BERLIN BOUND - Isobel Daws secures place at Karajan Academy

Issue 6125

SCOTTISH FUNDING - SBBA receives Creative Scotland award

CONTEST CANCELLED - West of England Regionals off

CURTAIN RISING - RNCM Festival set for take-off

PUSHED BACK - Australian Nationals postponed

Siddis Brass - Live!

Saturday 4 November, 2017

Adjudicators: Chris King and Sverre Olsud (performance),  Øygunn Ebenhard (entertainment)

Kenny Crookston reporting 


Elite Division

Adjudicators: Chris King and Sverre Olsrud (music), Øygunn Ebenhard (entertainment)

1. Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag (Reid Gilje) 9 (programme) + 99 (performance) = 108

2. Manger Musikklag (Martin Winter) 9+96 = 105

3. Stavanger Brass Band (Allan Withington) 10+94 = 104

4. Oslo Brass Band (Philip Hannevik) 8+92 = 100

5. Bjørsvik Brass (Bjarte Engeset) 6+93 = 99

6. Jaren Hornmusikkforening (Paul Holland) 8+89 = 97

7. Krohnengen Brass Band (Nick Ost) 6+89 95

8. Musikkorpset Gjallarhorn (Rune Gundersen) 7+85 = 92

9. Kleppe Musikklag (Magnus Brandseth) 7+84 = 91

Best soloist: Gyda Matland, flugelhorn, Eikanger Bjørsvik Musikklag

Best entertainment: Kleppe Musikklag


Divison 1

Adjudicators: Frank Renton and Erik Janssen

1. Tertnes Brass (Martin Winter) 9+95 = 104

2. Askøy Brass Band (Svein Henrik Giske) 9+91 = 100

3. Ila Brass Band (Trond Helland) 6+93 = 99

4. Oslofjord Brass (Trond Husebø) 8+90 = 98

5. Tomra Brass Band (Stian Svendsen) 6+89 = 95

6. Sola Brass Band (Gwyn Evans) 7+87 = 94

7. Montebello Brass (Preben Nicolai Kragh-Riesling d.y) 7+86 = 93

8. Oster Brass (Rune Hannisdal) 6+85 = 91

9. Hasle Brass (Tanja Räsänen) 6+84 = 90

Best soloist: Thor-Willy Bøhrs-Karlsen, euphonium, Montebello Brass


Division 2

Adjudicators: Garry Cutt and PK Svensen

1. Flesland Musikklag (Eirik Gjerdevik) 8+96 = 104

2. Rong Brass (David Morton) 8+95 = 103

3. Tysnes Musikklag (Yngve Nikolaisen) 8+94 = 102

4. Sagvåg Musikklag (Yngve Nikolaisen) 9+93 = 102

5. Nordlys XO (Reid Gilje) 8+92 = 100

6. Stavanger Kommunes Korps (Gwyn Evans) 8+91 = 99

7. Alexander Brass (Morten E. Hansen) 8+90 = 98

8. Radøy Brass (Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen) 7+90 = 97

9.Follesø Musikklag (Thorgeir Thunestvedt) 6+89 = 95

10= Bergen Brass Band (Thor Arne Pedersen) 7+88 = 95

10= Tertnes Amatørkorps (Tormod Flaten) 7+88 = 95

12. Tysvær Brass (Paul Hughes) 7+87 = 94

13. Agder Brass (Thomas Swatland) 7+86 = 93

14. Laksevåg Musikkforening (Fredrick Schjelderup) 6+86 = 92

15. Haukås Musikklag (Joe Cook) 6+85 = 91

16.Gjesdal Brass Band (Jonas Skartveit Rogne) 8+83 = 91

17. Sørum Musikklag (Ray Farr) 6+84 = 90

18. Stangaland Brass (Kristian Thulin) 6+82 = 88

Best soloist: Camilla Sjøvold, cornet, Tysnes Musikklag


Division 3

Adjudicators: Jens T. Larsen and Helen Varley

1. Skui Brassband (Thor-Willy Karlsen) 10+95 = 105

2. KOS Krohnengen Old Stars  (Øyvind Raknes Nikolaisen) 9+94-1 (time) = 102

3. Fjell Brass (Paul Fensom) 8+92 = 100

4. Seim Musikklag (Asbjørn Hauge) = 7+90 = 97

5. Randaberg Musikkorps (Pål Magne Austnes-Underhaug) 6+90 = 96

6. Lindås Brass (Hilde Brevik Grytten) = 7+88 = 95

7. Indre Torungen Brass Ensemble (Lars-Bjørnar Strengenes) 7+85 = 92

