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Issue 5974

THE UNFINISHED SYMPHONY: A CENTENARY CELEBRATION - Celebrating 100 years of Tullis Russell Mills Band

 GEARING UP FOR GATESHEAD - Extensive preview of the 42nd Brass in Concert Championships

Yorkshire Regional Championships - 2nd Section LIVE!

Saturday 3 March, 2018

Test-piece: Ex Terra Lucem (Jonathan Bates)

Saturday 3 March

Draw: 3.45pm (commences 5.30pm approx.)

Adjudicators: John Doyle and Arsène Duc

Kenny Crookston reporting

 

Results:

1. Crofton Silver (Dean Jones)

2. South Yorkshire Police (Jack Capstaff)

3. Horbury Victoria (Duncan Beckley)

4. Slaithwaite (Ryan Watkins)

5. Worsbrough Brass (John Hopkinson)

6. Meltham and Meltham Mills (Tim Sidwell)

7. Clifton and Lightcliffe (John Clay)

8. BD1 Brass (Lee Skipsey)

9. Kippax (Ian Knapton)

Best Soloist: euphonium, Crofton

Youngest Player: Harry Moulson, Worsbrough Brass, 11

 

In the BB Frame

1. Crofton Silver (Dean Jones)

2. BD1 Brass (Lee Skipsey)

3. Slaithwaite (Ryan Watkins)

4. South Yorkshire Police (Jack Capstaff)

5. Horbury Victoria (Duncan Beckley)

6. Meltham and Meltham Mills (Tim Sidwell)

 

9. Kippax (Ian Knapton)

Conductor is determined to drive this one with full purpose! Lots of good playing around the stand though, with the melodic line being passed around very well indeed. It just threatens to go over the top at times though. Cornet and soprano are expressive in their solos and all works well to the ppp, which is a tad on the loud side for us. Some insecurity to close the movement and the cornet detail at the start of the third movement is hard to decipher. A good show overall, but one that may just have dropped off the pace on a day when the standard has been pretty outstanding.

 

8. Horbury Victoria (Duncan Beckley)

Lively opener and we soon hear a brilliant euphonium in Mike Dodd. Other good work around the stand doesn’t go unmissed. Possibly less precise in balance and ensemble than some earlier ones but a very good start. Lovely cornet playing gets the middle section moving and we hear a proper ppp from the band. Control around the stand is excellent into the final section, where the cornets are just slightly muffled for detail. Terrific flugel and cornet solos again and it’s full steam ahead to the end. Excellent - again!

 

7. Worsbrough Brass (John Hopkinson)

Tidy opening and it’s soon into full flow, which is pretty full-on at times. Just less than precise occasionally but we like the style of the soprano and solo cornet. One or two technical flaws in the middle section and it loses its lustre as a result. Final section is just less precise than we’ve heard, although it has been a very high-class contest to be fair. A good effort overall though.

 

6. South Yorkshire Police (Jack Capstaff)

Lighter in texture to open but we soon hear the full volume which is slightly unbalanced.   Well managed otherwise, though, with solo lines all well played. Lovely opening to the middle section from soprano and cornet. ppp section is as good as we have heard, as is the young lady on principal cornet. Great control in the band too and it moves seamlessly into the final movement. Flugel and cornet combination is classy and the ensemble builds to a strong finale. Yesterday another terrific performance!

 

5. Slaithwaite (Ryan Watkins)

Bags of energy coming from band and conductor and it is as tight as a drum all the way. Great euphonium work too, but there is the odd moment of poorer intonation. Nothing being left unsaid here! Horn and soprano excel. Lovely transition into the middle movement, where soprano and cornet are both terrific. We like the reading too, although the ppp section could be a notch quieter for us. Young principal cornet - we love your work! Filigree cornets not quite balanced at the start of the final movement. The cornet break is the best of the day though. Momentum builds appropriately to the finale and we have yet another fine performance!

 

 

4. Clifton and Lightcliffe (John Clay)

Lighter in style than what we’ve heard so far, but the full band sound is impressive when it arrives. Great sounds from horn soprano in the duet, although there is less confidence in some of the melodic lines. Lovely cornet solos to close the movement. Intricate detail is clean at the start of the final movement, which is terrific all the way to the end. Just the odd blip but another fine show.

 

3. BD1 Brass (Lee Skipsey)

Back row cornets and trombones stand and the effect appears to be greater clarity. Another excellent opening, with everything crystal clear around the band. Great work from solo horn and soprano, and the energy continues to build from there, with the driving percussion adding to the overall effect. Soloists all contribute very well and the ppp section is nearly secure. Super solo work in the final movement - bravo to the young flugel and cornet players! Terrific build up to the final bars and we have yet another terrific show!

 

2. Meltham and Meltham Mills (Tim Sidwell)

Expansive sounds and bags of energy in the opening movement. We love the band’s overall sound too, which is all the better for a cracking soprano cornet sound at the top. Just the odd hint of poor intonation. Nice motion in the middle movement and soloists all do their bit. ppp doesn’t quite get right down there. Final movement opens well - loving the crisp articulation in the cornets. Well read through to the finale to another very good performance.

 

1. Crofton Silver (Dean Jones)

Energetic opening and the layers are as clear as a bell. Good intricate work around the band and the euphonium shows real class in his solo. Full band sound is very impressive for the 2nd Section. Not completely clean as it moves into the middle section but we’re loving the support the five basses bring to the overall sound. ppp section is very good, but there is a hint of poor intonation in the basses and the occasional slight hesitance. These are very minor criticisms though. Filigree detail in the final movement is pristine and the energy continues to build through to the finale with everything in shape. This could take a bit of beating!

 

 

Draw

1. Crofton Silver (Dean Jones)

2. Meltham and Meltham Mills (Tim Sidwell)

3. BD1 Brass (Lee Skipsey)

4. Clifton and Lightcliffe (John Clay)

5. Slaithwaite (Ryan Watkins)

6. South Yorkshire Police (Jack Capstaff)

7. Worsbrough Brass (John Hopkinson)

8. Horbury Victoria (Duncan Beckley)

9. Kippax (Ian Knapton)