MY LIFE IN MUSIC - Exclusive interview with Paul Hindmarsh

Issue 6005

COMPOSERS' CORNER - Dr. Liz Lane discusses music notation programmes

REMEMBERING A LEGEND - British Bandsman pays tribute to William Broughton

Scottish Championships - 1st Section LIVE!

Saturday 10 March, 2018

1st Section

Test-piece: Brass Metamorphosis (James Curnow)

Saturday 10 March

Draw: 2.45pm (commences following 3rd Section results)

Adjudicators: Michael Ball and Mark Wilkinson

Dave Kinross reporting



1. Johnstone Silver (Martyn Ramsay) 92*

2. Dunaskin Doon (Chris Bradley) 91*

3. Newmilns and Galston (Alan Cameron) 90

4. Kingdom Brass (Ian Porthouse) 89

5. Unison Kinneil (Raymond Tennant) 85

6. Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace) 86

7. Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson) 85

8. Dalkeith and Monktonhall (James Chamberlain) 82

9. Lochgelly (Paul McKelvie OBE) 80

10. Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman) 78

Best Horn: Johnstone

Best Instrumentalist: euphonium, Johnstone


An intriguing contest with a performance for us that will take some beating in Kingdom Brass. The MD hardly moved out of first gear with a band that responded to his every ask. That's only our opinion; results shortly.

In the BB Frame

1. Kingdom Brass (Ian Porthouse)

2. Unison Kinneil (Raymond Tennant)

3. Dunaskin Doon (Chris Bradley)

4. Johnstone (Martyn Ramsay)

5. Lochgelly (Paul McKelvie OBE)

6.  Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman)

Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson)

Tidy opening although at times the middle band tuning suffers somewhat, the ensemble is tight however into the close. VarII  is also well played but there’s some difficult solo lines in what admittedly is a very challenging piece. Var III however really gets going and all of the moving passages are well played. Var IV is well balanced and lyrical but some top end tuning issues are spoiling the picture a little. Var V is stylish, well controlled and vibrant although some intonation again in the upper cornets takes the shine off. A decent opener from Arbroath.

Lochgelly (Paul McKelvie OBE)

A good opening with quality soprano, flugel, horn and euphonium.  The theme in the middle of the band is well balanced as is the cornet motif that follows. Theres some slight scratches in the middle band textures to close Var I but it has been a good start. Into Var II the flugel delivers lyrically as does the soprano. The fiendishly difficult comes off not completely unscathed but it’s good playing. Var III starts with some good good middle band work followed by cornet then horns. It does gets slightly ragged to close unfortunately. Var IV  begins with some nice balanced sounds and some lyrical horn work. The tuning starts to get a little ragged in the middle of the band but the tuba displays some quality. Var V gets a little untidy in the cornets but it pulls together and is stylish. Once more there is some good sounds in the basses and the euphs. An early leader for us.

Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman)

 An effective opening with good soloists and ensemble with a zinging fp into Var II which moves along with style and it all makes sense. The middle of the band in particular gel together and there’s lots to admire in the cornets too. VarIII has good soloists although there is a few scratches in the cornet line. The euphonium solo is delivered with confidence and there’s flow to the music into Var IV where again the horn features strongly with a good sound. The euph also plays with aplomb. The interlocking parts into the finale work well and it moves to Var V in style. Again some good euph work in the Adagio, it’s all tidy but it gets a little tired to close. A good account from Coalburn.

Johnstone (Martyn Ramsay)

Good heavy delivery to start giving way to the subtle lines beneath. The Adagio has some stylish solo playing and the introduction in to Var II is a good one. The MD gets all the dynamic contrasts to the fore for the first time today and it makes such a difference to the picture. It’s not with out rubs in intonation at the top end but it’s good stuff. The style and dynamics deliver well, this is going along nicely, the soloists are earning their keep although some scratches appear in the accompaniment. The MD sensibly gives the euph space in the solo and it pays dividends as the difference between it and what’s gone before is a marked one. Into Var III there is good measure in the cornets and bottom end, this is well balanced and a good reading for sure. Into Var IV the measured muted back row is effective. A solo line or two is a touch on the nervy side but there’s nothing that really disturbs the picture. The accel builds well and sees the band nicely into the finale. This is exciting and vibrant and Johnstone on great form. A leader for us.