8. Rosendal Musikklag (Paul Hughes) 9+82 =91

9. Hetlevik Musikklag (Andreas Heier Røe) 6+83 = 89

10.Eidsberg Brassband (Hans Petter Ringstad) 6+82 = 88

Best soloist: Kristin Maute, trombone, Skui Brassband


Division 4

Adjudicators: Morten Fagerjord and Adam Cooke

1. Skeie Brass (Nigel Fielding) 10+95 = 105

2. Tasta Brass (Morten Øvrebekk) 8+93-1 = 100

3. Lyshornet Brass (Øyvind Raknes Nikolaisen) 7+91 = 98

4. Karmsund Brass (Steinar Andsnes) 7+89 = 96

5. IMI Brass (Per-Erik Petersen) 6+87 = 93

6. Riska Brass Band (Espen Westbye) 6+86 = 92

7. Langhus Brass (Tomas Carstensen) 7+85 = 92

8. Eikelandsfjorden Musikklag (Aidan Smith) 8+83 = 91

9. Norheimsund Musikklag (Patrik Randefalk) 5+84 = 89

10. Sotra Brass (Ben Hirons) 4+84 = 88

11. Spydeberg Brass (Idar Torskangerpoll) 5+82 = 87

12. Musikkorpset Heimdal (Linda Mattson) 3+82 = 85

Best soloist: Anja Kalgraf, cornet, Sotra Brass



A fantastic contest here in Stavanger and we’re really not sure who’s going to get this one. Eikanger-Bjørsvik deadly accuracy and terrific spirit of adventure set the standard early on, Stavanger delivered its political ‘statement’ with aplomb but there were a few bumps in the road, Manger’s electrifying ‘movement’ programme may have stolen the moment, but Bjørsvik’s richly contrasting programme is right in the mix too. Can’t wait to hear what the real judges thought - but it will be a few hours before we know!


Draw (all times local) 

1. (14.15) Jaren Hornmusikkforening (Paul Holland)

2. (14.45) Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag (Reid Gilje)

3. (15.20) Oslo Brass Band (Philip Hannevik)

4. (15.55) Musikkorpset Gjallarhorn (Rune Gundersen)

5. (16.30) Krohnengen Brass Band (Nick Ost)

6. (17.15) Stavanger Brass Band (Allan Withington)

7. (17.45) Kleppe Musikklag (Magnus Brandseth)

8. (18.20) Manger Musikklag (Martin Winter)

9. (18.55) Bjørsvik Brass (Bjarte Engeset)


In the BB Frame

1. Manger Musikklag (Martin Winter)

2. Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag (Reid Gilje)

3. Bjørsvik Brass (Bjarte Engeset)

4. Stavanger Brass Band (Allan Withington)

N.B. Not the official result!


9. Bjørsvik Brass (Bjarte Engeset)


Slavonic Dance No. 15 (Dvorák arr. Frode Rydland)

Rosamunde no. 5 (Schubert arr. Frode Rydland)

Bariton Lechter (Wolfgang Sorger - euphonium soloist: Tormod Flaten)

Danzón No. 2 (Arturo Márques arr. Reid Gilje)

Boundless energy in the opening Dvorák (and great technique) and the contrast couldn’t be greater in Rosamunde. Schubert is beautifully handled, and the phrasing and blend of sounds within each section is just sublime. It turns out we were wrong - it could have been more contrasting and the euphonium solo is as good a piece of musical ‘thuggery’ as one could hope to hear! Danzon opens sublimely and again the blending of sounds and styles is of the highest quality. Then the dancing shoes are on and its power and precision in all the right places, but with style! Another real contender… 


8. Manger Musikklag (Martin Winter)

‘Movement in Five Movements’

Mountain Dance (Dave Grusin arr. A. Jones)

Horn of Puente (Trilok Gurtu arr. Adam Baker)

Cortége (Martin Winter)

Funny S.A Stuck in Transit (Idar Torskangerpoll)

