A King surveys his Gallery

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 - 3rd Section - LIVE!

Sunday 17 September, 2017

Test-piece: Hinemoa (Gareth Wood)

Adjudicators: Glyn Williams and Mark Wilkinson

Kenny Crookston reporting

Pictures: John Stirzaker

 

Results

1. BD1 (Lee Skipsey) Yorkshire

2. Trinity Girls (Ryan Watkins) North West

3. Abertillery and District (Joshua Ruck) Wales

4. Castleton (Peter Ryan) London & SC

5. Shirland Welfare (Lynden Cooper) Midlands

6. Newport Borough (Robin Hackett) Wales

7. Ifton Colliery (Scott Lloyd) Midlands

8. Rolls Royce (Derby) (Graham Cardwell) Midlands

9. St. David's Brass (John Dickson) Scotland

10. Irvine and Dreghorn (Helen Douthwaite-Teesdale) Scotland

11. Rivington and Adlington (Matthew Whitfield) North West

12. Oxford Cherwell (Terry Brotherhood) London & SC

13. Formby (Louise Hough MBE) North West

14. Cheltenham Silver (Nigel Galliott) West

15. Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver (Joanne Sykes) West

16. Barton Community (Garry Oglesby) North

17. West Yorkshire Police (Kevin Wadsworth) Yorkshire

18. Kingsway Printers (Cleethorpes) (Brian Harper) North

19. Corsham (Colin Hogg) West

Best Soloist: Solo horn, BD1

 

In the BB Frame

1. BD1 (Lee Skipsey) Yorkshire

2. Ifton Colliery (Scott Lloyd) Midlands

3. St. David's Brass (John Dickson) Scotland

4. Trinity Girls (Ryan Watkins) North West

5. Newport Borough (Robin Hackett) Wales

6. Rolls Royce (Derby) (Graham Cardwell) Midlands

 

19. Rivington and Adlington (Matthew Whitfield) North West

Last band in the section and it’s not the tidiest opening we’ve heard today. Some disjointed ensemble in the allegro but we like the solo cornet player’s style in the lento. Piu Mosso has a better feeling about it and it races along very well. Nicely shaped as it progresses but occasional looseness in both the melodic line and the background detail detracts. A good band with plenty to offer but another that has just failed to find the detail needed to make a big impression at the top.

 

18. Ifton Colliery (Scott Lloyd) Midlands

A more laid-back approach to the opening and this style continues in the first allegro - all in place and secure too. Great cornet work in the lento and the full band sound is balanced and dynamic. Great energy in Piu Mosso and technical security remains very good. Lovely flugel introduces the filigree cornets to great effect and the following section is as good as we’ve heard so far today. Again quite laid-back in nature as it approaches the pristine finale. A real contender for a prize today.

 

17. Formby (Louise Hough MBE) North West

Strong opening has just a hint of poor intonation. Allegro is nicely driven but it does threaten to unwind at times. Further brief moments of insecurity punctuate a well-conceived reading with plenty attention to dynamic detail. Great drama in the furioso section - unfortunately marred again by loss of focus in the following quiet section. The performance maintains its strength to the finale - one that perhaps just got away today but bags of potential in this band.

 

16. West Yorkshire Police (Kevin Wadsworth) Yorkshire

Opening ensemble isn’t entirely together and this unfortunately continues in the first allegro. Lento quite straight in style and not entirely secure. A more dramatic picture painted in the Furioso section. Again, though, the following section is insecure. Good sounds follow from the full band but this has been an inconsistent one from West Yorkshire’s finest today.

 

15. Trinity Girls (Ryan Watkins) North West

Good opening, although the percussion section isn’t always as one. Allegro races along and has bags of energy- perhaps just too much at times! Lovely cornet playing, then the run into Piu Mosso has an abundance of vitality. We like the contrasting styles a lot - one of few to achieve that today. Small detailed sections go astray slightly at times but the musical leadership creates a very good overall impression. A big impact made here and that could easily carry into the box.

 

14. Abertillery and District (Joshua Ruck) Wales

Opening chord is badly out of tune. Ensemble takes time to settle in the animated sections, and this coupled with leading lines lacking focus creates quite a chaotic picture at times. That said, soloists generally do well but this is one that has lacked any real musical focus for us today.

 

13. Shirland Welfare (Lynden Cooper) Midlands

Steady opening but the allegro feels quite heavy on its feet. Nice playing in the lento from the solo cornet. Piu Mosso really races along and we can hear nearly everything! Furioso is effective and we like the detail in the following lento section. Final section perhaps needs a bit more edge to it but there was very little wrong in this one.

 

12. Oxford Cherwell (Terry Brotherhood) London & SC

An understated opening in comparison to others but it works well for us (quite a few timpanists have had too much porridge for breakfast, but not this one) and the allegro is well paced and delivered. Intonation isn’t always perfect but we like the overall shape. Piu Mosso knocks along a bit and it works a treat. More good work follows in the filigree parts and the finale emerges perfectly. A good show with only a couple of minor lapses in focus.

 

11. Rolls Royce (Derby) (Graham Cardwell) Midlands

Excellent detail in the opening sections - all well-balanced and paced. Stylish solo playing in the lento and Piu Mosso is suitably driven - brimming with energy and dynamism. Lovely flugel announces the change of style and the calm before the storm is fitting. Furioso works a treat and the filigree passages in Lento are as clear as a bell. Tiny flaws in the melodic lines and tuning isn’t always perfect, but this is very good overall. Bass end tuning not great towards the finale. One that may interest the judges a lot though.