Dalkeith and Monktonhall (James Chamberlain)

Good sounds to open again with effective horn and soprano lines alongside some tasteful euph playing. Some of the top end tuning in Var I is a little untidy but it’s exciting stuff going into Var II. The flugel has some tuning issues, however the soprano playing is the sweetest we’ve heard. The euph solo is delivered well and there is good work going on in the bottom of the band. Var III bowls along nicely but has a few tuning rubs along the way. Into Var IV there is good work on trombone and the accompanying lines work well. The accel picks up well and the style in the cornets is effective into the finale. Some nice work in the bottom end of the band delivering some fine sounds to end.

Unison Kinneil (Raymond Tennant)

A full-bodied opening by the band and some lovely solo playing at the Adagio into Var I this is good stuff; precise and clinical. Some lovely sounds in the cornets, well in tune and full in sound. Lovely horn and flugel duet followed by a lyrical soprano. The dynamic contrast in this is played out to great effect. The solo euphonium delivers well and gives over to some good work in the cornets. Once more the horn delivers with style and the start to Var III is full of life. The contrasting styles come through and the detail is good in the upper cornets. It does rock a little in the middle of the band of the band but the overall impression is very positive. During the horn solo there are some rubs in intonation in the muted back row passage. As the accel to Var V build it’s displaying the band well in the upper dynamics. A good show from Kinneil that takes the lead for us.

Kingdom Brass (Ian Porthouse)

A bright opening with some great individual contributions from soprano, euphonium and horn. Into Var II there’s some super back row playing and soprano adds a lovely sheen. The MD is letting the music breath and it’s paying dividends in a high quality show with a super euph the highlight. Var III sets off at a lick and it’s within the band’s capability. It’s high octane, exciting stuff and it’s as clean as a whistle. Var IV features more of the same with a quality trombone, some untidiness in the middle of the band doesn’t detract. The MD builds the accel in a measured manner and the upper dynamic sound of the band is scintillating. The close is of great quality and this takes the lead by a stretch for us.

Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace)

The opening features some well shaped dynamics but there are some upper cornet intonation issues take the sheen off somewhat. Some lovely sounds form the middle of the band in a well measured Var II and the euph plays with great style. Var III again features some good stuff from the euph and the band respond well in the quick section. The best variation for the band so far. Var IV has some difficult intonation in the cornets and some tiredness creeps in. A good effort from Granite City with a great euph the highlight.

Dunaskin Doon (Chris Bradley)

Good heavy sounds to open with good horn, euphonium and soprano lines. Into Var II the muted back row is effective and horn plays with great style. Soprano plays with a lovely sound but just stumbles on the awkward interval that’s caught many before her. A good euph solo gives way to some quality sounds at the bottom end of the band. Var III starts at a good pace for the band right on the 144 marked and it’s a tempo the band are comfortable with. One of the days best solo horns is right on this playing with real quality, the middle of the band are particularly strong here. The cornets are clinical and this is settling into a performance of great clarity and quality. Some lovely work in the basses is a feature of Var IV with the MD giving the music room for expression. This has grown in stature throughout and is pushing up the order with the band really settling in to the performance. Var V has the lovely euphonium and bass interchange. Unfortunately as the cornets get tired the tuning becomes a little ragged but there’s lots to admire from this one.

Newmilns and Galston (Alan Cameron)

A steady tempo to open but the sounds are full and heavy. Nice sounds in the horn and flugel along with a solid contribution from the euph. Into Var II there is some lovely stuff going on in the middle of the band. Upper cornets suffer from some tuning issues. The euphonium delivers confidently but again theres some tuning issues in the upper cornets. Var III opens at a lick and it’s a little untidy but nonetheless exciting. The middle of the band have the detail in their lines really well as it settles. The best movement for the band so far. Var IV again features good back row cornets, this really is a crucial part for the overall picture. A lovely euph contribution before an effective trombone heads to the accel. The intonation is becoming a tad ragged as it moves forward to Var V. A solid close and a good show by the band although in a high quality field it may struggle to push to the top.