Icicles (Anne Grete Preus arr. Margie Antrobus- flugel horn soloist: Torstein T. Holmås)

Beaucoup (Trilok Gurtu arr. Rob Henderson)

Cool as a cucumber to open and the linking cornet and flugels soloists are just sublime. Trumpet quartet stars in Horn of Puente and we’re trying to think of the last time we heard such tasty trumpet sounds at a band contest - we can’t. Fabulous! Cortége has to be the cleverest piece of band manoeuvring we’ve seen, perfectly timed too, but the playing matched the choreography for quality. A bit of fun in a Transit follows then Torstein Holmås demonstrates just how beautiful the flugel can sound in the right hands - so tasteful. A bit of beatboxing and scat to finish in Beaucoup, and all we can say is merci Manger…! Outstanding.


7. Kleppe Musikklag (Magnus Brandseth)

‘French River Cruise’

Apotheose - Fanfare and Theme (Berlioz arr. Emil K. Børø)

Paris - De La Riviere

      April in Paris (Count Basie)

      Milord (Marguerite Monnot)

      La Vie En Rose (Louis Guglielmi - soloist: Sofie Thomassen Povoa

Révolution au château de Versailles (Fredrick Schjelderup)

…Des Pas Sur La Niege - Steps in the Snow (Debussy arr. Howard Snell)

Le Carnaval Romain (Berlioz arr. Frank Wright)

A impressive, ceremonial opening and then it’s straight into a bit of cool Count Basie, and we’re fairly sure that gulf has never been bridged before! Like the conductor, it’s all flamboyant stuff that follows and about as French as Inspector Clouseau chasing Napoleon up the Champs-Élysées with a string of onions tied to his bike  (we expect the French Ambassador on the phone any minute…). A dramatic Revolution follows then a quality arrangement of Debussy before the final pages of Berlioz’s great overture rounds off the programme. It must have been some night in the pub when they came up with that one! 


6. Stavanger Brass Band (Allan Withington)

‘Fear and Loathing at the Stavanger Konserthus’

Then They Came For Me (Paul McGhee)

Scatman Farage and the Brussels Neurosis (Paul McGhee - euphonium soloist: Per Illguth)

09:00am, 24.06.2016 (Paul McGhee)

#Twitter Tweets, the Herd Bleats (Paul McGhee)

May in a Wheat Field (Paul McGhee)

Cheeto Benito and the Russian Tango (Paul McGhee)

Post Apocalyptic Party Blues (M.O.A.P.) (Paul McGhee)

Stavanger’s brass Brexit opens with some prodigious sounds, especially from the bottom end - very rich and extremely dark. Complex rhythmic work follows, and it bears no resemblance whatsoever to the accuracy of Farage and Johnson’s £350m a week for the NHS - tight as a drum, in fact. Now we have, emerging from the fog, the Welsh National Anthem which goes into meltdown amid a somewhat demented Flower of Scotland in the background. We never expected to have to write about any music referring to Nigel Farage, but the soloist's instrument seems to be working about as well as the current Brexit negotiations - a real sticky (valve) situation… It’s the day after Brexit and we hear a rather tasteful lament, possibly for David Cameron’s career. A quick change of euphonium that would have done Ferrari proud and we’re straight into the bleating herd of Twitter with, you guessed it, a euphonium solo - bravo! The finale is busting with chaotic energy, and a somewhat less than optimistic (artistic) conclusion. An eventful performance - some of it was quite brilliant though. What a concept! 


5. Krohnengen Brass Band (Nick Ost)

'FLOW - A Journey through the mind'

The Dreaded Groove and Hook (Simon Dobson)

Lock Horns / Rage On (Simon Dobson)

Lux Aurumque (Eric Whitacre arr. Sandy Smith)

Salt of the Earth - Finale (Andy Scott)

Upon the Celtic Cross (Jonathan Bates)

A bit of a false start as the band members aren’t quite ready for the announcement, but we needn’t have worried about the quality when it finally arrived. Two Dobson numbers to open and they sit well together in totally contrasting styles. No entertainment contest is complete without some Eric Whitacre and the familiar Lux Aurumque hits the spot for Krohnengen - beautifully played, especially the niente finals bars. The band is right at home in Salt of the Earth, even if it is a bit light on sound near the top. Jonny Bates’ fiddley finale finds the band in good voice and it’s plain sailing to the standing ovation. Excellent!



