The Essence of the Regional Championships!

Issue 5964

Full round-up of the 2018 ‘Areas’ from around the UK

Wilfred Heaton - a ‘variation’ on life

New century for ‘The Co’

North of England Regional Championships - Championship Section LIVE!

Sunday 18 March, 2018

Championship Section

Test-piece: Odyssey (Kevin Norbury)

Sunday 18 March

Draw: 12:00 noon (commences 1.30pm)

Adjudicators: Michael Fowles and Howard Evans

Anne Crookston reporting 

  

Results:
1. NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)

2. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)

3. Fishburn (David Hirst)

Best Soprano - NASUWT Riverside


Best Principal Cornet - Reg Vardy

Best Euphonium - NASUWT Riverside

Best Trombone - NASUWT Riverside

Best Basses - NASUWT Riverside

Best Percussion - NASUWT Riverside

In the BB Frame

1. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)

2. NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)

3. Fishburn (David Hirst)

4. East Yorkshire Motor Services (Stig Mærsk)

5. Westoe (Jason Smith)

6. York Railway Institute (David Lancaster)

A really good contest today - this is such a difficult piece ESPECIALLY for condcutors. it's difficult to nail those quick tempo changes. It's difficult for the bands as well - but I've heard lots of good things today. Biggest lesson for me as a conductor - just beat what it tell you to on the score! No need to air-knit!! Thanks NofE - I might just come back! (IF I make it home that is!)

10. Shepherd Building Group (Richard Wilton)

Powerful, yet slightly untuneful opening, but one that builds nicely. On the slower side – but that’s ok. Some nice solo work – although basses a bit woolly. I like this tempo – it’s giving the band a chance to playing neatly together. The move the 38 is well handled. Good sounds and style in the Andante Deciso – a bit of splashing around in the cornets (and other) lines, but the Calmando is safely executed. Nice work through this sections with good contributions from flugel, horn and sop in particular. The accel is tidy – lightning fast Allegro though. Hope they can maintain this! Eb Bass – well done – lots of good articulation detail is on show – well done. Solos not quite 100%  - almost though. They’re fighting for every note here. A nice transition to the Gigue – great work solo cornets. Slaine – I hear you! Really nice delicate solo work from cornets. The change of tempo at 205 doesn’t quite have the poise it needs – and the accel feels a little frantic. …. AND breathe! Solo cornet opens solidly enough, but the top notes just escape – nice dovetail, it nearly works. Lovely work euph – this has a bit of space. Muted cornets not quite secure – grand work from sop and bari. – the solos and duets close out the movement securely. The Presto Giocoso has good energy – really workmanlike and fine work in the inner band. Well done. ‘Flying’ is nicely balanced and winds tidily into the final presto. Lots of good work here  - some things worked, with good attention to detail, and some didn’t quite come off – it’s a tough gig.

9. Kirkbymoorside Town (Sarah Woodward)

Not the biggest sounding opening of today – but tidy, and in the main, the solo contributions come off. The band and MD take a straightforward approach to the music i the build to 38 – and it works. Neat and tidy – although the Andante Deciso is quick – the intervals are all captured really. Calmando – this is a nice moment – well done cornets, but keep the ensemble together. Lovely work flugel and solo horn. The build to Allegro vivace is tidy and, although the tempo is steady, it’s well within the band’s capacity … just. Ensemble comes apart a little at the Eb Bass solo – but we’re back on track, and the band sounds comfortable again. It just lacks the incisiveness in the ensemble of other performances. The Gigue is threatening to dance away in a mad tarantella style! MD is pushing this hard – the duets just need a little more breathing space. We don’t really get a convincing tempo change – percussion are racing to keep up in the accel. Opening section done! The lovely cornet solo ends rather unhappily on the lower octave, a pity. After some nice solo contributions the euphs plant a couple of wrong ‘uns in their arpeggios. The movement closes in well-controlled manner. Presto Giocoso is taken at a sensible speed – well done, still though, the horns are struggling with this technical challenge and the ensemble is breaking apart. This has been a bit of a struggle to end, not quite the band’s day today.

8. East Yorkshire Motor Services (Stig Mærsk)

Well … they went for the opening but the bells beat them to it. Tempo not always consistent in the opening, but the solo contributions largely come off unscathed. Pity about the wee early entry in euphs… Much of the technical aspects are handled well – wrong ‘un in horns 4 before 47 though. Andante Deciso – is tidy and there is a nice change to the Calmando – lovely work on sop. Allegro Vivace has lots of life about and the technical challenges are well handled. Lovely Eb Bass solo – great stuff, things are rush a bit though. Some fine solo contributions – well done. This is cracking along really well – great change into the Gigue – lovely quiet dynamics found, great! The hymn tune is give some robust treatment – nice work flugel. Another well handled tempo change and we’re building towards the slow movement with a bit of fire. Really beautifully handled solo – bravo, lovely shape and great solo trom. This has loads of space – bravo euph. Some really classy solo work – just a couple of clips in the euph duet to close .  Safely into the Presto and heading for home. Good energy in this – great work all around. ‘Flying’ nearly all comes and is beautifully balanced – lovely detail in cornets when we’re back into the presto. A well-shaped performance all round – not without its untidy moments, but one that will figure with the judges.

7. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)

New Principal cornet player Reg Vardy? Lode Violet makes his debut here in the North East. Love the shapes created in Reg Vardy’s opening. Complexities in rhythms are cleanly handled and treated with musical shape – that’s the first time we’ve heard that tricky bassline before 38! A really cultured reading – and the band are delivering what’s being asked of them. The Calmando is just that – it gives the solo cornets a bit of space. Lovely solo contributions all around – really nice atmosphere being created. Lovely accel into a lively Allego. Technically superb. Some really classy touches here. Eb Bass not without a couple of clips, but lovely style. .. And yet more superbly delivered solo lines. Feeling a little Jim Bowen here (RIP) – super, smashing, great! The Gigue has shape and style in abundance. Lovely cornet duet – some delicate playing that we’re hearing for the first time today. The opening section is drawn to a close in commanding style. This will be good!! Lode Violet – languid and enchanting. MD is giving the soloists lots of space to be expressive – it’s the best thing I’ve heard all weekend Euphs – gorgeous, not without incident in the back row though. Presto AND Giocoso – who knew! Love it – cornets are classy – as is the band – so well in command of it all. It’s music – and well out in the lead. Tremendous.

6. Easington Colliery (Ian Robinson)

Bold opening – just a little rough around the edges in places, definitely not the clarity we’ve heard from earlier performances – some unruly entries, but it gets back on track for the ¾ at 38. Sop is quite ragged and sound is once again a bit uncultured in the louder passages, but quieter moments are nicely handled. Calmando – is claiming more victims – these angular intervals are proving to be the downfall of a few. Ear defenders are required for some of the sop entries! Allegro Vivace is cracking along – some neat ensemble work – particularly on xylo- well done. When they take care, there is good work going in, but too many splashes. Nice work PC in the Gigue, lovely. A really nice delivery of the hymn tune by flugel – well done. Ensemble not really hanging together that well in places. The opening section done … now for the hard stuff! Cornet solo is given some nice treatment – lovely sound and shaped well, bravo, but another trombone that overcooks a little. Solid euph solo and muted horns are well shaped. Untidy moments to close – not all entries are together. The Presto Giocoso is in 2 – will it be enough to keep the ensemble together? it’s racing on and hanging together by a thread. Untidy when we’re back in 4 after ‘Flying’ – it’s what happens! A bit of screeching going on in sop – calm it fella! They made it through – not the most cultured delivery, but pretty well shaped.

5. NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)

 

Opening is so well measured and controlled – all of the solo contributions are handled carefully and we build in well-organised and powerful fashion to 38. Great tempos noted in the ever-changing landscape to the Allegro Desciso. Cornet line is a little loud for mp in the Calmando, however there is no mistaking the intent. These difficult intervals are being well handled. 94 sets off at lightning pace, but lots of great technical detail being noted.  Great work in Eb bass and lovely detail in the ensemble thereafter. That’s the first accurate BBb solo we’ve head! – this is great stuff. Really nice change of pace in the Gigue – lovely work cornets! The hymn tune is treated in broad fashion – some quality moments in evidence … and another on point tempo change. This is being skilfully handled. Lovely expressive opening – PC is playing so well, misses the first C , but…. gets the second with room to spare. The soloists are taking some musical risks – they’re nearly paying off. Lovely work solo euph and a really nice section with muted cornets and troms. The solo and duet contributions are working well – nice control to finish. We have a Presto that has a bit of life – great work horns – there are moments where the ensemble isn’t quite as tidy – ‘Flying’ is beautifully balanced … are we’re back to the excitement again. This is really solid work. A pity sop chose to turn out towards the end – there was no need – however another cracking performance!

4. Fishburn (David Hirst)

Some real quality in this opening from Fishburn and MD David Hirst. There is clarity in the rhythmic complexity – and we build well towards fige 38. A brisk tempo, but well handled. The Andante Deciso has just the right style and the cornets cope well with expressive solo line in the Calmando. Lovely work from flugel – great sound. We’re building well towards the Allegro Vivace and the band is dealing well with the technical demands. Ensemble is neat and tight. Great solo work Eb Bass – this is the best work we’ve heard from the angular fanfares in the middle of the band. Another tidy solo from the basses and the band is rolling along in fine style. Neat change to the Gigue – bravo solo cornets and euphs. The hymn tune Slaine is given broad treatment and the contrast is well noted. Lovely little duet cornets – well done. I like the tempo change, it feels right. Great close to this difficult opening section. This is the most expressive solo from Principal cornet today – beautiful and totally unscathed – the solo lines are all going in in such an expressive manner – bravo all round! Lovely work – so well shaped MD. We’re off at a cracking pace to this finale – wow. Super work in the horns. Not all the intervals work but there is a real sense of excitement. The tempo changes are so well managed – great stuff. A really cracking performance – the middle movement in particular stands out. Bravo all – an early good marker!