 

10. Irvine and Dreghorn (Helen Douthwaite-Teesdale) Scotland

Last band before the break and the robust opening is all in place. Allegro well-paced and dynamic, although the Lento is less secure as solo lines lose focus. Piu Mosso is very effective and the inner detail is all there. Likewise Furioso but again the quieter sections prove more tricky as some leading lines go astray. It gets back on course towards the finale but inconsistency could well cost this performance dearly.

 

9. Barton Community (Garry Oglesby) North

Robust opening but the wheels fall off somewhat in the first allegro, where the ensemble becomes disjointed. Problems continue on a number of levels although again some of the solo lines are well delivered. Band recovers towards the finale, where the percussion's contribution was notable, but this has been disappointing overall.

 

8. Kingsway Printers (Cleethorpes) (Brian Harper) North

One or two tuning issues appear in the opening statement and the allegro has some looseness. Industrious playing all round as it progresses, but precision is inconsistent in the ensemble and some solo lines. Not one that we can see figuring highly today but there were some good individual contributions.

 

7. Corsham (Colin Hogg) West

Tidy opening and the quality continues through the first animated section. Great contribution in the cornet solo too and only some untidy ensemble in Piu Mosso detracts. Lovely flugel sound but there are a few problems in the later solo lines, as well as some inner band intonation lapses. Good ending but one or two earlier accidents could be costly for Corsham today.

 

6. St. David's Brass (John Dickson) Scotland

 

Faced with perhaps the worst 3rd Section draw in history after BD1, St. David’s opens very well with rich sounds and fine balance. Allegro just slightly untidy at times and fairly heavy in style. Solo cornet and euphonium show their class and the Piu Mosso sets off apace - it is very good though, only the odd blip. Surging dynamics create great drama in Furioso too. Filigree detail not quite as tidy as the earlier great work, but the cornet soloist continues to demonstrate his quality. Robust finale to a very good show that only some small slips have detracted from

 

5. BD1 (Lee Skipsey) Yorkshire

Robust opening and the animated playing that follows is a level above what we’ve heard earlier. All lines emerge with complete transparency. Lovely style in the cornet(s) and euphonium and the following Piu Mosso is by the book - just the tiniest drop in intonation in the cornets. Vivid pictures being painted here by a band and conductor showing qualities way above what we expect in the 3rd Section. A rare moment of strain appears as the finale begins to emerge but this has been a wonderful performance overall. As former BB Editor Geoffrey Brand was renowned for saying - Bravo!

 

4. Newport Borough (Robin Hackett) Wales

Solid account of the opening and the first allegro is all neat and tidy. Nice cornet work - lovely sound - just a hint of intonation in the accompaniment perhaps. Real drama created at Piu Mosso and Furioso and the quality work continues from all the soloists into Lento. Dynamics have been a key factor in this performance and the few individual errors are fairly insignificant when placed against all the good work throughout. A strong finale too. Very good overall.

 

3. Castleton (Peter Ryan) London & SC

Excellent opening section and the allegro holds together well. Moves smoothly into Lento where all the leading lines are well played. Just a touch looseness in the ensemble at Pui Mosso and hint of poor tuning in the background at Lento. Furioso has real drama and great work follows from euphonium and (especially) cornet soloists. Strong finale emerges from a well-handled lento, but there are some tuning issues as it progresses. A good performance overall.

 

2. Cheltenham Silver (Nigel Galliott) West

Opening is secure and well balanced. Just some untidiness in the ensemble at Allegro. Lovely cornet solo is followed by great work around the band at Piu Mosso. Plenty of drama too at Furioso - excellent dynamic contrasts. Not 100% through to Lento but the good work continues in the inner detail. Great band sounds as it approaches the finale and the end is both strong and balanced - just watch the tuning!

 

1. Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver (Joanne Sykes) West

Good solid opening - just the odd hint of early morning intonation in the allegro. Piu Mosso has terrific energy and it flows nicely to Lento. A slight loss of confidence around here but the band is back on it at Furioso. Nice work from the soloists in the following Lento but it is hard to pick out the filigree detail underneath. Builds nicely to the Chorale and the quality remains through to the finish. A fine marker!

 

Draw

1. Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver (Joanne Sykes) West

2. Cheltenham Silver (Nigel Galliott) West

3. Castleton (Peter Ryan) London & SC

4. Newport Borough (Robin Hackett) Wales

5. BD1 (Lee Skipsey) Yorkshire

6. St. David's Brass (John Dickson) Scotland

7. Corsham (Colin Hogg) West

8. Kingsway Printers (Cleethorpes) (Brian Harper) North

9. Barton Community (Garry Oglesby) North

10. Irvine and Dreghorn (Helen Douthwaite-Teesdale) Scotland

11. Rolls Royce (Derby) (Graham Cardwell) Midlands

12. Oxford Cherwell (Terry Brotherhood) London & SC

13. Shirland Welfare (Lynden Cooper) Midlands

14. Abertillery and District (Joshua Ruck) Wales

15. Trinity Girls (Ryan Watkins) North West

16. West Yorkshire Police (Kevin Wadsworth) Yorkshire

17. Formby (Louise Hough MBE) North West

18. Ifton Colliery (Scott Lloyd) Midlands

19. Rivington and Adlington (Matthew Whitfield) North West