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 - 3rd Section LIVE!

Saturday 3 March, 2018

3rd Section

Test-piece: Napoleon on the Alps (Philip Harper)

Saturday 3 March

Draw: 11.15am (commences: 1.00pm approx.)

Adjudicators: Anne Crookston (Howard J. Evans is snowed-in in Devon)

Kenny Crookston reporting

 

Results:

1. Barnsley Brass (William Rushworth)

2. Dronfield Genquip (Damian Wileman)

3. Emley (Garry Hallas)

4. Rockingham (Adam Whittle)

5. Lofthouse 2000 (Andrew Whitaker)

6. Huddersfield and Ripponden (Adam Bell)

7. Wetherby Silver (Derek Wharley) 

8. Dinnington Colliery (Lindon Bolt)

9. Barnsley Metropolitan (Alex Francis)

10. Oughtibridge (Gavin Somerset)

11. Dodworth Colliery M.W. (Eliot J. Darwin)

12. Clifton and Lightcliffe ‘B’ (David Crisp)

Youngest Player: Skye Stokes, 8, Oughtibridge

Best Soloist: cornet, Barnsley Brass

 

 

In the BB Frame

1. Dronfield Genquip (Damian Wileman)

2. Emley (Garry Hallas)

3. Lofthouse 2000 (Andrew Whitaker)

4. Rockingham (Adam Whittle)

5. Dinnington Colliery (Lindon Bolt)

6. Dodworth Colliery M.W. (Eliot J. Darwin)

 

 

16:30 - A very good overall standard in the 3rd Section and it could be very close at the top between three or four bands. Dronfield by a nose from Emley for us, but we wouldn't write off any of our top six here. Real results soon.

 

12. Dronfield Genquip (Damian Wileman)

A lot of clarity in the opening and the following statements are all well-made - crystal clear detail and good balance all the way. We like the style in the slow movement. Not all the solos are delivered with full confidence. The full sound is as good as we’ve heard though. Cornet cadenza sets the final section up very nicely. We hear lovely, clear cornet sounds and articulation in the 6/8 section. Coupled with the well-controlled dynamics this makes for very effective music-making. A very good one to finish. Could be right up there.

 

11. Barnsley Brass (William Rushworth)

 

 

Another tidy opening and the momentum builds well after good work from the (lone) solo cornet. Well-controlled playing all-round in the middle section, with the young cornet player again showing a classy sound. Other soloists contribute well too, and the conductor draws every last bit of drama out of the music. Final movement is quite punchy and clipped in style, which may not be quite as effective as some today. It’s well played though. Nothing left unsaid in this one. 

 

10. Rockingham (Adam Whittle)

We like the attention to quiet dynamics right from the start in this one and it is tidy nearly all the way through the opening movement. Good work from the solo cornet to end the movement, followed by more well-controlled playing around the band. Quite detached in style at times and we’re not sure that it works. Final movement rocks along with good pace, only losing the fine detail occasionally. Very dynamic too. A good show that could do well today.

 

9. Lofthouse 2000 (Andrew Whitaker)

 

 

 

 

 

Very tidy opening is followed by excellent work from the front-row cornets. Good dramatic effects created throughout the movement too. Lovely colours created in the middle movement - all through excellent balance and faithful application of the dynamics. Soloists all up to the job too - we like this! Cornet takes his time and it’s worth the wait. Precision remains in the final movement and it’s well measured if slightly deliberate in style. Just the occasional extraneous sound towards the very end but this has been a very good performance. 

 

8. Wetherby Silver (Derek Wharley)

 

 

 

Not all together in the opening section and we hear quite a few blips and blobs as it develops. Tuning isn’t up to scratch as the movement ends. Quite bold in style in The Emperor Napoleon. Excellent work by cornet and soprano add to the overall picture and the band sound is when on full power. Steady approach to final movement, which allows the technical parts to be handled very well. Perhaps just a bit heavy-handed overall. An accomplished performance overall. 

