Celebrating the past, looking to the future - Special commemorative issue

Issue 5967

Standing upon giants' shoulders - paying tribute to the lineage of BB Editors

BB looks forward to British Open and Lower Section finals

The brass band repertoire - use it or lose it?

 

 

Yorkshire Regional Championships - 4th Section LIVE!

Saturday 3 March, 2018

4th Section

Test-piece: World Tour (Rodney Newton)

Saturday 3 March

Draw: 7.45am (commences 9.15am)

Adjudicators: David Lancaster and Stan Lippeatt

Kenny Crookston reporting

 

Full results:

1. Gawthorpe Brass ’85 (John Edward)

2. Garforth (John Thompson)

3. Armthorpe Elmfield (Haydn Griffiths MBE)

4. Loxley Silver (Lee Dunkley)

5. Maltby Miners (Terry Clifford)

6. Deepcar (Cathryn Rogers)

7. Linthwaite (Paul Kershaw)

8. Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) (Neil Robinson)

9. Thurcroft Welfare (Matthew Wright)

10. Tingley (John Belton)

11. Golcar (Peter Strawson)

Youngest Player: Sam Thompson, 7, Garforth Brass

Best Soloist: Flugelhorn, Gawthorpe Brass ‘85

Best Percussion: Gawthorpe Brass ‘85

 

In the BB Frame

1. Deepcar (Cathryn Rogers)

2. Gawthorpe Brass ’85 (John Edward)

3. Maltby Miners (Terry Clifford)

4. Garforth (John Thompson)

5. Armthorpe Elmfield (Haydn Griffiths MBE)

6. Loxley Silver (Lee Dunkley)

 

12:20 An interesting start to the weekend here in Huddersfield and it has to be said that a lot of the bands really struggled to deliver World Tour cleanly. Some good ones came through and it's Deepcar for us, with Gawthorpe and Maltby fighting it out for the other Finals place. We'll see what the real judges think soon.

 

 

11. Thurcroft Welfare (Matthew Wright)

 

 

 

Good opening. Punchinello is possibly just too fast for comfort. We like the attention to dynamics though. Some strained sounds in Chicago Rag, especially at the top end. It is fairly tidy though. Pacific Paradise proves a tricky movement here - just too many flawed entries. Better in the final section, but again the insecurities keep appearing. A good effort but perhaps just too many slips today to finish in the frame.

 

10. Maltby Miners (Terry Clifford)

 

 

Well-balanced sound in the opening - possibly the best one so far. Punchinello works well too - clean and dynamic. Not the tidiest of openings to Chicago Rag but it flows well. Not always well balanced. Pacific Paradise perhaps a bit ‘full-on’ in style and although the soloists are mainly secure there are some hints of poor intonation. Pity about the early entry at the end, but we had to admire the player’s reaction! Final movement is as good as we’ve heard, as is the band sound. Just a pity about the minor flaws but this could be in the judges’ thoughts. 

 

9. Deepcar (Cathryn Rogers)

 

 

 

We like the smoother style in the opening and it all flows very nicely. Punchinello well measured too. Chicago Rag has the cleanest opening we’ve heard so far and it continues well, with only occasional blips. Very dynamic too. The band really goes for it in Pacific Paradise and the soloists all deliver well. Very nicely done overall. Matilda waltzes very well indeed and the band remains strong throughout the finale. A good show that might just have done enough today! 

 

8. Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) (Neil Robinson)

 

 

Robust opening and we like the musical style, but not everything holds together ensemble-wise. Quite ‘muddy’ in the Punchinello section too. Again we like the style in Chicago Rag, but it does become truly ragged at times. Poor opening to Pacific Paradise and it starts to become a bit of a struggle, with clean entries proving too elusive. Final section proves more successful. An interesting performance - loads to commend musically and we like the reading a lot, but there were just too many errors for it to be successful. 

 

7. Armthorpe Elmfield (Haydn Griffiths MBE)

 

 

 

 

 

Secure opening, if slightly monodynamic. We like the style better in Chicago Rag and most of the solo interventions are delivered confidently. Some background tuning issues in Pacific Paradise, but this is well shaped. We like the solo horn sound too! Well-delivered final section, although it threatens to lose momentum when the original theme returns. A good performance overall though.

 

6. Gawthorpe Brass ’85 (John Edward)

 

 

Nicely measured opening and all the lines are clearly heard. Not absolutely clean, together and faithful to dynamics in Punchinello but we like this. Chicago Rag starts well and in a nice tempo but again there is uncertainty in some of the leading lines. Pacific Paradise is more secure than we’ve heard so far and there are some very stylish solo lines. Well-measured final movement and we like the overall style through to the finish. A good show to round off the first part of the contest and a possible leader for us. 

 

5. Garforth (John Thompson) 

Perhaps the strongest opening we’ve heard so far. The ensemble is neater too, plus all lines are heard clearly. Chicago Rag feels about right stylistically and the players are up to the challenge with all entries mainly clean and tidy. Some minor blips in the opening of Pacific Paradise but the conductor brings out the dynamic effects nicely. Insecure moments continue and the tuning suffers as the movement progresses. Quality returns in Waltzing Matilda and the end is strong. Perhaps a better show than we’ve heard so far but there were still some uncomfortable moments that could detract in the end. 

 

4. Golcar (Peter Strawson)

 

 

Opening not all secure, while tuning issues affect the ensemble throughout the range. An uncomfortable moment or two detract from the style in Chicago Rag, while insecure entries make it difficult for Pacific Paradise to find its feet. Better overall in the final movement, but we suspect that the band can play better than it has today. Insecure entries and loose ensemble may prove costly in terms of the result but there is plenty to build upon. 

 

3. Tingley (John Belton)

 

Nice sounds in the opening. It isn’t all together throughout the ensemble and some of the upper cornets sound strained, but it’s nicely led and we like the style in Punchinello. Chicago Rag feels at the right tempo, but there are a lot of splits and splashes that impact on the overall quality. Nice job from the percussion though! The band is right on the edge of its capabilities in Pacific Paradise and Waltzing Matilda poses one or two ensemble issues too. A good effort overall but there were may just have been too many uncertain moments for this to figure highly today.

 

2. Loxley Silver (Lee Dunkley)

Well-balanced sound to open and everything goes along nicely to the Punchinello section, which rocks along apace. Very light at the top end and not everything on the score is heard. Nice tempo and style in Chicago Rag, where only the odd bit of detail goes astray. Pacific Paradise is well controlled, but again there are occasional moments where the delivery isn’t 100%. Stronger in the final movement but it sounds tired in the final bars. A good show.

 

 

1. Linthwaite (Paul Kershaw) 

Only 16 players on stage but it’s all together and in tune to open. Nicely led too, but the missing players do impact on the overall sound. Chicago Rag knocks nicely. Perhaps a bit lacking in dynamics too, plus there are few moments where we just lose the detail in the melodic line. Pacific Paradise holds together well, with just the occasional drop in security. Matilda just gets in a bit of a rush as she waltzes to the finish. A good effort all round and a big bravo to the 16 players and conductor.

 

 

Draw

1. Linthwaite (Paul Kershaw)

2. Loxley Silver (Lee Dunkley)

3. Tingley (John Belton)

4. Golcar (Peter Strawson)

5. Garforth (John Thompson)

6. Gawthorpe Brass ’85 (John Edward)

7. Armthorpe Elmfield (Haydn Griffiths MBE)

8. Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) (Neil Robinson)

9. Deepcar (Cathryn Rogers)

10. Maltby Miners (Terry Clifford)

11. Thurcroft Welfare (Matthew Wright)