4. Musikkorpset Gjallarhorn (Rune Gundersen)

What Are You Going to do When You Are Not Saving the World? (Hans Zimmer arr. Espen Westbye)

Svensk sås Bosse Norgren (arr. Espen Westbye)

My Way (Jaques Reveaux, arr. Espen Westbye - flugel horn and trumpet soloist: Espen Westbye)

Friends (Jukka Linkola arr. Espen Westbye)

Song for Hope (Peter Meechan arr. Espen Westby)

The band opens with a real momentum builder - great contrasts - then it’s into some Nordic funk, which finds the horn section making it all sound nice and easy. Great work right through the ensemble though. The brilliant Espen Westbye wrote the programme then becomes the star of the show in My Way, and there aren’t many who could do it his way! More funk follows in Friends, with the back row cornets showing their front-row pals that they have what it takes too! The hymn-like Song for Hope brings a really fascinating programme to a close. Very well put together with plenty of good playing and the odd moment of real class.


3. Oslo Brass Band (Philip Hannevik)

‘Folklore from Sørfold to Sanaá’

Mysterious Voices of Bulgaria (trad. / Krassimir Kiurkchiiski arr. Simon Dobson)

Gudda (Roger Tallroth arr. Philip Hannevik)

Alfonso Muskedunder (Todd Terje arr. Rohan Sandemo)

Bruremarsj from Sørfold (trad. arr. Philip Hannevik - cornet soloist: Børge Styve)

Danza Orgiastica from Belkis, Queen of Sheba (Respighi arr. Sandy Smith)

Great work from the cornets in the gallery, following on from the mystical flautist who began the show and provided the ‘glue’ for the next piece. Effortless flugel and cornet are right on top of it in the mellifluous Gudda. A gentle change of style and we’re into Alfonso Muskedunder, a showcase for the virtuosic Mark Harrison (who just loves the moment!) and the band’s fabulous percussion section. Børge Styve shows his class in a lovely piece of slow melody playing and nearly brings the house down. The closing Belkis is technically brilliant, as is always the case with Oslo, a band brimming with youthful talent more than able to produce the drama when required.



2. Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag (Reid Gilje)

‘Tales of the North Sea’

Waves on Deck (Kjetil Djønne)

The Boatmen (Frode Rydland - flugel horn soloist: Gyda Matland)

The Mackerel Shoal and the Lonely Monkfish (Reid Gilje)

Dark Abyss (Fredrick Schjelderup)

Eikanger’s programme of new original music by current or former members opens in dynamic fashion. Lovely euphonium section in the central part of Waves on Deck and the end is as shipshape as it can be. The rich tone of Gyda Matland keeps it flowing in The Boatmen - what a beautiful sound across the whole range - and the accompaniment is sublime. More bubbles (a bit more subtle this time!) as the mackerel and the monkfish go side by side, and it couldn’t be more contrasting - and what a sound to finish! There are more stormy waters in Dark Abyss, where the percussive background is simply spellbinding at times. Serious material here, but the busy dramatic effects certainly grab the attention. Fantastic playing form Eikanger. Will be interesting to see if what follows can match it.


1. Jaren Hornmusikkforening (Paul Holland) 

'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea'

Dawn of a Voyage (Nemo and the Nautilus) (Dan Price)

The Descent (How Deep is the Ocean) (Irving Berlin arr. Dan Price)

The Discovery of Atlantis (La Cathédrale Engloutie) (Debussy arr. Dan Price)

Stormy Seas (Maelstrom) (Dan Price - trumpet soloist: Benjamin Mortensen)

Escape the Kraken (Dan Price) 

Opening is brimming with energy as the voyage takes sail, and then it’s into the old Irving Berlin classic How Deep is the ocean, with some fabulous improvisation and just the right ‘feel’. Lovely atmosphere in Debussy’s Sunken Cathedral (not absolutely sure that the bubble machine is fit for purpose - but a good try!) and the control in the quiet passages is excellent. Not sure about tuning in the trumpet solo, but that aside some of the playing was brilliant. A real swashbuckler on the high seas to finish - drama all the way in Dan Price’s cleverly imagined programme, well played all round by Jaren and top marks for all getting right into the spirit of the occasion