3. Westoe (Jason Smith)

One of the faster tempos to open the band’s account, but all is solid and well-shaped. There is really good clarity in this opening. MD kept it straightforward and the band came though with ease – bravo. The ¾ is quite fast but there is good detail – a bit of untunefulness in muted troms before Calmando – yikes this angular melody catches out another cornet line. Some good solid solo contributions round the stand though. The band is coping well with this and they set a good tempo at 94. Really neat and tidy work going all round. Nice inner band clarity – one of the quieter Eb Bass solos – but there. The Eb Bass and BBb solos nearly knit together – lots to commend here. Watch the tuning top cornets. Not all of the top notes in the arpeggios speak but a lovely change of style in the Gigue. We’re moving along in nice style – it’s not 100% in places but there is lovely detail – the tempo change in the middle is barely there – lovely cornet work. Great opening section – well done. The longest wait for the tam-tam – lovely. Solo cornet hangs on in there – and bravo solo trom. Slightly ragged in horns, but euph shapes the solo expressively. Good work solo lines – although euphs … are you sure about the second note of your arpeggio? A great start to the finale – neat and tidy, and a sensible. Some really fine work going in – bravo horns. ‘Flying’ balances the Gigue and hymn tune nicely. A really well directed and shaped performance – lots of good work going in and the band coped well with the technical demands set. TAM TAM – there’s just no need!!

2. York Railway Institute (David Lancaster)

Clear intent in York’s opening – good detail noted, although not without is untidy moments. The ensemble is a little untidy in places as well head to the ¾ section. Nice tempo management and the articulation detail is well spotted. There is some drama but these are difficult intervals and the band is unscathed. There is a feeling of calmando, although the angular melodic line is beating the cornet section at the moment. Lovely build to the first fast section, however we set of untidily, before getting back on track. It’s holding together well – well done Eb Bass. There’s just a feeling of rushing again, but Eb Bass does well in the second solo. The band is just about coping with this difficult music. The Gigue has some well noted detail – lovely little duet into the hymn tune – bravo. Nice work flugel. But there’s rushing again – be careful. The tempo change should be much bigger than this, it still feels rushed. We hurtle towards the slow movement and Principal cornet just has a blip before recovering – well done. The top C is there… just, but solo trombone knock over the top notes. Euph does well  - but it’s a D on the way up! Nicely shaped muted cornets and great work sop and solo bari. The euph duet is well shaped – this is much better, well done. The finale sets off at a cracking pace – great work horns, but the toms are to loud –even up here. Lovely, neat work in the technical passages – basses rush and unsettle the ensemble a little. ‘Flying’ works really well. Nice work cornets – but it’s getting a little strident! The ending is well shaped, if a little untidy in ensemble. A really exciting close – lots to commend in this performance – some great intent!

1. Lockwood Brass (John Roberts)  

Bold opening, however ensemble isn’t quite knitting together and cornets become a little splashy. There is clarity in some of the complex rhythms and the build to figure 38 is taking at quite a pace. The band is their comfort zone now and despite some splashing of the intervals there is some stability. It’s very fast though. Flugel loses his way quite significantly and cause a bit of confusion, but we get back on track. This is really going at some pace – but the band is back on track. There is just a huge feeling of rushing! Eb bass does well – bravo. Bravo horns although not all of the intervals are secure! Eb bass shines again. Back to rushing in cornets – this is unravelling a little! A little rough in the Gigue to start – the ensemble isn’t quite there, but we have clarity in the hymn tune Slaine. The tempo changes are well managed – it’s a tricky one to get and maintain. opening section closed off emphatically. Solo cornet is beautifully shaped – bravo, but doesn’t manage the top C and trom struggles a little too. Bravo euph – we’re taking a little more time now, the music can breathe a little. Now the solo lines are singing more. Nice control to close off. A bit of a frantic opening to the finale – this should be the fastest section! Tempos not quite marrying together, however he technical challenges are met – some nice moments notably from sop. We’re heading to the finish – percussion are getting left behind and there are some untidy ensemble moments - all set at lightning pace! A marker laid down by Lockwood – we’ll see how it fares!

Draw

1. Lockwood Brass (John Roberts)

2. York Railway Institute (David Lancaster)

3. Westoe (Jason Smith)

4. Fishburn (David Hirst)

5. NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)

6. Easington Colliery (Ian Robinson)

7. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)

8. East Yorkshire Motor Services (Stig Mærsk)

9. Kirkbymoorside Town (Sarah Woodward)

10. Shepherd Building Group (Richard Wilton)