash Town (Robert Julian) West

Nice sound and balance to open, but again there is a hint of urgency that the music doesn’t really call for. Slight glitch in Pas Seul after a good opening (but what a good recovery!). Nice feeling to the minuet and the delivery is nearly 100%. Excellent euphonium opens the final movement and the band follows in good shape (well done the middle band semis!). A fine effort but one or two corners just went awry in this one.

 

16. Allerton (Adam Taylor) North West

Robust and precise to open. Rhythmically and dynamically right on the money for us. Lovely euphonium to open Pas Seul and the following entries keep the quality high. Plenty of time given to making music too - top notch playing all round. Menuet is laid out for us to hear every note - robust at times but never inappropriately. Fine opening to Ensemble and it’s quality nearly all the way to the end of a really fine performance. Just a touch of overenthusiasm at the top and untidiness at the very end.

 

15. RAF St. Athan Voluntary (Alan Bourne) Wales

Nicely measured but slightly untidy opening movement and there is further insecurity in Pas Seul. Menuet is in better shape both in style and delivery. Ensemble builds nicely too, with the end of the piece finding the band at its best today. Not one we expect to see at the top but plenty of good sounds from the band.

 

14. Cleobury Mortimer Concert (Saphran Ali) Midlands

Well-conceived but quite untidy opening, which also the case in Pas Seul. Some notable intonation worries and a few clips here too. Menuet is much better in delivery and the quality continues to build as it continues. Rhythmic start to Ensemble and the layers build well through to a good finale to a performance that took some time to find its feet.

 

13. Watford (Ian Graves) London & SC 

A lot of rushing in the opening and it takes time to settle into the tempo. Pas Seul has a bit more poise and the soloists all contribute well. Menuet has nice stately style and the band delivers as requested. An understated opening to Ensemble, which starts to build nicely towards the end of a performance that grew as it progressed. Early rushing could cost though.

 

12. Corby Silver (Catherine Fountain) Midlands

Refined opening - just a blip or two later in the movement to scratch the otherwise pristine paintwork. Less confidence in the opening to Pas Seul but it soon gets back on track with the entry from the repiano and soprano. Menuet has the style just right for us and the colourful band sound is a perfect match. The yellow duster affected the tuning more than the volume so that was a shame, but this was very good overall. Nicely measured opening to Ensemble and it continues thus to a fine end of a fine reading. Just a few lapses too many to make it to the top for us.

 

11. Fairfield (Buxton) (Charles Kitchen) Midlands

Opening has a sense of urgency - perhaps a shade too urgent in some bars. We like the opening of Pas Seul though. Plenty of room for the music to develop. Nice style too in the minuet and it all comes off well. Start of Ensemble throws up a few problems and it takes time to find its feet again. A lot to cemmend in this one - just a pity about the obvious lapses.

 

10. Seindorf Arian yr Oakeley (John Jones) Wales

Excellent opening - secure and rhythmic all the way. Nicely balanced too. Euphonium in control to open Pas Seul and the following entries are all high in quality. Menuet is well conceived and played with style (lovely cornet sound). Lovely opening to Ensemble too (soprano is effortless ion her solo…) and it flows with style and apposite energy to a classy finale. New leader for us!

 

9. Shanklin Town (Malcolm Lewis) West

Opening movement finds the ensemble slightly disjointed at times. Nicely balanced though, and the good sounds continue in Pas Seul. Soloists could use some more air at times as the confidence levels don’t feel high. Much better overall in the minuet and the accompanying parts are all played with style. A few lapses in the final movement could compound the earlier mistakes. A band with a lot to offer but we can’t help but feel that the best one was left in the rehearsal room today.

 

8. Trimdon Concert (Tina Mortimer) North

Another band to open rhythmically, although possibly just a shade lighter than many previously. One or two slips in Pas Seul may cost some points and Menuet is very stately tempowise and it affects the flow of the music adversely for us. Final movement is all secure and the band finishes strongly. A good effort for this relatively inexperienced band.