 

7. Clifton and Lightcliffe ‘B’ (David Crisp)

We liked the style of the opening. Tuning could be detrimental overall, however. Well-measured rhythmically and relentless in style. The Emperor Napoleon is quite straight in style but may be as secure as we have heard today. A wrong note and some poor tuning affect the overall picture as it moves along. Cadenza is well played and the recapitulation of the opening works well until it untangles slightly. 6/8 section zips along a bit and it possibly just has the band on its limits. A good performance overall but the lapses in tuning and notation may be its undoing today.

 

6. Huddersfield and Ripponden (Adam Bell)

Good pp opening, followed by a nicely gauged building of momentum. Ensemble remains precise and we like the transition into The Emperor Napoleon. Nice music-making here too, although the precision drops from time-to-time. Climax is pulled to the max by the conductor and the cornet cadenza is tasteful. A rousing final movement with just the occasional drop in precision in tuning and ensemble. 

 

5. Oughtibridge (Gavin Somerset)

Opening basses not quite together, but it develops in better shape and we like the intricate cornet work leading into the full sound, which is possibly lacking a layer of power. A slight drop in confidence as it flows into The Emperor Napoleon and we have a notation issue later in the movement. There is plenty of good ensemble work around the band. We just feel the impact is lessened with the fairly reklaxed approach to dynamics. A lot to commend in this one, even if we are unsure that it will make a big impression in the box. 

 

4. Emley (Garry Hallas)

A very dramatic reading of the whole first movement - very well read and delivered with verve around the stand. Quite ‘safe’ for piano at the start of the middle movement but it’s all played with confidence. Some of the cornet sounds become quite hard later in the movement. We like the cadenza though, while the final movement gets underway in an appropriately menacing style. Good ensemble all the way to the end of another very good performance.  

 

3. Dinnington Colliery (Lindon Bolt)

Quite light dynamically to open and we hear loose ensemble in the cornets as it progresses. It develops well and the full band sounds are bold. Nice work from the young solo cornet at the opening of The Emperor Napoleon and this movement continues very nicely with well-balanced sounds all the way. Just some insecurity towards the end, but the cornet cadenza gets it back on track again. Final section is a relentless march in which the atmosphere builds all the way. A very good reading indeed and well delivered by the band. 

 

2. Dodworth Colliery M.W. (Eliot J. Darwin)

Another well-judged opening and the rhythmic accuracy is the best we’ve heard today. A dynamic and relentless reading of the opening movement and we hear more quality playing at the start of The Emperor Napoleon. Dramatic effects are excellent here too - all built upon secure ensemble and excellent balance. Stylish cornet cadenza is followed by more authoritative playing in the final movement and the animated conductor draws every last ounce of effort from his players. A good show!

 

1. Barnsley Metropolitan (Alex Francis)

Atmospheric opening and the attention to dynamics is excellent. Good full band sound too - well balanced. Just the occasional moment of poorer intonation. Quite bold dynamically at the start of the middle movement and the background threatens to overcome the soloists at times. There are some lovely contributions later in the movement, but again the tuning just lets it down slightly when the full band is in. Terrific cornet cadenza leads into a well-judged final movement. Percussion is quite lively at times! We liked a lot about this performance. A pity about the occasional lapses but a very good musical reading overall. 

 

Draw

1. Barnsley Metropolitan (Alex Francis)

2. Dodworth Colliery M.W. (Eliot J. Darwin)

3. Dinnington Colliery (Lindon Bolt)

4. Emley (Garry Hallas)

5. Oughtibridge (Gavin Somerset)

6. Huddersfield and Ripponden (Adam Bell)

7. Clifton and Lightcliffe ‘B’ (David Crisp)

8. Wetherby Silver (Derek Wharley) 

9. Lofthouse 2000 (Andrew Whitaker)

10. Rockingham (Adam Whittle)

11. Barnsley Brass (William Rushworth)

12. Dronfield Genquip (Damian Wileman)