 

7. Regent Community (Chris Bearman) London & SC

Another well-measured opening. Just be careful not to let it run away at times. Committed euphonium opens well. We’re not sure the staccato quavers work well though. Menuet again opens in a detached style. Band sound and precision is very good here but the style is less appealing than some for us. One or two moments where the ensemble just loses focus in the final movement but again this was a very commendable performance.

 

6. Newmains and District (Michael Marzella) Scotland

Good, mature band sound to open and the detail is all in place with excellent dynamics. Repetitions of the opening statement all faithful to the original - just that last note…! Euphonium takes his time in Pas Seul and, although well led, there are a few flaws as the movement flows to the end. Just the right style for us in Menuet, and nearly every entry hits the spot. Euphonium shows his class as the final movement open and nearly everything that follows is delivered precisely. A very well-conceived performance that only suffered the odd lapse.

5. Clifton and Lightcliffe ‘B’ (John Clay) Yorkshire

Opening right on the money for style and delivery. Pas Seul nicely led by the euphonium and the band follows in style - just the occasional loss of balance. Menuet has good musical intentions but there are some scrappy entries to detract from the overall picture. Ensemble again suffers from the odd lapse in precision and balance, but this was yet another performance with lots to commend it.

 

4. City of Norwich (Andrew Craze) London & SC

Robust sounds to open and it’s very well measured rhythmically. Pas Seul opening is beautifully controlled with only slight intonation and a small clip detracting. Menuet has style and security. Possibly a bit heavy handed later in the movement but, again, very good. Ensemble opens rhythmically and the following entries build up nicely. Great semiquaver work from the middle band and cornets, and the end is well delivered. Possibly the best one yet and the standard has been high so far.

 

3. Brindle (Keith Richmond) North West

Bright start and it all works well in the opening movement. Safe opening to Pas Seul too and the euphonium is excellent. Quite detached in style at times but it seems to come off. Menuet has nice contrasts and is all played well, with only the odd moment of imbalance. Very stylish overall though. Ensemble starts tidily and the high quality continues as it develops. Some ragged phrases creep in at times but this was a fine show.

 

2. Dysart Colliery (Ross Brotherston) Scotland

Brisk start and it seems to get quicker within some bars. Fairly tidy overall but there is a lot of rushing going on within the band. Lovely euphonium opens Pas Seul and we hear the band at its best here, although there are occasional issues with intonation. Nice light style in Menuet and this works very well overall (we like the basses, although do get rather loud at times…). Ensemble - euphonium sounds like a young John Clough on the old Dyke recording - very classy - and it sets the band off in just the right style. Good work all round here with just the odd lapse in tuning. A very good performance overall.

 

1. Huddersfield and Ripponden (Adam Bell) Yorkshire

Text book opening. All in place, in tune, together and well balanced. Pas Seul opens nicely, with just a slight lack of confidence in one or two solo lines. Menuet perhaps rather robust in style at times and the various layers aren’t all secure but the band does sound healthy when it is all in. Ensemble - not the most rhythmic of starts but the overall shape is good. One or two errors more than the band would have liked but a good opener.

 

 

Draw

1. Huddersfield and Ripponden (Adam Bell) Yorkshire

2. Dysart Colliery (Ross Brotherston) Scotland

3. Brindle (Keith Richmond) North West

4. City of Norwich (Andrew Craze) London & SC

5. Clifton and Lightcliffe ‘B’ (John Clay) Yorkshire

6. Newmains and District (Michael Marzella) Scotland

7. Regent Community (Chris Bearman) London & SC

8. Trimdon Concert (Tina Mortimer) North

9. Shanklin Town (Malcolm Lewis) West

10. Seindorf Arian yr Oakeley (John Jones) Wales

11. Fairfield (Buxton) (Charles Kitchen) Midlands

12. Corby Silver (Catherine Fountain) Midlands

13. Watford (Ian Graves) London & SC 

14. Cleobury Mortimer Concert (Saphran Ali) Midlands

15. RAF St. Athan Voluntary (Alan Bourne) Wales

16. Allerton (Adam Taylor) North West

17. Saltash Town (Robert Julian) West

18. Hatherleigh Silver (Matthew Green) West

19. Jayess Newbiggin (Andrew Griffiths) North

20. Thornton Cleveleys (Stephen Craig) North West